Popular umpire Gus Thomson hangs up his hat

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Local umpire Gus Thomson from Brechin is calling time in officiating in a league he has been involved with almost 25 years.

After playing football and cricket in the Brechin area Gus got into umpiring in 1993.

He started in an era where players would predominantly umpire matches themselves.

Having someone like Gus who was a neutral umpire was really appreciated by the players and Gus soon became a well liked feature on the circuit.

Gordon McKinnie current SPCU President paid tribute to Gus’s service to local cricket.

He said: “Gus has been a real trailblazer to what we have today where all our NE Championship matches have neutral umpires.

“Gus had a real knack of gaining the players respect with a manner that was down to earth and not overly officious.”

When Gus was asked how he had managed to keep umpiring all these years he had an easy response - “I really liked it”.

Cricket runs in the family with Gus’s son Kevin playing for Scotland between 1992 and 2003.

A presentation will be made to Gus at the SPCU’s upcoming AGM so all our clubs have a chance to show their appreciation.