Fred (Dickie) Bird OBE (1928 - 32)

 

We learnt only recently, and with very great sadness, that Dickie Bird had passed away in August 2007, aged 90.

He was a stalwart of the Club and, for many years, served on the Committee, and as both Secretary and Chairman, commanding great respect with his quiet, unassuming efficiency and dry sense of humour. These qualities, no doubt, stood him in good stead during a distinguished civil service career, in which he rose through the ranks to become Secretary to the Agricultural Research Council and was awarded the OBE.

Dickie also played football for the Old Camdenians and, in the 1950s, captained a side of similarly wholehearted characters which included Syd Carter, Johnny Castle and Tony Leonard.

He was one of the first to welcome a certain ginger haired schoolboy to the OCFC and what better introduction could this youngster have had. Under Dickie’s leadership, the team adopted a ‘they shall not pass’ approach but coupled with an innate sense of fair play and enjoyment. I quickly learnt that enthusiasm and commitment more than made up for a lack of the finer skills and that team spirit was paramount. Dickie’s friendly nature and wise council will long be remembered.