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Fans pay tribute to the out grounds

— 19 June 2013

Die hard cricket fans have hit the road with cameras to chronicle the locations of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s long history of competitive home fixtures.

As part of the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations, members of the club’s Supporters’ Association set out yesterday in six cars and headed to different parts of the region to visit and photograph 20 sites where the club has played first-class cricket.

After a send-off from the club’s Headingley ground by chief executive Mark Arthur, fans made it to grounds and sites of former grounds at Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Harrogate, York, Scarborough, Wakefield, Sheffield, Bradford, Middlesbrough, elsewhere in Leeds and two in Hull.

Supporters raised awareness of the anniversary and collected donations in aid of the club’s activities.

Since the Supporters’ Association was founded in 1981, its members have raised almost £100,000.

Most of the funds have been invested by the club in the development of young cricketers such as England internationals Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.

Brochures are on sale at the Scarborough stall or by post from Ken Blackburn, 15 Bowood Crescent, Leeds, LS7 2PY, with cheque for £10 to include p&p, payable to YCSA.