Sheffield’s Frank Richardson’s big innings

Sad loss: Frank Richardson umpired until he was 80.
Sad loss: Frank Richardson umpired until he was 80.
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TRIBUTES have been paid to cricket umpiring legend Frank Richardson who has died at the age of 96.

Frank, from Sheffield, had been a highly influential figure in umpiring circles not just locally but nationally.

During the 1970s, he spearheaded the need for change and the South Yorkshire Branch of the Association of Cricket Umpires (now ACO) was established.

It went from strength to strength with umpire training courses in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham and Frank’s home-made LBW equipment became famous for demonstrating the intricacies of the law.

He was President of the S.Yorkshire ACO (formerly ACU) and former chairperson June Walker said: “His influence cannot be measured and will live on. Several umpires on the first class list had Frank as their mentor.”

He umpired many years including Yorkshire League (he was a life-member and previously umpire appointments secretary) and in County 2nd XI cricket.