A principal member of the NSW Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association, Harold Crozier has passed away aged 86.
Mr Crozier is widely regarded as a cricket legend on the NSW Far North Coast. A member of the NSWCUSA for 40 years from 1979, he made an immense contribution as a player, umpire and mentor.
He was a life member of Eastern Districts Cricket Club in Lismore, Far North Coast Cricket Council, Far North Coast Cricket Umpires’ Association and Lismore District Cricket Association.
Mr Crozier represented Northern NSW against the touring South Africa side in Lismore during 1963 and England at Newcastle in 1966.
He has been described as a talented and tough cricketer, who played as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
It has been reported that he scored close to 10,000 runs, including 10 centuries, for Eastern Districts and captained the club to either a minor premiership or championships title 17 times over 20 years.
He served 24 years on the Lismore and District Sports Trust.
According to reports, Mr Crozier was also an accomplished baseball player representing Queensland at one time. He also umpired baseball.
NSWCUSA Executive Officer, and State Umpire Manager, Darren Goodger paid tribute to one of the finest umpires he was blessed to stand with.
“He possessed wonderful knowledge and insight into the game. He mentored me as a young and inexperienced umpire in my 20s, encouraging me to seek excellence and extend myself by being available for representative cricket,” Goodger said.
“He encouraged me, along with Bruce Baxter, John McMahon, Graham Rose and Bill Wynn, to move to Sydney to learn more about umpiring and try my hand in Grade cricket.
“Harold saw something in me and nurtured that, I respect him and remain forever grateful.”
Crozier Field in Lismore is named in his honour.
11 July, 10.30am
St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lismore.