Richard Ibbotson: Joe Root dons black armband in Ashes after death of beloved Sheffield Collegiate chairman

The England star is wearing a black armband on the last day of The Ashes as the cricketing world honours a beloved character.
England's Joe Root pays tribute to Sheffield Collegiate chairman Richard Ibbotson, who sadly died suddenly over the weekend, by wearing a black armband during the fifth Test of The Ashes series against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesEngland's Joe Root pays tribute to Sheffield Collegiate chairman Richard Ibbotson, who sadly died suddenly over the weekend, by wearing a black armband during the fifth Test of The Ashes series against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
England's Joe Root pays tribute to Sheffield Collegiate chairman Richard Ibbotson, who sadly died suddenly over the weekend, by wearing a black armband during the fifth Test of The Ashes series against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

England's Joe Root has donned a black armband on the final day of The Ashes series in honour of a 'huge figure' in Sheffield cricket.

Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club chairman Richard Ibbotson sadly died suddenly in the early hours of Saturday morning. Richard was a hugely popular figure at the club, which has produced two former England captains and legends of the sport in Joe Root and Michael Vaughan.

England's Joe Root pays tribute to Sheffield Collegiate chairman Richard Ibbotson, who sadly died suddenly over the weekend, by wearing a black armband during the fifth Test of The Ashes series against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesEngland's Joe Root pays tribute to Sheffield Collegiate chairman Richard Ibbotson, who sadly died suddenly over the weekend, by wearing a black armband during the fifth Test of The Ashes series against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
England's Joe Root pays tribute to Sheffield Collegiate chairman Richard Ibbotson, who sadly died suddenly over the weekend, by wearing a black armband during the fifth Test of The Ashes series against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
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Sheffield Cricket Lovers tweeted: "Sincere condolences to his family and @SheffieldColCC on the death of Richard Ibbotson. He was a huge figure over many many years and will be sadly missed around Abbeydale Sports Club."

George Dobell, senior correspondent at The Cricketer magazine, described Mr Ibbotson as 'someone who has a done a lot for Joe and his cricket club in Sheffield'. The Star's football writer, Danny Hall, also paid tribute to Mr Ibbotson and called Joe Root's on-field tribute in the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval 'another class mark of the man'.