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Dickie Bird      

Full name Harold Dennis Bird

Born April 19, 1933, Barnsley, Yorkshire

Current age 81 years 84 days

Major teams Leicestershire, Yorkshire

Nickname Dickie

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Umpire

Height 5 ft 10 in

Education Raley School, Barnsley

Harold Dennis Bird
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 93 170 10 3314 181* 20.71 2 14 28 0
List A 2 2 0 9 7 4.50 0 0 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 93 48 22 0 - - - 2.75 - 0 0 0
List A 2 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1956-1964
List A span 1963-1964
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Leeds, Jul 5-10, 1973 scorecard
Last Test England v India at Lord's, Jun 20-24, 1996 scorecard
Test matches 66
Test statistics
ODI debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 20, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at The Oval, May 26, 1995 scorecard
ODI matches 69
ODI statistics
Profile

Dickie Bird's white cap, twitching shoulders and forearm stretch became as much a part of the day out as the battle between bat and ball. He seemed to attract minor incident, without ever allowing the day to be soured by controversy. Burst pipes, reflecting windscreens and bomb scares all conspired to trouble him, but each impostor was met with humour and Yorkshire-bred common sense. Notorious for being an early Bird (he once made it to The Oval at 6am, so nervous was he about being late and was five-hours early to meet the Queen on one occasion), and plagued by bad weather he made the transition from cricketing figure to something close to a national institution.

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Mar 9, 2013

Dickie Bird at the Manchester City v Barnsley FA Cup match with former French footballer Patrick Vieira, Manchester, March 9, 2013

Dickie Bird at the Manchester City v Barnsley FA Cup match with former French footballer Patrick Vieira

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May 15, 2012

Dickie Bird collected his OBE at Buckingham Palace, London, May 15, 2012

Dickie Bird collected his OBE at Buckingham Palace

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Jan 24, 2012

Dickie Bird and Prince Charles at the umpire's statue, Barnsley, January 24, 2012

Dickie Bird and Prince Charles at the umpire's statue

© AFP

Notes

Awarded the MBE in June 1986

Awarded the OBE in December 2011

Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai (DSC) - Mar 24, 2012
Ireland won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Ireland v Namibia at Dubai (DSC) - Mar 24, 2012
Ireland won by 9 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)
Canada v Scotland at Dubai (DSC) - Mar 23, 2012
Scotland won by 4 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Hong Kong v U.S.A. at Dubai (CA2) - Mar 23, 2012
Hong Kong won by 77 runs
Nepal v P.N.G. at Dubai (CA) - Mar 23, 2012
Nepal won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Bermuda v Uganda at Dubai (CA2) - Mar 23, 2012
Bermuda won by 41 runs
Ireland v Netherlands at Dubai (DSC) - Mar 23, 2012
Ireland won by 7 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
Italy v Kenya at Dubai (CA) - Mar 23, 2012
Kenya won by 38 runs
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