Tony Izzard R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that the United Kingdom Armed Forces ACO has learned of the passing of Lt Cdr Tony Izzard RN, the former Royal Navy and Combined Services player and subsequently, official, last Tuesday following a short illness.

Tony was a prolific player for the Royal Navy and Combined Services over a 16-year period from 1973 to 1989 before becoming a hugely respected service umpire for both RN and CS as well as across the Southern Premier League.

An imposing all-rounder, he played 50 matches for CS, scoring 1466 runs at an average of 32.58, recording a fine 107 against Oxford University on his ‘home ground’ of Burnaby Road in 1984.  He also claimed 15 wickets at 34.53 and claimed 23 catches and a stumping.

He was also a stalwart of the United Services club, playing in 121 matches for the club in the Southern Premier League before turning his attention to umpiring on and off the field, standing in many RN, CS and SPCL matches whilst also being a leading member of the Hampshire ACO where he contributed through officials education and training.

His funeral will take place at 1.45pm (13:45) on Thursday 6th December 2018 at Portchester Crematorium (PO16 8NE) and afterwards at the United Services Rugby Club at Burnaby Road in Portsmouth.

The family has decided that there will be no flowers for Tony at his funeral but that if you wish to make a donation then they would suggest Help for Heroes.

For those of you who will be attending the funeral, the family has requested that you do not wear black ties – they consider that bright Military Sporting ties or, preferably, cricketing ties will be very apt for the celebration of his life.

The United Kingdom Armed Forces ACO wishes to pass its condolences to his family, including wife Sue and brother Mike, friends and colleagues who our thoughts are with at this very sad time.

RIP Tony.

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