Dear Member/ Player / Supporter
Please see attached details of a Sunday Luncheon to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our new ground . It would be great to see as many of you
attend as possible and make it such a memorable day. We will have
memorabilia on display and even a film show of old Pool and cricket taking place many years ago. Please bring any old photos or fixture cards etc along with you. We are much older as a Club and have just become at least 181 years old! http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/poolcricketclub/news/happy-birthday-to-you-609040.html
Leeds Mercury 27th July 1833 Cricket – On Thursday last the return match between the Rawden and Pool Cricket Clubs came off at Rawden and was decided as follows:- Rawden, first innings, 76; second 60; total, 136 – Pool, first innings, 49; second, 37; total 86. Rawden winning by 50 runs.
But 75 years ago in 1939 Pool moved to it’s present site on Arthington Lane. The Whiteley family, always generous supporters of the club, bought the present ground for £1200. It cost a further £444 to level the rough field and £500 to lay the pitch and erect the boundary fence. The Pavilion was moved from it’s former location and a new tea room erected. The ground was formally opened by Col A C Sheepshanks of Arthington Hall before the first match of the 1939 season against Arthington. Whereas most neighboring clubs closed down during the 2nd World War, Pool CC continued to arrange fixtures. Bert Whitehead was awarded the batting cup on three occasions and Bernard Bolton, then only 16 won it in 1945. The clubs survival at this uncertain time was due in no small measure to the efforts of the committee and tea ladies, who despite food rationing, provided a cup of tea and sandwiches for sixpence at every home game. Sadly Bertram Kay and David Pickard gave their lives whilst serving with the RAF. Their memorial plaque is situated in the club house. It bares the famous mouse trade mark of Thompson of Kilburn the Master Craftsmen
We are taking bookings from individuals or tables of 8 and have quite a lot of interest already. Please come along and enjoy a day of nostalgia and reminisce. The Catering is by Adam and Danielle Vear who cater for the annual dinner and are excellent. Champagne reception at 1pm followed by traditional roast beef Sunday lunch with all the trimmings.
If you require any further assistance in relation to this issue please don’t hesitate to ask.
Kind regards, John Wood email john wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>