PROUD FORMER MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH LANCASHIRE LEAGUE,
THE BOLTON & DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION
AND THE CENTRAL LANCASHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE
FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE GREATER MANCHESTER CRICKET LEAGUE
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2014
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT CLIFTON – A great night was enjoyed by all as the Eagley band provided the wherewithal for the Clifton faithful to roar out a few carols in order to work off the excellent food provided by Percival’s caterers.
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS – another great club night
It was packed to the rafters at the 2014 presentation awards on Saturday as the Clifton family of junior and senior cricketers and supporters got together for its annual shindig with the oldest and youngest of Clifton’s players rubbing shoulders. There were new names and not so new names on the 24 individual awards on offer, but the new winners were well into the ascendency showing that the junior section is fulfilling its function and bringing through new talent. This was shown clearly in the nine senior awards up for grabs with eight being won by current or former Clifton junior players including two who made their under 12 debuts in 1979 !! Chris Royle pulled off a memorable treble of 2nd XI batting prize, best individual performance and most improved junior player; this from a lad who had never made a senior half century until June. Also worth noting was the amount of young talent in the room who didn’t go home with anything including a number of young and very young lads who have made contributions to the senior sides this year. The final word on the night’s events? Roll on 2015 !!
CROSS RETURNS TO HIS PATCH
The club are delighted to confirm that Gareth Cross will return to Clifton as professional for 2015 and 2016 initially. After enjoying a successful county career with Lancashire and Derbyshire and with a County Championship medal to his name, Crossy returns to the club where he was Bolton Association Young Player of the Year before embarking on his professional career.
The Club in General Committee have announced that two new Life Members have been elected to join the seventeen to have previously received the honour in the Club’s 140 year history.
June Robins has been involved at the Club since 1971 and has served on the General Committee for most of that time. June did match day catering FOR Many years, including organising the rota, she has helped on the ground and maintained the garden areas, she has turned her hand to cleaning the Club when no-one could be hired and has helped the Club with fund raising.
June was Special Events Secretary for many years and organised Club functions and new events with great success. This was a challenging role which June fulfilled with a great determination and attention to detail. These qualities came to the fore once again when June stepped into the role of Secretary for the Function Room at very short notice and held the position for ten years until she retired from the post last year. The use of the Club for functions is essential to the Club’s finances and June has ensured the business has continued to grow with her professional handling of new custom.
June has devoted most of her spare time over the past 40 years to help Clifton Cricket Club including supporting her husband David during his 34 years as Treasurer. All this, whilst never having the pleasure of playing a single game, shows a dedication which deserves such an honour.
Philip Royle joined the Club as a junior in 1973 and was elected to the Committee in 1979. He became Vice Chairman in 1994 and then Chairman from 1997 until 2007. He was elected as Club President in 2009.
On the field Philip was 1st XI Captain for 11 years between 1983 and 1999 and led the side to the League Championship in 1983 and 1994. He was Captain of the BDCA in 1996 and scored over 10,500 first team runs for Clifton. On retirement from the 1st XI he became vice captain and then captain of the 3rd XI scoring over 4,000 runs in the NMCL where he was Captain of the Year in 2010.
Philip was assistant groundsman between 1979 and 1995, has been a Junior Manager and Coach since 1999, has been League representative, is currently Club Welfare Officer, has served on Finance Committee for twenty years and is one of the three Trustees of the Club.
CLIFTON CRICKET CLUB WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE WORLD CRICKETING FAMILY IN MOURNING THE DEATH OF AUSTRALIAN CRICKETER PHILIP HUGHES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CRICKET BALL.
HOW TO SUPPORT THE CLUB WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR SETTEE !!
DID U KNOW?
Residents of Lawefield Crescent and its various ‘legs’ and the ‘Corrie’ estate may or may not know that their properties are built on an Edwardian Golf Course. The club and its nine hole course appeared prior to WW1, described at the time as a “semi-private” club.
Clifton was added to the growing number of clubs around the Manchester area in the 1900s. The exact start date is yet to be found but it was appearing on an O.S map in 1909 (see below).
It was reported in January 1913 that club membership was 85. Officers of the club as follows; president, Mr Laurence Pilkington; captain (and also a keen CCC cricketer), Dr J W Chambers Herbert; secretary, Mr J T Fogg; treasurer, T A Crompton. The last annual meeting was held on Saturday 10th January 1913 and it was hoped that a prosperous future was in store for the club and members.
The course disappeared following WW1
The winter indoor sessions have been booked for St Ambrose Barlow RC High School commencing on Tuesday January 13th. Juniors will practice from 7pm until 8pm and seniors from 8pm to 9pm.