Oughtibridge Cricket Club
Address: Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Ground, Waterside Gardens, Oughtibridge, S35 0JS
Phone: 07939 347272
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Since 1921 when the ground was presented to the village, cricket and football have continued to be played there up to the present time.
For several years two tennis courts were situated on the site where the pavilion now stands, but in 1935, when serious flooding took place, the courts were washed away.
In those days the club relied heavily on “Gate” receipts for its income and Tommy Dransfield, or “Limpy Tommy” as he was affectionately known because of the iron on one show, made sure that everyone paid to watch the game.
Any account of cricket in Oughtibridge would not be complete without mention of some of the names of players who left their mark on the game locally. The name of Glossop must rank high in the list, which is not surprising as no less than seven brothers all played for the village club, with as many as five playing in the same side on several occasions.
The eldest was Walter, better known as “Tal” who for many years was captain at both football, where he played at inside left, and cricket, where he was stumper and opening bat. He played football until he was 38 but went on to play cricket until he was 50 years of age. His memories of cricket in the early 1900’s give a vivid picture of how dedicated one had to be in order to play the game.
Ernest Glossop, now ninety years of age, still enjoys relating stories above the men and the games played so many decades ago. An away match at White Lane, Chapeltown, often meant a long walk to get there, whilst for an away fixture at Hathersage, it was necessary to hire old Ely Morton’s wagonette which could seat up to 22 passengers and required two horses to pull it.
It needed a 10 o’clock start in order to get there for 3 pm, and it was late in the evening when they arrived back at Oughtibridge after refreshment at one or two of the local hostelries.
Two other brothers served the club with distinction for many years. John and Tommy Roberts were both very useful with the bat, so much so that it was said that Tommy could have played for Yorkshire. Just what his reaction was in 1925, when the Captain, Walter Glossop, in what he described as “the grandest match he had ever seen”, declared, when Oughtibridge had scored 240 for 5 wickets against Hallam and Tommy Roberts was 93 Not Out.
It is not possible to mention all the players who, in the past, made Oughtibridge worthy opponents for any other team in the surrounding district, but a few who come to mind include the two Minnis’s, Ronnie Walters, Raymond Gott, and his two sons, John and Barry who sadly, whilst batting for Whitley Hall against his old club, Oughtibridge, collapsed and died, the George Morton’s, father and son, Cyril Ball, Lol Buet, Denis Lister, the Nornables - Alf and Doug, and Roy Dennis, who’s brother-in-law was Len Hutton and Edgar Sheldon