New campaign to revive historic cricket club

Graham Noble at the old Stannington Cricket Club pavillion.
Graham Noble at the old Stannington Cricket Club pavillion.
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A CAMPAIGN is being launched to revive a Sheffield village cricket club which disbanded after a disastrous fire destroyed its pavilion.

Behind the move is Graham Noble, an ex-secretary of Stannington Cricket Club, which he believes is one of the oldest in the world.

And with England just having being confirmed as the top test nation in the world, Graham feels the time is right to make the most of the enthusiasm for the sport.

Graham, who lives nearby in Hollins Close, hopes to get the backing of prominent Sheffield cricket heroes like Michael Vaughan, the former England captain.

“Firstly I want to set up a committee of like-minded people, perhaps ex-players from the club,” he said.

“Really I need to hear from anyone who can bring something to the table and we’ll organise a meeting.

“A lot of people live in the Stannington area and there must be people here who travel further afield to play the game.

“It would be so much better for them to have their own club in their very own village.”

Graham is concerned that the original cricket field near the pub locals know as the ‘top house’ has become wild and overgrown, and fears it may be sold off for housing.

“I’m worried that an important piece of the city’s sporting heritage may be lost for good,.

“It’s a shame that most of the club’s records and memorabilia were lost in the fire.

“The pitch has pretty much gone back to nature but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be restored with a bit of time and effort.

“This is a historic club, one of the oldest in the world and it would be great to revive it,” Graham added.

n Anyone interested in getting involved in the campaign should contact Graham on g700noble@btinternet.com or on 0114 232 0627.