CRICKET: Former NWCU umpire dies

Former Eglinton player and NW umpire Warren Glenn who died this week in England. Pictured with the late Eric Cooke.
Former Eglinton player and NW umpire Warren Glenn who died this week in England. Pictured with the late Eric Cooke.

The festive season brought some very bad news for the North West cricket community after it emerged that former Eglinton player and Union umpire, Warren Glenn, had passed away after a long illness.

The 45-year-old was diagnosed with acute heart problems several years ago but had fought valiantly after spells in hospital in Derry, Belfast and Newcastle.

Warren was placed at the top of the heart transplant list at the start of December however despite identifying a donor just before Christmas, the operation was unsuccessful and he passed away last Wednesday evening in the Freeman’s Hospital in Newcastle.

Warren and his dad Robin are believed to be the first father and son pairing to stand together in a senior match anywhere in Ireland after they took charge of a Faughan Valley Cup game at YMCA in 2001.

Robin was an International umpire and has of course held many roles both within the Umpires Association and the North West generally. He said he was immensely proud of the fact that he was part of the first father and son team to umpire together in the Union.

Warren is survived by his daughter Melissa, sister Hayley as well as his parents and the sympathies of all involved with local cricket are extended to the entire family circle.

Funeral arrangements will be released when known.