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OBITUARIES

 

NORMAN BORRETT 1917-2004

 

Norman Borrett was probably Britain’s most talented postwar all round sportsman. He captained England and Great Britain at hockey and squash and also played first class cricket for Essex.

 

He was educated at Framlingham College in Suffolk ending his school career as captain of hockey, cricket, squash, fives, athletics and swimming, secretary of the debating society and school captain. He went to Pembroke College, Cambridge and read geography.

 

At hockey he won 30 caps for England and 7 for Great Britain captaining Britain to the silver medal at the 1948 Olympic Games. In cricket he played for Essex and Devon whilst in squash he won the English Amateur Championship in 1946, and again in each of the next four years. He also had a golf handicap of 4 and accumulated enough ranking points to qualify for the Wimbledon tennis championship, but was too busy to enter.

 

The war deprived him of his best years and although he played international squash until he was 38, four hip replacements later crippled him.

 

DEREK HIGGINS OBE

 

One of England hockey’s great gentlemen and benefactor passed away after a short illness on 19th December aged 75.

 

Higgins was perhaps best known for his support of Old Loughtonians hockey club which became the first club to own their artificial turf in 1986. Since then he oversaw the introduction of a second pitch, the original pitch upgraded to waterbased and a complete redevelopment of the clubhouse.

 

In his business life, he founded the Higgins Group plc, one of the biggest construction companies in south east England.

 

The Higgins Group sponsored the English indoor programme as well as the Hockey Writers Club and recently, the Hockey Writers Young Player awards.

 

 

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