Marsden-born wicketkeeper, Roy Booth, who began a distinguished career with Yorkshire before moving on to Worcestershire where he became the Club’s president, died on Sunday, September 23, just days short of his 92nd birthday.
Roy, a product of Golcar Cricket Club, played for Yorkshire from 1951-1955 and was a fringe player in the side until Don Brennan retired at the end of 1953. He then became their regular wicketkeeper until the middle of the 1955 season when he lost his place to Jimmy Binks.
He moved on to Worcestershire in 1956 after playing in 65 first class matches for Yorkshire in which he scored 730 runs and claimed 79 catches and 29 stumpings.
Roy was a part of the Worcestershire side which won the County Championship for the first time in 1964 and then retained the title the following year. When he retired in 1970 he had taken 948 first class catches and pulled off 178 stumpings. He continued to play an active part in Worcestershire cricket and his late wife, Joyce, was well known for serving the renowned teas in the ladies pavilion at New Road.