BREAKING: Kent and England cricketer Alan Igglesden has died aged 57
Monday 1st November 2021
FORMER Kent and England fast bowler Alan Igglesden has died at the age of 57.
He had spent many years battling a brain tumour he was diagnosed with shortly after he finished his professional career.
During a long but often injury-prone stint as a player, 'Iggy' played in three Test matches and hundreds of first class and List A games.
He represented Kent for 12 years after making his debut in 1986.
Iggy was born in Farnborough in Kent, and took 693 career wickets across first-class and List A cricket, as well as being picked for West Indies tour during which he played two Tests.
In 1999, one year after making his final appearance for Kent, Igglesden suffered an epileptic fit while playing for minor counties club Berkshire. A scan revealed a brain tumour and he was forced to retire from sport.
He responded well to treatement and the size of the tumour was reduced considerably.
He was well-liked and admired in the sport, although it was felt he did not reach the heights he may have done had injuries not got in his way. He was regarded as approachable and friendly.
In retirement from professional sport, became cricket master and sports facility manager at Sutton Valence School and for some years lived with his ex-wife Sara in Loose.
In recent years, he lived in the north of England where the effects of his illness worsened. He was wheechair bound and receiving end of life care after two strokes in 2018 and 2020.
Despite his deteriorating health, Iggy played a large part in raising awareness of brain tumour sufferers.
It is undertood he passed away this morning.
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