Dickie Bird is the world’s most decorated and recognisable cricket umpire.
He played cricket for Barnsley and at county level for Yorkshire and Leicestershire but it was his umpiring which won Dickie his reputation for fairness and an unrivalled respect amongst players of all sides.
Dickie retired from international umpiring in 1996 when in his 66th and final test match at Lord’s he had to give England Captain Michael Atherton out LBW in the first over two minutes after being given a guard of honour as he walked out to the square – Howzat for irony!
Dickie was awarded the MBE in 1986 and the OBE in 2012 for services to cricket and charity in what he describes as the “happiest moment of his Life” and he became President of Yorkshire CCC in 2014.
The Dickie Bird Foundation supports young people to play sport irrespective of their circumstances. He continues to be a great ambassador for Yorkshire and is a worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.