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John "Vic" Wilson

On another page there are some memories of Malton Grammar School which Vic sent me in 2002. The School awards a Young Cricketer of the Year trophy annually in Vic's name, donated by his family.

Fred Trueman mentions Vic in his autobiography, As It Was, (Dec 2004) :

Vic Wilson, the first professional captain of Yorkshire, was a wise appointment [as captain of Yorkshire, 1960], one indicative of the changing nature of the game. Vic was a very tall, physically strong guy from Malton in the North Riding.  The complexion of his face suggested a rude man of the open. He came from farming stock and looked the part. He was a very good, sometimes spectacular, left-handed batsman, especially when the ball didn't turn. His bravery and his huge hands - they were like shovels - made him a wonderful short-leg fieldsman.  When the team heard of Vic's appointment as captain we were unanimous in our approval.

A tribute which appeared both in the Ryedale Mercury and Gazette and Herald, Wednesday 18 June 2008


Cricket star dies

VIC Wilson, the former Yorkshire cricket captain, has died at his home at Yedingham, near Malton, at the age of 87.

The Scampston-born man who became one of England's leading cricketers, was educated at Malton Grammar School where he learned his cricketing skills, going on to play for York and Scarborough before making his debut with Yorkshire in 1947.

During his career with the county he took 520 catches in 477 first class matches, and scored 20,548 runs, including 29 centuries, his highest score being 230 against Derbyshire in 1952.

Mr Wilson, travelled to Australia and New Zealand with MCC in the 1950s, though he never appeared in a Test Match, but was named 12th man.

He led Yorkshire to two county championships in the three seasons he was captain.

Ray Illingworth, another Yorkshire cricketing legend, said: "Vic was totally reliable, a man who gave 100 per cent and never gave up fighting. He was a very good bloke and a fine cricketer."

When he retired from cricket he returned to farming at Yedingham. His funeral was held at Octon Crematorium last Thursday.

Mr Wilson leaves a son, daughter, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.


Obituary: Mr John Victor (Vic) Wilson

The funeral of Mr John Victor(Vic) Wilson took place on June 12 at the East Riding Crematorium, Octon. The service was conducted by the Rev David Bayley and the organist was Mr Dick Robinson. The tribute by Sir Lawrence Byford, ex-president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and a longstanding friend, covered all Vic's sporting achievements over his many years and in particular to the records which he still holds at his favourite ground, Scarborough. These are: the highest score for Yorkshire of 223 in 1951, the highest first wicket partnership of 228 made with Harry Halliday and thirdly the highest second wicket partnership of 302 made with Willie Watson. Vic was the stalwart number three in Yorkshire's batting line-up, scoring almost 22,000 runs with 29 centuries, two double centuries, passing 1,000 runs per season fourteen times and 2,000 runs once. Vic was a fantastic fielder and took 521 catches, mainly in the area of short leg. During the victorious MCC tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1954/55 with skipper Sir Leonard Hutton he was the ideal number twelve and was regularly on the field, playing some role in every Test match due to his prowess as a close in fielder.

Born at Scampston on January 17, 1921 into a farming family, Vic was the son of Herbert and Jane Wilson. Vic attended Malton Grammar School and in 1946 married his late wife Gwen. They farmed together with their son Nigel and latterly grandson Stuart,living at Hartswood Farm, East Knapton and later Acuba Farm, Scagglethorpe. When Gwen died in 2003 Vic retired and went to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Ken and grandson Paul at Ings Farm, Yedingham, and continued to help out on the farm. Six months ago he left the farm with Angela and Ken and they moved to a new house two miles away at West Heslerton. Vic still continued helping them on the farm up to two weeks before his death, which occurred at home with his family,' after a month's illness. Vic played cricket for Scarborough, Bradford League and Yorkshire County Cricket Club; was an honorary life member of Yorkshire CCC and Scarborough CC and was in 1961 Wisden Cricketer of the year. Vic played for Yorkshire CCC from 1946 to 1962 and was the first professional captain since Tom Emmet 70 years earlier. During his captaincy 1960 to 1962 Yorkshire won the Championship in 1960 and 1962 and were runners up in 1961. Vic retired at the end of the 1962 season but continued playing for Wakefield as captain. Vic also played local football and as an amateur for Leeds United. Vic leaves a daughter and son,four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters and will be sadly missed. The collection for the Jane Tomlinson Cancer Appeal amounted to more than £376.

Family mourners included: Mr and Mrs K A Morley, daughter and son-in-law; Mr and Mrs V N Wilson, son and daughter-in-law; Mr P K Morley, grandson, Miss Rachael Kirby, partner; Miss Lynn Morley, granddaughter; Mr J Smith, partner; Mr and Mrs M Angus, granddaughter, Mr S Wilson, grandson. General mourners included: Sir Lawrence and Lady Byford, Mr J Cope rep J Hampshire, D Warner and P Sharpe, Mr W Mustowe rep Scarborough Cricket Club, Mr E Lester, Mr R Appleyard, Lady Caroline Legard, Mr and Mrs R Deaton, Mr R Ireland, Mr S Keyworth, Mr K Render rep Russells, Mr J R Mennell, Mr R Hodgson, Mr J Triffitt, Mr S Darley, Mr and Mrs E Cowton, Mr E Ireland, Mr and Mrs P Monkman, Mr P Monkman rep Sarah, Mr N Greenley, Mr C Welford, Mr M Gibson, Mr V Dallimore, Mr S Megginson, Mr J Brown rep A Welham, Mr K Gullon, Mr B Temple, Mr J Burdass, Mr R Byas, Mr David Byas, Mr Ray Illingworth, Mr Doug Padgett, Mr Brian Close, Mr Richard. Hutton, Mr Brian Stott rep M Crawford, Mr and Mrs Mel Ryan, Mr Don Wilson, Mrs T Clarke, Mr P Chadwick, Mr P Broughton, Mrs J Savage, Mrs K Wilson rep A Wilson, Mr E W Jackson, Mr and Mrs C Grice, Mr P Triffitt, Mr P Hodgson, Mr Cloughton, Mrs M Maw, Mr and Mrs N Maw, Mr D Welch, Mr and Mrs T Spence, Mrs C Rymer, Mr S Mann, Mr P Simpson, Mr and Mrs N Lamb, Mr M Harrison, Mr and Mrs P Clarkson, Mr W Holdsworth, Mrs E Hall, Mrs B Pace, Miss J Mook, Mrs J Stonehouse rep L Carter, Mr and Mrs K Stonehouse, Mr J Feasby, Mrs M Smith, Mr R Angus, Mrs KYoung, Mr G Atkinson, Mr B Maud rep Mrs S Maud, Mrs M Hunt rep R C Hunt, Mrs A M Mook rep B Mook, Mr and Mrs A Wilson, Mr R Wilson, Mr J Wilson, Mrs E Midgley rep R A Wilson, Mr and Mrs K Mennell rep Mr and Mrs M Midgley and the McKie family, Mrs W Coe rep Ian and Sam Coe, Mr S Atkinson rep Mrs F Atkinson, Mr P Atkinson rep Mrs J Atkinson, Mr J Kilby.