Club Cricket Conference

Wednesday, 22nd May 2024

Wimbledon CC stalwart Bill Burton dies

By Nick Evans

President of Wimbledon CC

It is with profound sadness that I have to tell you that Bill Burton, former president of Wimbledon CC, passed away on 5 January.

Bill first played for our club in 1945, an elegant left-hand opening batsman who became 1st X1 captain 10 years later in 1955. He was an inspiring leader of the team and ended his captaincy in 1964 before returning to captain the side again in the 1970s when Wimbledon competed in the Surrey Cricketers’ League before successfully moving into the Surrey Championship.

Bill continued to work tirelessly for the club as chairman, president of the cricket club and, latterly, as president of our magnificent Wimbledon Club. He was responsible for bringing many high class players to Wimbledon CC and he ensured that the club became one of the best in the country.

You will all know of Bill's boundary walks and his regular relaxed position outside the home changing room. The fact that he was at the club virtually every weekend during the season spoke volumes for his dedication. He always made time to chat to and advise our younger players, who widely recognised his wisdom, humour and approachability. He had an outstanding memory, always amazing our supporters and players with amusing tales of characters and matches from yesteryear. These, sadly, will no longer be heard.

He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with his wife, Mona, who shared his love of Wimbledon and his cricket life. Please feel free to send your condolences to Mona Burton, 111, The Ridgway, Wimbledon, SW19 4TA.

The funeral will take place at 11:30am, Tuesday January 17 at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon. All are welcome. Parking is limited at the church, so some additional parking will be available at Wimbledon Club at the bottom of the hill.