It is with great regret and sadness that Yorkshire County Cricket Club can confirm the passing of current Club President, John Hampshire.
Hampshire, 76, a former Club captain, Yorkshire and England batsman and successful Test umpire passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by his family after a long illness.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chairman, Steve Denison said: “John epitomised everything that’s good about Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Brave, talented and with a heart of gold he captained Yorkshire, scored a century at Lord’s on his Test debut and became a highly respected umpire after hanging up his playing whites.
“Loved by players and Members alike, John capped his wonderful life in Yorkshire cricket as our club President last year.
“On behalf of everyone involved with and connected to the Club, I would like to extend our most sincere condolences to John’s wife Alison and two sons Ian and Paul. He will be sorely missed by all at Headingley.”
As a member of the great Yorkshire side of the 1960s and a five-time Championship winner, John played eight Tests and three one-day internationals, famously scoring a century on his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1969.
Having made his debut for his native Yorkshire in 1961, Hampshire scored in excess of 28,000 first-class runs at an average of 34.55, including 45 hundreds.
Just a year after ending his playing career, Hampshire became a first-class umpire, standing in his first Test match in 1989 – an Ashes Test in Manchester. He eventually retired from the County circuit in 2005.
More recently, the Yorkshire Presidency proved to be a fitting finale for Hampshire, who took up the role in March 2016.
Speaking in September last year about the role, ahead of the final day’s play of the Specsavers County Championship season, Hampshire said: “From a personal point of view, things have gone marvellously and I’ve been a bit taken aback by the reception my wife and I have had, both at Yorkshire and around the grounds that we’ve visited.
“I’ve found it very heart-warming, and we’ve had a tremendous reception from (chief executive) Mark Arthur and the (Yorkshire) board. I was quite surprised when (former chairman) Colin Graves telephoned me a couple of years ago to tell me I was the prospective president.
“It is very much the icing on the cake of a Yorkshire career – from a very humble beginning, getting trains, trams and buses to Headingley to practice in the winter in hope of getting a game for Yorkshire Seconds, to being president. I think it’s quite an achievement.”