Alan Cornelius

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you of the loss of Alan who died in hospital on 23rd November 2020. The funeral will take place on Monday 14th December at 1.00 pm at the Marylebone Crematorium, East End Rd, East Finchley, London N2 0RZ. Covid-19 restrictions apply. Please contact Richard Brown at richnjo.brown@btinternet.com

 Alan Cornelius attended Holloway School from 1946 to 1953. He died in hospital on 23rd November 2020. Those of you from the ĎOld Schoolí will remember with great affection this good sport who was good at sport, racing down the left wing on the top pitch at Bow Lane and the halcyon days that followed when the Old Camdenians were able to field 7 football teams in winter and three cricket sides in summer on a Saturday afternoon. Alan, with great sporting ability, was an automatic selection on the team sheets for both football and cricket first X1ís.
At school, he captained both the football and cricket teams: he excelled at running in 440-yard track events and represented the school at inter school athletic meetings. He used his speed to the full when on the football field. Playing on the left wing, he didnít so much as dribble past the opposing right back; he would push the ball forward and race past the defender. Heavy full backs made him suffer when they werenít able to match his pace and would attack his ankles.
Alan had a brief period as a semi-professional footballer for Enfield Town. Precise football records are not available, but as an established member during the period of a highly successful OCís first Xl, he probably played over 250 games and scored more than 150 goals. During this time, he also won representative honours with the LOB league X1.
When he changed from shorts and top in winter to full whites for the summer game, his prowess and talent as a left-handed batsman in the upper order enabled the OCís to reach respectable scores on many occasions. He didnít hammer the red ball in the style of Ben Stokes but would stroke it more in the elegant manner of David Gower. He would use the pace from the fast bowler to glance the ball either side of the wicket past the wicket keeper or take a full stride down the pitch and with a full back lift and follow through reverse the direction of the ball back past the bowler where it would gather speed down the slope at Bow Lane to the boundary fence. He performed the left handerís typical hook shot with assurance. According to club cricket records, he played 307 games from 1951 to 1964, scored 6413 runs, including 2 centuries and 30 fifties. Occasionally, he was required to turn his arm over for a reward of 20 wickets and as the complete all-rounder, took a total of 138 catches.
Alan wasnít a great social drinker, as some of us might have been at that time, but he joined many OCís who would socialise and enjoy refreshments at the Archway Tavern before and after the game. Following National Service in the 50ís, we shared a number of cricket tours and several holidays together. One such holiday was with Brian ĎNedí Kelly to Mt Pilatus, Switzerland where we climbed to Kandersteg wearing our service boots.
Alan started work at BP in the City and remained an employee till he retired at the age of 50 in 1984. In September 1961 he married Jill and I was privileged to be his best man. The couple moved to Southgate. After Jill died in 2015, Alanís health began to suffer. He was taken into hospital with a kidney infection and died a week later. Alan was well respected, likeable, even tempered and sincere. Our thoughts are with Paul, Alison and family to whom we send our condolences
Richard Brown

One remembers odd things that are themselves totally unimportant. We had an Alan at left wing and another Alan, me, at right wing. In what was to become a Spice Girls nomenclature later , we were named on the pitch as Alan C and Alan S. Perhaps the important aspect is that we do remember."

Alan Shearn