John Thistlewood


It is with great sadness that our Club Captain and long standing member, John Thistlewood has passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.

As many of you will be aware, John has been fearlessly fighting against a long standing illness. This never stopped him from being a superb family man and a committed club member.

It is testament to the man that as recently as last week he came and supported the club cricket force day and sent a message via video for the team last Saturday.

We all send our condolences to his wife Anne and the rest of his family.

Thiss will forever be remembered as a great of the club and will be an inspiration for the players moving forward.

Please leave your own message of condolence or stories about John in the comments box below. 


13 thoughts on “John Thistlewood

  1. It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have know John. Taught me everything I know as a captain running the 3XI with me in 2008, it really wouldn’t have been possible without him. A true gentleman on and off the pitch who will be greatly missed.
    R.I.P John xx

  2. I was sad to hear the news John had passed away. I started my senior cricketing career off playing for John in Boughton Hall 4ths and still have the most promising youngster trophy he awarded me. Such a nice man. Thoughts are with his family. RIP John.

  3. I will always remember our 200 partnership on the back pitch a few years ago whilst playing for the 3XI. Was a great day for us both and it will always be one of my highlights of my cricketing career. Thanks for all your assistance whilst I was helping captain the 3XI a few seasons ago.

    Your help at the cricket club has always been massively appreciated by everyone and you will be sorely missed.

    RIP Thiss

  4. I’ve known John since I first started playing senior cricket and his love of cricket and joy in seeing young players progress immediately became apparent. John epitomises everything that Chester Boughton Hall Cricket club represents and there is no greater tribute that I can pay him than that.

    I personally would like to thank John for always showing faith in me when I played under his captaincy in the 3rd eleven.

    Condolences to all of Johns family.

  5. My first recollections of John were as a boy of around 7 years old and I always remember looking up to him. Not only as he seemed to tower above me by at least 9ft but because of the way he made me feel part of the cricket club ‘family’. He was always interested to hear how you had played that day and never let you feel left out. The way he conducted himself on and off the field in the gentlemanly manner that only John could, will and always has, had a lasting affect on me.
    When I think of John, the first thing that comes into my head is his generosity. Walking into the club house to hear “what are you having Jonty?” was a Saturday ritual. He would always offer a drink first – I would refuse and claim it was my turn to buy after 30 years, only to find he had already ordered me one before I walked in! It was as if he wouldn’t be able to sleep that night if he hadn’t bought a drink for every member of his team and the opposition!
    A truly generous, gentle giant of a man that I enjoyed so many good times with. Rest well Bigman.

  6. From the age of about 7 I used to follow the 3rd and 4th xi cricket teams around with my dad Martin. Big John This was ever present. I also had the pleasure of playing a number of matches with him in my earlier teens. One memory in particular was John and I blocking out 17 overs for a draw at Birkenhead park when we were 9 down (I was 12). His knowledge of the game and dedication to the club were second to none. Off the pitch I can honestly say you could not meet a nicer, more pleasant or generous man. He always showed interest in mine and my sisters cricket. Even in the later months of his life with all his own problems he would always find time to ask how my mum and sister were. A true gentlemen in life and the fight he showed in the face of adversity these last 18 months is admired by everyone at the club. It was a privilege to have met him, the club will not be the same, he will be missed by all.
    Condolences to all the family, time is a great healer, remember the good times and cherish the memories
    Griffiths Family

  7. It was in Paul Duckers 4th XI that I first played senior cricket. ‘JT’ was one of the senior members of the team and taught me much about the game. John would sacrifice his own involvement in games to ensure that the youngsters always had leading roles in the side.

    Playing alongside John was a great honour and the memories we shared will never be forgotten.

    A true gent who will greatly be missed. RIP JT xx

    • A man of great integrity and generosity of both spirit and action. John’s commitment to the club and the fellowship readily offered to others provide an everlasting memory. A true gentlemen he encouraged and helped Rachel to learn to score last year spending many hours with her despite the typical British weather and his deteriorating health. Kate also experienced his generosity, arriving at the club to have her picture taken with Freddie Flintoff (& get my copy of his autobiography signed!) John insisted that she join his table for the meal and stay to listen to Freddie speak at his expense to the obvious delight of a 13 year old who shouldn’t have been there! A lovely gesture that was typical of the man – a theme that will no doubt be repeated in these pages.
      He will be greatly missed.

  8. Since joining the club 14 years ago I have had the pleasure of knowing John. He welcomed me to the club and treated me as a part of it from day one. That was the type of man he was – he never judged, he never criticised, he was the epitomy of a true gent. John was always kind and generous to me and my family and would always go out of his way to ask how everybody was. John loved his cricket and loved his family and will be sorely missed by all. It really was a pleasure knowing you. Xx

  9. John was an incredible man , who I knew from the start of my senior cricket , he was an inspiration to many who played with and along side him , he was a figure of experience and knowledge , I’m lucky to have known and played along side john

  10. Truly one of the nicest men I have met in my life,our over 40 cricket games on a Wed evening will go down as lasting memories for me spent with John. I am sure the overwhelming complements will never stop for this true gentleman.R.I.P. my friend.

  11. In cricket you meet so many people within a club, many you don’t get the pleasure of playing with so therefore you may not get to know them well and get to understand what makes them tick.
    When I moved to Chester I always remember starting 3rd/4th team nets on a Tuesday hoping to get to know some more club member and to give some advice were wanted.

    John introduced himself and though a bowler he was desperate to learn how to play a on drive. He wanted to improve his game right towards the end of his career. I loved these batting sessions with John and could see he was enjoying learning new skills. He always did something very rare at the end he would insist he would throw some at me and feel like he was giving me extra practice for the weekend.

    Only two weeks ago before the first game John was asked to address the first team as Club Captain in the changing room before the first game, sadly his condition ment he had gone into a Hospice by then, rather than let the group down he and Ian recorded a video to rally the group and give some thoughts for the season. those words stuck with me and the rest of the players.

    Over the past two seasons I have seen John as a humble man who did not court the limelight but rightly got it off so many, to his very last days he was a committed Chester member and its testament to him he will be missed by many.

    The hope now is that the family who battled with John can enjoy his memory and that the club can carry his legend forward it the rest of the season and beyond.

    RIP Thiss

  12. I was sad to hear the news about John. I worked with John in Middlesbrough and was struck by how much of a gentleman he was. He was well liked and well respected by all who knew him. John spoke about his family with such affection and used to say how he was doubly lucky to have such wonderful daughters-in-laws.
    My condolences to his family and I hope that happy memories and stories of John will help the healing start.
    I shall miss you my friend

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