Wycombe Wanderers have lost another of their all-time heroes with the death today (February 8th) of Jack Tomlin.The former Blues’ winger died in hospital after a brief illness at the age of 88.
A talented all-round sportsman, he played cricket for High Wycombe and Bucks and was a regular golfer at Winter Hill. But he was better known for his exploits at Loakes Park where he was a regular for a decade, making 226 appearances and scoring 71 goals.
A key player in the Sid Cann squad that won the Isthmian League title for the first time in 1956, he was also a regular the following season when they repeated that and reached the FA Amateur Cup Final. There are now only five survivors left from that Wembley side that lost valiantly against Bishop Auckland - Dennis Syrett, Mike Wicks, Jim Truett, Len Worley and Cliff Trott.
“Jack was a teammate for a decade and a friend for over 60 years,” says Wicks. “In all that time I never saw him lose his temper or fall out with anyone. I don't know anyone who didn't like him. Despite the very sad loss of his wife when his children were very young, he was a happy guy. He never pushed himself forward but always encouraged others.”
When Wycombe formed their Ex-Players’ Association ten years ago, Jack was a unanimous and popular choice as President. He quietly encouraged others to join up and supported every function. In November he was among the guests at the WWEPA dinner when footage of the Blues’ 1956 match with Uganda was re-run. He happily relived every kick of the 10-1 victory against bare-footed opposition. Despite a lack of mobility, he still attended matches until very recently.
Jack’s family are planning a private cremation with memorial service to follow later.
The thoughts of everyone at Wycombe Wanderers are with Jack's friends and family at this time.