Tribute from Ellon Cricket Club

Ellon Gordon Cricket Club were sad to learn of the passing of ex-stalwart Eric Thomson early on Christmas morning after a lengthy illness.

Eric started playing for the Club when it was reformed in 1947 after the war.

His last appearance was in 1994 at the age of 62 thus failing to beat the record of a certain Bert Busby who had played for the Club while in his late 60s or early 70s. Eric was one of a number of all-rounders to have played for the Club over the past 65 years. It was he who captained the Club to Bon Accord Cup victories in ‘57 and ’59 the first time the Club had enjoyed such success. He was also well to the fore when the Club won the Haig Villages Tournament in ’73 and then the Small Clubs Cup in ’86. Both of these victories were the first by any Club from the North East. In the early part of his career Eric was always involved either taking wickets or scoring runs. One thing for certain was that he was seldom out of the limelight.

Eric also achieved some personal success with the Club winning the Fenton Cup for bowling on four occasions between ’54 and ’58; the Moir Cup for batting on 3 occasions not to mention the Thomas Trophy for fielding in ’90. His best bowling performance was when he captured 9 for 34 versus Bon Accord in ’71 while his best batting performance was against Boddam in ’72 falling just 2 short of his century which would surely have been achieved, if an over exuberant Charlie Adams hadn’t applauded his achievement two runs too early because sad to say, at the next ball Eric was out.

It was Eric and the late Jim Alexander who demolished Henderson’s in ’59 restricting them to an all time low Grades score of 4 but he was also in the Ellon side dismissed by Boddam a year later in ’60 for just 5 after Eric had received a nasty blow in the face on the notoriously dangerous Ellon wicket at that time.

His sporting activities, however, were not restricted to cricket as he played football during the winter for Ellon United in the Amateur ranks for a number of years. He also played badminton in both the Ellon and District and Peterhead League for the Victoria Hall badminton club. The club’s thoughts are with Maureen and family at this sad time.