Heritage Club Of The Week - North Leeds CC
North Leeds Cricket Club was formed in 1892 on the present ground , The Homestead, on Old Park Road, Leeds on the edge of Roundhay Park surrounded by Soldiers Field , a public playing field. It largely played in the Leeds League to 1945 and since then in the Airedale and Wharfedale S C L. It has served the League with 6 League Presidents and several League Secretaries and Chairmen. There were huge crowds in the 1920s and 1930s etc especially with a pre-season match v Herbert Sutcliffe’s X1 of county players in the 1930s.
Post War the club continued its successes in the Airedale & Wharfedale League with its 1st and 2nd X1s and since 1998 a 3rd X1 (previously playing non-league cricket). The 1st X1 has won the League on 6 occasions ( 3 in 1950s) and Waddilove Cup once, 2nd X1 league champions 17 times plus highest placed in 1st X1 division in 2019 and Birtwhistle Cup 11 times, 3rd X1 League twice and Chappell Cup 3 times including 2019. But the club is about enjoying cricket and team spirit etc not just winning.
The club has always been a family club as well eg 4 generations of the Wales family since 1946. Also since 1971 the club have hosted the Annual Boxing Day Cricket match against the Northern Cricket Society for charity and it has been played whatever the weather including in deep snow in 2009. In addition in 2014 the clubhouse was completely re-built on the same site with some small changes eg clock in 2019. It has been excellent for social events and hirings.
In recent years Club has built up a huge junior section with teams at U9s, U11s, U13s, U15s and U17s with presently about 160 junior members and a huge waiting list. certainly one of the largest in Yorkshire. Training sessions are held for all in winter as well as summer with qualified coaches.
The senior teams continue to do well with 1st X1 in Division 1 and runners up in the 2019 Waddilove Cup final, played at North Leeds. The 2nd X1 plays other first teams now in Division3 and finished highest placed of all 2nd X1s whilst the 3rd X1 won the Chappell Cup in 2019. Last year as well the U15s won their cup final, the Grove Hill Trophy.
There was one sad event in September 2018 when one of the juniors aged 17 ( a member for 10 Years) collapsed and died at a Roundhay School Open Day. Supported by his family and school friends and by grants the club completed the levelling of the former tennis court area at the bottom of the ground (below scorebox) into a playing area for U9 and U7 Cricketers. This was opened on 20th August 2019 by his family and England Captain Joe Root and is named in his memory as the Tom Coupe Oval. It extends the junior capacity at the club and therefore the future of the club.