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Former Baildon player George Moore passes away

Club President John Helm pays tribute:

George Moore the last survivor of the Baildon  Cricket Club team that won the Bradford League Priestley Cup in 1952 has passed away at the age of 89.

Moore was renowned for elegance n everything he did - perhaps not surprising for the owner of an outfitters shop in his home village.

George was always immaculately dressed whether in the high street, on the cricket pitch or while playing golf.

He first played for Baildon juniors at Jenny Lane at the age of nine and progressed to the first team at 15.

He quickly established himself as one of the most talented batsmen in the Bradford League and was regarded as a fine cover point fielder, these attributes soon coming to the notice of Yorkshire.

He became a regular member of the Yorkshire Colts team under skipper Ronnie Burnet who was also his captain at Baildon.

George scored two centuries for Yorkshire Seconds and amassed over 2,000 runs in four seasons.

However his career was cut short in the early sixties due to the death of his father, necessitating George to take over the running of the outfitters business - which had did for many years.

Instead of progressing to Yorkshire's County Championship side George became an accomplished golfer and won many honours at the neighbouring Bradford Golf Club.

He also invested much time in coaching young players impressing upon them the values and traditions of a sport that still places great emphasis on dress, sporting rivalry and respect for the opponent.

George Moore's funeral service will be held at Shay Grange Crematorium, Shipley on Wednesday, November 29 (12.45 pm) followed by a wake at Bradford Golf Club.  

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