Speech by Mike Slattery, ECA President at ECA Presentation Night on Friday 11 May 2018
Introduction To ECA Hall of Fame
It gives me great pleasure to announce tonight the introduction of the ECA Hall of Fame, which I believe is a great initiative for both the ECA and it’s members.
Hall of Fame membership is not to be awarded purely based on years of service, but established with the intention of honouring those Cricketers, Umpires & Administrators within the ECA who over time have delivered a high level of excellence in their field of endeavour. For players and umpires, eligibility for induction will be based on performance in either the top Turf or Synthetic grades.
The Hall of Fame will be an ongoing commitment by the ECA to properly recognise special members that through their efforts, either on or off the field (or both) have made outstanding and significant contributions to our
Association as a whole. Inductions will be made in the knowledge that Hall of Fame entry will be available for successful nominees every year going forward.
Full policy documentation will be made available to clubs in the near future, however I can say that there will be two categories of membership being general member status and legend status. Legends would normally be drawn from general membership of the Hall of Fame.
In establishing the Hall of Fame your Executive has given much thought to initial inductees and has unanimously decided that there should be one Foundation Inductee. Because this person would exceed the guidelines for entry under each of the three categories he is to be inducted under the status of Legend. Please join me in congratulating our Foundation Inductee, Keith Carr, who can now truly be referred to as an ECA Legend.
Keith can you please come forward to be presented with your Hall of Fame induction certificate.
On Saturday 9 December 2017 Keith Carr participated as an umpire in his 1000th game of cricket, either as a player or umpire.
Keith played with Barkers Road Methodists CC (1952-1961: 121 games), Blackburn Methodists CC (1961-1969: 104 games), Blackburn South/Bennettswood CC (1969-1988: 236 games) and Manningham CC (2008: 1 game): 462 games in total, and scoring 10 centuries and 45 fifties. Keith also held numerous club committee positions (Delegate, secretary, team manager).
After retiring from playing, Keith commenced umpiring in 1988 until he retired as an ECA umpire last season. Keith umpired 538 games including 21 MacGibbon Shield grand finals.
Keith is the current ECA Finance Manager, a position he has held for 20 years, and has held numerous association and umpires association executive positions since 1996 (Umpires appointment officer, Tribunal member, Secretary Umpires Assoc).
In 1988 Keith was awarded life membership of the ESDCCA and in 1999 was made a life member of the ECA Umpires Association. Keith was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2001.