Darley Dale’s Bob gets county award

Darley Dale Cricket Club’s Bob Winthrope has been awarded the prestigious DCB Groundsmanship award at the recent Rewards and Recognition event held at the County Ground in Derby.

The award recognises a person who has given long service and made a notable difference to the cause and development of groundsmanship in the county or at their club, and Bob was presented with his award by Mick Glenn of the DCB.

Bob has been an outstanding groundsman, player and ambassador for the club for 62 years and looks after one of the most beautiful grounds in the county.

After several years as a young player he assisted former groundsman George Woodhouse before taking on the role at the age of 22, as well as then becoming first team captain.

He soon started major improvements to the ground with the help and advice of the famous Walter Goodyear, the Derbyshire County groundsman. A highlight of Bob’s career as groundsman was when Derbyshire played Hampshire at Darley in the Sunday league.

Now, after 50 years as groundsman and in his 71st year, he continues to mow the outfield and pass on his experience to the staff who look after the square.

Bob said: “This is a real honour for me and for the club which recognises the excellent facilities we have at Darley.

“There is a great spirit in the club and it is wonderful to see it going from strength to strength on and off the field.”