NCCC Supporters Club


The Official Newsletter of Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club (Founded 1988)

Chairman: Trevor Bailey, 41 Debdale Road, Northampton NN3 2TR Telephone (01604) 409371 Email:

Secretary: TBA

Treasurer: Mrs Linda Fisher, 110 Denmark Street, Bedford. Telephone: 07989844171 Email:

Membership Secretary: Dianne Ward, Flat 2, 13 Park Avenue, Northampton NN3 2BX. Telephone: (01604) 635800 Email:

Newsletter Editor: Bill Horsley, 10 Delamere Road, Northampton NN4 8QG. Telephone (01604) 765780 Email:

Committee members; Sheila Kent, Jim Finney and Michael Wells.





The Supporters Club committee is very happy to announce that we have donated £3000 towards the Northants Cricket pre-season tour of Barbados. We believe strongly that a pre-season tour is a very important part of the team's preparation for the new season and are proud to help play a part in making this happen. Good luck to the team on this tour and, of course for the 2015 season. 



I often say that the time to start worrying about something is when no one cares about it. From the sizeable turnout at January's EGM it is quite clear that a large number of people continue to care about Northants Cricket. It was pleasing that the evening was conducted in a cordial manner and that the questions asked were pertinent to the matters in hand. We sincerely hope that the passing of the resolutions will assist the Club in its current financial position. 



The recent success of T20 tournaments overseas – particularly the Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash have led to calls from some for the introduction of franchise cricket in England. My concern over this is that I can see Northants being squeezed out of the picture and the Northampton cricket public being denied the chance to see T20 cricket. The attendances for these matches at the County Ground (particularly during the last two seasons) has been superb. Why should we as loyal supporters be disenfanchised and why should Northants be denied a very important source of revenue? I hate to be reactionary but I hope that either this scheme will not come to pass or that if it does it will not mean the end of T20 cricket at Northampton.


The next West Stand Story will appear during the early part of the cricket season. Here's to a successful 2015! 





The opinions expressed by the authors of articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club





Northants Cricket has announced the signing of Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi for the first six matches of the T20 Blast matches. Afridi has played in 77 T20 matches for his country taking 81 wickets (@ 22.4) and scoring 1142 runs at a strike rate of 86.97. A much sought after cricketer across the world he has previously had spells with Kent, Hampshire and Leicestershire (being awarded his cap for the latter in 2001).


Afridi will play in the matches against Durham, Birmingham (Warwickshire), Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire.


This announcement follows the signings of both Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Levi for the whole season.


Levi is of course returning for a third time to Northamptonshire after his stints during the last two seasons, including being a member of the side which claimed the T20 title in 2013. Has played 13 T20 Internationals for South Africa. Levi will not count as an overseas player as he has been signed under the Kolpak ruling.


Rory Kleinveldt has appeared in four tests, 10 One Day Internationals and 6 T20 Internationals for South Africa. His domestic cricket has been for Western Province and Cape Cobras – the same as Levi. Kleinveldt has previously been a target for Northants but previous attempts have not come to fruition.




On Thursday 2 April Northamptonshire will be at Fenner's for a three-day match against Cambridge  University.


Northamptonshire's first match on their return to Division Two of the County Championship will see Gloucestershire visit the County Ground for a four-day match beginning on Sunday 12 April.


The opening T20 Blast fixture sees the team visit the Emirates Durham ICG (Chester-le- Street) on Friday 15 May. The first home fixture in this competition is exactly two weeks later when reigning champions the Birmingham Bears come Northampton.


Durham are also the first visitors in the Royal London One Day Cup on Saturday 25 July for a 50 over group match.


Friday 14 August sees the Australian touring side in Northampton for a three-day match.




On Thursday 22 January a sizeable number of members turned out at the County Ground for the EGM called by Northants cricket. The purpose of the EGMwas to consider resolutions relating to the following;


  1. The sale of the County Tavern pub in Abington Avenue.
  2. The sale of a residential property in Adnitt Road.
  3. The provision of directors' loans to the company.
  4. The investigation of a bond issue as a fund raiser.


Tim Robinson the Board Sponsor for Finance gave a thorough presentation detailing the background to the Club's current financial position. Following this the members present asked a number of interesting and pertinent questions relating to the matters at hand.


Each of the resolutions was voted on individually and all four were carried – the last three unanimously or nearly so.




Prior to the start of the 2014 World Cup in the Antipodes three former Northamptonshire cricketers held competition records for their respective countries. The highest World Cup wicket-taker for Scotland was John Blain with 12. These wickets included 4-34 against Bangladesh in 1999 – the best Scottish bowling. The Irish batsman with the most runs was Niall O'Brien with 421. The best World Cup bowling figures for the West Indies were 7-51 by Winston Davis against Australia in 1983.


The only current Northamptonshire player to be selected in a 2014 World Cup Squad is Kyle Coetzer for Scotland.




Northants Head Groundsman Paul Marshall was runner-up in the one day category in the 2014 Groundsman of the Year awards.


As a tribute to Phillip Hughes the Northants team will wear a special shirt during the three-day match against Australia in August. The shirt will feature Hughes's name and the words “63 not out”.


Northants Cricket's Charity Partner for the 2015 season will be the Northampton Hope Centre. The Hope Centre logo will feature on the new team shirt and for every shirt sold £1 will go to the charity. The Club also participated in the annual Big Sleepout on 30 January which took place in the grounds of Christ Church on the Wellingborough Road, Northampton.



Northants Cricket's reciprocal arrangment with Huntingdon Racecourse will continue through 2015. By the time you read these words the early year meetings will have passed but their will be autumn meetings on Tuesday 13 October and Tuesday 10 November.



Northants will undertake a pre-season tour of Barbados. This takes place between 12 and 22 March. The team will take part in the annual Barbados T20 Cup which will also feature Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and the host team. The tour will also include two sepatare two-day matches. Supporters tours to the event have been organised by Smile Tours who can be contacted on 0844 332 0440. Smile Group Travel have also been announced as Northants Cricket's official travel partner for the 2015 season.



I am please to inform you that the Supporters Club has donated £3000 towards the cost of the club's Barbados tour. We are very happy to make this contribution towards making the tour happen.



The January edition of The Cricketer magazine ran an article likening the new Northants T20 shirt to that of Crystal Palace FC. As West Stand Story doesn't do photos (generally) you will just have to hunt out comparison colour images for yourself and make your oen mind up on this! But if there are moves to rename the County Ground as Selhurst Park it is time to start worrying!





This August, I had the pleasure of visiting my daughter in Canada. The holiday lasted two weeks, based in Vancouver with a weekend on Vancouver Island.


I remember the early days of the World Cup when Canada took part in 1979 in England. More recently they departed in the first round of the 2003/7/11 competitions. I was also aware of the annual fixture with the USA which began in New York in 1844. Otherwise, cricket in Canada was a closed book.


When visiting Stanley Park in Vancouver, I came across a cricket ground known as the Brockton Oval. There were similarities to Wardown Park in Luton,  with a pavilion nestling among the trees, and plenty of grass at the boundary edge for blankets and folding chairs and picnic baskets.


The game looked of a reasonable club standard and a spinner was making life awkward for the batsman.


As I watched, I recalled my sister in law’s unexpected revelation that Sir Donald Bradman had graced this ground. Intrigued I looked up his career record.


Research unearthed the Australian tour of Canada which took place between 17th June and 17th August 1932. Further enquiries showed 34 one day matches played around Canada by a strong Australian squad.Five matches were played at Brockton, all one dayers, three against the Mainland All Stars, the other two against British Columbia and British Columbia Colts.


In the first game against the All Stars, Bradman made 110 before retiring, and Arthur Mailey took 7-24 in a 223 run victory.


Next there came an 18 run defeat for Australia with Bradman getting 42 and Mailey 8-39, but there were 15 All Stars in opposition.


The final All Stars match ended in a mysterious draw, 15 scoring 117, Mailey 9-38, and Australia finished with 338-8 with Bradman top scorer with 180.


British Columbia made do with 11 and lost by an innings and 204. Mailey played but did not bowl in the first innings so McCabe and Fleetwood-Smith shared the wickets while Mailey chipped in with 3 in the second knock. Bradman and Nutt scored centuries in Australia’s 337-3 declared.


Finally, the Colts fielded 19 players including Arthur Mailey, but could only muster 158. McCabe came up with 9-60 while Bradman turned his arm over to the tune of 6-25.


Another strange draw, as Australia totalled 286-7 with Bradman completing an all round display with 125. It occurs the two draws were  almost certainlymatches of two innings played in one day.


I believed I would see mountains and my first view of the Pacific, but somehow a cricket ground was not included in my expectations. I dare to predict such a tour will never again be undertaken by a major international cricketing nation. 





Now it begins – the new season is here,

With all of its laughter and tears,

When we sit in the sun, and the runs start to come

We will rise to our feet and we'll cheer.

New faces will play – and new fans in the crowd -

Will come to each match; come what may,

So great to be here at the start of the year -

And content at the start of the day






Two former Northamptonshire cricketers George Sharp and Peter Willey are claiming unfair dismissal by the ECB after they were forced to retire from the first-class umpires list at the age of 65. They have taken their case to the Central London Employment Tribunal.  


The pair have 45 years of umpiring experience between them. Willey umpired 25 Test Matches and 35 One Day Internationals between 1996 and 2003. Sharp umpired 15 Tests and 31 ODIs (1996 – 2002). Both men began their county cricket careers as teenagers with Northants in the mid-sixties.  


Sharp was quoted by BBC Sport as saying "At the moment, my standards have not dropped, and at the end of the 2015 season I would know if my standards had dropped and I would go back to the board and discuss it," 


A change in UK law on age discrimination in 2011 stipulated the abolition of a default retirement age. Since October 1, 2011, employers can no longer compulsorily retire employees or refuse to recruit prospective employees merely because they are over the age of 65. 


The ECB's umpires manager Chris Kelly told the tribunal that the board was justified in ending the pair's careers at the age of 65, citing the "physical and mental pressures" associated with the £51,270-a-year job. 


The tribunal judgement was expected by the end of February.




V W C Jupp can be considered one of the great all round cricketers of the years between the two world wars. Despite this he is a largely forgotton cricketing hero. 


Jupp was born on 27 March 1891 at Burgess Hill in Sussex. Captain of the eleven at St John's School in his home town Jupp went on to join Sussex as a professional. 


His Sussex debut was in 1909 and he made his final appearance for the county of his birth in 1922. When the First World War came Jupp volunteered for the Royal Engineers and served in France, Salonika and Palestine.When first-class cricket returned in 1919 Jupp had turned amateur. During his Sussex days he also changed from pace bowler to off-spinner. 


He was invited to join the 1920-21 MCC tour of Australia but had to decline for business reasons. He did however make his Test debut in the following summer's Ashes Test at Headingley claiming four wickets as England were heavily beaten. 


Jupp was able to accept the MCC's invitation to tour South Africa in 1922-23 appearing in four of the five Test Matches. In total he played in eight tests with his final match being against the West Indies at Old Trafford in 1928. The Lord's Test of that year had seen him claim match figures of 7-103 his best in international cricket. He would probably have played more for England but for injury and business commitments. 


In May 1921 Jupp was the first current English player to have his picture on the cover of The Cricketer magazine.That autumn Northamptonshire appointed him as Secretary. However the qualification rules of the time meant that he was not eligible to play for his new county in the Championship until 1924.   


Originally given a salary of £400 this was increased to £500 in 1927 after a number of fine on field performances. He was also named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year. That year also saw Jupp take over as Northants captain when Maurice Fitzroy stood down mid-season and Rawlins Hawtin was unable to spare the time to succeed him.  


He would hold the postions as captain and secretary until 1931 when he resigned from both after what has been described as “a stormy meeting”. 


Jupp continued as a player and in 1932 became the only Northamptonshire bowler to date to take all ten wickets in an innings (for 127 runs) against Kent at Tunbridge Wells. (It is typrical of Northamptonshire in the inter-war years that they proceeded to lose the match by an innings!).  


He missed the whole of the 1934 cricket season due to rheumatic fever.  Jupp would also miss the following season but for far more tragic reasons. 


Just before midnight on a Saturday night in January 1935 Jupp was behind the wheel of his car when it was in collision with a motorcyle near Brixworth. The pillion passenger, a 19 year old clicker in a shoe factory Wilfrid Denis Moisey received fatal injuries. 


Jupp was tried at the Northampton Assizes a fortnight later (defended by Norman Birkitt). He was found guilty of manslaughter and given a custodial sentence of nine months.  


He is reported never to have got over the incident although he did return to cricket in 1936 and played on for Northants until 1938. During the Second World War he did occasionaly turn out for Northants, hitting 51 against London Counties at Spinney Hill in 1941. In 1949 Jupp attempted,unsuccessfully to be elected to the Northamptonshire committee. 


Outside of cricket he ran a retail electrical business in St Giles' Street in Northampton. Jupp also opened at sports shop in Hazelwood Road. He was also a member of the Northampton and County Club in George Row being Club snooker champion in 1942. 


On 9 July 1960 Jupp was chopping down a treee in the garden of his home in Spratton when he suffered a heart attack and died. 


During the course of his career Jupp scored 1000 runs in a season and took 100 ten times. Neville Cardus wrote that Jupp “is a first choice for my Team of Cricketers who Obviously Enjoy Themselves.” His record shows that he was a cricketer of the highest order and one who deserves not to be forgotten. 


In first-class cricket VWC Jupp played in a total of 529 matches scoring 23,296 runs (29.41), taking 1658 wickets (23.01) and 222 catches. 







Coach Departs 8am from The County Ground

A Deposit of £10 is required which will be refunded if the coach does not run.

Please book at The Signal Box or with Jim Finney on 01933-443950.



There is still time to renew your Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club membership if you haven't already done so. Membership rates are currently £3 per year or £15 for five years. Please pop into the 'Signal Box' to see us and renew.

N.B. If you have a five year membership which began in 2010 or later you obviously do not have to renew this year.



 The Supporters Club has received thanks from Northants Cricket  Chief Executive David Smith for the donation we made to the parent Club at the start of the season. As always we are delighted to assist the Club as often as we can. Long may this continue to be the case.


Any addition to the comparatively small number of books about Northamptonshire cricket is very welcome and none more so than this publication by former Chronicle and Echo cricket correspondent Andy Roberts. Andy has interviewed a number of key people from Northamptonshire's recent cricketing past who are able to give a number of insights.

The book covers the forty year span from 1974 to 2013, ending with the Steelbacks' T20 triumph last season. It does not claim to be a history of these years but the description of a number of matches which took place during my formative years as a Northamptonshire supporter certainly make it a fascinating read. It certainly brought back a lot of memories for me. There are a number of amusing anecdotes and one of my favourites concerns then then PA announcer Ron Staniford learning the reason why Kent's flag features a white horse on a red background (I'm not explaining more here – you will have to read it!)

Fields of Maroon and Gold is available during the season from The Signal Box at the reduced price of £10 for Supporters Club members. For non-members to price is £15.



On 6th July 1964 The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night was released. Exactly one week later The 13th July  saw Northamptonshire complete a two-day innings victory over Nottinghamshire at Kettering. Notts were dismissed for 121 (Jim Watts 6-60) and 102 (Malcolm Scott 4-30). Roger Prideaux (53) top scored in a total of 229. Those were the days!

Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club would like to thank Autohome for their assistance in the printing of this newsletter.