Everyone at Warwickshire County Cricket Club is immensely saddened to learn that former Club photographer Roger Wootton has passed away at the age of 84.

Roger was well known to players, staff and Club Members, having covered the Bears for many years.

Highlights included his coverage of the treble-winning season and Brian Lara’s world record First Class innings of 501 not out in 1994, further Championship triumphs in 1995, 2004 and 2012 and most recently, the T20 Blast win at Edgbaston in 2014.

Roger also photographed all Warwickshire county age group teams for several years, for the annual yearbook, and he covered every Test match at Edgbaston between 1990 and 2015.

After stepping away from photography at the end of the 2015 season, Roger remained a very active supporter of the Bears and spoke to men’s First Team Coach Jim Troughton and former fast bowler and treble-winner Tim Munton during the lockdown period.

“Roger was a great friend to the Club and so many players past and present have fond memories of him covering the team,” said Jim Troughton.

“Soon after signing my first professional contract on the playing staff, I remember him organising the head shots and team photography on the Media Day and I used to always enjoy speaking to him over the course of the season.

Jim Troughton

“Like us players, he was an incredibly proud Bear and he thoroughly enjoyed every minute photographing the team. We all thought so much of Roger and he will be sadly missed by so many of us.”

The thoughts of everyone at Warwickshire CCC are with Roger’s family at this time and the players will wear black armbands tomorrow in the Vitality Blast game versus Gloucestershire in Bristol in tribute.