If you would like to offer sponsorship or have an opportunity, please speak to Raymond Sutcliffe on 07711 831284.

​Payment can be made to The Subscriptions Secretary (Mrs Linda Cockshot), 12 Merton Drive, Farsley, by a cheque made payable to Farsley Cricket Club.

Subscriptions 2020

Room Hire


Looking for a venue to host a private function? Look no further than the club house at Farsley CC. The room holds up to 100 people for a party and around 60 for a sit down dinner and also we have a fully functional kitchen.

The room has a fully licensed bar and the upper floor area has a dance floor, with space for a DJ set. Access for less able bodied guests can be gained at both levels. 

To find out more or enquire about availability, please contace Nicola Hoyland on 07770 481310, email or through our Facebook site and we will reply to you as soon as possible. 

The Commitee

Cricket Committe Officials

Executive Management Committee

Executive Management Committee

Chairman - Mr Raymond Sutcliffe

Secretary - Mrs Nicola Hoyland
Treasurer - Mr Henry Hinchliffe
Subscriptions Secretary - Mrs Linda Cockshott

Executive Management Committee

Executive Management Committee

Executive Management Committee

 President - Mr Raymond Illingworth CBE 
Chairman - Mr Richard Whitaker 
Vice Chairman - Mr Darren Hoyland
Secretary - Mrs Nicola Hoyland 
Treasurer - Mr Graham Petty

General Management Committee

Executive Management Committee

General Management Committee

The officials of the club, with, Mr Henry Hinchliffe, Mr Peter Scott, Mr Terry Watson, Mr Raymond Sutcliffe, Mr Andy Higgins,
Mr Paul Heaton & Mrs Liz Wise

Bradford League Delegate

Bradford League Delegate

General Management Committee

Mrs Jane Slater & Mr Richard Sutcliffe

Paid Life Members

Bradford League Delegate

Paid Life Members

Mrs S. Illingworth, Mr David Samuel, Mr A. Smith


Bradford League Delegate

Paid Life Members

 Councillor Andrew Carter, Mrs T. Sutcliffe,

Ladies Committee

Honorary Life Members:

Honorary Life Members:

Mrs Jean Brownridge, Mrs Linda Cockshott, Mrs Ruth Hinchliffe, Mrs Angie Rawnsley

Honorary Life Members:

Honorary Life Members:

Honorary Life Members:

Mr J.R. Cockshott, Mrs L Cockshott, Mr D. Fearnley, Mrs D. Fearnley, Mr R. Illingworth C.B.E., Mrs P. Isherwood, Mr G. Lacey,  Mrs Irene Mylan, Mr G. Petty, Mr D. Pullan, Mr G.B. Shaw, Mr D.J. Storr, Mr E. Vevers, Mr T Watson, Mrs K Brown, Mrs J McCusker, Mr A A Metcalfe, Mrs B Claughton, Mr C Smith, Mrs M Smith & Mr J Birtles

Cricket Committee

Honorary Life Members:

Cricket Committee

Mr Mark Harrison (Director of Cricket), Mr Raymond Sutcliffe & Mr Joe Greaves


12. Dissolution

If at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the Club to be held not less than two weeks thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

If at that Special Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the Full Voting Membership present at the meeting, the General Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.

Upon dissolution of the Club any remaining assets shall be distributed, by the general committee, to another registered CASC, crickets governing body or donated to a registered cricketing charity.  This complies with Schedule 18 of the Finance Act 2002.

13. Amendments to the Constitution

The constitution will only be changed through agreement of at least two-thirds of the Full Voting Membership present at an AGM or EGM meeting.  

14. Child Welfare

Farsley CC has adopted the ECB Safe Hands (Welfare of Young People in Cricket) Policy and as such all suspicions and allegations will be taken seriously, managed and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

Full details of the Welfare of Young People Policy can be obtained from the ECB website: 

15. Trustees

The Club shall have the right to appoint four Trustees as deemed appropriate at an Annual General Meeting. Such Trustees shall be deemed to have the power and obligations to support the wishes and beliefs of the cricket club as appropriate. 

All Trustees of the club to serve for a term of three years or until a resolution removing such a person shall be passed at an Annual General Meeting of the Club. Trustees may continue for further terms, subject to election or re-election at an AGM or EGM.

A Trustee must surrender their responsibilities if they die, move out of the local area or lose interest in the Cricket Club. 

New Trustees to be invited to the post by the management Committee acting on behalf of the club. The Trustees may hold for the Cricket Club’s shareholding and lease on the ground (subject to new agreement). The Trustees are appointed to act as instructed by the Cricket Committee and /or as instructed by an AGM.  

Trustees will be responsible for the on-going participation of cricket and as required other sports, including bowls on the ground and ensure the provision of high quality facilities for all club members. 

Subject to authorisation by an AGM or EGM, trustees to permit the alteration of existing buildings and land, allowing pre-agreed development of the ground and facilities as required. 

16. Declaration

  • Farsley Cricket Club hereby adopts and accepts this constitution as a current operating guide regulating the actions of members.  

The Origins of Farsley - By Mr. Ken Lawson


The club arose out of a team associated with the Mechanics Institute in the early 1860's. A club with the imposing title of "Farsley United Cricket Club" was formed and secured a pitch on the recreation ground on Calverley Lane. Afterwards a field was rented on land on Priesthorpe Lane owned by Mr. John Woodhouse and known as Woodlands Farm. In 1864 this was the home of a tenant Mr. Richard Akers, his wife and three sons. The last sod of the new pitch was laid by Mr. Emmanuel Wade on Good Friday 1864. 

From the very start the club was a financial success and gate receipts of £22.00 and £18.00 were recorded for Whit Monday and Whit Tuesday. Gates of 4000/5000 are said to have attended on these days and with the average wages in the local mills at that time being fifteen shillings to one pound ten shillings per week it seems likely that the entrance fee was one (old) penny. The financial success prompted the landlord to seek an increase in the rent and he proposed an annual rent of £20.00 but by this time the club had sufficient funds to purchase their own ground and they bought the land at Red lane, adjacent to Mr. Overend's home at 25 Red Lane, where they play to this day.Mr. Overend played for the club for many years following its formation and achieved considerable prowess as a batsman. His sons, Randolph, Harper and Joe followed him. The club turned out many professional players including two players that represented the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Irwin Grimshaw (1880/1888) and Saul Wade (1886/1890). 

In the 1870's "Parish" matches were arranged between "Airedale" and "Wharfedale" with Farsley, Calverley and Pudsey St. Lawrence providing players for the "Airedale" team. Mr. Overend was the last surviving member of the first team that played in 1872.

Mr. Overend was prominent in politics and was a founder member of the Farsley Liberal Club. He recalled that at the time of his birth Farsley was a "small" place and that when he now stood at the door of the cricket club pavilion he could remember every building in sight being built.

Mr. Overend died at the age of ninety-two on January 6th 1933. He left a family of nine daughters and three sons. 

Club History

Farsley Cricket Club was formed in 1864 and named Farsley Britannia Cricket Club after the Britannia Fields where they first played. This has now been developed and forms a business park owned by a local firm, Hainsworths, who manufacture cloth for snooker tables, and were, at the time, supporters of Farsley Britannia CC. 

At the turn of the century Farsley Britannia joined forces with a group of local businessmen, to form the Farsley Cricket Club Company and bought a plot of land at the top of Red Lane, where they remain to this day. 

The Farsley Cricket Club Company is still a registered company, Farsley Cricket Club taking a 99-year lease on the ground at a peppercorn rent. A condition of the lease is that cricket shall be played on the ground each season. Farsley CC are responsible for the upkeep of the ground, its buildings and perimeter dry stone wall. 

Initially, the ground was used for cricket, but in the ensuing years a bowling green was laid and a new clubhouse replaced the wooden pavilion which had stood at the top of the ground for some 65 years. The new building was constructed in conjunction with Horsforth Hockey Club, who joined forces with the cricket club. The new clubhouse included up-to-date changing facilities and showers, along with a bar lounge, now known as the Raymond Illingworth lounge, and tea room. The bowling section has grown over the years and now boasts floodlights and a bespoke viewing veranda. 

In 1912 Farsley applied for membership to the Bradford League and elected to play in the league. Over the years Farsley have produced a host of talented cricketers, the most famous being Raymond Illingworth CBE, who came up through Farsley's junior ranks. Raymond captained Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England and while he was captain of the national team he brought the Ashes back home to England in 1971. He led England to victory 25 times in 31 games, and subsequently went on to become the England team manager. He has also been a TV pundit, broadcaster and newspaper columnist.

Illingworth announced his arrival as a genuine star of the future in the 1949 Priestley Cup. In those days the ties were played on midweek evenings. He started his epic innings of 148 not out against Pudsey St Lawrence as a 16-year-old and had celebrated his 17th birthday by the time he completed it. Another 28 years were to elapse before the competition saw a higher individual score. 

Farsley went on to reach the final that season but suffered a five-wicket defeat against Yeadon. Other notable Farsley juniors who have established themselves in first class cricket over the years are Gordon Barker, who progressed through Farsley juniors and went on to join Essex, Mike and Duncan Fearnley. Mike, who tragically died on the field of play during a first team match at East Bierley, played for Yorkshire and coached the county's second team. Duncan played for Worcestershire and ended his playing career with the county, before taking up the cricket chairman's position, as well as owning and running a very lucrative cricket equipment and bat manufacturing business in the county. 

Another Worcestershire player who started his long career at Farsley and also went on to play for England, was wicketkeeper Stephen Rhodes. Phil Carrick played for Farsley as a junior, along with Ashley Metcalfe and both of whom played for Yorkshire, Phil captaining the county to the their Benson and Hedges Cup triumph in 1987. 

David Ripley went from Farsley to Northampton where he played for 20 years while Tim Boon, who is the ECB under-19s manager, started his career at Red Lane as did Ian Sutcliffe and both went on to play for Leicestershire. Current Yorkshire captain and England all-rounder, Craig White, joined Farsley for one season when he left Australia to come back to his native England. Current New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle played one season for Farsley in 1991, topping the Second Division batting averages and scoring 1,005 runs. Astle formed a prolific opening partnership with Russell Evans who made 1,024 that summer. Evans was to go on and better that tally in 1993 when he set a new league record of 1,376. 

Despite an abundance of talented players, Farsley have surprisingly only won the league championship once and the Priestley Cup three times. The only league title triumph came in 1962 when they pipped Bowling Old Lane by one point. Brian Claughton was their top batsman with 499 runs while John White, later to star with Undercliffe, was Farsley's top bowlerFarsley followed that success by lifting their first Priestley Cup 12 months later. They surprised favourites Bradford by dismissing them for 118 and then cruising to a seven-wicket triumph. Farsley reached the final again in 1981 where they met East Bierley who had lost their seven previous finals. A win for the Red lane side looked on the cards when openers Billy Holmes and Mark Brearley put on 111 but a dramatic collapse saw them tumble to 158 all out to lose by 37 runs. 

Farsley had a talented young side when they reached the final again in 1983. Metcalfe, Boon, Gott and Ripley were all in a line-up which also included former England opener Brian Bolus. The final was a triumph for Metcalfe who followed up his match-winning 134 not out against Keighley in the semi-final with another fine innings of 122 as Farsley overhauled Yorkshire Bank's score of 223 for five to win by five wickets with two balls to spare. 

Farsley's third Priestley Cup success came in 1995 when they avenged their 1981 defeat by securing a 112 run win. The hero of their triumph was Joss Overend, a left arm bowler enjoying a successful first season in the league. 

Off the field, Farsley have been well served by a number of loyal servants. Ken Storr held every office at the club during an association, which spanned more than 50 years. He was also a Bradford League umpire for 29 years.

​Raymond Illingworth, who started his distinguished playing carer at Farsley as a junior, returned after his first class career ended to play for the club. He then served as grounds man for many a year, bringing in sponsorship as well as working tirelessly to keep the club afloat. In recent years he occupied the office of president, a post he relinquished at the end of the 2009 season - a campaign which saw Farsley return to the top flight after winning Division Two in 2008 and reaching the Sovereign HealthCare Priestley Cup final where they were beaten by East Bierley. 

Club Honours

Division One Champions - 1962
Division Two Champions - 1969, 1977, 2008

Second Teams Division One Champions - 1926, 1967, 1980, 1983, 2001, 2011, 2012
Second Teams Division Two Champions - 1977
Priestley Cup winners - 1963, 1983, 1995
Priestley Cup runners-up - 1949, 1981, 2009, 2010
Priestley Shield winners  - 1951, 1978
Priestley Shield runners-up - 1976, 1985



1. Title

The club will be called “Farsley Cricket Club” 
The Headquarters for the club are:-
The Pavilion,
Red Lane,
West Yorkshire
LS28 5JE 

2.Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the club will be:

-To offer participation and promotion of cricket for all at Red Lane, Farsley
-To offer coaching and competitive opportunities in Cricket.
-To promote the club within the local community and Cricket.
-To manage the Pavilion and Red Lane Ground.
-To develop amenities for the playing of bowls or any other sport organized and deemed uitable by the committee.
-To promote social and recreational activities amongst the members.
-To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.
-To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.
-To ensure that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment.  

3. Affiliation

The Club shall be affiliated to the Yorkshire Cricket Board.

4. Membership

Farsley Cricket Club Shall be constituted as a members club. 
Membership should consist of officers and members of the club.
All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct - which the club has adopted. 

Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories:
-Vice President
-Vice Chairman
-General Committee Member
-Life member
-Paid Life Member
-Non – Playing / Bowls - Ordinary member
-Senior Citizen member
-Playing member• Student playing member
-Junior member – Under 18 years of age 

Membership shall be open to all, irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, colour, social status and sexual orientation.  
Tackle and nets will be provided on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for senior practice and Friday evening for juniors. Only members may practice. 

5. Membership fees

-Membership fees will be set annually at the Annual General Meeting. 
-Fees will be paid: annually – The membership year shall be 1st January to 31st December. 
The Annual Subscription shall be due on May 5th each year.  Membership cards shall not be transferable.    
-35% of each section’s standard membership fees to be paid to the Management Committee to be used towards the upkeep and running of the clubhouse. 
-No member shall be entitled to use the Club premises until he or she has paid his or her subscription in accordance with the rules of the Club.

Members shall cease to be members
(a) If they do not pay their subscription - within one month after it has become due under the rules of the Club.
(b) By non-payment of subscriptions. Any Member, whose membership has ceased for this reason, shall not again be nominated for membership unless they previously pay all arrears due from them at the time of ceasing to be a member.
(c) The General Committee shall have power to expel any member whose conduct in their opinion renders him unfit for membership.
(d) In the case of disciplinary procedures the committee shall act upon the following steps:

1) Verbal warning;
2) written warning;
3) cancellation of membership.
(e) If served notice in writing by the committee that the membership has been cancelled. A Member has the right to appeal within seven days of receiving such notice.
(f) By resignation. Any member wishing to resign must send written notice to the Secretary and the notice must be accompanied by the subscriptions due to the date of its taking effect.

6. Bar Rules

(a) No person under the age of 18 years shall be served or allowed to consume intoxicating liquor on the Club premises.
(b) Intoxicating liquor may be sold by or on behalf of the Club for consumption on or off the Club premises to Members. 
(c) Guests may be admitted on such days only and subject to regulations as the committee may from time to time determine but no one residing within a radius of twelve miles of the Clubhouse may be introduced as a guest more than six times in any one year.  Members must accompany guests introduced by them during the period of their stay in the Clubhouse. 
(d) The Clubhouse shall be open in accordance with the timetable on the main notice board. 
(e) No dogs to be allowed in the clubhouse (except Guide dogs) 

(f) The permitted hours fixed in pursuance of the current licensing laws are Monday to Sunday 10am – 12am. 


Persons attending Club functions organised by the Club.

A Member hiring the Club for his own use authorised by the Committee, and persons attending that function, providing that Member is present and responsible for the function.  The names and addresses of those attending are to be provided to the Club at least 48 hours before the start of the function.  Persons attending functions where the premises have been hired out for the purpose of a function to non-members, such occasions to be restricted to ensure that the members are still able to enjoy the privileges of the Club. The names and addresses of those attending are to be provided to the Club at least 48 hours before the start of the function.

Members, officials, supporters of a visiting club on the occasion of a team match.

Members, supporters of teams taking part in activities or representative matches on the Club's grounds.

The Committee shall have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the Pavilion, being licensed premises, and the bar itself are conducted according to the law. Bar opening hours shall be decided by the Committee and varied as and when the Committee feel necessary within the statutory times set down in the Licensing Act 1964, as amended.

On occasions when functions are held at the Club, the Club gaming machine cannot be used by anyone other than Members. It shall be switched off.

7. Officers of the club.

The officers of the club will be:

-Vice Presidents
-Vice Chairman
-Honorary Secretary
-Child Welfare Officer
-Cricket development Manager
-League Representative 

Officers will be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. All officers will retire each year but will be eligible for re-appointment.

8. Committee

The club will be managed through the General Management Committee consisting of: ​Club Officers and a maximum of six General Committee Members elected at the A.G.M. Only these posts will have the right to vote, at meetings of the General Management Committee. 

The General Management Committee will be convened by the Secretary of the club once per week throughout the year or as otherwise arranged. 

The Treasurer will make a report at each meeting. 

The Honorary Secretary shall cause minutes of all the proceedings of the General Committee meetings and the said minutes shall be signed by the Chairman of a subsequent meeting and when so signed shall be conclusive evidence of the correctness of the entries. 

The majority required for business to be agreed at General ManagementCommittee meetings will be: 51% of the number of General Management Committee Members elected at the Annual General Meeting. 

The General Management Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy,codes of conduct and rules that affect the organisation of the club.

 The General Management Committee will have powers to appoint sub-committees as necessary and appoint advisers to the General Management Committee as necessary to fulfil its business. 

The General Management Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearingsof members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution. The General Management Committee will be responsible for taking any action ofsuspension or discipline following such hearings. 

The General Management Committee may demand the possession of all books and funds in the hands of the officials by giving seven days notice. 

The Secretary shall have power to call the members of the General Management Committee together, should important business arise.            

The General Management Committee may call a General Management meeting at any time in the usual way. A special General Meeting may be called by a petition of Members which shall be signed by at least 24 Members. Members shall be entitled to vote at a General Meeting.

9. Finance

 All club monies will be banked in an account held in the name Farsley Cricket Club. 

The Club Treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the club. 

The financial year of the club will be; - the calendar year January 1st to December 31st. 

A statement of annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting. Any cheques drawn against club funds should hold the signatures of the Treasurer, plus up to two other officers. 

10. Annual General Meetings

Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be given by the Club Secretary. 

Not less than 14 clear days’ notice to be given to all members. 

The AGM will receive a report from officers of the General Management Committee and a statement of the annual accounts. 

Nominations for officers of the General Management Committee will be sent to theSecretary, prior to the AGM meeting. 

Elections of officers are to take place at the AGM. 

All members have the right to vote at the AGM. 

The majority required for business to be agreed at the Annual General Meetingwill be at least 51% of the Members attending the Annual General Meeting. 

Only full members over 18 years of age may vote at an A.G.M or E.G.M 

The General Management Committee has the right to call Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) outside the AGM.

Procedures for EGM will be the same as for the AGM. Members shall give 7 days notice of any items for inclusion on the agenda. Matters not on the agenda may not be discussed without consent of the Chairman and a majority of the members present at the meeting.  

Voting by post or proxy shall not be allowed. 

No new rule or alteration to existing rules shall be made except by a majority at the A.G.M. or by a two-thirds majority at an extraordinary general meeting of the Club. 

Any amendment to the said rules must be submitted to the Secretary, in writing, within 14 days of an A.G.M. 

11. Discipline and Appeals

All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be submitted in writing to the Secretary. 

The General Management Committee will meet to hear complaints within seven days of a complaint being lodged.

The General management committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership. 

The outcome of a disciplinary hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within seven days of the hearing.

There will be the right of appeal to the General Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The General management committee should consider the appeal within seven days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.  

Club Awards

Roy Tinsley Award

Gilbert Lumb Surprise Trophy

Gilbert Lumb Surprise Trophy


Year        Winner
1969        Frank Simpson
1970        Phillip Rawson
1971        S.K. Storr
1972        H. Grimshaw
1973        Mrs E.M. Storr
1974        Malcolm Horner
1975        C. S. Priestley
1976        David Myers
1977        C. S. Priestley
1978        Maurice Thurmott
1979        Mrs Florence Priestley
1980        Melvin Jones
1981        M. Garside
1982        Doug Brown
1983        David Storr
1984        Ladies Section
1985        Adrian Rushforth
1986        David Storr
1987        S.K. Storr / D.E. Brown
1988        Ladies Section
1989        Ladies Section
1990        Ladies Section
1991        Richard & Janet Wallis
1992        Malcolm Horner
1993        David Storr
1994        No Award
1995        Betty Gould
1996        Jonathan Doidge
1997        John Cockshott
1998        Richard Gould
1999        Andrew Higgins
2000        Michael Savage
2001        Graham Petty
2002        D. Womersley
2003        No Award
2004        Janet Thornton
2005        John Cockshott
2006        Tea Ladies
2007        Junior Coaches
2008        Henry Hinchcliffe
2009        John Cockshott / Henry Hinchliffe
2010        Barrie Franklan

Gilbert Lumb Surprise Trophy

Gilbert Lumb Surprise Trophy

Gilbert Lumb Surprise Trophy

 Year        Winner
1978        Colin Atkinson
1979        The Priestley's
1980        David Storr
1981        Angela Brown
1982        David Brown
1983        John Cockshott
1984        Peter Gott
1985        Pat Storr
1986        Colin Smith
1987        Mrs. E. Pape
1988        Eddie Taylor
1989        Peter Lee
1990        Angela Brown
1991        Marion Carroll
1992        Marilyn Smith
1993        Linda Cockshott
1994        Martin Thompson
1995        Eileen Poynton
1996        Muriel Horner
1997        The Brook's
1998        Mr S Hago
1999        Mr S Hago
2000        David Noble
2001        Martin Thompson
2002        No Award
2003        No Award
2004        Malcolm Horner
2005        Muriel Horner
2006        Robert Thornton
2007        Stuart Tempest
2008        Peter Scott
2009        Janet Thornton
2010        Tea Ladies
2012        Angie Rawnsley