John Barclay is our March 12th 2016 Guest Speaker


Regarded by many discerning cricket scribes as one of the best three speakers on the circuit, JOHN BARCLAY is the guest at the Bassetlaw Umpires Association at the Cuckney Cricket Centre on Saturday 12th March at 2.30 p.m.

John Robert Troutbeck Barclay DL was born in Bonn, Germany in 1954. He was educated at Eton and was an acclaimed schoolboy cricketer who was honoured by The Cricket Society and made his debut for Sussex in 1970.

He was an opening batsman who didn’t score as many runs as his technique and eye suggests he should have. He also bowled off-spin and dismissed Ian Botham and Viv Richards on numerous occasions.

He became captain of Sussex in 1981 and almost won them their first County Championship. He was widely tipped as a future England captain before being forced into retirement in 1986 with a finger injury.

He became Director of Cricket at the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club and still holds that position today. He has also managed five overseas tours for the MCC, two of them with the full England team.

He is working for the MCC running a charity, ‘Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation’ for young cricketers and underprivileged children in Arundel, West Sussex. He holds a number of posts including President of the Cricket Society, and the English Schools Cricket Association. John is also chairman of both the Sussex Cricket Board and the chairman of cricket for Sussex CCC.

He served as President for the MCC in 2009/10. This should be one of the best and most interesting events the Bassetlaw & District Umpires Association has ever presented and everyone is welcome to attend.