Jim played most of his cricket in the junior leagues and was always a reliable and enthusiastic cricketer.

It was as an umpire though that he found his true calling, an appointments secretary dream, always willing and available to do any match at any level. A case of having bails will travel for Jim.

He may have had more comebacks than Frank Sinatra, but still had one of the longest careers in the umpiring ranks in the North West.

(Jim Finlay with Jim Burke)

Jim was always great fun to umpire with, always having loads of yarns and jokes, making it an enjoyable day in the field alongside him.

He particularly enjoyed umpiring in the intermediate leagues and officiated in a record of finals in the lower leagues.

He worked as a barman in the Inn at the Cross, and on occasions myself and George Brolly senior used to call with him, where the craic after matches was legendary.

(Jim Finlay retires)

Jim proved to be a very reliable and competent umpire, able to diffuse any situations with his quick wit.

He was a loyal servant to the NW cricketing brotherhood, proving equally popular with players, officials and spectators alike.