The next meeting of the Society will take place at Queen's Park on Wednesday 18th March 2015.
Enabling Children 2014
At a recent meeting, members responded generously to a request for donations from Shahzad Jamil, a player with Chesterfield CC who is currently working in Kwazulu Natal Province with young children who have cerebral palsy.
please click on the heading above "Enabling Children 2014".
Our meetings take place in the pavilion at the Queen's Park cricket ground unless members are informed otherwise. Membership costs £5. Visitors are welcome for a small fee which will be refunded if the visitor becomes a member on the evening.
Meetings begin at 7.45 p.m. and are held monthly from October to March. The evenings vary from Monday to Thursday.
Founded in 1963, we are the "senior" of the three societies in Derbyshire.
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The photo, courtesy of John Windle, shows Chairman, Mike Taylor,
presenting Martin Bodenham with a bottle of wine.
Martin Bodenham’s talk to the Society started well when he stated that he was very pleased to be back at the idyllic Queen’s Park as it reminded him of the Arundel Castle Cricket Club ground which is close to where he now lives.
This has surely got to be taken up by the marketing people when selling the Chesterfield Festival – ‘Come to the idyllic Queen’s Park – it’s as good as being at Arundel Castle!’
Martin went on to describe the life of a first class umpire, having been appointed in 2009 after a prestigious career as a top football referee (he officiated at the 1997 League Cup Final at Wembley).
The job of a first class Umpire entails officiating on 96 days per season plus travelling between grounds on ‘rest days’. In Martin’s opinion this schedule was too demanding and he hoped the match days would be reduced in the future. He described the feedback that Umpires received from various sources which Martin felt was helpful in assisting Umpires to improve.
Asked what he thought were the main characteristics of an Umpire in today’s first class game he said ‘You have to always make a decision. Don’t be seen to dither’.
He also talked about getting decisions wrong and how he coped with them. Umpires needed to be very resilient and when decisions were made you had to move on. Any particularly tricky moments had to be ‘parked’ for later reflection.
The evening was going very well until members were given the opportunity to ask questions on cricket or football. Soon the inevitable was raised………Old Trafford 1997. Chesterfield lead Middlesbrough 2-1 with 21 minutes of normal time left in the semi- final of the FA Cup and have a third goal dubiously disallowed. Unfortunately Martin stated that the referee for that match – David Elleray, was a friend of his! The Chair, Mike Taylor just managed to keep control of the barrage of supplementary questions that followed!
Martin, with much good humour, was able to retrieve the situation and promised he would raise the matter with his friend.
An informative meeting which was enjoyed by all.
David Marshall & James Pipe
John Barclay & Edwin Smith
David Marshall & John Barclay
Trevor Bowring, David Marshall & Bob Wood
John Barclay meeting,134 people enjoy a superb meal
John Morris & David Marshall
Trevor Bowring, Jim Parks & Jim Brailsford
Matthew Maynard & David Marshall
Niven Roper & Chris Kelly
Ray East & Mike Taylor
Chris Read & David Marshall
Steve Garratt & Niven Roper
Steve Franks & Alan West
Steve Kirby & David Marshall
Keith Loring & Mike Taylor
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