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Lidgett Lane, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield HD8 9AQ  View Map

Altitude: 192 Metres/630 Feet

Huddersfield League

Huddersfield Junior League

Volunteer Contacts:

Margaret Dollive & Trevor Heeley

Club Website 1   Club Website 2

  Skelmanthorpe CC

Founded: c.1871
Nearest Landmark: Skelmanthorpe Fire Station
Nearest Railway Station: Denby Dale

By Bus: 236/238 from Huddersfield Bus Station
Nearest Other Club: Cumberworth
Nearest Pub: The Grove


Timeline (40kb PDF)

Early Years (1.7mb PDF)
Later Years (2.7mb PDF)

Club History in Express & Chronicle Newspapers

History Article (1995) (378kb PDF)

History of Club and Ground - Extract from Pennine Pitch (44kb PDF)

History of Club by Paul Ellis (12kb PDF)

Concise History of Club (9kb)

1876 Scores v Emley at Skelmanthorpe (404kb PDF)

1895 Huddersfield & District Alliance - League Table (113kb PDF)

1910 Dearne Valley League - 1st & 2nd XI Tables (68kb PDF)

1919 Huddersfield Central League - Scores & 1st XI/2nd XI Tables (601kb PDF)

1928 Holden Cup Final Winners v Clayton West at Shelley (79kb PDF)

1928 Allsop Cup Final Winners

1930 Huddersfield Central League Champions & 2nd XI Table (112kb PDF)

1931 List of Officers, Balance Sheet & E.P.Shaw 'Drinks' Letter (123kb PDF)

1933 Skelmanthorpe Urban Disrict Council - 'Horse Roller' Letter (53kb PDF)

1933 Huddersfield Central League Champions

1935-6 Balance Sheet (60kb PDF)

1937 1st XI Holden Cup Winners (Team Photo & Report) & Feast Matches (133kb PDF)

1946 (7 May) Catering Licence Application (64kb PDF)

1947 Holden Cup Final Winners v Scholes at Shelley (75kb PDF)

1947 Allsop Cup Final Winners

1949 Allsop Cup Final Winners

1950s Dinner & Presentation (387kb PDF)

1952 Fixture Card (1.9mb PDF)

1954 Huddersfield Central League Champions (394kb PDF)

1955 Huddersfield Central League Champions (485kb PDF)

1957 (9 Feb) Whist Drive & Dance at Scissett Baths & Section 'A' Winners (197kb PDF)

1957 Huddersfield Central League Champions

1960 Holden Cup Winners (336kb PDF)

1968 Section 'B' Winners (308kb PDF)

1973 Huddersfield Central League Section 'B' Winners (130kb PDF)

1974 'Crisis' & Armitage Cup Winners (206kb PDF)

1975 Rates Review (294kb PDF)

1977 'Prospects' (545kb PDF)

1979 Allsop Cup Winners (283kb PDF)

1981 Huddersfield Central League Champions

1981 & 1982 Victorious Allsop Cup Campaigns - Match by Match (66kb PDF)

1983 Team Photo v Emley & Under-13s (309kb PDF)

1987 Hinchliffe Cup Winners & Annual Gala (545kb PDF)

1989 Mike Bocarro & Shahid Mahboob (128kb PDF)

1990 New Changing Rooms & Byrom Shield Winners (415kb PDF)

1990 'Treble' (Sykes Cup, Byrom Shield & Examiner Mini KO) Winners (332kb PDF)

1992 Paddock Shield Finalists (278kb PDF)

1992 Ronnie Irani & Byrom Shield Winners (367kb PDF)

1993 Under-13s Section Champions & Examiner Salver Winners (78kb PDF)

1998 Margaret Dollive, Beverley Crossland & Paddock Shield Runners-Up (116kb PDF)

1998 'Camels Tour' to Yorkshire by Awali CC (51kb PDF)

2000 Team Photo (151kb PDF)

2001 1st XI Team Photo (68kb PDF)

2001 Team Photos (108kb PDF)

2002 Matchday Programme (79kb PDF)

2005 Heritage Exhibition Launch Event at The Grove Public House (302kb PDF)

2006 Matchday Programme v Honley (121kb PDF)
2006 Great Match v Delph & Dobcross (Away) by Matt Elston (16kb PDF)
2006 Great Match - Sykes Cup Final v Honley at Elland by Matt Elston (28kb PDF)

2006 Sykes Cup Final (86kb PDF)
2007 Presentation Evening and Redevelopment Plans by Matt Elston (8kb PDF)
2007 2nd XI Season Preview with Richard Aspinall by Matt Elston (14kb PDF)

2007 (2 Jul) Skelmanthorpe v Hall Bower: 'High-five from Dani' (web link)

2007 (4 Aug) Crowther Cup: 'Shelley Move into Final' (web link)

2007 Sykes Cup Winners v Honley at Elland - Photos (2.4mb PDF)

2008 Tea (63kb PDF)

2008 Club Fixtures (53kb PDF)

2008 (3 Aug) Betty Trigg Memorial Cup at Lidgett Lane (65kb PDF)

2008 (9 Aug) Eclipse: 'Fantastic Solo Vocalist' (52kb PDF)

2008 (10 Aug) Car Boot Sale at Lidgett Lane (52kb PDF)

2008 'Membership Now Due' (23kb PDF)

Club Badge (38kb PDF)

Club Jumper (44kb PDF)

Cup Winners - Undated (205kb PDF)

In the Vicinity: Friends and Foes by Matt Elston (24kb PDF)

'SCC 1870-2000' Cross Stitch (113kb PDF)

'SCC 1998' Cross Stitch (404kb PDF)

Shahid Mahboob Benefit Match (46kb PDF)

Success & Silverware by Matt Elston (24kb PDF)

Women's Team (74kb PDF)

LEAGUES: Combination, Alliance, Dearne Valley, HCCL, Huddersfield League (web link)


Who's Who (309kb PDF)

Memorials, Plaques & Dedications (185kb PDF)

The Aspinalls   Plaque (18kb PDF)

Andrew Clarkson

Geoff Crompton   Profile by Matt Elston (83kb PDF)

Bev Crossland

James Crossland   Profile by Matt Elston (16kb PDF)

Adam Dollive   Profile by Matt Elston (24kb PDF)

James Dollive   Profile of Matt Elston (15kb PDF)

Margaret Dollive   Profile by Matt Elston (64kb PDF)

Steve Glover

Eva & Ronnie Greaves   Plaque (28kb PDF)

Richard Greaves

The Haighs   Plaque (18kb PDF)

Trevor Heeley   Profile by Matt Elston (16kb PDF)   Pavilion Plaque (62kb PDF)

Graeme Hurlbatt

Ronnie Irani   Profile by Craig Bamford (19kb PDF)   1992 - Cricinfo

Wasim Jaffer

Max Joice

Tommy Lodge

Shahid Mahboob   1988/90 - Cricinfo

Paras Mhambrey

Harry Micklethwaite

E.W.Pickersgill   Plaque (32kb PDF)

Phil Redgwick   Profile by Matt Elston (68kb PDF)

F.Sheard   Plaque (32kb PDF)

Kristian Whittaker   Profile by Matt Elston (14kb PDF)

The Wilkinsons   Plaque (20kb PDF)

Cecil Wright   Plaque (39kb PDF)
Skelmanthorpe 2007 Pen Pix by Matt Elston (19kb PDF)
Skelmanthorpe Fantasy XI by Matt Elston (14kb PDF)

Team Photos

1930s (337kb PDF)

1950s (111kb PDF)

1960s (428kb PDF)

1970s (204kb PDF)

1980s (856kb PDF)

1990s (1.5mb PDF)

2000s (149kb PDF)

Undated (313kb PDF)

History of Ground

Story of Lidgett Lane (419kb PDF)

Lidgett Lane by Matt Elston (24kb PDF)

1991 New Scorebox (53kb PDF)

1995 Vandalism (165kb PDF)

2007 (3 Jun) Skelmanthorpe v Hall Bower (1.7mb PDF)

2007 (1 Sep) Skelmanthorpe v Shepley (1.9mb PDF)

2008 (2 Aug) Skelmanthorpe v Holmfirth (2.4mb PDF)

2008 (2 Aug) Advertising Boards (1.2mb PDF)

2009 (3 Aug) Huddersfield v Leeds Lord's Taverners Junior Match (223kb PDF)

2010 Skelmanthorpe v Honley

3D Map & Aerial Photograph (250kb PDF)

'Hazards' at Ground (30kb PDF)

Lidgett Lane Past and Present (140kb PDF)
Line Drawing by Sue Brant

'Welcome' to Ground (65kb PDF)

Ground Today

Action (709kb PDF)

Clock (122kb PDF)

Clubhouse (627kb PDF)

Covers (470kb PDF)

General Views (360kb PDF)

Groundsmen (373kb PDF)

On the Boundary (1.1mb PDF)

Scorebox (310kb PDF)

Signage (356kb PDF)

Spectators (1.3mb PDF)

Teatime (60kb PDF)

Umpires Room (140kb PDF)

Wicket & Square (276kb PDF)

Oral History

Documentary about Skelmanthorpe CC - Produced and Presented by Matt Elston

Local Context

Profile of Skelmanthorpe by Lindsay Pollick (299kb PDF)

Skelmanthorpe (Wikipedia)

Church of St.Aidan, Skelmanthorpe (web link)

Francis Frith Old Photographs (web link)

Skelmanthorpe Band (web link)

Skelmanthorpe Community Action Group (web link)

Skelmanthorpe Fire Station (web link)

Skelmanthorpe Library (web link)

Skelmanthorpe United JFC (web link)

Former Cricket Clubs in Local Area (web link)

Further Reading

Huddersfield Examiner

Club Archives

West Yorkshire Archive Collection (Stored at Huddersfield Library)


With grateful thanks to Margaret Dollive & Trevor Heeley (SCC) and Matt Elston (University of Huddersfield).

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The Ground
  Archive Images


Greatest Moment

Joining the Huddersfield League in 1987.

Local Hero

Trevor Heeley - decades of service as player and committee official.

Bizarre Fact

In 1936 the club bought a horse to help roll the pitch.

Bands and Officials

Skelmanthorpe's impressive ground on Lidgett Lane is situated just off the B6116 from Huddersfield into Scissett. You see a charity shop, a church, an exotic restaurant called Volare, and also the community fire station as you near the ground.

Three houses and three bungalows look out over the venue on Lidgett Lane - and they, like the many passing cars, are in serious danger every time a big-hitting batsman gets to the crease. The village is famous for its brass band, its proximity to Emley Mast, and its cricket club.

At Lidgett Lane, there is invariably a sizeable crowd - spread right round the boundary's edge. Club officials are pretty busy on matchdays: collecting gate money (£1 per person), collecting beer money for the batsman who's just made a fifty, and vending raffle tickets.

There are four advertising hoardings by the main entrance and others on the boundary's edge (Hillam Tyres, Mower World and Garden Centre, Nortonthorpe Industrial Units, Gawthorpe's Butchers, for example). These adverts enable Skelmanthorpe to pay their professional.

Overall it is a very pleasant setting - up on a level and set back from the road. However, seasoned cricket-watchers say that on a cold day, it is very cold.

Neat Playing Area

Neat and compact, the playing area undulates slightly in one corner. There is a narrow ditch around the perimeter of the ground, but grass now grows there. Locals claim that the playing surface is small compared to some in the Huddersfield area, but that the quality of the outfield has improved in recent years.

The white-sheeted sightscreens are on wheels, and there's also white gravel and a whitewashed dry stone wall to further enhance the batsmen's vision. Benches are dotted all around, which gives the place a nice professional feel.

According to one club official, the Skelmanthorpe square is 'well kept and looked after'. One Sunday in 2002, the home side made 320-8 and the opposition totalled 313 - so there are plenty of runs to be had. There are three wickets, plus one artificial strip.

The garage under the handsome scorebox contains everything a local league groundsman could wish for: mower, wheelbarrow, spades, rakes, bits of wood and rope, and thousands of white paint pots. The arena is surrounded by pretty fields and farm tracks, and according to one ex-Skelmanthorpe groundsman, 'it is a lovely little venue'.


Bus-Loads of Supporters

Skelmanthorpe CC was founded in 1892 and joined the Huddersfield Central League in 1919. It was several decades later, in the 1950s, when the current pavilion was built, and in the early-1980s when the distinguished-looking clock was relocated from the scorebox to the pavilion.

On the field, the last two decades have been extraordinary. The club did the treble in the 1980s, switched to the Huddersfield League in 1987, and did the ‘new double’ in 1990. In 2003 they just lost out to Kirkburton in the Sykes Cup. The final was staged at   Elland, but this didn't stop bus-loads of Skelmanthorpe fans from making the journey.

The pavilion is an attractive bungalow-style wood building, with a smart patio in front (usually inhabited by wine-drinkers). The cricketers' tea is laid out on small, neat tables, there's always homemade food on the agenda (for visiting spectators a full tea costs £2, a salad tea £1.50, a piece of cake 30p, and tea or coffee 25p), and the beer mats carry the Carlsberg logo.

On the walls are pictures of former pros, framed photos of famous XIs, and a limited-edition souvenir plate (complete with view of the ground - only 200 were produced).

Ronnie and Shahid

The pavilion was extended, the changing rooms were improved, and showers were installed after Skelmanthorpe joined the Huddersfield League. And a tricolour 'S.C.C.' flag (red, white, blue) is hoisted on a pole just outside. There are ads for Romida Sports and Solo's Tandoori visible, and as one visiting spectator says: 'Skelmanthorpe give off the impression that they are an extremely aspirational club.'


Over the years, the club has had its fair share of top pros: Ronnie Irani, Paras Mhambrey, Shahid Mahboob and Mike Bocarro. On the administrative side there have been big names aplenty: Trevor Heeley, the club official to whom the pavilion building is dedicated (he acted as club secretary for 37 years); Adrian Whittaker, a Central League VIP; and Keith Clarkson, an ex-player and groundsman who is remembered via a dedication on one of the boundary benches.

And the club is very progressive. On matchdays it publishes a special customised programme, and it should also be noted that S.C.C. is managed by two female members (Margaret Dollive, club chairperson, and Beverley Crossland, vice-chair) and puts out a women's XI too.

Welcome to 'Shat'!

In yesteryear Skelmanthorpe was known as 'Skilmannathorpe' or 'Skelmansthorpe'; until a few hundred years ago that is, when it was realised that Skelmansthorpe meant something like 'Town of the Liar and Murderer' and the name was changed to 'Skelmanthorpe'. It is known colloquially as 'Shat' on account of the navvies who used to 'shatter' rocks as they built the old railway.

The village is archetypal West Yorkshire: it boasts spectacular rural vistas and a rich textile heritage, plus a host of local traditions, like Skelmanthorpe Feast, a time for bull- and bear-baiting and organised dog fights. According to writer John Wilkinson, the place is also renowned for 'rough behaviour'.

Another local writer put pen to paper to describe one particular Feast: 'The village green…was a scene of wild confusion. The public houses were crowded with drunken revellers, who caroused all day and made night hideous with their quarrels and disturbances…Often two powerful young men would strip and enter the ring for a brutal prize fight, or a match of wrestling. Among these scenes of revelry would be mountebanks, showmen, fortune-telling gypsies, vagabonds, and thieves from every quarter. The din, uproar and strife lasted day and night…'

Weavers and Clothiers

In terms of industry, Skelmanthorpe was once a centre for handloom weaving, and as late as 1890 there were 200 working handlooms in the village. It is also known for its dyeing and finishing trades. Today, it is full of former clothiers' cottages, and according to Wilkinson the centre of the village is a 'labyrinth of narrow winding roads'.

Skelmanthorpe is famous for other things: its Mechanics Institute, its Mutual Improvement Society and its Naturalists' Society. In 1819 the village was at the forefront of political struggles and a special flag was taken to many rallies and demonstrations. 'Skelmanthorp,' it proclaimed, 'will not rest Satisfied with the Suffrage being anything but Universal' (note yet another way of spelling the place-name and the interesting use of capital letters). Skelmanthorpe also has a tacky claim to fame: the 1970s comedy Oh No It's Selwyn Froggett was filmed in the village.

The cricket club is a focal-point for the local community. It has forged links with St. Aidan's CE First School and also hires its premises out to local organisations such as Skelmanthorpe Band.

Disclaimer - Designed and programmed by Lee Booth.

Heritage Lottry Fund University of Huddersfield