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The Road to Lord’s 2011

When the club reached the semi-final stage of the Village Cup Sky wanted to do a feature on Woodhouses and Sessay, a classic and spicy Roses encounter. Sessay were the defending champions from North Yorkshire having been to Lord’s and won the Cup the previous year. The Sky coverage featured in their Club Life on Tour Series and makes for some very enjoyable and interesting viewing.

The Village Cup Semi final 2011

  Sky Sports also provided superb coverage of the Woodhouses weekend at Lord’s with extensive interviews of our players in the Long Room on the Saturday afternoon and highlights from the match on the Sunday. This is well worth viewing to see the club’s long held ambitions fulfilled by reaching and winning the final at Lord’s.

The Village Cup Final at Lords 2011

Woodhouses CC at the Lancashire County Cricket Club Champions Celebrations Dinner in 2011

2011 was to prove a particularly successful year for cricket across the whole of Lancashire. Not only had Lancashire C.C.C. won the County Championship but there were also 6 other Lancashire Teams including Woodhouses who had achieved national success. Old Trafford were keen to share the Lancashire success and Dave Hardman, who worked for the Lancashire Cricket Board at the time, played a large part in organising a presentation evening and dinner to remember for all the teams in the Point at Emirates Old Trafford. The Club had the chance to take centre stage on the evening and have the National Village Cup presented to them by Farokh Engineer at what was a unique and historic one off occasion. It was a fitting tribute, reward and recognition of our team’s achievement.

WCC at the 2011 LCCC Celebration Dinner 

Interview at Club about Mike Atherton and England Captaincy in 1993

Dave Hardman was approached by Stuart Flinders of BBC TV North West on the day news was about to break of his selection as England Captain. They wanted to do an interview at the club about Mike and when he was first selected as a youngster to make his 1st X1 debut at Woodhouses. All the media and tabloids were on the story like a rash and the BBC who did not want to miss out were insistent they wanted to do the feature on their programme that same evening so Dave had to take time out from work in the morning to meet up at the club and do the interview in the 1st X1 dressing room.

Feature on Mike Atherton and the England Captaincy

Ground Preparation

Prior to the start of the 1994 season BBC North West TV asked if they could visit the club to do a feature on the typical pre-season work that went on at an amateur club to get the ground ready for the season compared to how Lancashire CCC went about their pre-season preparations at the County ground, Old Trafford. It makes for interesting viewing.

BBC feature on WCC from 1994


Planet Atherton

After Mike’s retirement from cricket he went on to become a Sky Cricket Commentator and in 2005 on one of his return journeys to Old Trafford to cover a Test Match Sky also got Mike to do a quick and personal guide to Manchester and key landmarks for him. This tour features Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester United FC, Manchester Grammar school, Briscoe Lane Primary School, The Woodhouse Gardens, Woodhouses Cricket Club and Manchester City Centre.

Planet Atherton


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