HORSHAM’S sporting community has come together to pay heartfelt tributes to ‘marvellous clubman’ Chris Hoskins, who died on Saturday aged 49 following illness.
Chris, affectionately known as ‘Hotshot’, was a bedrock of Horsham Cricket Club for more than 30 years, successfully captaining the Sunday XI side for much of that time and a hugely popular figure with everyone at the club.
He was also a big part of Horsham Rugby Club, where he had been first team manager for the past two seasons, and both clubs paid tribute to ‘the nicest man you could ever meet’.
Dedicating the first team’s opening day win over Eastbourne to him, captain Craig Gallagher said: “He was just an absolute legend. He captained the Sunday XI for years and years and always helped out around the ground when Sussex came up for the county week.
“He was just the nicest man you could ever wish to meet. He has helped so many young players come through the club including me and my brother. When we were youngsters moving into men’s cricket we played for him in the Sunday side and he always had a smile on his face, he was just a fantastic guy who will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.”
Cricket Club president Hugh Thomas said: “I had known him since he first joined the club and best remember him for what he did for the Sunday side. When he first took over the Sunday XI was a bit down and fading badly but he did a wonderful job, brought it back up, encouraged the young players to join and created a great spirit in the side.
“Everyone wanted to play for each other and one of his great strengths was people just seemed to warm to his free and easy manner. He never lost his temper, he was always totally charming and ready to help. He was an absolutely marvellous club man who will be sorely missed.”
Chris also helped with the ladies section when his daughter Sophie played for the club, and in the last few years of his life he became a major part of the town’s rugby club, where son Rob plays for the 1st XI.
A statement on the rugby club’s website read: “Not only was he 1st Team Manager but he was one of those people who are happy to do the smaller jobs that are so essential to the smooth running of any organisation. In particular, he was a great help when the inside of the Clubhouse was redecorated, including installing new flooring, some 2 to 3 years ago.
“We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Tansy, his daughter Sophie and sons Mark and the twins Rob and Adam.
“Although not a rugby man himself, Chris loved sport. After leaving school he played for Forest Old Boys where he was affectionately known as Chris ‘Hotshot’ Hoskins, once netting five goals for his team in a cup final game.
“Chris was always there with a smile and a helping hand and he will be affectionately remembered by all those who came into contact with him.”
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