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Who We Are
The Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials (NACO) is an organisation run entirely by volunteers. We exist to recruit, train, develop, support and appoint cricket umpires and scorers in Norfolk.
Our aim is to support all cricket umpires and scorers, whether they wish just to play a part in junior, local village and league cricket; or whether they aspire to officiate in top league and professional cricket.
In addition we arrange regular meetings and social events such as quizzes, charity matches and fundraising evenings for our members to meet and socialise together away from a match situation.
To improve the standard of cricket umpiring and scoring within Norfolk by training, education, discussion and ongoing support.
To facilitate communication between umpires and scorers in Norfolk via newsletters, social media, meetings and social functions.
To co-ordinate the appointment of umpires and scorers to such matches as may be requested by the governing bodies for cricket.
To promote, uphold and protect the status and interests of umpires and scorers.
To take such action/representation as is desirable in the interest of cricket.
To co-operate and cultivate good relations and improve communications with other associations and with all other cricketing bodies for the benefit of NACO members and the betterment of the game of cricket.
History of NACO
NACO started life in 1968 under the banner of Association of Cricket Umpires (ACU).
This was after the Norfolk Cricket Alliance was formed in the same year and officials were needed to umpire in the one division in the original league.
Among the original panel were George Tipple, Ted Childs, Eric Bedwell and Harold Fitch to name just a few.
The Chairmen of NACO over the years have been Harold Fitch, David Crowe, Ted Searle and John Tythcott. John held the post for 15 years before passing the reins over to Bob Eagleton in 2019.
Keith Bray was also heavily involved with NACO in the early days and was the first Norfolk umpire to be selected for the Minor Counties. Keith was also a football league referee.
To become a panel umpire in the early days you had to pass a written exam and then an oral exam, which gave you full membership of the ACU. Thankfully the process is a little different today!
On 1 January 2008 the England & Wales Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO) was formed and replaced the ACU. NACO was formed from the existing ACU and was the second county in the country after Middlesex to align ourselves with the ACO organisation.
Today NACO thrives thanks to a very hardworking committee, and aims to support all its members in whatever cricketing journey they wish to take.
Who's who in NACO