Tim Bishop joined Southgate Cricket the Club in 1938 as a fourteen-year-old, and was a member of the first ever Southgate Colts side.
Christened Alastair, he was accorded the nickname “Tiny Tim” at a very early age; as time passed he far outgrew the ‘tiny’ aspect but he remained Tim for ever. He successfully captained the Club 2nd XI from 1953 to 1958 and again in 1960 in which season his team won thirty games and lost only six. He served the Club on numerous committees, was Chairman from 1969-72 and President from 1991-93. On the field, Tim’s best bowling figures were 7-39 against Mayfield in 1957 and he made his only century, 109 not out, against Ferme Park in 1966.
He took up umpiring in 1974 and became arguably the most respected club umpire on the London club circuit. In 1975 he achieved national fame in the Daily Mirror when he no-balled Jeff Thomson in a tour practice match played at Southgate. He subsequently officiated at many top club games and for twenty years umpired for Middlesex CCC, including several appearances at Lords.
Tim was a regular visitor to the ground until distance and the discomfort of travelling got the better of him. He and Deborah moved from Grange Park to Broxted initially, and then more recently, Ickleton, near Saffron Walden. Tim, however, continued to be a loyal supporter of the Club, regularly telephoning members to check the progress of the Club’s teams over the previous weekend.
His fondness for children extended to having six of his own, and he enjoyed a career in the toy industry which continued well past normal retirement age.
His courtesy, old-style standards and manners were an integral part of the ongoing reputation of Southgate Cricket Club. He would have very much approved of the Fair Play Award recently made to the 1st XI at the 2011 Middlesex County Cricket League Dinner.
See below the entertaining tale of Tim and Thommo in the Daily Mail, click on the image to zoom in.