This page is dedicated to the memory of Ian Pollard, committee member, referee, player and friend.
Ian Pollard 1967-2009
- Ian Pollard
It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the passing of Ian Pollard. As many of you will be aware, Ian was diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately passed away on Thursday April 16th 2009.
"Polly", as he was affectionately known to the basketball fraternity, commenced his refereeing career back in the mid 90s. He quickly established himself as a leading referee in the UK Basketball scene, officiating 369 national league games including numerous major finals.
His fine work was recognised by FIBA (the world governing body) when he obtained his FIBA Licence in 2002 and he has officiated in over 50 FIBA games.
Testament to the commitment of Ian to officiating in the UK was that whilst unable to officiate, due to his illness, he was constantly reviewing game tape and offering valuable feedback to developing and established officials alike.
Those of us that knew him will remember Ian firstly as a great man and friend, always quick to have a joke and always balanced and measured in his comments as well as a huge contributor to this league as a referee, player and committee member. The world of British Basketball will be the poorer after his passing.
Ian contributed hugely to the development in refereeing in this league and the group of people he has helped in their development have become many of our stalwart referees.
Ian Pollard - Rest in Peace, Ref.
With deep condolences, The Manchester Basketball League.