Michael Mills 1921-2014
We are sad to report the death of Michael Mills, a stalwart supporter of the Past versus Present and a very fine player of Fives. He played for the University in 1946, 1947 and 1948, declining the captaincy in his final year on account of his very many other sporting commitments.
Michael Mills (Oundle & Corpus Christi) was an extraordinary sportsman on fields and courts. He played cricket for the Oundle 1st XI for four years, captaining the side in 1939 and 1940. He also played for the 1st XV and was captain of Fives.
He spent his war service as an officer with the Indian Army. According to his old friend Mike Skliros it was during his war service in India that Michael first played squash, always against first rate Indian players. So he never won a single game during his time there, but when he went up to Cambridge on his return to UK, he was so good he immediately got a blue and became captain!
As well as for squash he won blues for cricket and fives, captaining the Cambridge University Cricket Club in 1948. He named the house in Oundle to which he retired ‘Fenners’.
Having graduated in Economics, German and French Michael joined Oundle as a teacher in 1948, and spent his entire career there, tirelessly and enthusiastically working in the Houses, the classrooms and on the pitches. He served 24 consecutive years as a Housemaster, was master i/c cricket for 12 years, as well as secretary and treasurer of the Oundle Rovers Cricket Club. When Michael retired in 1984, he stayed on at Oundle as Old Oundelian Club Secretary for a further 13 years.
A close friend of Jock Burnet and several others of that fives-playing generation, Michael attended the Past versus Present loyally well into his eighties and would always drop in to watch the match at the old Oundle courts in those years when Cambridge no longer had playing facilities at Portugal Place.