Monday, 14 January 2013

John 'Ginger' Gornall

Picture: John Gornall in 2009 with Jack McInroy

It is with much sadness that we report the death of John 'Ginger' Gornall who passed away on January 7th, 2013.

John was a Hamlet player in the 1940's and 50's, playing on the right wing in the same side as Tommy Jover and Claude Whitworth.

He played in the famous match against the barefooted Nigerian touring side in 1949, and was a member of the team that won the London Senior Cup at Highbury later in the same season. Movie footage of the Nigeria match can be seen by clicking here.

He was also a prominent figure in the Dulwich Hamlet Cricket Club as an opening batsman. In one amazing eight day spell he scored four centuries in successive matches and also managed to get a game of football in as well.

A very amiable gentleman, John was a member of the DHFC Vice Presidents Club and made regular visits to Champion Hill to enjoy time with his old team mates and to watch the football.

The Hamlet Historian sends its sincere condolences to the Gornall family.

The funeral will take place on Friday 1st February 2013 at Vinters Park Crematorium in Maidstone, at 1.15pm. (Just off junction 7 of the M20.)

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