About Nic Willoughby
Nic discovered his love of sport at a very young age, really when he started to walk. It was something special that he shared with his dad.
His love of cricket was shared with his sister Beth and brother Tom. All three of them played at Bledlow village Cricket Club.
This love was to continue and thrive throughout his life.
He enjoyed playing a real variation of sports, including; football, rugby, cricket, golf, squash, badminton, hockey, and tennis. At one point, Nic was also a keen fisherman and the photo shows how proud he was after this particular catch!
Nic loved the friendships he made playing team sports. He embraced the whole team ethic and at primary and secondary schools, playing in many teams.
He proudly captained a team on the Barbados Cricket tour with Lord Williams School. It wasn’t just participating he enjoyed, Nic also found a love of watching sport too, whether it was live or on the television. He was a avid Watford FC supporter and from a very young age he travelled all over the country to watch matches.
He also became very knowledgeable about sports generally, including horse racing which came through his best friend and stepbrother Albert. Nic would often watch Albert ride out and supported him at race meetings.
On the football field, Nic was a strong and competitive defender and also became an accomplished goal keeper. This no doubt helped with his wicket keeping skills too! Nic developed an amazing long throw, which caused panic with opposing teams, as demonstrated in the photo below when playing for Naphill FC.