|25 Feb 2022|
Michael Colin Cowdrey is legendary, even amongst Vincent’s Club members who have been privileged to have had many legends as members.
What is it about Colin Cowdrey that attracted such admiration? Perhaps because he was such a young man when he first went out to Australia, or because he died rather young? Because he was a gentleman, softly spoken, and modest? Or that he was the perfect timer of the shot, but also had nerves of steel, batting with a broken arm to save a Test match? Or is it the fact that he also had human frailties, being a little tubby? For whatever reason, he is one of the Club’s most famous and remarkable members.
Colin Cowdrey said he wore his Vincent’s tie with “quiet pride”, but the quote I really like about about him is the epitaph on his gravestone, written by John Woodcock, which reads "...some journey, some life, some cover drive, some friend."
The ever helpful Anthony O’Sullivan, (1993, Keble) has found this brilliant film of Cowdrey’s life. Members will recognise many familiar faces: