Mosman Life Member Doug Ford passed away on Sunday 30th June.
Doug was an outstanding wicket keeper who played 1st grade at Mosman from 1950 through to 1966, playing almost 200 games with the Whales. Arriving from Newcastle as a fresh 16 year old his skill with the gloves was quickly apparent to all and after only 4 matches with the club he made his First Grade Debut and then proceeded to hold that spot for another 15 seasons.
In between, he became the NSW Sheffield Shield team wicket keeper in 1957, when he was selected due to an injury to the incumbent. In the best traditions of our game, he took his chance with both gloves and proceeded to play the next 65 consecutive matches until 1964. As part of the mighty NSW side that won 10 consecutive Shield titles through to 62-63, he was frequently the only non Test Match player in the team, having to play behind the great Wally Grout as Australian keeper; and he was described by David Lord as "the best wicket keeper never to play for Australia".
Doug remained a lifelong friend and supporter of Mosman Cricket, living in Cremorne for over 50 years.
Doug's funeral will be held on Thursday, July 25th at 11.15am at Northern Suburbs Crematorium.
Rest In Peace.