Leadgate Community History Club

Leadgate Cricket Club

Leadgate Cricket Club Crest

Through the Years

Casualty of the First WoRld War

Olivier Redshaw 1885 - 1915

Oliver Redshaw (1885 - 1915) was a keen Cricketer and a member of the Leadgate Cricket Club, where he acted as groundsman and coach. Oliver died on the 30th October 1915 aged 30 whilst serving with the 14th (Service) Battalion Durham Light Infantry in Belgium during WW1. Oliver died just days after the battle of Loos, presumably from injuries suffered in the battle. Source  Patterdale Today

A famous son

Jack Carr, County Cricketer and Landlord of Hardwick Hotel - Blackhall

JOHN CARR (b. Leadgate, 29 May 1894; d. Hartlepool, 15 Nov 1967) , affectionally know as Jack. Legendary hitter at Chester-le-Street (1923-30), Blackhall (1931-39) and Stockton (1945), a hero who was “cheered for his sixes and sympathised for his ducks”. Hit 24 off an over against the Australians. When 16 hit a ball over the railway that bounded through the open door of Leadgate Co-op. The butcher continued to wrap a startled customer’s Sunday joint and casually remarked : “I see John Carr’s in”. At least 12 club hundreds are known, most made in under an hour and some batting at number 7. Right-arm medium, later off-breaks. Twice bowled Jack Hobbs for 0. On one of those occasions was reprimanded for dismissing Hobbs near close of play thereby reducing the attendance next day. Chester-le-Street league record : 136 inns 11 not out 3,554 runs HS 129* (av 28.4) 2421.4 overs 547 mdns 6055 runs 448 wkts (av 13.5) Blackhall record : over 7,000 runs; 1,398 wickets (av 9.8).

Carr was great box-office. He earned a collection of £3 when a youth at Leadgate. Six years later 3,000 hero-worshipers at Chester-le-Street gave £52. Carr was idolised like the screen stars of the day. Modest and unassuming, Jack remained faithful to his admirers. He once broke a toe but batted with a slipper on his foot rather than withdraw from a charity match. He was equally happy to turn out for the Wednesday XI alongside brothers Tommy and Bob. Locals were shocked in 1932 by a rumour he had been killed in a car crash. The Leadgate lad even made the pages of the London Evening Standard : His terrific hitting astonished even the strongest Australian Test bowling. Like the great Sidney Barnes, Carr has preferred a lifetime in Minor County Cricket. But what a draw he would have been at Lord’s or The Oval. Source Cream Teas and Nutty Slack

1920 - 1939

The year 1921 saw Mr. J. Bell become secretary and the club acquired its present ground. It was at this ground that the well-known County cricketer, John Carr (who was to represent Durham County for 23 seasons) made his first regular league appearances in a very successful team composed of such stalwarts as Frank (Stonewall) Jackson, Tom Bartle and Jim Boustead. The pendulum swung and the club passed through a lean period, but thanks to men like Les Westhorp and J. B. Barron (who was known to sit all day at the gate to collect 2s. 6d. entrance money), they carried on to more successful times. Source: Leadgate Cricket Club Archives

Thanks to Ann Penrose now resident in Canada - Postcards by R O Wilson of Consett

Photos from Carl Southern

1940 - 1960

The year 1941 was a turning point when with the signing of Jack Latchford as professional, combined with the talent of Jack Ross, Maurice Elliot, William Brown, Andrew Welch and John Cromarty, they had a number of most successful seasons, and played regularly to packed grounds. Continuing in this vein they next signed Albert Atkinson as professional and built up a team of local youngsters. This team had great success in cup com​petitions over the following five seasons. In 1951 they won six cups. Players like Barry Bromley, John Cranney, Reg Bell, Norman Pearson, Jack Thompson, Eric Topham, John Day, William and Eric Oxley, Kenny Day who were all part of the fixtures and fittings for the following decades. At this point we would like to pay tribute to Gordon Walker and Wilf Archer who can only be described as Legendary throughout the Club for the dedication and service they have given. Without the like of them I’m sure the club would not be in the position it is today. Source: Leadgate Cricket Club Archives

1960 - 1980

The late 70`s proved a fruitful era for the Club, winning numerous North West Durham League Titles. Brian Farley`s team consisted of Professional Ernie Bewick and included many talented players Davey Steadman, Austin Lee, Billy and Ronnie Stokoe, Brian McNally, and Joe McCabe to name a few. All local village lads. We must also note the invaluable contribution many Club members including John Bone, Norman Henderson Cliffy Willis, Tweet Lee, and the many women members, made to the improvements to the Club in these times. Source: Leadgate Cricket Club Archives

A New Club House

The Cricket Club took over the former Canteen of Bradley Workshops and thanks to the hard work of the players and members who worked to renovate the building. The Club House was formally opened by England cricketing legend, Brian Close on Saturday 3rd March 1979.

The offical opening of the Clubhouse


The Mid 80`s proved a pivotal point in the history of the club. In 1984 Brian Farley`s men brought their first Durham County League Championship back to the village. West Indian Professional Dennis Hewitt duly delivered it at about 90MPH…breaking both Michael and Brian Storey`s (W.K) fingers to boot… Numerous trophies followed and laid down the foundations for the most successful period in the clubs History. Source: Leadgate Cricket Club Archives

Like many fine cricketers David Bairstow - Denis Compton - Sir Ian Botham to name but a few, Leadgate Cricket club players also liked to play football. Leadgate Cricket Club FC were playing in the 1980's and in 1985 went on to win the Townley Bowl Cup Final beating Tantobie Commercial FC. The game was played at Belle View Park in Consett. The story of LCCFC is now on our  Football link . However the Photo below shows many familiar faces


The early 90`s brought in a new generation of players. George Storey took the reigns as Chairman, and his management skills drove the club forward. It was to be the most successful period of the clubs history. Under the Captaincy of Paul Hutchinson and the vision of Jeff Shield, the team brought Silverware in abundance to the village, including back to back Durham County League titles, Tyneside Charity Bowl, AM Brown Cup, to name but a few. This period was sustained for a good 15 years or so and the village could boast it had one of the best and most feared sides in the North East. Professionals in that time included Wasif Butt, Harry Hubber, David Nevin, Sean Ackermann, Rehan Rafiq, New Zealander Neil Broom, and the one and only Bilal Rana. We also can`t forget the local Players who contributed massively to the success of the club at that time, Paul Hutchinson, Jeff Shield, Paul Hockaday, Ian Wray, Alan Reeve, Richard Hawthorrn, Stewart Graham, Paul McCourt, Lee Murray and Carl Peacock. Source: Leadgate Cricket Club Archives

The one and only Bilal Rana

Forward into a new Millennium

The club has gone through a lean period since 2008 with rebuilding squads, but to this day the club remains on a sound footing, boasting 5 junior teams, 2 Senior Teams and 1 Ladies Team. We also thank John Peacock for his dedication over the years for his club work, and the hour’s grounds men Brian Farley and Alan Cunninigham have put in over the decades. And to Gary Dixon who has played a huge part in keeping our Juniors progressing over the years and we are now beginning to see his hard work pay off with numerous Juniors representing Leadgate`s 1st X1.The club`s purpose has always been to serve the Village and Community and provide a club that we can all be proud of. We hope that over the years many lives have been enhanced through us, and much fun and enjoyment has been had by spectators, parents and players alike. Source: Leadgate Cricket Club Archives

The Club House Today

Club & Community

Cricket in the North East of England is not only a sport but also a community focal point. Leadgate Cricket and Social Club is, a location where local people get together to enjoy events organised by the club committee. The social highlight being the Big Bash that the club organise every summer. The event, held over a weekend in the summer provides entertainment, lots of activities for the village children, opportunities for organisations to demonstrate what they do for the community, and musical entertainment.  Please visit the Cricket Club Facebook page

The Big Bash

The Cricket Club hosts the Big Bash each summer, this event brings the community together, young and old with entertainment for all ages it is a highlight of the village calendar

Photos courtesy of Darren Dixon

Some photos of the Cricket Club Teams of today

Photos courtesy of Darren Dixon


Bill Stokoe Chairman of Leadgate Cricket Club
Leadgate Cricket Club  Facebook Page
Darren Dixon Photography
Editors of Leadgate Cricket Club hitscricket Website (no longer available on the internet)
Patterdale Today  website
Club Cricket in Durham  Cream Teas and Nutty Slack
Durham  People Past & Present Archive
Leadgate Community History Club Facebook page

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