Tykes legend Dickie set to take over as club president

Harold 'Dickie' Bird
Harold 'Dickie' Bird

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that the club’s board will propose the appointment of Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird OBE as their new president.

The Board has nominated unanimously Dickie, the former Yorkshire player and international umpire, for the position, which has a one-year term and will be voted on at the next annual general meeting on Saturday March 29.

Colin Graves, chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “It is with great pleasure that Dickie has accepted our nomination. He is a passionate Yorkshireman that has the best interests of Yorkshire Cricket at heart. He attends every home match and his passion and dedication will be a major asset as the Club continues to develop over the next few years.”

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would become the President of the greatest Cricket Club in the world. It is a tremendous honour and I am very humble and proud.

“I am grateful to chairman Colin Graves and the Yorkshire Board for nominating me and I’m looking forward to my term in office.

“There is nobody prouder than myself and to follow in the footsteps of some of the legends, such as Lord Hawke, FS Jackson, Sir Leonard Hutton, Brian Close, Bob Appleyard, Raymond Illingworth and Geoffrey Boycott, that have graced the club as president is the proudest moment of my career.

“I am particularly excited about the current team and the influx of young players coming through the system.

“The coaching staff, under Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie, are creating a winning culture and I do believe we are on the verge of creating a team that we will all be proud of that will eventually lift some silverware.”

Harold Bird, 80, played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire from 1956 to 1964 scoring 3,314 runs in 94 matches.

In 1977 he was voted Yorkshire personality of the year and in 1986 he received an MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours list and in 2011 was awarded the OBE in 2011.

He retired in 1996, after 66 test matches, 93 one-day internationals and three World Cup finals.

He has also received honorary doctorates from Leeds, Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam Universities, appeared on Desert Island Discs, a Question of Sport and been the subject of This Is Your Life. His Autobiography is the biggest selling sports book of all time.

The Yorkshire Cricket President’s post has been held since 2012 by Geoffrey Boycott OBE.

Colin Graves, added: “I must thank Geoffrey, who has made an outstanding contribution during his two years in office. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have worked with a true legend of both Yorkshire and world cricket. Geoffrey has been immense in his role and has been a faultless ambassador – promoting with enthusiasm and pride, our great Club across the world through his role as a broadcaster and column writer.”