Todmorden get 175th anniversary ball rolling with 20/20

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SPORTS fans are invited to shake off the effects of New Year’s Eve and start 2012 helping Todmorden Cricket Club begin marking a very special anniversary.

In 2012 Todmorden Cricket Club celebrates its 175th anniversary and they aren’t wasting any time in getting events under way with stumps pitched at noon on New Year’s Day for a 20/20 match at Centre Vale which will match Todmorden All Sorts and Chris Barker’s Never-Has-Beens.

Cath Rudderforth, of Todmorden Cricket Club, said: “Everyone is welcome, admission is free and a selection of food will be available. Anyone fancying a good curry, and nice pint and a good, fun game of cricket to start the year should come along.

“It promises to be a great fun day out and the start of a variety of fun events to mark this momentous milestone in our club’s history.

“What better hangover cure could you possibly have!”

The celebrations come at a time when more information about the club is available than ever before.

A quarter of a century ago the 150th anniversary was marked by the publication of an account of the first 150 years by Todmorden News sports writer Ron Wild and including material from H. G. Stephenson, who had covered Todmorden for the paper before the second world war.

More recently, a brace of books from Malcolm, Freda and Brian Heywood, with Cloth Caps and Crazy Cricket covering the 19th century and 2011’s A League Of Their Own bringing the club’s history, with statistics, bang up to date (and both including a great deal of detail about how Todmordians spent their leisure time in general).

And via Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, the DVD of the television programme A Good Do For Batters homed in on the late 70s season when England and Yorkshire cricket legend Brian Close was professional at the club.

It all whets the appetite as Todmorden enter what looks set to be a landmark year.