It is with deep sadness that Cowdray Park Polo Club announces the death of former chief commentator Terry Hanlon. He had been suffering ill health for several years.
For many decades Terry was known as the ‘Voice of Polo’ entertaining crowds, which often included royalty, at the Cowdray Park Gold Cup and many international fixtures both at Cowdray and Guards Polo Club. His irreverent sense of fun was much enjoyed by HRH The Prince of Wales, by the many VIPs who visited the club and in particular by the club’s members.
Terry Hanlon introduced many of the Club’s well-known playing members to the sport at his Ambersham ‘Academy’, including the Marquess of Milford Haven, Mike Rutherford and his great friend Gordon Roddick.
Lord Cowdray comments: ‘Terry Hanlon came onto the Cowdray scene as an enthusiastic amateur in the 1970s. He clearly made his mark with the then Polo Manager ‘Bolshy’ Tatham who invited him to take to the microphone as he had so much to say for himself! The rest, as they say, is history. My father enjoyed both his commentary and his company and Terry remained devoted to my father, John Cowdray, until his death in 1995. Today is a very sad day for the club.’
Lord Cowdray, the club’s President, the club’s Committee and all members of Cowdray Park Polo Club extend their deepest sympathy to Terry’s long term partner, Jo James, and all his family.
Details of the funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.