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Whalley Range C & LTC need help to compile their history

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Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club is compiling a history of the club and is appealing for people's memories of the club since the Second World War.

Founded in 1845 on College Road, its first cricket fixture was against Didsbury and tennis was started around 1881. In 1910, it became homeless and played only away games, before joining with Old Hulmeians to buy its current ground on Kingsbrook Road in 1923. Old Hulmeians played lacrosse at the ground until the mid-90s and various football clubs also played on the outfield until 2002. For a short period, table tennis was one of the sports at the club and on a social front a quiz team won competitions in the 1990s.

“We know thousands of people have been members over the years and thousands more have played in sport at the club. We are keen for their memories to be captured,” said Chairman Mike Hill. “People will also have photos, postcards of the area, possibly old scorebooks and other memorabilia. We are particularly interested in anything to do with tennis especially.”

A number of famous people have been members, including Sir Robert Marks (former Metropolitan Police Commissioner), darts commentator John Gwynne, Emmerdale actor Chris Bisson and possibly former Lancashire and England skipper Archie MacLaren.

“The club was a bit 'posh' for many years and refused to play for points until 1962 – it was considered ungentlemanly!” Mike Hill added. “But today it is a community resource which reflects the broad socio-economic and ethnic mixture of the local area.”

The book will be compiled by cricket writer Peter Simpson and will be published in March 2014. Anyone with information, memories or materials should get in touch with him (petersimpsonnh@talktalk.net) or Mike Hill (m.hill@prospects.ac.uk / 07894961530) or by post to the club address: Whalley Range CC, Kingsbrook Road, Alexandra Park, Manchester, M16 8NR.


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