Ashington Cricket Club appeal for old photographs

Ashington Cricket Club 1st XI outside the old pavilion with the Tyneside Charity Shield circa 1935.
Ashington Cricket Club 1st XI outside the old pavilion with the Tyneside Charity Shield circa 1935.

Ashington Cricket Club is looking to collect and preserve its history by collecting photographs, memorabilia and memories in an online archive.

The club decided to act after storm damage to its clubhouse a couple of years ago.

Vice-chairman Michael Thewlis said: “The club was founded in 1892 and has such a great history and houses many old photographs and scorebooks that document the history of the club.

“The roof of the clubhouse was blown off a couple of years ago in the high winds, and luckily we were able to rescue these old photographs before they got damaged.

“That got us thinking about how we preserve these items for future generations, but we would also like to add to what we already have and use copies of the old photographs and scorebooks for former players, spectators and opponents to give us their stories of the club.”

The club, based at its ground on Kenilworth Road since 1920, has been served by some famous first class players, including Nottinghamshire’s Alec Johnson, Worcestershire’s John Inchmore, West Indians Tyrone Etwaroo and Rayad Emrit, as well as England player Stephen Harmison, Durham and Kent’s Ben Harmison and now Mark Wood, who is playing for Durham and England Lions.

Michael added: “West Indies Test batsman Rohan Khanai played for the club in the 1960s and it was common for hundreds of spectators to turn up to watch him play each weekend.

“Rohan brought the full West Indian side to Ashington and the ground was packed to see the famous side that included Wes Hall, Gary Sobers and Lance Gibbs, so there must be some photographs and memories of that game that we would love to see and hear about.”

The club hopes that former players, members and spectators can loan any photographs, press cuttings or other memorabilia so they can be copied and added to the archive.

Once it goes live, visitors can add their memories of the games and significant incidents so the club can document and preserve for future generations the history of the games and the people that played for the club over the past 120 years.

Meanwhile, the club is holding its annual dinner on Saturday, March 22, at the clubhouse and is in the process of tracking down former players and members to attend.

Anyone who can loan any items to the club or would like to share their stories or want to attend the annual dinner should contact Michael on 07900 954129 or mjthewlis@hotmail.com