The full story of the first 125 years of events at Clifton Cricket Club are told in the clubs official history.
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Pilkington brothers Edward and Alfred arrive in Clifton and become the village's principal employers in their various mining ventures. They were to later develop cricket as a part of their contribution to the local community.
Evidence of cricket being played in Clifton found in a local man's diary which has survived in Salford Museum.
Official date for foundation of club (and of St Anne's Church), financed by the Pilkington family.
Club's earliest surviving photograph thought to be taken.
Club enters South Lancashire League - finishes bottom.
Club resigns from South Lancashire League after one season.
Alfred Pilkington dies aged 56.
Clifton "snake" hoax perpetrated when a local youth claims to have killed a snake on the mossland nearby. Despite his later confession that he'd stolen it from a travelling menagerie, it becomes part of Clifton folklore and later appeared on the club's badge.
Former Hertfordshire player Frederick Field is appointed as the club's eighth professional. The skipper promptly runs him out for nought in the first game!
A third team was formed.
Club record score of 295 for 8 achieved against Alderley Edge.
Refreshment hut erected for spectators.
Extra seating installed on the ground.
Club re-enters South Lancashire League.
W. H. (Bill) Barrick is appointed professional and commences a long and eventful relationship with the club.
Clifton report twenty players enlisted to fight in the Great War to league's A G M.
Cricket suspended - ground falls into disrepair.
Resumption of cricket.
Fred Balshaw of Little Lever is appointed as club coach.
Tennis courts built on Manchester Road side of ground.
Edward Pilkington dies and is buried at St Anne's church.
Second team win league championship - the club's first honour.
Club joins Bolton Association.
Club resigns from Bolton Association after two seasons to re-join South Lancashire League.
Ron Wallwork appointed, going on to be the club's longest serving professional.
First team wins the Pilkington Cup - its first major honour.
Arthur Robins invited to play in an invitation game at Old Trafford by Cecil Parkin
Ron Wallwork's record breaking thirteen years as professional come to a close.
Cricket ground sold to local council without the knowledge of the club, a decision which still has implications to this day.
Road widening scheme means end of tennis courts on Manchester Road side of ground.
Club re-enters the Bolton & District Cricket Association.
Walter Wadsworth beats the legendary Billy Greenhalgh to the league batting prize.
Club registers it's and Bolton Association's lowest ever score - seven all out against Astley & Tyldesley Collieries.
Taylor Brothers' wicketkeeper Arthur Sullivan killed on the ground during a match in a freak accident.
Club's first Bolton Association honour as second team win the Hardcastle Shield.
W. H. Barrick's involvement with the club is ended.
Army "Jane" hut erected on the Manchester Road side of the ground, the site for future buildings to the present day.
Raymond Wolstenholme commences a twenty two year spell as Secretary.
A large annual loss almost closes the club.
The Pilkington connection with the club is finally broken after eighty six years as Dorothy and Denis Pilkington's names do not appear on the list of Vice Presidents.
Arthur Robins dies prematurely.
Possibly the club's longest serving member, Thomas Dewhurst Boardman dies.
Junior Third team (for players under eighteen) is formed.
Clifton House, former home of the Pilkington family, is demolished.
Second team win Hardcastle Shield.
Second team win Hardcastle Shield again.
Plans are submitted and passed for the club's first brick built pavilion.
Grant application confirmed as successful for new pavilion.
Chairman Fred Wilkinson dies within days of confirmation of grant monies.
Frank Upton takes all ten wickets for twenty five runs in a second XI game against Edgworth.
New pavilion includes a licensed bar for the first time.
First team win Cross Cup for the first time.
Under 13 team become National Champions under the stewardship of Jack Wallwork.
Club celebrates its centenary with a dinner at the Lancastrian Hall.
Raymond Wolstenholme retires after twenty two years as Secretary Tom Fish's nineteen year Presidency ends.
New lounge extension opened by Manchester United winger Gordon Hill
Tom Boardman wins second team league batting prize.
Under 14s and under 18s are league champions.
Alan Thomas, the club professional, passes Billy Greenhalgh's Bolton Association record aggregate runs total of 9,435.
Perhaps the club's finest ever amateur bowler, Geoffrey Griffiths dies tragically.
Second team are League champions.
The first team win the championship of the Bolton Association for the first time and the Second team win the Halliwell Shield.
Graham Robins takes all ten wickets for thirty three runs in second XI game against Roe Green.
New brick built dressing room with water and electricity built.
New extended club with re-sited bar and function room opened.
Bolton Association celebrate their centenary year Clifton have another mediocre year.
Club is knocked out of all three cup competitions in round one.
Mansoor Rana comes as professional and averages over eighty. First team are runners up.
Philip Royle and David Critchley break opening partnership record by scoring 188 against Blackrod.
Mark Price wins Bolton Association professional's prize.
1st XI are champions of the Bolton Association with a record number of points. Tony Potter wins Bolton Association 1st XI bowling prize and Gary Garner the batting and catching prize. In the second XI Richard Birch wins the B&DCA second XI bowling prize.
Gary Garner completes a unique double / double by winning the league batting and catching prizes for a second year as well as completing a second haul of over 1000 runs.
David Wild becomes the first ever Clifton player to win the Bolton Association first XI wicketkeeping award as well as captaining the side to a memorable Cross Cup win. Tony Potter wins Bolton Association 1st XI bowling prize again.
Under 11s win cup and league double.
Competitive Women's cricket played at the club for the first time.
Geoff Griffiths eclipses Alan Thomas' aggregate runs record, but so does Edgworth's Mike Davies - both are still frantically searching for old scorebooks!
Tony Potter wins Bolton Association 1st XI bowling prize for a third time and also the player of the year award. Gareth Cross becomes most promising young player - the first Clifton winner for sixteen years.
Successful bid to the National Lottery, the Foundation for Sport & the Arts plus a massive effort from members and sponsors results in a six figure facelift for the club.
Under eighteen side win Harry Johnson Knockout for the first time. Under fifteens and thirteens go one better and win cup and league. Under 11s have to settle for the knockout Standish Trophy.
Andrew Griffiths emulates Gareth Cross by becoming most promising young player - the second Clifton winner in succession.
Weather and other unfortunate factors lead to the ground being unfit for play for the whole season after drainage project went wrong. Incredible administrative effort by the committee gets all senior and junior games played elsewhere. Despite this the second XI are League Champions.
Clifton enters the 21st century as it becomes one of the first local clubs to have its own website.
Clifton leads the way in customer care by inaugurating a smoke-free area in the clubhouse.
Under nines cricket league formed. Clifton amongst the founder members.
Two players (David Hamilton and Peter Davis) surpass the magical 1000 for the season. Second XI win cup and league double.
Under nine's cricketers win cup and league double. Under eleven's win their knockout trophy.
Bolton Association senior representative side score 301-5 on the ground, against the Saddleworth League. This was believed to be a record innings score for the ground.
Tony Potter wins the vote for North Manchester League Captain of the Year.
A momentous day in the club's history as, on April 1st a large contingent gathered in the club bar at around 9-40pm, receives confirmation that the club has been accepted into the Central Lancashire Cricket League for 2006. The new start comes exactly fifty years after the club came close to folding due to financial losses.
A record breaking August saw Jack Edwards' highest ever individual score eclipsed by Chinthaka Jayasinghe's 173 against Astley and Tyldesley. He had already scored 165 against them in an earlier cup tie. Also, the second team twice passed the 300 mark in the month. The club record 295 achieved in 1901 is a first XI record however as records of 2nd XI games are hard to find, so although it is more than likely that the 321 achieved against Blackrod is a club record score, the original 295 as a 1st XI record still stands.
The first XI finally breaks its Cross Cup hoodoo at the last attempt with a comprehensive victory over Elton in the Final.
Stephen Birch emulates his brother by winning the B&DCA second XI bowling prize.
The club begins its new adventure in the Central Lancashire League and appoints its first ever overseas amateur in Aaron Vincec from Australia.
Club's 1st XI record score which had lasted over 100 years, is eclipsed as first XI score 298-2 against Unsworth.
A record breaking season in which the 2006 record score was broken a further twice. In August the 1st XI score 372-2 against Monton and Weaste and in September, a remarkable 415-4 against Royton. Professional Chinthaka Jayasinghe, in his last game for the club, also broke his own individual record by scoring 181 in 80 balls against Royton.
In a damp summer in which a number of games were lost to the weather, 1940 1st XI batsmen, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Gary Garner and the club's most successful ever overseas amateur Hiranthe Wijesinghe, all passed 1000 runs for the season.
New professional Adil Nisar and opening partner Chris Lord set a new opening partnership record of 234 against Ashton.
The second XI win the Burton Knockout Cup - the first senior trophy won in the Central Lancashire Cricket League.
Treasurer David Robins steps down from his position after a remarkable thirty five years in office.
The club appoints its first South African professional in Hendro Puchert.
Seventeen year old Adam Holt scores over 800 runs for 1st XI. However, the season ends trophy-less at both junior and senior level.
Sri Lankan pace man Madura Perera becomes the club's second Sri Lankan professional.
The wettest season in living memory ends with a top eight finish for 1st and second XIs. This meant that both sides will play in the new Central Lancashire League's Premier Divisions in 2013.
After languishing at the bottom of the league all season, the third XI wins the last 6 competition and avoids relegation.
New Zealand born Cameron Murray who was raised in Australia from an early age, is appointed as 2013 professional.
Steve Cheetham registers an astonishing ten wickets for eighteen runs against Rochdale for the first XI.
The third XI's third place finish is the highest ever in the North Manchester League Division 2 whilst the under 18s win their knockout trophy and the under 13s are league champions.
A third Sri Lankan after Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Madura Perera, becomes Clifton's 2014 professional as batsman Thilina Masmulla agrees to join the club.
Discussions get under way around the possibility of a complete shake up of the existing Greater Manchester leagues' system with the Greater Manchester pyramid set to replace the Bolton Association, Bolton League, Central Lancashire League, Lancashire County League and several others if it goes ahead.
After a successful county cricket career which included being an ever-present in Lancashire's County Championship winning team, former junior player Gareth Cross returns as club professional. He is the club's first English professional for 11 years.
At the club's May meeting, it was decided that the club should resign from the Central Lancashire League to become founder members of the Greater Manchester Cricket League in 2016.
Ian Morris' 2nd XI sign off from the Central Lancashire League by winning the cup and league double. The side remained unbeaten until August.
The club starts life in the new Greater Manchester Cricket League's Premier Division with Gareth Cross as professional and captain. The first two games end in victory.
The club's T20 side, the Kingfishers, win the first GMCL T20 competition by beating Heywood Monkeys in the final at a soggy Woodbank CC.
The club chairman Ian Morris, installs a camera on the scorebox that allows all home games to be seen anywhere in the world via a phone, tablet, PC or similar device. The system includes a live feed and a highlights package.
Former Clifton player, captain and then respected umpire Ernie Johnson, passed away following a long battle with cancer.
Leah Greenhalgh becomes the first female to play competitive senior cricket at Clifton in a third XI victory at Littleborough Lakeside.
The Cross Cup, the oldest cricket cup competition in Lancashire and one of the oldest in the world has been revived after one year without it being played for. Clifton 1st XI defeat Roe Green 1st XI in the final to win Cross Cup.
Another fantastic achievement from our 1st XI as they reach the final of the Lancashire Knock Out Cup for the first time.
Unfortunately losing in the final to Darwen CC.
Our U13s remain unbeaten in the league all season. Winning the GMCL 'Performance League' for the first time.