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Obituary - Alan Igglesden (Staff 2000-2008)

We are sad to share the news that former England Test cricketer and, latterly, member of staff at Sutton Valence School, Alan Igglesden had died, aged 57.

As you may have already read in the national press, we are sad to share the news that former England Test cricketer and, latterly, member of staff at Sutton Valence School, Alan Igglesden had died, aged 57.

Iggy was a hugely popular member of staff for the eight years he was at the School (2000-2008) as our Head of Cricket and Sports Centre Manager.  Prior to joining SVS, he suffered a seizure in 1999 and, after a routine MRI scan, doctors discovered a non-malignant but inoperable brain tumour. Sadly, in recent years, he had experienced two severe strokes, which had affected his ability to communicate and was receiving end-of-life care. He died yesterday morning alongside his family and wife, Liz (Staff 2003-2007).

As a cricketer, Iggy made his debut for Kent in July 1986 and went on to make 283 appearances for the county, taking 592 wickets across both first-class and List A cricket. A right arm fast bowler, he enjoyed his breakthrough year in 1989 when he was awarded his Kent county cap during a season in which he took 90 wickets in 42 matches, form which saw him make his England Test debut. In total, he made seven appearances for England across both Test matches and one-day internationals), taking eight wickets, including the dismissals of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh on debut in the 1989 Ashes series.

Despite his two recent strokes, Iggy went on to complete a 5k Challenge in May to support the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, the players’ charity that had helped him and his family overcome the day-to-day challenges he had faced. In total, he raised neatly £18,000 for the charity. A truly inspirational man until the end, his courage and determination were second-to-none.

Those who were at the School in the early 2000s will remember Iggy for the significant development he made to Cricket at the School, the legacy of which continues today. More than that though, he will be remembered for his infectious smile and unbounding enthusiasm for everything he turned his hand to; he will be truly missed.

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