The local sporting community took to social media to pay tribute to Tony Millard, who passed away this morning.
The speedway commentator, cricket umpire and administrator was aged 74.
He was most famous for being the ‘Voice of the Albion’ and for his involvement with the Sussex Cricket League.
Three Bridges cricket captain Danny Alderman said: “Tony was a co-founder of the league back in the 70’s and was instrumental in making Sussex Cricket what it is today.
“I didn’t play against him but I understand he was a reasonable cricketer in his day, and over the last 15 years has been one of the best umpires in the league. It is a sad day for Cricket in the county and he will be very sorely missed.”
Former Crawley Town keeper Michel Kuipers (@mkuipersFDM) tweeted: ‘Tony Millard sadly passed away. My condolences go to his family and friends. Will never forget his passionate commentary on #BHAFC games.’
Three Bridges Cricket Club (@TBCC_) tweeted: “Saddened at three bridges to hear of the death of Tony Millard. Without him, the competitive league cricket we enjoy today would not exist”
Haywards Heath Cricket Club (@HaywardsHeathCC) tweeted: “We have heard that HHCC stalwart & Vice President Tony Millard passed away today. Our thoughts go out to his family. RIP Tony #Green&Gold”
Burgess Hill Cricket Club (@BurgessHillCC): “Very sorry to hear of the sad passing of Tony Millard. A huge part of cricket in Sussex for decades.”
Glynde Cricket Club (@Glynde_cricket): “Sad news to hear of Tony Millard’s passing - a great loss to Sussex Cricket. Condolences to his family. #RIP”
Sussex cricket Matt Machan (@mattmachan): “Such sad news about Tony Millard! A true stalwart of the Sussex league and will be sorely missed! #rip”