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President Mr Eric Roberts (Left) and Chairwoman Mrs Karen Knott (Centre) presenting Mr Ernie Johnson (right) with a token of appreciation for his many years of service to the LCB - ACO. (Northern Branch) and mark his retirement as President back in February 2014.
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for the forthcoming winter season. 2017/18.
October 5th - "That was the season that was"
November 2nd - New Laws 2018 discussion with Nigel Tench
December 7th - The Christmas Quiz
January 4th - AGM & Presidents Evening
February 1st - Guest Speaker - Mr John Holder
March 1st - Guest Speaker - TBC
April 5th - Interleague Quiz
Anyone interested in coming along to a meeting, then please just turn up on the night. You will be made very welcome.
Thursday 5th October 2017 - "That was the season that was"
The first meeting of the winter season saw a lively discussion on various things that had happened over the past season ranging from best position to stand to avoid injury, stances of players and player behaviour just to mention a few . First class umpire Steve O'Shaughnessy was present and was able to give his point of view and how to deal with the incidents quoted, which was very much appreciated by all those present. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Our next meeting in November will see Nigel Tench talk about the new laws of the game which has been moved from the March meeting .
The ACO.(Northern Branch) provides the following at all meetings.
1. A training base as different points of law can be discussed, and where
courses are currently being held locally.
2. A source of information - an update on what is happening within the organisation.
3. A chance to have an informal chat with colleagues from other leagues.
4. A chance to talk to others simply interested in cricket as the meetings are open to anyone interested in cricket.
5. An opportunity to listen to speakers who are interested not only in cricket but also other sports.
Meetings provide an ideal opportunity for both Umpires and Scorers from local leagues to meet and discuss cricket matters both locally and nationally.============================================================================================================
An inaugural meeting took place at the King’s Head, Mitcham, Surrey. This was as a result of a advertisement placed in a London newspaper by two top grade Football league referees who also enjoyed umpiring in the summer.
It was apparent to all that the standards were generally poor. Men returning to “civvie street” having spent 4,5, or even 6 years of their lives in the forces, were looking for sport and there was a great demand for players spectators and officials.
The two referees, appalled by the lack of knowledge of the laws were David Smith and Tom Smith and encouraged by an attendance of 30 –odd, set about forming the ACU as it then was. With much enthusiasm training started and by 1957 R.S.Rait- Kerr and Tom Smith complied and published Cricket Umpiring and Scoring.
The leader of the group forming the Northern Branch was a Major Claridge. He travelled regularly to London and made quite an impact. He was appointed as an instructor and examiner, which became an essential office as so many people were anxious to become ACU members. The oral examinations, initially, were still governed by London but so many were wishing to take the exam that two good men travelled up from London to take the orals. Such a good impression was made that it was decided that the Northern area could conduct its own affairs, including organising courses and apart from producing their own exam papers, were entirely capable of running their own affairs. So by 1958 there were more than a dozen full members in the area and it didn’t take long for five of these men to meet regularly to pursue the next steps and a room was booked at the Douglas Hotel in Manchester on 10th December 1958. All members of the ACU in the area of 50 miles around Manchester were invited to attend by letter. That night the Northern Branch was formed.
It wasn’t an easy start as the Northern Branch was regarded as a Northern Office, however a great deal of trust was being fostered amongst the top people in both camps and on the horizon was the prospect of complete self- rule. Unfortunately, following an AGM in London in March 1959, Mr Collins the secretary, boarded the train for home and suffered a fatal heart attack.
In a way Northern Branch, by their successful training programmes ,were probably overseeing their own demise. Major Claridge travelled all over the North East taking training courses and starting up umpiring groups. Eric Holmes travelled to Liverpool to conduct a course, spoke to the sports editor of the Liverpool Echo and 47 students turned up. Small wonder that in these areas, new branches were forming. By 1965, the following Branches were started. The North East, Mersyside, NW Midlands and Preston.
A minute dated February 1971 read. “Council of ACU be requested to set up a sub- committee to consider the further development of the Association, the possibility of re organising its administration." The proposer was Harold Smith and the seconder was Eric Holmes. Northern Branch had approved of the proposition at its AGM in the January.
Harold Smith threw himself into how ACU should
be regionalised having been appointed by Head quarters and single handedly
came up with the system we would have had today but for the formation
of the ACO.
The following is an extract from the ECB Code of Conduct.
Clubs should be
aware that they have a responsibility for their players, officials, members and
supporters. This includes offensive comments on social networking sites.
Breaches will be reported to the Disciplinary Committee.
UMPIRES TRAINING COURSES. 2017.
LEVEL 1 SCORING COURSE -
These courses are open to any person who is interested in improving their skills in “scoring” the game of cricket, and for any acting “Scorer” who is interested in gaining an ECB ACO Level 1 qualification in scoring. Full details are printed on our "Notices/Training" page.
If you are Interested in the Level 1 or the Scorebook entry courses contact:
MONTHLY MEETING REPORTS. NORTHERN BRANCH,
January 8th. 2016.
Ian Herbert and Ian Marland both D list umpires gave members an insight as to how they got involved in umpiring and the process they followed in achieving the level that they are at. It was nice to see people from grass roots level following the ACO pathway and not getting on just because they played county cricket. Both told of the way they prepared for a match and how to handle one which proved interesting to say the least and got people discussing matters especially over no balls.. --------------------------------------------
A very enjoyable and interesting quiz was enjoyed by members and won by the NEW PENNINE LEAGUE, our thanks to Clive Knott for providing the questions.
The next meeting will be on February 2nd where the Guest speaker will be Nick Cousins, the Head of ACO. for the meeting on March
2nd a guest speaker has been arranged but still awaiting confirmation
and then April 6th it will be the interleague quiz.
for his visit was two-fold, firstly, to be guest speaker to our members,
secondly, to present to our Chair, Mrs Karen Knott a much belated award of the
Honorary Life Membership of the ECB ACO. ( See photo on the Photo-Gallery page.)
At the interleague quiz last night 6-4-17. a team of 4 made up from GML,Pennine league and Bolton league won the competition on laws involving penalty runs and received prizes donated by Fearnleys . Certificates were presented to those umpires who had passed their level 1 and to scorers who had attended a level 3 course.
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