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Northern Cricket Society

The annual Northern Cricket Society Boxing Day match played in very wintry conditions at Alwoodley in 1956. The NCS leaving the field. Johnny Lawrence is third from the left, far right Bryan Stott in gloves and Brian Close.


The Northern Cricket Society was formed in 1948 as an offshoot from the Cricket Society, which was too far away for many Northern members to reach. Other Yorkshire cricket societies such as the Hull and East Riding, the Sheffield and the Wombwell were formed during the next few years.

Chairman of the Northern is Andrew Mawson, who succeeded Yorkshire Vice-President Tony Vann at the 2008 Annual General Meeting. Membership is open to anyone, all cricket enthusiasts, and the Society’s winter programme is always well attended in the East Stand Long Room at Headingley.

Speakers include First Class players and ex-players, broadcasters and writers on the game, umpires, administrators and anyone with a tale to tell. Members also hold a spring dinner in March with a guest speaker and – most quirky of all – an annual Boxing Day match at North Leeds. The Boxing Day match goes ahead regardless of weather – and for the most altruistic of causes: The Society and North Leeds C.C. holding a raffle which they dedicate to St. Gemma’s Hospice.

All meetings are held in the East Stand Long Room of Headingley Cricket Ground, beginning at 7.45pm, nearly always on a Tuesday. The Society continues to bring to our members speakers from the various divisions of the game. It is an opportunity not only to listen to informed comment – but to ask the questions you have been longing to ask.

You are sure of a winter of enjoyable evenings if you join the Northern Cricket Society. Membership costs £15 a year. Guests £3 per meeting.


Andrew D Mawson, 10 Studdley Crescent, Gilstead, Bingley BD16 3NF
Tel. 01274-778434. Email:

Membership Secretary:
Chris Sawyer, 8 Parkside Green, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4NY
Tel. 0113-2759745. Email:

Speaker Co-ordinator:
Douglas Roxburgh, Flat 24, Tewit Well Gardens, Tewit Well Road, Harrogate, HG2 8JG
Tel 01423-505306. Email:

Chris Sawyer, 8 Parkside Green, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4NY
Tel. 0113-2759745. Email:

Booklet Editor: Michael Pulford. Tel. 07758 594470. Email:

James M Greenfield, John Morris, Tony Ogden, Sylvia Ross, Caroline Storer

  • Events


    October 2 – Brian Sanderson Yorkshire Cricket Archives – talking about Brian Close

    November 6 – Nick Cook, 1st class umpire, former Leics, Northants and England player

    December 4 – Alan Fordham, Head of England and Wales Cricket Operations, ex-Northants

    December 11 – WINTER LUNCH – Paul Nixon, Leics Head Coach, ex Leics, Kent and England


    January 8 – Graham Thorpe, ex Surrey and England batsman

    February 5 – Kevin Sharp, Worcs Head Coach, former Yorkshire batsman

    March 12 – Alan Butcher, ex Surrey, Glamorgan and England player. Former Zimbabwe coach

    March 19 – SPRING DINNER – Harry Pearson, author, ‘Slipless in Settle’ and ‘Connie’

    April 2 – Jeremy Lonsdale, author, ‘A Game Taken Seriously’ and ‘Tom Emmett’