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Seasons past

There has been a host of well-known names associated with the Club in the past and a good deal are recalled in our About us section. However, seen below are five of many players that spring to mind in the Club's recent times.

The Cleckheaton die-hards will no doubt have varied opinions about just who will have been the greatest ever player to have graced Moorend. It was rumoured that Ravi Shastri could have worn the whites of Cleck' but the former Chairman Mike Williamson allegedly felt he was too young to contribute to the side! Perhaps that is a little unfair to Mike, a man that has given a great deal to the Club over the years and i'm sure always did what he felt best in the interests of the Club. 

austin turning his arm over

The inevitable 'Daddy' of them all has to be Ian Austin? Lancashire and England pedigree, a larger than life character seen above in coloured clothing.

It is certain that each member will have recollections of whom they felt were the best ever to play for Cleck' and admittedly there has been an omission of those players from pre- and post war years concentrating on the last three decades in the main. It is difficult to compare eras because the game is so different in recent times but it would be hard to argue against the choice of Ian Austin as perhaps the greatest ever player and character to represent Cleckheaton CC?

ex-cleck' stalwart

Brian Bolus (pictured above) was a renowned batsman with both Yorkshire and Notts but his time at Moorend in 1980 was not his most successful.

portrait of former Cleck' bowler

Seen above is one of the club's most 'vociferous' characters Allan Stansfield who served the Club well during the early 1990s. Allan's son James Stansfield is also a well known face at Cleck' and he also played here at Moorend as a very competent all-rounder. James is currently with Hanging Heaton.

portrait of former york's star

Chris Pickles (pictured above) was with the Club both as a junior and in the late 1990s as skipper having served Yorkshire with distinction. Chris learned his trade with Cleckheaton CC before maturing as an outstanding bowler and very useful batsman for his County, later returning to the Club and achieving promotion.

portrait of former 2001 captain

During the early part of the millennium Paul Booth served us well before leaving to join Meltham in the Huddersfield League. Paul was a very popular figure at the Club and an extremely good Captain and versatile cricketer.

Whatever happens in the future at Moorend one thing is for sure - the Club is the most important factor. Players come and go. We enjoy their presence and displays but ultimately Cleckheaton CC will always be at the forefront of priority. That said, it is good to reminisce and no doubt would be interesting to choose a top ten of all time greats who have played their cricket at Cleck'.

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