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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Dickie Bird clock honours namesake
Dickie Bird
He retired in 1996 after umpiring 66 test matches
Retired umpire Dickie Bird has said he is "thrilled" to have a new clock at Headingley cricket ground named after him.

The "Dickie Bird" timepiece will keep time over the West Stand.

The clock is in recognition of the service he gave to the Yorkshire county cricket club where he played in the 1950s.

Mr Bird said: "I am so pleased, delighted and thrilled to be honoured in this way."

To cricket-lovers Harold 'Dickie' Bird remains the most famous official in the game.

During his career he umpired 66 test matches, 93 one-day internationals and three World Cup finals, before retiring in 1996.

At the unveiling of the clock on Friday, Mr Bird said: "Headingley is steeped in history and it will bring back some happy memories for me.

"It's where I umpired my first test match between England and New Zealand way back in 1973."


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