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Lancashire County Cricket Club 150 years Not Out

former cricketers, Roger Tattersall, Geoff Clayton and Jim Cumbes with the 150th Anniversary book
Celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) commenced at the weekend in the Pavilion at Emirates Old Trafford. The activity included a fans forum and the signing of the book, 150 Years of Lancashire CCC, by the authors.

It all started in 1864 when the leading members of Manchester Cricket Club (who had moved to Old Trafford in 1857) organised a meeting at the Queens Hotel, Manchester, now Number 1 Portland Street, for the purpose of forming a County club.

Thirteen clubs were represented and on the 12th January, 1864 Lancashire County Cricket Club was formed and the idea of playing matches in different parts of the county was born.

Those early cricketers whose enthusiasm to play the game meant getting up at the crack of dawn to play a couple of hours before work would be in awe at how Emirates Old Trafford looks today.

In the last 5 years the ground has seen tremendous changes with the construction of The Point, the AJ Bell Players and Media Centre and the refurbishment of the Pavilion, which has its own 1864 suite to celebrate that historic year.

Angela Hodson, venue sales manager at Emirates Old Trafford says: “This is a very special year for the club and the venue. It is remarkable to think that 150 years ago the birth of Lancashire County Cricket Club has led not only to the club being famous world-wide but the ground also being known as a world-class business venue for events and exhibitions”.

LCCC members and supporters attending the anniversary celebrations were invited to ask questions about the forthcoming season to a panel that included LCCC’s Captain Glen Chapple, Head Coach Peter Moores and Cricket Director Mike Watkinson.

They also had the opportunity to purchase the 150th Anniversary book signed on the day by two of the authors, Malcolm Lorrimer and Andrew Searle. This was carried out in the company of many former players including Jim Cumbes, Geoff Clayton, Colin Hilton and Bob Entwistle.

Other activity and celebrations will be taking place throughout 2014 and details will be added to LCCC website.

Pictured: Former cricketers, Roger Tattersall, Geoff Clayton and Jim Cumbes with the 150th Anniversary book

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