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A History of Gt. Broughton & Kirby Sports Club by Peter Clarkson


A History of Gt. Broughton & Kirby Sports Club In the summer of 1954 Mr. John Terry who was the new Head teacher at Kirby inCleveland boys school and a keen cricketer thought it would be a good idea to re-form the Village Cricket Team which folded in the 1920s. With the help of Mrs. Clarke, who owned Oxford House, she gave the land rent free. It all then began, a pitch was cut in the middle of the cow pasture with a push Qualcast mower. The score board was an ash tree in the boundary hedge with nails to hang the metal numbers, which were given by Harry Cook. The kitbag which had been in someone’s loft for thirty years. That was all the Club had, no money but plenty of enthusiasm . In 1962 the Cricket moved to the present field (originally the old field in the 1920s) with the two roomed pavilion which we had to purchase to play in the Langbrough League Two years later the Tennis and Football players amalgamated with the cricketers to form Gt. Broughton & Kirby Sports Club. The land was rented from Mr. Ted Ideson at a very reasonable rate. The Football Team which started in 1947, playing in a field along InglebyRoad, and then moved to Sandersons’ Farm; during this time Brian Clough played for Gt. Broughton. In the beginning Football was played in the field on the left behind the houses, next in the field adjacent to the Clubhouse. The Tennis Section which did not fold in 1920s but moved to the Vicarage at Kirby. The first Court, grass of course, at the new field was in the same place as No.1 Court today; in the 1920s this had been a Bowling Green. The sameQualcast push mower cut this. Pine posts and Chicken wire provided the fence around the Court; that was all we could afford. Early in 1970 the Club acquired some timber buildings that had been situated on the Quay at Hartlepool (thanks to Mr. George Winney), members had to dismantle, transport and erect them at the Club; this gave the Club ladies and gents changing rooms and a tea-room, and the old two-roomed Pavilion became the score-box.. During the 1970s the Club organised, with the help of local farmers in particular Mr. ArthurMarsay and Mr. Derek Welford, the first of the big Barbecues with up to 500 people attending. The members supplied and served salads etc, ran the bar and the steaks- which had been marnaded for a week or more, were cooked to perfection by Mr. DavidMoreton (and Susan)on a barbecue made to


his specification, in fact this same barbecue was used to cook the meat at our last barbecue. The number one fund raising event, which enabled the Club to move forward with building improvements and land purchases, was the annual Carnival always held on August Bank Holiday Monday. The first Carnival was held in the mid1950s the prime organisers at this time were Len & Doreen Hall – the success of this event has always relied on the residents of the two villages who have always given generously to the village collection. Without this support the Carnival would not have been the financial success it has been to this day. The purchase of the Cricket field was completed in 1984, the present Football field purchased early 1990s and the final purchase of land adjacent to the Clubhouse in early 2004. The thanks for enabling these purchases to be made go to the Ideson family the 1984 1990 purchases to John Ideson and the final purchase to his widow Sheila. This land will hopefully be used for sporting activities for years come. Two people in particular played a very important part in the continued development of the Club over 40 years, Florrie Flintoft (cricket scorer & club treasured for many years) andHerbie Johnson who has tended the cricket field way beyond normal care making it one of the best in the area. All the above people deserve recognition for their part in making the Club what it is today. Footnote:- Having been involved since the Club’s inception, fundraising, playing all Sports, serving on the Committee and negotiating the purchases of land; in particular the 2004 land purchase which I personally guaranteed. I think that Broughton & Kirby Sports Club is probably the only Club that owns outright all its land and facilities. I am honoured to have been associated with the development and progress of the Club over the last 57 years. Peter Clarkson 25 February 2011

A History of Gt Broughton & Kirkby Sports Club  

A History of Gt Broughton & Kirkby Sports Club