Yorkshire Cricket is regarded as one of the greatest clubs in the world, and as one of the proudest in existence. Established over 150 years ago, the history, tradition and passion of its Members are the main reasons for this. The pride of the Club’s supporters has always been evident.

To celebrate the Club’s fantastic supporters, we bring you a feature looking at memories of some of the White Rose Members. This week we hear from John.

When did you first become a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club?

“I became a member in 1971 after being on the waiting list.”

What are your first memories of Yorkshire County Cricket Club?

“Bramall Lane in June 1958. I remember watching Fred Trueman bowling at Bernard Constable, with the big crowd baying for blood. No helmets in those days. Yorkshire thumped Surrey.”

What is your fondest memory of Yorkshire cricket?

“In the crowd that welcomed the Yorkshire players after they beat Sussex to win the championship in 1959. It was the start of the Scarborough festival. The gates were closed over an hour before play started. Also, at the same venue in 2001 when they received the championship trophy.”

What is your favourite ground and why?

“Scarborough. It’s friendly and a good cricket wicket. At lunch time one game, when a lot of wickets had fallen on first morning, we went out to look at the wicket a voice from behind said ‘nothing wrong with the wicket, they can’t bat these days.’ It was Dickie.”

Who is your favourite current player and why?

“My favourite current player is Adam Lyth. I had a flat in Whitby. After play at Scarborough I would go back to Trenchards restaurant in Whitby. Mrs Lyth who worked there would ask had I been to cricket and asked how Adam had got on.”

Yorkshire supporters are known for being very passionate about their county and cricket team, would you put yourself in that bracket?

“I used to go to all the meetings/special meetings during the Boycott unrest. When I moved to Gloucestershire 10 years ago, I kept my full membership so I could vote. Which I have done to make sure no troublemakers got on the committee.”

What are you most looking forward to during the 2019 season?

“Hopefully watching the young players do well. Especially the batters. I’m glad Jonny Tattersall is back. I saw him make a lovey hundred for the second team against Gloucestershire a few years ago.”

Which young player in the current squad do you think will breakthrough next year and why?

“Josh Shaw. I saw him develop in the two spells at Gloucestershire under the guidance of Richard Dawson, who just told Josh to get the ball to the other end as fast as he can.”

How do you see the 2019 season going for Yorkshire CCC?

“Anything as long as we don’t get relegated.”

What is it about the experience at Emerald Headingley and Scarborough that makes it a good place to visit for you and your family?

“At my age the Long Room where you can watch cricket in comfort with good company.”

Want to take part in the next edition of ‘Members Mondays’? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

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