FARTOWN will be among grounds visited by the Yorkshire CCC Supporters Association tomorrow to mark the county’s 150th anniversary.
The Association is marking the landmark by setting out to visit and photograph every site in the county at which the club have played first-class cricket.
The ground at Fartown, naturally, is high up the list, along with Savile Park in Dewsbury and Thrum Hall at Halifax (now an Asda), and there are 20 in all.
Six sponsored cars will set off north, south, east and west from Headingley at 10am, overseen by the club’s new chief executive Mark Arthur.
Supporters in Huddersfield – who have seen Yorkshire go top of the Championship table this season – enjoyed first-class cricket at Fartown from 1873 to 1955, seeing some of the finest players ever to don a pair of whites.
In that period 72 matches were played and, after that time, Yorkshire continued to play limited-overs matches at the ground, which was also once the traditional home of the Drakes Huddersfield League’s Sykes Cup final.
Limited-overs games became a regular feature from 1969 through to 1982, when the county played there for the last time. It has since been used for other sports, such as rugby, but the George Herbert Hirst memorial is still there.
Savile Town park was used from 1867 to 1933 and staged 43 first-class matches. It is now a recreation ground.
Thrum Hall, on Hanson lane, has been an Asda store since 1998 and staged only three Championship matches, way back in 1888, 1889 and 1897.
Other grounds to be visited include Sheffield’s Bramall Lane and Abbeydale, Middlesbrough’s Acklam Park and two other sites in that area.
Two Bradford grounds, St George’s Road in Harrogate and Hull’s Circle are included, plus an additional site nearby.
Scarborough, the only county ground outside Headingley still used by Yorkshire, will be visited, with pictures taken of North Marine Road, while supporters will also be calling at Wakefield’s College Grove and York’s Wiggington Road.
In addition to Headingley, there are three other venues in Leeds and all will be included.
Yorkshire Supporters Association was founded in 1981 and has raised well over £100,000 for the club.
This has mainly been used to fund development of young players and the progress of Jonathan Bairstow and Joe Root to the England ranks in recent times is testament to some of that work.
Well-wishers are asked to donate for the 150th anniversary as supporters travel around the grounds tomorrow.
Cheques payable to YCCSA should be sent to the secretary at 16 Balmoral Way, Yeadon, LS19 7WF. Donations can also be sent to treasurer Ken Blackburn at 15 Bowood Crescent, Leeds, LS7 2PY.