Former umpire Bill dies aged 82

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FORMER Sheffield umpire Bill Fryer has died suddenly at the age of 82, in the Northern General Hospital.

Bill also played football and cricket for Sheffield Transport at Meadowhead and became secretary at the club.

He became an umpire in 1969 with Sheffield and District Cricket Umpires Association, and officiated in many competitions, including the national Castrol Shield, Whitworth Cup, Fell Cup, Midweek Cup and Keay Trophy, and was an Umpire of the Year.

Bill was saddened to retire from umpiring after developing the eye disorder glaucoma, feeling he could no longer do justice to his role.

His funeral is on Thursday at Hutcliffe Wood, 10.30am.