Trent Bridge crowd buys ticket for deceased fan

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Nottingham, Aug 5 (IANS) The crowd at Trent Bridge, venue of the ongoing first Test between India and England, used a novel way to honour a cricket fan who passed away recently.

Despite a packed stadium, they had kept one seat empty. It had been reserved for a cricket fan John Clarke who had not missed a single Test at Trent Bridge for the last 40 years but had died recently.

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“A fan named John Clarke hadn’t missed a game for 40 years. But he sadly passed away recently. So in his memory, his friends bought him a ticket and left the seat empty,” said a tweet from the Barmy Army.

The Barmy Army also made its presence felt for the first time with full fervour after the lockdown was lifted.

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England’s home Test matches last year against West Indies and Pakistan were played in front of empty stands, with the Barmy Army missing.

A limited crowd was allowed for England’s two Tests against New Zealand as well as India’s World Test Championship final against New Zealand, in June.

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However, the administration has allowed capacity crowd for the ongoing England-India series.



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