News | Phil Hopwood

Phil Hopwood 

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Phil Hopwood, a long time supporter and Vice President of Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club.

Many of you will have known Phil as the landlord of the St Vincent Arms, Sutton upon Derwent; the favourite pub of many a Woodhouse Grange cricketer and supporter.

Since moving into the St Vincent Arms in 1990, Phil, along with his late wife Enid and their family, have been wonderful supporters of our club. As well as following us all the way to Lord's in pursuit of national honours, over the years the Hopwoods have provided valuable sponsorship and donated many prizes to Woodhouse Grange - including the annual Derby draw, which Phil was particularly keen to support.

In return many of our players, officials and supporters have paid regular visits to the St Vincent Arms during this time. No one did this more often than that Woodhouse Grange legend Alasdair Swann, and a wonderful friendship was struck up between these two great men.

Whether drowning our sorrows, celebrating a dramatic victory or dining in style, we have received wonderful hospitality from the Hopwood family; and long may it continue.

In recent years we have hosted a very popular Quiz Night at the club, and the fact that teams challenge for the Phil and Enid Hopwood Trophy shows the esteem with which they are held at Woodhouse Grange.

We send our very best wishes to Adrian, Simon, Clare, Christine, James, Rachel and Emily.

Phil's funeral will be held on Tuesday 6th March, 12pm at St Michael and All Angels Church, Sutton upon Derwent, followed by a service at York crematorium.

Refreshments will then follow at the St Vincent Arms. All from Woodhouse Grange are welcome to both; family flowers only. 

Phil HopwoodPhil Hopwood, with favourite glass of Sancerre