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Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society

Founded in 1951 and celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in 2011. The Society meets fortnightly but sometimes weekly on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm between the end of September and the end of March in the Ardsley Oaks WMC, near Barnsley.

  • officials

    President: HD Bird, OBE

    Patrons – Sir Lawrence Byford, CBE, QPM, LLD, DL; HD Bird, MBE; G Boycott, OBE; MJ Cowan, the Lord Rix, CBE; Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE; FH Tyson and DEJ Frith

    James M Greenfield, Cornhill, 20 Old Lane, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 9AZ. Tel. 0113-2842706. Email

    Ron Firth, The Bungalow, Woodgarth Court, Campsall, Doncaster. Tel. 01302-707210.

    General Secretary:
    Mick Pope, 25 Airedale Avenue, Tickhill, Doncaster. Tel. 01302-745853. Email

    Brian Sanderson, 38 Broomfield Crescent, Leeds, LS6 3DD. Tel. 0113-2742662

    Twelfth Man Magazine Editor:
    Ben Hampshire

    Membership Secretary:
    Mrs Beryl Ambler, Park Cottage, Cortworth Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7SB. Tel. 01226-747516. Email

    John and Beryl Ambler, Colin Barker, Ben Hampshire, Norman Hazell, Jack Tunnicliffe, Neil Whitaker and Brian Workman


    The society’s first Secretary, Jack Sokell, served for 53 years until his death a week before Easter 2004. It was Jack who coined the society’s motto:

    My song shall be cricket, and cricket my theme


    The society meets most Thursday evenings at 7.45pm between the end of September and the end of March in the Ardsley Oaks WMC, near Barnsley. Speakers include present and former First Class players and officials, cricket management – ECB Chief Executive David Collier came in 2005 – writers, commentators – Geoffrey Boycott and Freddie Trueman came in 2005, and as Yorkshire President Geoffrey Boycott was chief guest at the 2013 dinner – members of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Board and Committee and representatives from the leagues. Sometimes we have a set speech followed by questions…sometimes the evenings are dominated by question-and-answer. Sometimes we have one speaker, sometimes a panel.

    The society organises buffet and presentation evenings and a Christmas lunch. We seek to sustain and enhance the passion for cricket by evenings of vigorous, informed chat on cold, dark nights…but above all our objective is to foster youth coaching.


    Winter coaching classes began in 1953 with the aim of encouraging local talent, and through the years a number of county and international players have emerged. Arnie Sidebottom was the first to attain First Class honours, followed by Graham Stevenson, Tim Boon, Martyn Moxon, Darren Gough and Joe Root. The classes are linked with coaching awards in memory of Society Patrons the late John Arlott and Brian Johnston, and former Society stalwarts Derek Moxon, Jack Sokell and Eric Sykes. Awards are presented annually to young players for batting, bowling, fielding, and wicket-keeping – and the highlight is now the President’s Trophy presented in person by “Dickie” Bird.


    The Society presents a number of annual awards including Cricket Writer, Cricket Commentator, County Captain, Young Cricketer and Cricketer of the Year as well as Wicket-keeper of the Year and one in memory of Learie Constantine for the best fielder of the year based on catches taken across all cricket in England during the season.


    The Society produces its own annual publication, The Twelfth Man – first issued in 1954 – as an A4-style 50-plus-page magazine. It includes news and feature articles, reviews the Society’s winter meetings, provides details of award winners, and book reviews.


    • Full Member (resident in Yorkshire) £10.00
    • Full Member (resident outside Yorkshire) £9.00
    • Joint Husband & Wife (resident in Yorkshire) £14.00
    • Joint Husband & Wife (resident outside Yorkshire) £12.00
    • Junior Member (under 18) £5.00

    A further £25 will be charged to Juniors who wish to enrol for the Society’s winter-coaching classes.

    Those wishing to take out membership should complete an application form and post it to the Membership Secretary, Mrs Beryl Ambler, Park Cottage, Cortworth Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7SB. Tel. 01226-747516. Email


    EH Umbers for Services to Yorkshire Cricket:
    Brian Marsh

    Jack Fingleton Cricket Commentator of the Year:
    Ed Smith

    Brian Sellers County Captain of the Year:
    Paul Collingwood (Durham)

    CB Fry Young Cricketer of the Year:
    Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

    George Spofforth Cricketer of the Year:
    Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

    Les Bailey Promising Young Yorkshire Player:
    Alex Lees

    Learie Constantine Fielder of the Year:
    Marcus Trescothick (Somerset)

    Arthur Wood Wicket-keeper of the Year:
    Phil Mustard (Durham)

    JM Kilburn Cricket Writer of the Year:
    Mick Pope


    Leave the Ml Motorway at Junction 37.
    If you have travelled from the South take the third exit.
    If you have travelled from the North this is the first exit.

    This is the main Barnsley road. Keep in the right-hand lane, as after approximately half a mile you will turn right at the first set of major traffic lights. The road is called Broadway.

    Keep on this road for about two miles, passing through various sets of traffic lights. This road eventually joins the A635, which is the main Barnsley-Doncaster road.

    You will go up the hill and down the other side, and you will arrive at a large roundabout operated by traffic lights. Take the second exit, which takes you under a railway bridge.

    Go up the hill for about one mile. This is a dual carriageway. You will come to the Ardsley Oaks Working Men’s Club on the left. Swing into the car park.

    If you are the guest speaker, you will have been invited to a pre-meeting meal with the Chairman or deputy in the Ardsley House Hotel on the opposite side of the road. So keep in the right hand lane.

    Just past the Working Men’s Club you will see to your right a large maroon-coloured sign for Ardsley House Hotel. You turn to your right across the carriageway, and into the hotel car park.

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