Yet another Annual Meeting for LSCA tonight
How many will that be then ???
Tonight, November 17th, the 89th Annual General Meeting of the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association will take place in the Indoor Centre at Old Trafford starting at 7.00pm. On May 22nd next year the Association will be officially 90 years of age. The Annual Meeting in November of next year will be our 90th. It was on May 22nd, 1922 that a group of teachers gathered together by Herbert Thomas, the first Hon. Secretary, met at the Granby Row Primary School in Manchester and agreed to set up the Lancashire (Elementary) Schools Cricket Association.
Ten Town Teams took part in a county competition for the very first time that year. The Final between Burnley and Manchester was played at Burnley Cricket Club. Manchester Boys scored 32 for 9 and Burnley were 21 all out. Not really a high scoring game!! The following year after Mr Joshua Hacking, a textile magnate, had presented the Association with a Cup, Manchester were again the winners against Todmorden. The gate receipts for that final at Todmorden CC, totalled £38.00. Now that does not seem a lot in today’s financial climate but having seen some rather blurry newspaper cuttings I can assure you that my soccer team, the Shakers, would like crowds of that size for every home game.
I have many other fascinating facts that I have unearthed from the treasure trove of materials in my garage. They will be revealed when I get round to completing my tome. I am at the moment into the year 2002 – that means 80 years to date with ten to go.
I just wish the detailed investigations did not make me feel so itchy ?!?!?
I am wallowing in nostalgia because I am digging into the history of LSCA both physically and mentally. This exercise is bringing back memories of the many years I have been involved with the activities of the Association.
Every now and then I come across a photograph that brings back so many memories. This is one taken during a Primary XI fixture at Greenmount Cricket Club against Warwickshire on June 22nd, 1989. I have no names with the picture. One person stands out in the centre of the front row, but there are others who have gone on to do well around the county. I wonder how many more of the players you can help me name.
Thinking about AGM’s and how many – I think this will be my 46th or 47th. The problem is that originally these Meetings took place in or around March of each year. At some stage we decided to move them to November. I am not sure whether we moved the AGM forwards or backwards so it could be 46 and a half or 47 and a half. If I look back to the time I first got involved in anything to do with LSCA that was in 1964 when I agreed to be Manager of the local Town Team – Prestwich Radcliffe and Whitefield. That would mean 48 years. If the AGM was in November that year it means I have been linked to this Association for 48 and a half years. But then if the AGM had been in March ??????. Whichever way you look at it is a rather a life sentence. And I still have a full head of hair.
All of you who are now mocking me, I have a pleasant surprise for you. In digging around in the itchy corner I came across this picture of a debonair, sylphlike figure of a Hon. Sec. posing at Old Trafford in the year ????. Fill in the blanks.
Enough. This Blog was written after an evening in the Indoor Centre watching the Batting Skills Set Sessions for the Age groups Squads as a Grandad and not a Hon. Sec.
Time for a Tesco Moment. Not had one of those for a while.
Oh by the way – Pocky’s eye is better