Below is the text of Mr Major’s tribute to Dickie Bird on “This is Your Life”, recorded on Thursday 3rd September 1992, and shown on 7th October 1992.
Hi Dickie! Good evening!
Cricket has thrown up many great characters over the years and you have become one of them. Everyone in cricket respects you as an umpire; millions of people beyond cricket know you, have heard of you and go to watch you at cricket matches as well as the players. In the long line of cricket umpires there is one direct line of real importance – from Frank Chester to Dickie Bird, both the best.
Well done! Have a great evening!