Tributes have flooded in for Arthur Robinson, affectionately known as Rocker, one of Yorkshire’s most popular, inspiring and big-hearted fast bowlers in the 1970s, who has died aged 77.

Born at Brompton, near Northallerton, in 1946, Arthur made his first-team debut against Oxford University at The Parks in 1971 and would claim 196 first-class wickets with his solid left-armers up to the end of 1977. He was famous for always giving 100 per cent effort and was popular as a totally reliable, proud member of the team.

He later passed on his sporting knowledge and enthusiasm to countless youngsters, coaching cricket and football, and helped set up the Northallerton College Cricket Academy.

Northallerton Cricket Club said: "We are sad to announce the passing of club legend, Arthur ‘Rocker’ Robinson.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cricketing legend Arthur Robinson

"Rocker was a talented fast bowler who led Northallerton’s bowling attack in the York Senior League Championship winning years of the 1960s and 70s either side of a fine career with Yorkshire County Cricket Club where he became an immensely popular player."

During his career he played 84 first class matches for Yorkshire County Cricket and 92 List A one day matches. As a left arm fast medium bowler he took 196 wickets with a best of six for 61 against Surrey. He took five wickets in an innings seven times. Robinson also scored 365 runs with a best of 30 not out against Glamorgan.

Tall and well-built, Yorkshire said Robinson was acknowledged for his bravery fielding at "Boot Hill", which he did uncomplainingly, despite suffering bruised shins and other regular knocks, taking 48 catches in the field. He also figured in one of Yorkshire’s most remarkable century stands when he helped Arnie Sidebottom put on 144 for the last wicket against Glamorgan at Cardiff in 1977 before Sidebottom was run out for 124, leaving Robinson stranded on 30.

At the time, it was Yorkshire’s second highest tenth wicket partnership and only four runs shy of the 148 by Lord Hawke and David Hunter against Kent at Sheffield in 1898.

Returning as professional player and groundsman to Northallerton, in 1998 he was the scheme organiser with the National Cricket Association and Yorkshire Cricket Board in setting up the Northallerton College Cricket Academy.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Arthur Rocker Robinson bowling for Yorkshire in 1974

In 2000 after a triple heart bypass he worked with Northallerton College band putting on a concert to raise money for the Friarage Hospital.

In their tribute Northallerton Cricket Club added: “His legacy will forever be etched in the annals of the club’s history, serving as a reminder of the talent, passion, and camaraderie that define the spirit of cricket. Though he may no longer be with us, Rocker’s memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing him, and his contributions to the club will continue to inspire generations of cricketers to come.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Arthur with the Northallerton College Band

“In bidding farewell we celebrate a life lived with passion, integrity, and dedication to the sport he loved. His presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his legacy will endure as a testament to the power of cricket to unite, inspire, and bring joy to all who participate. Rest in peace, Rocker, knowing that your contributions to Northallerton Cricket Club will never be forgotten, and your spirit will forever be cherished by your teammates, friends, and admirers.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: Arthur launching the Northallerton Cricket Academy

Friend Mark Jarvis added: “He was a marvellous all round sportsman and a wonderful man. He was up there with some of the top players in the country, and he did a fantastic amount of work coaching and inspiring others.”