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