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Yorkshire County Cricket Club Players' Association

Former White Rose opener Bryan Stott (left) and off-spinner Geoff Cope who did much to found the association in 2005.

Players’ Association history

Yorkshire County Cricket Club Players’ Association has gone from strength to strength since its formation in 2005 and has been able to use funds generated from its activities to provide financial backing in a variety of ways to help make sure that cricket continues to flourish throughout the White Rose County.

  • It is rather surprising that although Yorkshire CCC was formed in 1863 and went on to become the best known cricket club in the world, it lagged behind other first class counties for many years in not having its own players’ organisation.

    Left-hand opening batsman Bryan Stott and off-spinner Geoff Cope, two of Yorkshire’s former distinguished players, were determined that this unsatisfactory state of affairs should not continue and in the early part of 2005 they worked hard at sounding out just how much interest there was in forming a Players’ Association.

    The response was so enthusiastic that the pair arranged for a meeting at Headingley in the April of mainly former players to discuss the idea further and as a result the Players’ Association was formed with the first annual general meeting being held the following year.

    That initial meeting in 2005 was attended by former Yorkshire and England players in Bob Appleyard, Brian Close, Geoff Cope, John Hampshire, Richard Hutton, Martyn Moxon and Ken Taylor. Other former county players present were Brian Bainbridge, Paul Booth, Mike Bore, David Borrill, Bernard Brooke, Peter Broughton, Dickie Bird, Peter Chadwick, Tony Clarkson, Howard Cooper, Mike Cowan, Andrew Dalton, Stuart Fletcher, Keith Gillhouley, Phil Hart, Neil Hartley, Philip Hodgson, Bill Holdsworth, Peter Ingham, Peter Kippax, Greg Lambert, David Pickles, Bob Platt, Iain Priestley, Alan Ramage, Arthur Robinson, Dennis Schofield, Chris Shaw, Rodney Smith and Chris Wood.

  • Yorkshire’s greats past and present, from left stood: Andrew Gale, Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, Brian Close, Geoffrey Boycott. Sat: Ray Illingworth, Bob Appleyard.

  • Andrew Gale, Joe Sayers and John Blain, who were then all current players, found time to attend with director of cricket, David Byas, despite the new season being only days away.

    Bryan took on the role of chairman and Geoff secretary and through their initial efforts the Association flourished with former wicketkeeper, Jimmy Binks, having bestowed upon him the honour of being elected their first President in 2006.

    Bryan retired as Chairman with former Yorkshire all-rounder and vice-captain Neil Hartley took on the role but Geoff remains in office as Secretary and both he and Bryan have now been made honorary life members in recognition of their outstanding services.

    The rules of the Association now allow all cricketers who have played at least one game for either the first or second teams to be eligible to join.

    The Association held its first winter re-union at Fulford Golf Club, York, in late January 2007 and it was so well received that it became an annual event – as did the summer re-union which is held on a match day at Headingley.

    The Association’s first major fund-raising activity was a dinner held in the Long Room at Headingley in October, 2008, with its long term goal being to support cricket in Yorkshire which it has since achieved. The event was sponsored by Philip Hodson and his Oval Insurance which had been the Association’s main sponsors since their formation. Philip played for Yorkshire Seconds in the early 1970s and went on to become President of the MCC.

  • Another dinner the following year was equally successful and as a result the Association was able to establish its Discretionary Grant Fund, its purpose being “to assist in furthering the game of cricket within Yorkshire.” In 2011 it was used to sanction a grant of £1,000 each to two then Academy players , Moin Ashraf and Gurman Randhawa, to help finance their places on Yorkshire’s pre-season tour of Barbados.

    In Yorkshire’s 150th anniversary year of 2013, the Association further boosted its funds at the Gala Dinner at Elland Road by providing for auction an individually signed framed photographic montage of all surviving Yorkshire cricketers who had also played for England.

    In addition to the summer and winter lunches, the Association also organises two major golf days for its members – the Tony Nicholson Memorial Trophy at Ripon and the Phil Carrick Memorial Trophy at Pannal, as well as more informal social gatherings.

  • The current President of the Association is former paceman, Howard Cooper, and the previous Presidents have been: Jimmy Binks, Don Wilson, Brian Close, Martyn Moxon, Philip Sharpe, Jim Love, Peter Chadwick and Richard Blakey.


    By David Warner

    Former Yorkshire opening batsman and first-class umpire, Barrie Leadbeater, began his two-year term as president of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Players’ Association on Friday, April 26.

    He was installed at the Association’s annual general meeting at Emerald Headingley and his chain of office was handed to him by the retiring president, Howard Cooper, the former Yorkshire pace bowler who was a team-mate of Barrie’s.

    One of Yorkshire’s most popular players, Barrie played in 144 first-class matches for his native county between 1966-1979, scoring 5,247 runs. He also featured in 105 List A matches, hitting 2,245 runs, and he was man-of-the-match in the 1969 Gillette Cup final against Derbyshire at Lord’s when he struck a match-winning 76 while batting with a broken finger.

    The Association’s chairman, Neil Hartley, said he was delighted that Barrie had stepped in as president and he couldn’t think of a better man to do the job. He also thanked Howard Cooper for representing the Association so well over the past two years.

    “You have been an absolute beauty and thank-you for your contribution,” he said, before handing him his President’s jewel.

    Howard said that it was as great an honour as any player could have to become president of the Association. His words were echoed by Barrie who also thanked Bryan Stott and secretary Geoff Cope for having been instrumental in founding the Association.

    In his Chairman’s report, Neil said that the regular social events had once again been very enjoyable, including the golf days and the York theatre visit in January. The Gibson Cup for Yorkshire players past and present had been well attended and director of professional cricket, Martyn Moxon, had emerged as winner.

    The Phil Carrick Memorial golf tournament at Pannal and the Tony Nicholson Trophy at Ripon were as successful as ever.

    Neil also thanked Yorkshire Chief Executive, Mark Arthur, for his keen interest in the Association, and for allowing them to bolster their funds through their involvement in the Club’s annual awards dinner. They remained extremely grateful to Mark for provided them with box facilities at the Emerald Headingley Test match.

    Treasurer, David Ryder, said that there had been no suitable date on which to hold a summer lunch during a match day at Headingley last year but the Association was trying to sort something out for this season and a possible date was Sunday, July 14, the second day of the Championship clash with Somerset. Members would be informed in due course.

    The provisional date of this year’s Gibson Cup at Wike Ridge is June 25 with the Phil Carrick Memorial at Pannal on October 2 and the Tony Nicholson Trophy at Ripon on October 9.

    2019 Management Committee

    Neil Hartley (Chairman)
    Geoff Cope (Secretary)
    Jim Love
    Howard Cooper
    Steven Patterson

    Honorary members

    David Ryder (Treasurer)
    David Warner (Press relations)


    Yorkshire’s up-and-coming all-rounder, Jordan Thompson, has provided proof that cricket is not the only sport at which he excels.

    The 22-year-old Leeds-born player demonstrated his prowess at golf on Monday, August 12, when he walked off with the prestigious Gibson Cup which is competed for annually by Yorkshire CCC cricketers past and present.

    Played in fine weather at Leeds Golf Centre, seven former players took part along with five of the current squad and three guests.

    Jordan’s 34 points were enough to win the tournament but the young players did not have everything their own way, Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association chairman, Neil Hartley, emerging as runner-up with 33 points.

    The Association have two further golf events planned for soon after the end of the cricket season, the Phil Carrick memorial golf day being scheduled for October 2 at Pannal and the Tony Nicholson Trophy at Ripon on October 9.

  • Obituaries

    Please find below obituaries of Yorkshire Players’ Association Members who have died since the Association’s formation in 2005.

    Don Wilson – 7 August 1937 – 21 July 2012


    Eric Burgin – 4 January 1924 – 16 November 2012


    Michael Crawford – 30 July 1920 – 2 December 2012


    Graham Stevenson – 16 December 1955 – 21 January 2014


    Philip Sharpe – 17 December 1936 – 19 May 2014


    Bob Appleyard – 27 June 1924 – 17 March 2015


    Ted Lester – 18 February 1923 – 23 March 2015


    Philip Hodgson – 21 September 1935 – 30 March 2015


    Bill Foord – 11 June 1924 – 8 July 2015


    Brian Close – 24 February 1931 – 13 September 2015


    Mel Ryan – 23 June 1933 – 16 November 2015


    Brian Turner – 25 July 1938 – 27 December 2015


    Bill Holdsworth – 17 September 1928 – 31 July 2016


    John Hampshire – 10 February 1941 – 1 March 2017


    Mike Bore – 2 June 1947 – May 2017



    By David Warner

    Barrie Leadbeater has accepted an invitation to become President of the Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association in 2019 when current President, Howard Cooper, ends his two-year post.

    Barrie, one of Yorkshire’s most popular former players who went on to become a First Class Umpire, officiating in five one-day internationals, was unanimously put forward as the next President at a committee meeting in January 12, 2018, and his appointment was announced at the Association’s Annual General meeting at Emerald Headingley on April 15.

    A technically correct batsman with a pleasing style, Barrie played in 147 first class matches for Yorkshire between 1966-79, scoring 5,247 runs.

    One of his most memorable match-winning innings was in the 1969 Gillette Cup Final against Derbyshire at Lord’s when he hit 76 while batting with a broken finger to secure the man-of-the-match award.

    Players’ Association chairman, Neil Hartley, told Members at the meeting:

    “Here we are at the start of another season and despite an extremely wet early Spring I suggest we are all eagerly awaiting some action, whether at County or Club level.

    “I am particularly looking forward to Yorkshire’s challenge for silverware and would like to wish Martyn Moxon and the players every success.

    “Looking back over the past year, our Association co-ordinated a full calendar of events which included regular dates at various venues and these were generally well supported

    “The Association continues to raise money which is held in Trust and made available as a contribution to local cricket-based projects with emphasis on youth development. Our trustees – Jim Love, Andrew Dalton and David Ryder – will consider any reasonable application for funding. If you are aware of any worthy cricket related projects within the Yorkshire region then please let us know.

    “We have a current and ongoing contribution to the Yorkshire Cricket Board where our funding assists with the cost of expenses incurred by some of the younger junior pros making their way in the game. We can take satisfaction and pride in knowing that our funding helps in the development of talented young players, some of whom will no doubt go on to play the game at the highest level.

    “Finally, I would like to say how delighted I am that Barrie Leadbeater has agreed to become our next President at the end of Howard Cooper’s term in 2019. Howard is thoroughly enjoying his role and I am sure that Ledders will be equally as enthusiastic when he takes over.”


    By David Warner

    Four former notable Lancashire cricketers were invited as guests to Emerald Headingley by the Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association on the third and final day of the Roses match in 2017.

    The quartet of Jim Cumbes, David Lloyd, Ken Shuttleworth and Jack Simmons joined their White Rose counterparts at the Association’s summer reunion lunch.

    Yorkshire CCC President, Richard Hutton, and Association President, Howard Cooper, attended the event and other members and guests present included Neil Hartley (Chairman), Geoff Cope (Secretary), Andrew Dalton, Dickie Bird, Peter Chadwick, Peter Braughton, Alison Hampshire, Vivien Close and Sue Sharpe.

    It was a thoroughly enjoyable get-together, made even more palatable for the hosts when Yorkshire won the match by ten wickets soon after lunch had finished.

    Meanwhile, Yorkshire Colt batsman, Eliot Callis, showed recently that cricket is not the only sport in which he excels by winning the Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association Gibson Cup golf tournament with 40 points.

    And another up-and-coming Yorkshire cricketer, Ben Coad, currently the leading wicket-taker in the the Specsavers County Championship with 31 dismissals from the first fie matches, came second in the Individual Stableford competition.

    Like Coad, Yorkshire opening batsman, Adam Lyth, finished with 38 points but had to settle for third place on a count back.

    Neil Hartley and Geoff Cope, made the presentation at the annual event which proved just as popular as ever.

    Yorkshire players past and present taking part were Neil Hartley, Geoff Cope, Matthew Wood, Barrie Leadbeater, Paul Hutchison, Josh Shaw, Peter Whiteley, Ben Coad, Jack Leaning, Adam Lyth, James Wainman, Trevor Copley, Eliot Callis and Jonathan Tattersall. Association treasurer, David Ryder, also took part, along with guest competitors Chris Hassell and John Helm.


    By David Warner

    Howard Cooper was installed as Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association President at the Association’s Annual General meeting at Headingley on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

    The former Yorkshire fast bowler took over from Richard Blakey who had completed his two-year term of office.

    Both Howard and Richard, who was one of the most successful wicketkeeper-batsmen in the Club’s history, pledged to do all they can to spark more active interest in the Association, particularly among the younger members.

    After being installed as President by Chairman, Neil Hartley, Howard thanked everyone for electing him and said that as well as being an honour the presidency meant a great deal to him as an uncapped player.

    Howard, who learned his cricket with Bankfoot in the Bradford League, developed his skills with Yorkshire Colts before making his first team debut in 1971, going on to take 227 first class wickets at an average of 27.87 as well as capturing 177 List A victims at 23.63.

    Richard will continue to be actively involved in the Association because he was elected to the committee following the resignation of Anthony McGrath who is now on the coaching staff at Essex CCC.

    Receiving his Past President’s jewel, Richard said he had enjoyed his time as President and it had also given him a greater appreciation of the hard work of the officers in making it known what the Association was all about.

    It would be nice to be able to bring back one or two former players who had perhaps left with a bitter taste in their mouth and he felt that the appointment of current fast bowler, Steven Patterson, to the committee would help to get the present players actively involved. He would continue to do all that he could in that direction.

    Neil said that Patterson was a valuable addition to the committee and he felt sure he would be able to help the playing staff engage more fully in the Association’s social events.

    “Our primary function is to stick together and relive old moments which will bring a smile to our faces,” he said. “It is important to keep going and not take life too seriously.”

    Neil congratulated former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Richard Hutton on being elected President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and he thanked Yorkshire Chief Executive Mark Arthur for his continued commitment to the Association which had made sure there was good interaction between the players and the Club.

    Neil retired from the management committee by rotation but was unanimously re-elected and agreed to continue as chairman. Also re-elected were: secretary, Geoff Cope, treasurer, David Ryder; auditor, Richard Hutton; press officer, David Warner. Jim Love retired by rotation from the Discretionary Fund committee and was re-elected.

    YCCC Players’ Association enjoy annual golf events

    By David Warner

    Yorkshire County Cricket Club Players’ Association members have just enjoyed two of their traditional end-of-season golf matches which are held in memory of two of the Club’s most popular cricketers.

    A mixture of former players, including Barrie Leadbeater, who had travelled from Kenilworth, and Chris Old, from Falmouth, along with staff, took part in the Tony Nicholson Trophy competition at Ripon City Golf Club.

    They competed against a team from Ripon in the annual challenge and Ripon were the winners, receiving the Trophy at a meal after the event from the Association’s secretary, Geoff Cope. Ann Nicholson, Tony’s widow, was presented with flowers for her help in organising the event.

    The Phil Carrick Memorial Trophy was played for at Pannal Golf Club and there was a good turnout of players in Steven Patterson, Tim Bresnan, Adam Lyth, James Wainman, Josh Shaw and Jack Leaning, plus special guests Steve Foster, from Mazars, Colin Dent and Nigel Martyn.

    Despite some strong YCCC pairings they were no match for their Panel opponents who won 9-1 to keep hold of the Trophy.

    Geoff Cope made a special presentation to Neil Douglas, from Pannal, who has been instrumental in organising the event for several years.

    Both days were blessed with good weather and the Players’ Association extend their thanks to both Golf Clubs for their excellent hospitality.

    Players’ Association’s warm tributes to John Hampshire

    By David Warner

    Yorkshire President, John Hampshire, who died on March 1 2017, was remembered with affection by Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Players’ Association at their committee meeting at Emerald Headingley two days after John’s death.

    John had played a full part in the Association’s varied programme of activities since its formation ten years ago and he had served on the committee himself.

    Then Association President, Richard Blakey, said of the former captain and leading batsman: “John’s career with Yorkshire had already ended when mine began but he was still hugely regarded by players past and present and that remained the case throughout his life.”

    Chairman, Neil Hartley, and secretary, Geoff Cope, both have fond memories of playing alongside John and later enjoying his company at Association functions and other events.

    “John had the respect of players and supporters alike and he never lost his love of cricket,” said Neil. “He made a massive contribution to the game in so many ways, first as a Yorkshire and England Test player and then as an international umpire before becoming Yorkshire’s President.”

    Geoff, who was John’s team-mate when Yorkshire won three consecutive Championship titles in the 60s, said: “‘Hamps’ loved playing cricket at any level but it was his days with Yorkshire that made him most proud and he considered it a great privilege when he was elected President.

    “He was a wonderful attacking batsman, a great close-in fielder and a dear friend of all who are members of the Players’ Association. We will miss him a great deal but he will never be forgotten.”

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