1929 - 2011
It is with great regret that we inform you of the death of John Vinicombe.
The following is an article taken from the Argus.
THE Argus is mourning the death of legendary sports writer John Vinicombe.
The newspaper’s long-serving former Albion and Sussex cricket reporter passed away in a Hove nursing home, aged 82, after suffering from skin cancer.
Vinicombe’s name became synonymous with the Seagulls during a distinguished career spanning five decades.
The Ealing-born journalist signed for the Evening Argus in December 1954 after serving with the RAF and spells at the Press Association and Worthing Herald.
Albion presented him with a barometer on his retirement from the paper in February 1994, signifying the hot and cold relationship between reporter and club in an association lasting more than 30 years.
Vinicombe covered Albion in all four divisions of English football. He was at Wembley for the high point in their history, the FA Cup final and replay against Manchester United in 1983.
One of his biggest scoops was breaking the news in 1973 that Brian Clough and Peter Taylor were heading to the Goldstone from Derby County.
Vinicombe was also The Argus cricket correspondent. He reported on the county in Gillette Cup and NatWest Trophy final appearances at Lord’s and captain Tony Greig’s shock departure to the World Series with Kerry Packer.
Vinicombe, a widower, was a father of three grown-up sons and had eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, continued as the paper’s golf correspondent until his death.
Chris Giles, The Argus sports editor, said: “John was a formidable journalist with an impeccable reputation.
VINICOMBE JOHN BROOKS Aged 82 on 5th October 2011 following a short illness. Husband of Beryl. Former Chief Sports Writer of The Argus. Father to Russell, Robert, Richard and Julia. Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Funeral Service to be held at Woodvale Crematorium, North Chapel, Lewes Road, Brighton on 19th October 2011 at 1.30p.m. Family and close Friends are invited to Brighton & Hove Golf Club at 2.30 p.m. for refreshments. Family flowers only or if desired cheque donations to ‘Cancer Research UK’ c/o Caring Lady Funeral Director 38 Blatchington Road, Hove Tel. 01273 771332