THREE of Barnsley’s most famous sons returned to the venue that set them on their respective paths to greatness.

Umpire Dickie Bird, England cricket legend Sir Geoffrey Boycott and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson all played for Barnsley Cricket Club in the 1950s.

And they returned to Shaw Lane - albeit much different to how it appeared in those days - last Friday where the three spent the morning reminiscing and being shown around the facilities.

Dickie, 89, also played for Yorkshire at the time, going on to umpire his first Test match in 1973, while now 87-year-old Parky would have been making his way into a journalism career that eventually saw him interview Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando and Madonna on his flagship programme.

Boycott, 81, was a famed international opening batsman and later went into radio and television commentary.