This Season


A Picnic on the Pitch

Wed 1 Jun 2022
This Friday is Jubilee party, bar open from 1pm, events from 3pm. FREE entry, fairground attractions, penalty shoot out, egg & spoon & many more events too. Bring your own picnic (🧺🧺), but not own alcohol due to licensing restrictions. Tell family & friends too.


Mon 11 Apr 2022
The committee has decided that Cricket Teas will not be provided by the club. We will provide free cups of tea and cordial.

TOM BOARDMAN 1931 to 2022

Sat 12 Mar 2022

Tom Boardman who has died aged 90 was a member of CliftonCricket Club for over 70 years, and as a former Captain, Chairman, President,Life Member and Trustee he devoted a large part of his life both to the serviceof the Club and to the Bolton and District Cricket Association of which he wasalso President.

He first came to the Club as a boy in 1944 following hisFather, Thomas Dewhurst Boardman, who was an active member and committee man.By 1951 he was an established member of the First XI as a very usefulall-rounder. A middle order batsman he had a unique stance at the crease,leaning on the bat yet quick to use his feet against spin and always lookingfor a quick single. The Journal newspaper reported his early promise in 1951recording his top score in the match of 28 not out against Little Hulton asClifton won by 2 wickets. A useful bowler his personal best was 8 for 31against Edgworth with his varied medium pace. In 1957 he won the Club battingprize at an average of 19.6 which was more a testament to the uncovered pitchesof the day.

By 1965 he was First Team Captain, a position he held for 4seasons until 1968 and then for 3 more seasons between 1972 and 1974. They wereleague runners up in 1966 and then in 1973 Tom led them to win their first evertrophy in the Cross Cup final against A&T, his proudest moment as a Captainand player.

By 1977 he had begun the next stage of his career in the 2ndXI winning the league batting prize at an average of 44. He achieved a great personalambition to score his first century in 1981, fittingly against great friendsand rivals Atherton, at the age of 48. He was a key player in the Hardcastleand Halliwell shield winning teams of 1982 and 1983, he captained the 2ndXI in 1989 whilst winning the league catching prize in the same season, most ofthem taken at first slip.

On the field he was a winner, always encouragingyounger players, a tough opponent but courteous with a sharp sense of humour. Afine cricket brain he understood the game at all levels and was an excellentjudge of a player. In the dressing room his optimism and enthusiasm wereinfectious, his anecdotes and reminiscences legendary and always a packet ofpolo mints and an apple for after the match. In the freezing weather of theearly season, he would often sport a white balaclava or an Aran sweater, andthe obligatory long johns, whilst in the heat the floppy sunhat was standard. Hecalled time on his playing days in 1996 having always maintained that agewasn’t an issue, it was whether her was good enough to be picked in the teamand ‘the young uns’ would have to push him out.

Off the field his leadership was immense. He was a drivingforce for continuous change and improvement developing the Club both as abusiness and in the standard and quality of its facilities. Serving on themanagement committee from the 1950’s he became chairman in 1976 instillingdiscipline and democracy and galvanising the various factions into workingtogether to build a better Club. Another Cross Cup was followed by the firstever league championship in 1983, plans were laid for a new pavilion with runningwater and electricity, as were plans for a major extension to the bar andclubhouse. His vision laid the foundations for the modern progressive CricketClub which Clifton became.

He was made a life member in 1986 and became president in1987 serving until 1992. There was no let-up in his contribution however,continuing to serve on the finance and management committees until 2008. Heorganised and drove projects to improve the club including all the spectatorbenches being replaced and sponsored, and the scoreboard and machine shedextended amongst others.

In 1997 having been a loyal and committed leaguerepresentative to the BDCA for over 30 years he was honoured to be elected astheir President. His leadership had the utmost respect and his contribution andworkload was immense. He championed support for the umpires and for groundsinspections to drive improvements. He stood down in 2006, typically setting theexample that no President should deprive other loyal and deserving people theopportunity of having the honour by staying too long in office.

In 2011 he was awarded the Peter Jeune Trophy for alifetime of outstanding service to the BDCA, richly deserved and proudlyreceived.

Tom was deeply saddened when Clifton moved from the BDCA tothe Central Lancashire league in 2006, but in true style he supported the movekeeping to his principles that we must all continuously stretch and improveourselves. Nor did he ever imagine the BDCA would fold; so he was devastatedwhen the league was dissolved in 2015, a casualty of the tumultuous change inleague cricket.

In his latter years he continued to watch cricket, and hismere presence often lifted and encouraged Clifton players. He would also enjoya pint in the Club on a Thursday evening, the reminiscences becoming morecolourful and enjoyable for those of us privileged to listen. For all thoseyears spent in cricket his wife Anne, herself an Honorary Member, has supportedhim throughout; attending whist drives in the early years, long service on thetea rota and attending Club and League functions. He often reminded us how muchhe appreciated her support and how lucky he was.

It is to Anne, Ruth, Jane and all their family that we nowsend our sympathy and support for the passing of a fine leader and a great manwhose commitment and contribution to the sport he loved spanned his whole life.He will be sadly missed.

Tom Boardman - Funeral Arrangements

Wed 9 Mar 2022
The funeral of Tom Boardman will be held at St Anne's Church Clifton on Wednesday 16th March at 1pm, afterwards immediate family will attend a short committal service at Agecroft Crematorium.

Following the funeral, the family welcome everyone back to the cricket club to raise several glasses in celebration of his life.

The family have asked for donations to be made to Clifton Cricket Club, as that is what Tom would have wanted. 

Tom Boardman

Sun 6 Mar 2022
It is with great sadness that the club announce the passing of Tom Boardman peacefully this morning.

Tom has been a major part of Clifton CC for many years both on and off the field.

He will be greatly missed and our thoughts go out to Anne, Ruth and Jane along with the rest of his family at this sad time.

A tribute to Tom will follow in the coming days.

Comedy Night

Thu 17 Feb 2022
Tickets are now on sale for the Comedy Night on Friday 1st April. Tickets can be bought from behind the bar at £10 each.

MC - Ben Lawes
''He absolutely ripped it'' Jason Manford.

Chris Kehoe
"Astounding" - Dave Spikey 

Dean Coughlin
“Brilliant. Destined for big things.” - Shoe Cake Comedy

Steve Shanyaski
“LOL’ing all over at him” - Sara Cox, Radio 2

Virtual Race Night

Thu 17 Feb 2022
The club is hosting a Virtual Race Night on Friday 18th March from 7:30pm.

All are welcome.

There is a nominal charge of £1 for tickets simple so we can keep track of the number of people attending and all the proceeds from the ticket sales will be given away as prizes on the evening.

In addition to the Virtual Racing, we will also be playing games such as Higher or Lower, and Stand-up Bingo, and will have some great prizes to be won in the raffle.