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Old 24th January 2014, 07:38   #1
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Kim Jones tribute thread

Kim lasted posted on this board on 2nd January on the 'who would you sack' thread but he visited us much later than that. His last log in was on 15th January, just a week before he died.

I actually think he's still with us now, but that's a personal belief.

So, here we go... please find the best of Kim on the board and share it here.
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:12   #2
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I have known Kim for several years now, and I feel honoured and priveleged to have known him as a friend. He was a modest, unassuming man who took real interest in the views and stories of others, even though his stories were probably more interesting!
He was a great lover of cricket, and county cricket in general, loving the "all walks of life" and likeable eccentrics that county cricket seems to generate. He was one of those people who everyone liked and no-one had a bad word for.
I once rather led him astray at Hove, and he insisted on phoning home at 2 am to speak to his dogs - dont think that went down very well with ALison, his wife.
And then there were those texts, when Sussex had collapsed to 27-6 and I got a " How's the cricket going" message- something we did to each other over the years
Anyway, he was a lovely man, and one I will sorely miss. Sussex v Warwickshir at Hove in the county championship will never be the same again
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:19   #3
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This thread was classic Kim, when his devotion to Trott first came to the fore. I was absolutely splitting my sides by the end of that evening.
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:20   #4
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I have known Kim for several years now, and I feel honoured and priveleged to have known him as a friend. He was a modest, unassuming man who took real interest in the views and stories of others, even though his stories were probably more interesting!
He was a great lover of cricket, and county cricket in general, loving the "all walks of life" and likeable eccentrics that county cricket seems to generate. He was one of those people who everyone liked and no-one had a bad word for.
I once rather led him astray at Hove, and he insisted on phoning home at 2 am to speak to his dogs - dont think that went down very well with ALison, his wife.
And then there were those texts, when Sussex had collapsed to 27-6 and I got a " How's the cricket going" message- something we did to each other over the years
Anyway, he was a lovely man, and one I will sorely miss. Sussex v Warwickshir at Hove in the county championship will never be the same again
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Old 24th January 2014, 09:10   #5
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I don't think - in fact I know - that we never exchanged a single post in anger. I remember his article in Spin a few months ago on the finances in county cricket. Other things I remember was that he used to go out with a girl from where I lived in his youth, that he used to live next door to an Ex- WHU goalie (I still don't know which one), and when my mother died 3 years ago he regularly PM'd me to talk and see how I was coping.

Sleep tight Kim. We'll all miss you.
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Old 24th January 2014, 09:27   #6
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Dai Davies was the goalkeeper, Aidan - I think Kim gave him some tips where he was going wrong, and things were a bit frosty between them after that!
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Old 24th January 2014, 19:43   #7
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Here's a lovely tribute from one of the guys who Kim 'knew' through twitter and gave him a few pointers in the right direction.
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Old 24th January 2014, 19:48   #8
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Kim lasted posted on this board on 2nd January on the 'who would you sack' thread but he visited us much later than that. His last log in was on 15th January, just a week before he died.

I actually think he's still with us now, but that's a personal belief.

So, here we go... please find the best of Kim on the board and share it here.
I'd like to think of him as an angel, not because of any personal belief but because they can fly and I can just picture him being crabby about ending up an angel when he hates flying.


My favourite Kim story
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Old 24th January 2014, 19:51   #9
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My favourite thread is easy to identify love the comment about how does Watkinson keep his job. 7 years later and he is still there albeit upstairs!
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Old 24th January 2014, 20:02   #10
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Ah yes. Forgot about the Bradman "autographs".

Been on various cricket message boards and there are a few mentioning Kim today. This was a measure of his popularity. Many posters saying similar things - never met him but enjoyed the MB banter.

I didn't realise he was 59 years old. Thought he was slightly younger. Still taken away far too young but the good ones always are.
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Old 26th January 2014, 21:04   #11
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Much like many others here, I had (regrettably) never met Kim in real life - but I still found myself completely knocked back by this horrible news the other day. I'm not sure if I'll have anything too original or eloquent to add to this thread but I feel compelled to post...

It's an impressive measure of Kim's character and personality that it was able to show through online text to so many different people, as evidenced here and elsewhere. He would frequently go along with (or indeed instigate) fun-poking at his expense - I think this has brought wry smiles to many of our faces over time. It's now easy to notice that he saved his defensiveness for others (see: ILJ Trott). A few years ago (as a perhaps slightly prickly teen) I was prone to occasionally making jives at the expense of Warks or Edgbaston in relation to Notts and Trent Bridge. His response to this was (when I moved to Birmingham to study) to frequently make a point of offering to go out of his way to get me into Edgbaston for free when I decided I'd fancy going to watch a few day's play there! It's also worth noting that Kim could probably be considered a 'pioneer' of any sensible debate that does exist regarding the sustainability of county cricket. He offered both facts surrounding county finances, and well-reasoned, considered and insightful analysis of them - the ECB would have been well advised to listen to him rather than consultants and accountants!

The world is a lesser place. Rest in peace fella.
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Old 27th January 2014, 14:29   #12
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Perhaps we can establish a permanent tribute to Kim by naming a board or thread after him, as we did with the Bill Frindall Records Thread.

We could rename the Domestic board as the Kim Jones Domestic Cricket Board, or maybe create a thread that specifically reflects his interests.
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Old 27th January 2014, 15:17   #13
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Perhaps we can establish a permanent tribute to Kim by naming a board or thread after him, as we did with the Bill Frindall Records Thread.

We could rename the Domestic board as the Kim Jones Domestic Cricket Board, or maybe create a thread that specifically reflects his interests.
Its a good idea MF. I'd have thought the 'Out of contracts' thread might be a good one to name after him as that was the one that he was way ahead of the game more than anyone else as it is clear he had impeccable contacts. However I'd like a broader opinion before we went on to that.
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sorry to hear the death of Kim always very informative on players, will be sadly missed
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Old 27th January 2014, 22:58   #15
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Old 28th January 2014, 08:59   #16
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I was going to propose closing the board for 2 or 3 hours at the time of his funeral as a mark of respect.

Not sure if that's possible.
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Old 28th January 2014, 17:20   #17
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I am not sure how closing the board for Kim's funeral would work in practice but perhaps my more technically able fellow mods might know?

But I love the idea of re-naming the domestic cricket board for him... almost as much as I love the image of him of a grumpy angel learning to fly ;-)
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Old 28th January 2014, 17:44   #18
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I am not sure how closing the board for Kim's funeral would work in practice but perhaps my more technically able fellow mods might know?

But I love the idea of re-naming the domestic cricket board for him... almost as much as I love the image of him of a grumpy angel learning to fly ;-)
When this board had a temporary malfunction a few months ago, a number of us were on twitter trying to figure out what went wrong with folk thinking they had been banned. I had to confess that I had not a clue what went wrong and Kim allowed himself a laugh thinking I would be the least likely to figure it out! He was correct of course, though he did also confess that he had similar issues himself! If I recall correctly he was a mod on the Bearsfans.org forum. Anyway good to see the job done.
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I am not sure how closing the board for Kim's funeral would work in practice but perhaps my more technically able fellow mods might know?

But I love the idea of re-naming the domestic cricket board for him... almost as much as I love the image of him of a grumpy angel learning to fly ;-)
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When this board had a temporary malfunction a few months ago, a number of us were on twitter trying to figure out what went wrong with folk thinking they had been banned. I had to confess that I had not a clue what went wrong and Kim allowed himself a laugh thinking I would be the least likely to figure it out! He was correct of course, though he did also confess that he had similar issues himself! If I recall correctly he was a mod on the Bearsfans.org forum. Anyway good to see the job done.
Thanks Jane and well done Chin for renaming this whole board.
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I wonder if he knew how much everyone thought of him. I do hope so. It is when someone dies that you realise you must tell people more often how much they mean to you.
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