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Mally eyes a sixth signing

Cleck’ have recruited well during the winter months capturing five new players but Club Skipper Mally Nicholson is eyeing one more newcomer.

Further down the Home page there are details of the Club’s comings and goings to date but one more new face remains on the cards. “We’re looking to sign one more player,” revealed Mally. “It’s been hard but I think the side needed freshening up and especially with some younger lads. Personally, I can’t wait to get started.”

It will be Mally’s first season as Captain and his enthusiasm is already rubbing off on others as Cleck’ seek to put behind them what was a disappointing season last term as the Club only just avoided relegation.

Former footballer turned boxer comes to Cleck’

Curtis Woodhouse is the guest speaker at Cleck’s Annual Dinner on Friday March 2nd and the one-time combative Sheffield United midfielder who turned to professional boxing is highly recommended as an entertaining after dinner speaker.

Curtis is joined by BBC Radio Five Live Chief Sports reporter Ian Dennis and MC John Collier with top comedian John Gillan completing an amazing line up of guests. The cost is £350 per table of ten with the usual first class three-course meal served at the tables along with waitress service for drinks.

Details below to make bookings along with information about the Rod Stewart tribute act on Saturday February 3rd.

The latest guest for the dinner has had a fascinating career both in professional football and in boxing. The 37-year-old is currently the manager of Bridlington Town but he made a name for himself as a central midfielder for The Blades until becoming a British light-welterweight champion boxer. Curtis won 22 of his 29 professional fights, thirteen of which were knock outs!

As a footballer he made 347 appearances playing for Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Peterborough and Grimsby amongst his Clubs. Curtis represented his country earning four Under 21 international caps for England.

Curtis Woodhouse represented England at U-21 international level

He turned to professional boxing in September 2006 despite no boxing experience winning his first professional fight. Curtis was from the hard school of knocks and his boxing heroes are Nigel Benn and Mike Tyson – and he’s certain to have a lot of good tales to tell!

The hope is that the Cricket Section achieves a minimum of 120 guests with room for 150 – please make a booking at your earliest convenience.

*The popular ladies luncheon is booked for Saturday June 23rd - full details can be acquired from the organiser Elaine Binns albeit this is an event for the benefit of the Cricket Section and support for the day would be appreciated. Home made food & comedian for entertainment @ £20 per head*

Curtis turned to boxing despite no previous experience!

The following bullet points are relevant to Cleckheaton Cricket Club

  • Curtis Free and Joe Wood have left Cleck’ to sign for Doncaster Town and Spen Victoria respectively, with thanks for all they’ve done for the Club and genuine best wishes for the future.
  • Anne Wood retires from kitchen duties and once more with thanks to Anne for her brilliant teas and overall commitment for over a decade.
  • John Wood steps down as Skipper but remains a vital member of the First Team as Mally Nicholson takes his place as Captain.
  • Mally Nicholson has had a busy winter and the Captain/wicketkeeper/batsman will continue to be at the forefront of matters during the summer months!
  • Long serving batsman Ian Nicholson has retired from cricket due to family and work commitments and he leaves Moorend with sincere thanks from everyone connected at the Club for his loyal service.
  • Five new signings have been made to date; Toby Thorpe an opening batsman from Undercliffe CC, Josh Thurwell an opening fast bowler captured from Carlton CC and another opening bowler, Johnny Whiteoak signed from Lightcliffe CC. In addition, overseas batsman and spin bowler Tayyab Tahir arrives from Pakistan before the season starts having been a success in First Class cricket in his homeland. Dave Paynter became the Club's fifth signing.
  • First and Second team nets sessions commence at Tong School on Tuesday Feb’ 6th until Tuesday March 27th – two nets available between 7-15pm and 8-15pm.
  • Junior nets to be held at Woodlands CC from Friday January 5th between 8pm and 9pm.
  • Cleck’ have drawn Morley at home in the Priestley Cup.
  • Previous stories can be found on the Home Page in the Archive Section including Deegs' article


Johnny Whiteoak is one of five new captures for Cleck'

Amazing tribute act set for Cleck’

One of the most convincing Rod Stewart tribute acts on the circuit is poised to come to Moorend on Saturday February 3rd 2018.

Organiser Dave Worrall had to book ‘Rock’ Stewart six months in advance and for the gig in the function room at the turn of next year this tremendous act is set to make the Club rock!

To book a place or places contact Dave either at the Club or on his mobile which is; 07752558296 or speak to any Cricket Committee member. Places will be at a premium as the cost of just £10 per person is a bargain for a genuine top-notch artiste.

The Cricket Section admits that on-going fund-raising has to occur and the afore-mentioned is just one of a number of events planned.

On Friday March 2nd the Club’s traditional Annual Dinner takes place with speakers Curtis Woodhouse and Ian Dennis and alongside MC John Collier and top Comedian John Gillan also. Together they’ll compliment the usual excellent three-course meal. The cost is £350 for a table of ten with individuals welcome. The bargain price has been maintained for a number of years. To book a table or places contact Kevin on 0789615371 0r 01535 275677 or speak to any Cricket Committee member.

In the meantime, the evening with Rock Stewart promises to be a night to remember – please book early!

Rock and Rod there's quality in every note!!

Details of all sections of the Club can be found on; www.cleckheatonsportsclub@gmail.com

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For further news on Cleckheaton CC visit www.cleckheatoncricketclub.com Bob Speight has made sure that for many years there are updated facts, figures and some brilliant photographs and history surrounding Cleckheaton CC.

Bob Speight continues sterling work at Cleck'

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