Picture #1 Netherton & Enville Barry Corbett has kindly identified the following: Standing: from LHS: Mike Tomkins*, Brian Rollason , Simon Burchill (all Netherton), David Thomas, Ron Farmer, Roger Farmer, Ivan Rudge, Mike Morris (all Enville) Bryan Carpenter, Sid Allport, Barry Corbett Seated: from LHS: Alf Foley, Fred Parkin or Stan Fradgley, Colin Brookes (all Netherton)
Edward Haynes commented: “I’m sure Roger Farmer used to coach us kids at Enville CC.” Liane Marsh agreed: “He did – my dad used to go up sometimes!”
* Mike Tomkins is the Chairman of Stourbridge & District Cricket Society – Ed.
Photo #2 Netherton CC Standing, from left: Graham Armishaw, R Stringer, next four all unknown) Seated: Bryan Rollason, Bryan Carpenter, Sid Allport, Dennis Passmore, Reg Cooper.
Picture #3 Netherton CC Steve Williams’ missus has identified some: Standing: Far left: Ron Nash, 4th left: Syd Allport, Unknown, Alf Foley, Sid Allport, Ken Rawlins, C Cotterill. Seated: B Jackson, N Wright, J Doughty, J Harper, Unknown
MEMORIES OF LOCAL CRICKET CLUBS
There is a dearth of information related to local cricket clubs. This is not too surprising, given that most clubs relied upon a small number of individuals to control, lead, manage, organise, plan, let alone play or preserve details and record information, possibly thought unlikely to be of further interest.
The Stourbridge & District Cricket Society intends to address this situation and, not to put too fine a point on it, seek information from persons with long memories, before the great umpire raises his finger and utters the final word…“Out!”
“It’s what cricket societies do — or should do!”
We have deliberately avoided the word ‘history’, as this would be too onerous a task to attempt. However, we do not want vital information to be excluded, such as the year of the club’s formation, names of any pioneering individuals or notable events in the club’s past, if known.
When The Stourbridge & District Cricket Society was founded in 1972, the word ‘District’ conveyed the fact that the Society was not limited to the town of Stourbridge. Thus the following cricket clubs in the immediate area were affiliated to the Society:
Mark & Moody
Of those named, some have merged or are no longer active. Other clubs may be added to the list in due course.
BE INVOLVED If your would like to actively participate or contribute in other ways, such as lending photographs, newspaper articles about the respective club, we will be pleased to hear from you.
However, if you have an interest in a particular club, adjacent to the area, we would be delighted if you would initiate enquiries on our behalf.
OBJECTIVE We intend to ensure that the outcome(s) of our enquiries are made available for future generations of local cricketers, community groups and individuals interested in sporting heritage of the local area.
BLACK COUNTRY CRICKETERS
There are many books commemorating Test and County cricketers. This project seeks to celebrate cricketers, born in the Black Country, who have played first-class cricket, and in some instances have gone on to play at Test level.
This far, we have identified 91 cricketers including nine who played Test cricket.
For those who like a challenge, how many of the nine Test cricketers can you name?
This is a long-term project, which it is hoped, may become a publication to mark the Society’s Golden Anniversary in 2022.
OBJECTIVE We intend to publish a book containing details of each Black Country-born cricketer to provide a formal record for future generations of local cricketers, community groups and individuals interested in the cricketing heritage of the Black Country.
“Supporting cricket is as important as playing cricket!”