In 1860, a group of local players got together at our Miry Lane ground and started to build a lasting legacy for the people of the Holme Valley, when they formed Thongsbridge Cricket Club.
In the early days, a horse called Captain, wearing special shoes to protect the wicket, dutifully pulled the mower to keep the ground in good order.
158 years on and having survived two world wars, the club has grown from strength to strength. The people of the Holme Valley are not only maintaining our local heritage and tradition, but they are set to grow the club even more and build for future generations.
Considerable improvements have been made in recent years, with newly refurbished changing facilities, as well as many other improvements to the ground.
TCC is now a thriving club, with a successful, junior section, girls’ teams, a women’s softball cricket team, successful senior teams and a number of players achieving representative honours at the highest levels.
Holmfirth High School uses the ground on a weekly basis throughout the summer and local junior schools hold sports and social events at the ground too. The Yorkshire Terriers Disability Cricket team are now annual visitors and play some of its annual fixtures here.
The club is focused on developing its own players from juniors, right through to the senior teams. We are back in the Premiership after many years in lower divisions and we are making our presence known!
The club is improving in many ways, year after year, but the last piece of the jigsaw in our development plan, is to transform our dilapidated, prefabricated clubhouse. It is now too small and has no indoor toilet facilities or running hot water. We hope to transform this into a fantastic new facility, fit for purpose and ready to celebrate an amazing 160 years of cricket in 2020! Not simply a building for summer use but a facility which can be utilised all year round by the whole community.
Due to funding constraints, we are not able to employ a building contractor, so all the work to create the new facility has to be done by our own members. This will involve thousands of hours of hard work.
So that everyone can feel part of this exciting venture, we are delighted to be able to present our online shop. Big or small, all contributions are gratefully received in order to bring this worthwhile project to fruition. Please take a look at the various items which are required to complete the project and choose what you would like to help with - Donate here
This a unique opportunity to help secure the future of a historic local club for future generations to enjoy.