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Yorkshire Southern Group

Background

The YCCC Southern Group was formed in 1980 at the Rugby Club of London by Ernie Taylor, Burt Rhodes and Jocelyn Webber.

The Founder Patron was Sir Leonard Hutton.

Our current Patron is Richard Hutton.

  • Richard Hutton (2nd right) unveils a portrait of his father Sir Leonard Hutton with his brother and their sons.
  • Aims

    We have two principal aims:-

    • Promoting and supporting the Yorkshire County Cricket Club in the south, especially at match events.
    • Providing sponsorship to be used for the development of young Yorkshire Cricketers.

    Membership

    We currently have around 200 members, not only from the south but from all parts of the country. All are welcome to join in our support for YCCC. Membership is by annual donation and we are currently asking for a minimum of £15.

    Why not join us now by clicking here.

    Events

    Throughout the season we arrange events when the Yorkshire first XI are playing in the South, and invariably an event at Headingley. This often includes a lunch, sometimes with private viewing facilities at the ground.

    Each spring/summer we hold a beneficiary event in a London hotel where the Yorkshire beneficiary is our guest speaker. The evening also includes a supper. Speakers at the supper have included; Mathew Hoggard, Michael Vaughan and Tim Bresnan. In 2015 our beneficiary was Richard Pyrah who talked openly and frankly to the gathering and took a question and answer session.

    In 2016 we were pleased to welcome Andrew Gale to our summer event. Andrew answered questions put to him by Dave Callaghan of the BBC and after supper took questions from the audience.

    During the ‘off’ season we arrange an Annual Lunch in London during November. Past guest speakers have included:- Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Martyn Moxon, Ken Taylor, Geoffrey Boycott, Mark Arthur and many others. In November 2016 the guest speaker at the lunch was Ian Dews, Director of Cricket Development and Second X1 Coach at Headingley. Our Patron, Richard Hutton also attended.

    The guest speaker for the 2017 Annual Lunch and our beneficiary will be Steven Patterson.

    2017 Events

    Tuesday May 2nd Annual General Meeting at The Counting House, EC3V 3PD at 07:00pm
    Friday May 5th Lunch in Graeme Hick Pavilion, Worcester for Royal One Day Cup.
    Saturday June 3rd. Day Package at Headingley for second day of the Roses Match
    Tuesday June 20th Lunch at Lord’s tavern on second day of Middlesex Match
    Sunday August 6th Lunch in Pavilion Restaurant at Scarborough on first day of Essex Match
    Monday September 25th Buffet lunch at Queens Head pub, Chelmsford for the Essex match
    Saturday November 11th Annual Lunch at the Royal Over-Seas League, London

    Sponsorship

    Over the years we have regularly provided financial sponsorship to assist the development of the club’s younger players. This has included funds for inter-personal and media skills training, coaching mats and bats for scholarship players. The first recipient was Paul Jarvis in 1984. Over the years we have sponsored such players as:- Darren Gough, Members of Yorkshire’s Young Fast Bowling Squad, Tim Bresnan, Joe Sayers, Jonathan Bairstow.

    Newsletter

    We produce a quarterly newsletter, the “Southern Group Newsletter”, with details of our forthcoming events and articles about Yorkshire cricket both past and present

    For the latest edition, click here.

    Committee

    Chair: Chris Marshall
    Vice Chair: Ned Holt
    Treasurer: Peter Nutting
    Hon Secretary/Events Coordinator: June Hirst
    Newsletter Editor: Ned Holt
    Minutes Secretary: Martin Howe
    Other committee members: Andrew Bosi, Mike Brown, David Hirst, Brian Smith.

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