Veteran sports organiser Cliffie Adams dies at 79

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BY CLEMENT DU PLESSIS

VETERAN freelance sports journalist Clifford Adams has died.

Adams, 79, died this morning.

(Featured photograph: Clifford Adams, his son Russell, and his wife Sheila)  

Less than 13 hours earlier, Adams, who had been working on a Facebook sports page, posted the daily sports news.

News flashed about his death on his Facebook page at about 2pm today.

Adams had been a sports journalist since 1956. He has worked on various publications, including Rapport newspaper.

Clifford Adams
Clifford Adams

It was at Rapport as the organiser of sport there that he provided expert coverage of athletics.

Originally from Wellington, Adams attended Livingstone High School in Claremont between 1948-1952. “As a kid”, he knew the deputy principal of Alexander Sinton, WJ Arendse in Wellington.

He was a frequent visitor to the websites Sintonite and Athletics Clipboard.

He played cricket and soccer.

Cricket captain

In the 1960s, he captained the Doug Stoffberg X1 against the Adam Sobotker X1.

Adams batted at No 5, but the run machine on the day was Ivan Dagnin at No 2 who scored 96. The newspaper report, from Willie Londt’s scrapbook, reports that Adams’ side won the match on the first innings.

Adams started his working career as journeyman bookbinder on April 1953 and was the officer-in-charge there until 1995.

He was also a match and registration secretary, minute secretary and convenor of the umpires’ panel between 1966 and 1977.

Former colleague, Avril Fillies, who worked with Cliffie for more than ten years at Rapport Ekstra, says while cricket was his first love, he could talk about any sport.

“Cliffie was a genuine allrounder with his knowledge of sport, but was especially passionate when it came to stories about Basil D’Oliviera as they came from the same era,” says Avril.

Cliffie’s son, Russell, currently works for the IPL in India.

He leaves behind his wife Sheila, sons Brian and Russell.

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