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Cricket Supporters Head To York


10:47am 18th June 2013

This year Yorkshire County Cricket Club celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Today (Tuesday June 18th) the Supporters' Association is marking the anniversary by setting out to visit and photograph every site in the county at which the club has played first-class cricket over those 150 years.

Six cars will be given a ten o’clock send-off from the Headingley ground by the Club’s new chief executive, Mark Arthur. Between them they will cover 20 grounds and sites of former grounds.

Car number 1 will go directly east to the sites of the two former Hull grounds.

The second to the west to visit the sites of the grounds at Savile Town, Dewsbury, and those that are better known for their rugby league connections, Thrum Hall, Halifax and Fartown, Huddersfield.

Up to the north travels the third vehicle, bound for St. George’s Road, Harrogate and the three locations at which first-class cricket has been played in Middlesborough.

The next car calls in at the old Wigginton Road ground in York, which is now the site of York District Hospital.  Only one first class match was played here in 1890 against Kent.  Yorkshire won in two days by 8 wickets.  It then leaves for Scarborough, the only ground currently used by the county side apart from its headquarters at Headingley. Yorkshire has played first class cricket at Scarborough since 1878 when MCC beat Yorkshire by 7 wickets.

To the south goes the fifth car, stopping first to photograph the College Grove site in Wakefield, the venue of a single Yorkshire fixture in 1878, before going on to Bramall Lane and Abbeydale Park in Sheffield.

And the final car completes a tight circle as it leaves Headingley for the sites of former grounds in the Leeds area at Horsforth, Holbeck and Hunslet, only venturing further afield to take in the two Bradford venues at Park Avenue and Great Horton Road.

As the members travel round the county spreading the word about the Club’s anniversary, it will also be raising money to fund its activities.

The Supporters' Association was founded in 1981 and in its 32 years it has raised and donated almost £100,000 to the Club. This has been mainly used to fund the development of young cricketers and the recent progression to international level of Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root bears ample testimony to their work. It is now looking to well-wishers of Yorkshire cricket to back them and enable their work to continue.




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