The Manchester Guardian shows that without doubt the Glossop Cricket Club came into existence upon April 30th, 1833. Upon that date a number of cotton-masters met to inaugurate the Glossop Dale Cricket Club. A game was played in Howard Town and the ground was situated near the junction of Edward Street and Bernard Street, and thus would include part of the present Norfolk Square. After the day’s play the teams adjourned to the Norfolk Arms and further enjoyed themselves.
A few years later, in September 1874 a touring side visited Glossop Cricket Club; the tourist played under the name of ‘South of England’ and was captained by the legendary W. G. Grace. Below is the scorecard from that day. As you can see Glossop fielded 21 players and batted twice and still couldn’t defeat the South of England side, that was dominated by WG with both bat and ball.
The first match on the new ground (North Road) was played on August 9th 1880 and was described several years later in the Manchester Guardian. ‘Glossop is an amphitheatre of hills. At one end the batsmen has in front of him the White Nab, the back bone of the Peak Range. On the other side is the pleasant height of Pickness, green with meadows grass and with many clumps of trees. The ground has two drawbacks. The first is that it adjoins the railway of the Great Central Company. The noise is rackety and dreadful and at times the smoke from the engines obscures on one side both hill and valley. The other drawback is the ground is five or six feet higher at one side than the other.’
The Old Clubhouse in 1900
In the pre-Great War years Glossop was a home to many Derbyshire CCC cricketers and a few England cricketers, partly funded by the wealth of Sir Samuel Hillwood (a successful local businessman, MP, WW1 Army Major, chairman of Glossop Football Club and in subsequent years, Arsenal FC) One of the most famous of the Derbyshire players to play for Glossop was Charles Ollivierre. He was a Vincentian cricketer who represented the West Indies in matches before they attained test match status and the first black West Indian to play county cricket in England. However, due to the fact he had to qualify to play for Derbyshire CCC by having residency in Britain for 2 years, he spent two years living in and playing for Glossop in the Lancashire League. After, his 2 years, he qualified to play county cricket and played for Derbyshire CCC until eye trouble forced him into early retirement in 1907. Ollivierre is without a shadow of doubt one of the most unknown, influential players in English county cricket’s early history.
Glossop Cricket Club and Glossop Football Club shared the ground and facilities at North Road until 1955, and this was due to Samuel Hillwood being Chairman of both clubs. These were Glossop FC’s halcyon days and in the 1899-00 season became the smallest town in England to play in the top division of the Football League – the record stands today and probably will do forever, unless New Mills make it into the Premier League one day.
Until the 1990’s Glossop was a member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Cricket League, however, the league split and Glossop CC started the 1994 season in the newly formed Lancashire County League. Since then Glossop 1st XI have won the league twice (1998,99) and the Walkden Cup (since 1994) twice in 1997 and 2013. Additionally the 2nd XI have won the Hulme Trophy (since 1994) on four occasions 1996, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
2016 sees a new era of cricket arrive at North Road as the Lancashire county League has been wound up and Glossop, along with 52 other clubs including all those from the former LCL have formed the new Greater Manchester Cricket League. Glossop 1st XI will play in the Premier Division against the best sides across Greater Manchester. Our 2nd XI will feature in the League 2, playing a mixture of 1st XI and 2nd XI sides from across the region. Our 3rd XI will feature in the new Sunday 3rd XI League. Junior cricket will continue based on a local basis on weekday evenings.
Since the late 1990’s the club records at Glossop have been broken several times over. This has been the result of some fantastically talented cricketers that have played for/ currently playing for the club under the captaincy of Adam Wilson, Steve Bates and Will Hargreaves. In 2003, home-grown professional Damien Eyre broke the ‘Most Wickets in a Season’ with 125 victims. In 2006 Glossop signed a Sri Lankan first-class cricketer named Bathiya Perera – he played at the club for 6 seasons and broke all types of club and league records. He scored 6,500 runs at Glossop averaging 57.00 and in 2011 broke his own record of ‘Most Runs in a Season’ by scoring 1,642 runs. In the same year Will Hargreaves took the ‘Most Wickets in a Season’ by an amateur with 83 dismissals in the year.
It was during this time that the Old Clubhouse was replaced by the new Pavillion that you can see today. The new pavillion has two bars, a function room modern dressing rooms and showering facilities, a lift, commercial kitchen and disabled toilets and accessability throughout as well as the balcony view – best view in Glossop if you ask me! After the death of former player and Cricket Club President Hervey Ashton in 2011 the new Clubhouse was dedicated to his memory, a fitting tribute to a legend who spent many years of dedication supporting the club he loved.
From 2012 to 2015 Glossop Cricket Club had Lee Dale as Club Professional, who, in his four seasons with the club scored as freely and aggressively as he did in his first season at Glossop in 2012. Glossop CC has always prided itself on its ability to develop and nurture home-grown talent. This is none so more apparent when you look at the senior team squad. During the 2012 season, on average 18 out of the possible 22 senior players playing cricket for Glossop CC on Saturday were not only from the Glossopdale valley, but was coached and learnt their technique playing for the Glossop Cricket Club junior teams. A fine example of the success of the juniors set up at Glossop was when the 2nd XI won the Hulme Trophy in 2012 and finished runners-up in the league. The 2nd XI side was captained by Matthew Kells, only 19 at the time, and the team had an average age of about 20…including the evergreen veteran Andy Dyson! Having finished 2nd in the league in the following two seasons the 2nd XI regained the Hulme Trophy in 2015, this time captained by David Wilde, with an equally young home grown side.
Glossop can boast 6 junior teams, from Under 9s to Under 18s, and an U19s side in the new ECB T20 U19s competition plus a thriving Friday Night Coaching Programme all accredited by the ECB Clubmark Staus. These sessions cater for the very youngest players and beginners to the sport and is supported by current senior players who get involved and runs training sessions and teams throughout the summers months. Additionally, to support the coaching work being done with the youngest of members at Glossop in recent years a Players Academy has been formed. The Academy is run by Glossop players and coaches with ECB Level 2 Badges and focusses on the very best players in the junior teams (aged 13-17) and encourages the players to challenge and develop their personal ability in the knowledge that one day they will be opening the batting/ bowling/ captaining Glossop Cricket Club 1st XI in the years to come….