Yorkshire at Acklam Park

rob_fmttm

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I remember going to Acklam Park, Middlesbrough with my schoolmates to see Yorkshire play Essex - it was a big thing for us to have the county team in town and to be able to go to watch some sport in the summer holidays and something our parents trusted us to go to.
But I remember how we tried to tease Essex batsman, Brian Hardie. Every time he came over to the boundary where we were sitting we would do the Laurel and Hardy theme. We were kids after all. And when he blundered fielding we replied with the theme again. As teenagers (just) we thought we were hilarious. Hardie (not Hardy, of course) did not see the funny side and snapped back at us.
You can imagine our mirth when he was out for a duck. It made it even better that it was local Middlesbrough hero Chris Old that took the wicket - how we laughed.
 

Holgatewall

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I saw Yorkshire play at : Acklam Park, Abbeydale ( Sheffield),The Circle, (Hull) North Marine Road (Scarborough) Harrogate,Bradford Park Avenue Headingley and Fartown (Huddersfield).

This year I hope to get to York.
 

Holgatewall

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I hadn't realised that Yorkshire started playing at Acklam Park so late.
Yes they played at Acklam Park from 1956 but the played at Middlesbroughs other ground long before. One of the grounds was at Swatters Carr where I believe the played against an Australian touring side.
 

Hawke

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Yes they played at Acklam Park from 1956 but the played at Middlesbroughs other ground long before. One of the grounds was at Swatters Carr where I believe the played against an Australian touring side.
And Yorkshire even played Kent at Middlesbrough in the 1860s....I've been up there for a Sunday League game when Richie Richardson was playing and also went to a Saturday of a CC match in the long ago. At that time of course it was the most northern ground staging first-class cricket. I've been up to Marske for a 2nd team fixture. I understand there has been housing development on the grounds which may have reduced the land available for spectators for cricket and rugby.
 

Holgatewall

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And Yorkshire even played Kent at Middlesbrough in the 1860s....I've been up there for a Sunday League game when Richie Richardson was playing and also went to a Saturday of a CC match in the long ago. At that time of course it was the most northern ground staging first-class cricket. I've been up to Marske for a 2nd team fixture. I understand there has been housing development on the grounds which may have reduced the land available for spectators for cricket and rugby.
Yes. At the Green lane end of Acklam Park. (The end which used to host the press box) now has flats behind the site screen.

Still plenty of room but of course there is no banked seating at that end or near the pavillion.
 

rob_fmttm

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So, would there have been a half century break or more before Yorkshire returned to playing in Middlesbrough in the 1950s?
 

Holgatewall

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So, would there have been a half century break or more before Yorkshire returned to playing in Middlesbrough in the 1950s?
More than that Rob. If you know where the Boro ground was on Linthorpe Road The cricket ground was on the other side of what is now Clifton Street. They also played at North Ormesby before moving to Green Lane.

There is a book called Iron on Willow (Ray Baker) that was published a few years ago which tells the story of Middlesbrough Cricket club.
 
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Hawke

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Some good pics here
Thanks Jam69, yes some great pictures. Yorkshire arranged a 50 over practice match last year in the North-East.........I got tickets......but it was called off........and it was in .......Newcastle. Hmmmm. They are doing the same this year. Perhaps Yorkshire are trying to gain Northumbrian support and take it away from Durham. Ha! Wish they would play at Acklam Park instead.
 

Newby

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The venue of the Northumbrian match on the 20th of July is now North Marine Road. Not quite Middlesboro but just a ride on the X93 away.
 

Dpressed

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Best fish & chips on the circuit, although it was a bit of walk. Our last match there coincided with Euro 06 so I remember missing cricket to see an England game in the pavilion. The seating behind the bowlers arm was a very old
 

Hawke

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The venue of the Northumbrian match on the 20th of July is now North Marine Road. Not quite Middlesboro but just a ride on the X93 away.
Ah thanks. My daughter is currently in Newcastle and I had thought of visiting and taking in the match. Scrap that idea. I did buy tickets for last year's Covid abandoned match.
 

Hawke

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Best fish & chips on the circuit, although it was a bit of walk. Our last match there coincided with Euro 06 so I remember missing cricket to see an England game in the pavilion. The seating behind the bowlers arm was a very old
I went to Bryan's, maybe four years ago, and they were great fish and chips , though the place had gone very upmarket with many special fish options. And welcome back to Dpressed who was a regular with us some time back now. Trencher's in Whitby was good a while back, when we stayed near Scarborough. I mention it because I once read that Adam Lyth's mother worked there.
 

Newby

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Must be money in fish and chips, Bryan's was taken over by a chain a few years ago and I believe it has now been taken over again by another one. Fish and chips were still good though up to last year but I haven't been in recently.

We usually have fish and chips every other third Friday and I'm still torn between 5 shops in the Scarborough areas as to which are the best. Two of them, Peasholm and Silks on castle road are close to North Marine Road.
 

Hawke

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Many thanks for that Holegatewall. So that is the development I’ve heard mentioned. So are those windows shatter-proof?
 
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