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Derek Shuttleworth's funeral arrangements announced

Derek Shuttleworth's funeral arrangements announced

13 Jan 2019

The funeral for legendary Bradford Premier League umpire Derek Shuttleworth will take place on Wednesday, February 6.

A service will be held at Eccleshill United Reform Church at 1.15pm, followed by cremation at Rawdon at 2.20pm.

There  will be family flowers only but donations will be accepted on behalf of Cancer Research UK.

The president of the league's Umpires Association passed away quietly at the Fairmount Nursing Home at Nab Wood, on Sunday, aged 89.

His outstanding contribution to the Bradford League was acknowledged in 1998 when he won the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy, and he later became a life member.

A former physics teacher at Hanson Grammar School, Shuttleworth earned wide respect for his no-nonsense officiating in a career which spanned 45 years and saw him take charge of more than 1,000 games.

He began umpiring in 1964 when he gave up playing. In 1968 he became chairman of the league umpires’ association, a position he held for 29 years until 1997 when he became the association president

Shuttleworth was responsible for setting up the West Yorkshire Branch of Association of Cricket Umpires around 1970, a branch of which he was chairman for many, many years.

He was an umpire tutor for 40 years and in 1976 he assisted in establishing the branches of the Association of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (ACU&S) throughout the country.  He served ACU&S as regional training Officer for the North East Region and was chairman of the training committee. He is also a qualified scorer tutor.

His dedicated work for umpiring saw him win the ECBACO's Lifetime Achiever Award in 2012 and in 2018 he received the Yorkshire Cricket Board OSCA for services to umpiring for the second time.

It said much of Shuttleworth's love of cricket that when ill health prevented him for standing for long periods he swapped his umpire's coat for a place in the scorebox at Bankfoot. Despite being 80 years old and having nevr used a computer in his life, he learned laptop scoring and enjoyed the challenge.

A single man, cricket was his life, a fact reflected in the tributes that have been paid to him. League president Keith Moss said: "Derek Shuttleworth achieved the legendary status of one of the league's all-time leading umpires. Meticulous in the manner he discharged his duties, a true guardian of the laws and standards of the game.

“Decisions given without fear of favour, woe be tied any player who tried to take, shut on, he would of certainly come out second best.

“On retiring he continued to be involved in the game scoring for Bankfoot CC. A true stalwart of the league.”

League chairman David Young added: "Derek has been a magnificent servant of Bradford League cricket. Both as an umpire and a scorer he was hugely respected. Derek will be sorely missed."

Greg Colehan, chairman of Bankfoot, said: "This is a very sad day for Bradford League cricket and a huge loss. He was a stickler for getting things right and I played in many games where he was umpire and had nothing but rerspect for him.

"At Bankfoot we were priveleged to have him come and be our scorer when he gave up umpiring. Everybody knew him and wanted to talk to him. He loved cricket, it was his life."

Philip Radcliffe, the current chairman of the Umpires Association, said: "Derek was well respected across the league, both by fellow umpires and players alike. When Derek was on the field you knew who was in charge. He was always firm and stood no nonsense, but at the same time he umpired with a light sense of humour, and ensured the players knew where they stood with him. A schoolmaster who was also a respected umpire on the field  

"His knowledge of the Laws of Cricket was immense, and he passed this on to many new umpires both in the League and beyond in his role as a Senior Tutor in both umpiring and scoring with the ACU &S.

“I would not like to guess at the number of candidates that have been through his training courses, and I am sure he instilled his knowledge into most of them and they became better umpires because of him.

"Derek helped me in my early days of umpiring. He was always there if you wanted to ask a question or gain reassurance. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he has helped many more like me over some 40 years of tutoring.

"Over the years he has been honoured in the league, county and beyond. He was the first umpire to be awarded the prestigious Len Hutton Trophy for services to the League, He received Yorkshire Cricket Board's OSCA for officiating on two occasions. "He received the ECB ACO Shepherd Frindall Award for services to umpiring and he was an Honorary Life Member of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials.

"The Bradford League has lost one of its 'greats' today, but Derek's memories will live on and we can carry on the unselfish work that Derek started. We have today lost a true friend and gentleman. Sleep in peace."

*If you would like to pay a tribute to Derek Shuttleworth, please email it to editor@bradfordcl.com

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