Michael Plumb RIP

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Michael Plumb RIP

Joined: March 29th, 2016, 10:03 am

October 5th, 2016, 5:56 pm #1

It is with sadness that I post the news that Michael Plumb, a long-standing Yorkshire member from Sheffield, died on Sunday 3 October 2016. Michael had been in failing health for some time and it will come as no surprise to those who saw him during the last home game at Headingley that he is no longer with us.

No truer supporter of Yorkshire County Cricket Club ever drew breath; always up-beat and entusiastic, even when things were not going too well. He celebrated Yorkshire Championship victories in 2014 and 2015 in his own particular fashion, demonstrating his genuine pleasure. His seats; in front of The Tavern at Headingley and on the back row of the members area, just in front of the home team dressing room at Scarborough, will seem strangely vacant due to his absence. He will be long remembered among his many friends.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 7:13 pm

October 5th, 2016, 6:43 pm #2

As you say it's a shock but not a surprise. Michael has been looking more & more unwell over the last couple of seasons.

During lunch in the match against Somerset Paula was saying that they should get someone to look after Michael as she thought he wasn't feeding himself properly.

RIP
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Joined: June 3rd, 2014, 8:54 pm

October 5th, 2016, 9:11 pm #3

Very sad to hear this news. I, and the other YCCC-watching members of my family, did not know Michael, but we knew of him as a long-standing and much-loved member of the YCCC family. We were aware of his life-long devotion to YCCC. RIP.
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Joined: August 14th, 2007, 12:51 pm

October 6th, 2016, 7:42 am #4

If Michael Plumb was the frail looking man who, in recent years, occupied a seat under the old pavilion and made regular excursions into the East Stand, I genuinely regret his passing.
He was one of the few remaining 'characters' at Headingley and always ready for a few words with anyone he encountered.
I can''t recall a time when he hasn't been a regular. I first noticed him in the mid seventies when a relatively young (but still frail looking) man.
For me, he is in the pantheon of memorable Yorkshire characters once seen and not forgotten - Arthur Smith, Yummy Yummy Choc Choc, the raffle ticket sellers of the eighties and nineties, the Cheeseman, the old couple with the teddy bears, the wonderful lady with her disabled twins, the stocky, silent short-sighted gentleman who sat on top of the Winter shed with his enormous pair of binoculars - there are still a few others who I look forward to spotting again next April.
Michael was a part of the savour and the sweetness of supporting our great Club. Headingley is impoverished by his passing.
RIP.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 7:13 pm

October 6th, 2016, 7:48 am #5

Brilliant post T1950
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Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

October 6th, 2016, 7:51 am #6

How can you overlook Boycotts number one fan in the 70s, the legendary Ron Griffith I think his name was.

He was the gentlemen of West Indian origin who often gave out advice to Geoff from the boundary edge when batting.

But yes, I remember most of the others you recall too.

Sorry to hear about Michael. Don't think I knew of him but don't sit in same areas
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Joined: April 11th, 2014, 2:11 pm

October 6th, 2016, 8:09 am #7

I have known Michael Plumb for quite a few years.
I first knew Michael as he was like me a keen supporter of Sheffield Wednesday and we both used to go to the away games on the supporters coaches. Think he had the same seat at Hillsborough for over 40 years.
I believe he used to work for DWP near the bottom of the Moor in Sheffield.

My biggest memory of him was the first face I saw at Somerset when I first went there last season. Was a true gentlemen and always polite and friendly.

Sorry to hear of his passing, will be missed.
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Joined: October 20th, 2013, 8:03 pm

October 6th, 2016, 8:23 am #8

How can you overlook Boycotts number one fan in the 70s, the legendary Ron Griffith I think his name was.

He was the gentlemen of West Indian origin who often gave out advice to Geoff from the boundary edge when batting.

But yes, I remember most of the others you recall too.

Sorry to hear about Michael. Don't think I knew of him but don't sit in same areas
RIP. One of those many people I've said hello to so many times without ever really having a conversation. Plus others I have often talked to briefly without us ever knowing each other's names. One of the unique characteristics of county cricket, along with 'Winter well' in September, 'Happy New Year' in April, and many other things without price or profit, but of immense character and value to all cricket followers outside the ECB.

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Joined: March 29th, 2016, 10:03 am

October 6th, 2016, 1:38 pm #9

If Michael Plumb was the frail looking man who, in recent years, occupied a seat under the old pavilion and made regular excursions into the East Stand, I genuinely regret his passing.
He was one of the few remaining 'characters' at Headingley and always ready for a few words with anyone he encountered.
I can''t recall a time when he hasn't been a regular. I first noticed him in the mid seventies when a relatively young (but still frail looking) man.
For me, he is in the pantheon of memorable Yorkshire characters once seen and not forgotten - Arthur Smith, Yummy Yummy Choc Choc, the raffle ticket sellers of the eighties and nineties, the Cheeseman, the old couple with the teddy bears, the wonderful lady with her disabled twins, the stocky, silent short-sighted gentleman who sat on top of the Winter shed with his enormous pair of binoculars - there are still a few others who I look forward to spotting again next April.
Michael was a part of the savour and the sweetness of supporting our great Club. Headingley is impoverished by his passing.
RIP.
I think that you have got the right guy. And I agree he was one of the many great characters to have inhabited the seating at Headingley. You mention a few others, to whom could be added:

Still attending:
Bloke in't Mac.
Him wi't flat feet.
"Four for a pound"
Bernard Wilson.
Mollie Staines.
Geoff and Viv.
Track-suit Bob.
WRF's very own Stuart Acton.
The three Daves (Morton, Murphy and White).


No longer with us:
Rosie!
Paddy (scorecards, papers and scrathch cards).
Denis Mayo.
"Stan the Man"
Stick insect.
"Norman Wisdom Type"
Couple wi'th dogs (before their expulsion).

Rope men over the years including Ernest and Bessie, Bob in't shorts, Alan and Ray.

Even Lancashire have TWH!

One could go on..... and on, but perhaps these few should suffice.

First class cricket grounds at Championship matches provide endless opportunities for observing humanity "in the raw".

Of course it was the cycle track and the facility it afforded for spectators to promenade around the ground which made it possible to see these people as they passed by. Something will be lost when the last section of the track at the Football Stand end is subsumed below the new South Stand next year.


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Joined: January 13th, 2015, 7:59 pm

October 6th, 2016, 2:45 pm #10

I was sad to hear that Michael had passed away. I moved back to Sheffield in 1993 to work at "The Manpower". The big, red brick vaguely pyramid shaped building at Moorfoot. Over the years, with government reorganisations, the name changed many times. But essentially, it housed Government Departments charged with Education, Adult Learning, Skills & Work & Pensions. Michael worked on the same floor as me for most of the time from me joining in 1993 until he retired. Michael was the Internet before it was invented. Large Govt Depts ran on bits of paper. Letters, memos, circulars. All sorted in the Main Post Room & then dumb waitered up to a Post Room on each floor. Michael worked in the one on the 6th floor. Every hour or so, he would plod the floor delivering mail to me & the other 6th floor mob. Collecting as well. He was a wireless hub...

He found out I supported the other football lot in Sheffield, not his beloved SWFC. But, he was so football mad he would often go to Bramall Lane if the Dark Side didn't have a game. Even after those games he'd happily give me an upbeat, positive, no nonsense appraisal of the way we'd played. I'd occasionally see him at Hallam FC as well if he could fit it into his football schedule.

Of course, he also found out I followed YCCC. So we had many touchpoints. I think it's fair to say, Michael did not take easily to new working practices. Of which there are generally two a week in the Civil Service. He could kick off like a good 'un. In my entire Civil Service career, I have never heard anyone shout as loud in the office as Michael. Maybe it was the dreaded switch to walking the Floors on the half hour rather than the full hour.

He'd often deliver the mail gently humming the latest ditty from the choristers on the East Bank Kop.

When he retired, it seemed like the entire office had crammed into the main post room to cheer him to the rafters. A joyous bash. By that time, we had email, instant messaging, video conferencing, all that caper. Bits of paper by hand was on it's last legs. His were just about those legs.

He had it all - Wednesday, Yorkshire, The Anglers Rest at Handsworth & the run of "The Manpower".

Silly Old Goat.
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