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Horsforth CC

Club Details
Club Colours:
Green & Gold
Home Ground: LS18 5SB
Contact: Chris Taylor
Horsforth Cricket Club originated as Woodside National Cricket Club, which was believed to have developed from Woodside National School, Leeds in 1847.

The Club initially played on land adjacent to the Woodside Tavern on the Leeds Ring Road, but moved to its present ground, King George’s Field in 1870. The Club was then known as Horsforth North Cricket Club – a name which remained unaltered until immediately after the Second World War when it became Horsforth Cricket Club.

In the early part of the 1920’s, Horsforth North Cricket Club played its cricket in the Aire/ Wharfe Section of the Yorkshire Council League, and its finest hour during this time was the winning of the Yorkshire Council Cup in 1926 after beating Sheffield United C.C. in the play-off at Horsforth (see picture above).

In 1936 The Club broke away from the League to found the Airedale & Wharfedale Senior Cricket League, with eleven other local clubs. During the post war period, the Club acquired, as its cricket pavilion, an ex Army hut from Farnley Camp at Otley, which is still used to this day.

Until 1973 the Club used the adjacent Old Ball public house as its Clubhouse. However after six 6 months’ hard work by a small band of players and helpers at the end of the 1972, the pavilion was transformed into a comfortable Clubhouse and bar. This was further extended in 1979 with the addition of a new dressing room and shower block.

In 2011 Horsforth received planning permission for a brand new pavilion to be built at the Playing Fields End of the ground.

Horsforth CC has produced four players who have gone on to play county cricket: Bill Holdwsorth, who played for Yorkshire CCC; Ken Smales who played for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire CCC; John Roberts, who played for Somerset CCC and Tim Linley who is currently contracted to Surrey, having previously represented Sussex and Oxford Universities & Colleges.

Those players who have played for the Club in evening league competitions include New Zealand Test players, Martin Crowe and Mark Greatbatch.

England international footballler James Milner was a successful junior cricker at Horsforth CC.