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Mixed emotions for Dickie Bird opening Headingley's new player pavilion

For former cricket umpire, Dickie Bird, today was one full of mixed emotions.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club President had the pleasure of opening Headingley's new player pavilion, paid for by and named after himself, but also had to contend with the escalating cost:


Dickie Bird to be President of Yorkshire Cricket Club

Dickie Bird was awarded an OBE in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Former Test umpire Dickie Bird is to be the new President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Dickie, who's now 80, played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire before becoming the best known umpire in the game.

He succeeds Geoff Boycott, who's been the county's President since 2012.


Calendar drops in on Dickie Bird for his 80th

Dickie at his home in South Yorkshire

It's the 80th birthday of cricket's most famous umpire Dickie Bird - aka Harold Dennis Bird.

Barnsley-born Dickie turns 80 today but he was at the University of Huddersfield yesterday for a lunch in his honour.

“On birthdays you usually want to forget your age but 80 is very special,” said Dickie.

Calendar went to his South Yorkshire home to wish him happy birthday - with a cake, of course.

In his 80 years Dickie has collected a lot of memorabilia. A replica statue as well as his MBE and OBE stand proudly in his living room. "I've been told, if anything happens to me, I should leave this house as it is, as a museum."

Asked if has any regrets, he said: "I've none, I've had a wonderful 50 odd years in cricket, and to say I worked at the pit top, right up to me signing for for Yorkshire at 19, I've had a wonderful life.

He added: "I'd like to thank Calendar for all their support over the years."

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