This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here

Sport in the District

Perhaps the oldest known adult game of the area is Knur and Spell, thought to have been brought into this area by the Viking invaders of the 10th Century.

This game was popular throughout the North of England in the early 1900’s.

There were also Rifle Clubs at the turn of the Century, some of which survived until quite recently.

There were a number of venues in the area for Athletics competitions.

There were competitions held at Stonemoor close to the village of Bolsterstone and at Lowoods field in Deepcar.

Perhaps the best known of these venues was the Bracken Moor Sports & Social Club ground whose facilities were upgraded in 1951.

At present the home to Stocksbridge Park Steels Football Club and Stocksbridge Cricket Club the latter of which was formed in 1999, from an amalgamation of the Stocksbridge Old Cricket Club and the Stocksbridge Works Sports & Social Cricket Club.

The Stocksbridge Works Sports & Social Club, which was formed through the local Steel Works, held an annual sports day competition of Athletic and Cycling events.

These meetings attracted competitors from far and wide, amongst them some notable Athletes of the time.

These photographs show just a few of the competitions held at what were very well attended events.

The Stocksbridge Works Sports & Social Club had many other sections that made it possible for employees and their families to participate in sports and pastimes, which were subsidised by the Company.

Archery, Badminton, Billiards and Snooker, Bowls, Boxing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Cricket, Football, Golf, Hockey, Indoor Games, Rifle Shooting, Fishing, Swimming and Tennis and many others.

This History of the Bowling Club was compiled in 1992 by Doug Hardisty for the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Stocksbridge Works by Samuel Fox.

Many of these activities began before 1939 and had to be suspended for the duration of World War II.

There was also a Physical Culture section which used the facilities of the Company Gym located at Smithy Hill, close to the Main Works entrance.uel Fox.

Cricket has been a major pastime of people from the area.

The Stocksbridge Old Cricket Club was founded in 1862; you can read the article Stocksbridge Old Cricket Club 1862-1987 125 years of cricket via this link.

The Stocksbridge Works Sports & Social Cricket Club, which was affiliated to the local Steel Works, also organised and promoted the game locally.

Midhopestones also had its own Cricket Club as had Bolsterstone as the following photographs indicate.

The local Steel Works held inter-departmental competions, here we see the Number 2 Melting Shop team, from around the year 1980.

We have displayed here a number of photographs of unknown Cricket teams; any information which could assist in identifying them would be most welcome.

This is a newpaper cutting about the Wigtwizzle Cricket Club in 1890.

 

Football is probably the most practised team sport played in the area.

This photograph shows Bolsterstone Athletic Football Club displaying a trophy won in 1936.

This photograph shows the Hunshelf United Football Club who probably played in the caps to protect against the heavy balls which were available in those days.

This next photograph shows St. Ann’s Football Club sometime between 1918 and 1925.

These photographs show teams of the Stocksbridge Church Football Club.

This photograph shows a team of the Stocksbridge Congregational Church Football Club.

This photograph shows a team of the Stocksbridge High School Football Club in 1953.

These two photographs show teams of the Stocksbridge Primative Football Club in the 1919 to 1920 season.

This photograph shows a team of the Stocksbridge Juniors Football Club under10 squad in the 1983/1984 season. The photograph was taken at the Bracken Moor Sports & Social Club ground.

This photograph shows a team of the Langsett United Football Club in the 1923 to 1924 season.

This photograph shows a team from the Stocksbridge Victory Club in the 1920 to 1921 season.

We have displayed here a number of photographs of unknown Football teams; any information which could assist in identifying them would be most welcome.

Who were the Stocksbridge Foresters? Does anyone have any information on this team?

 Golf is also a popular sport with the Stocksbridge Golf Course being the only venue in our district.

Cycling and Motorcycling were also popular in the area.

This photograoh shows the Dun Hill climb in 1928.

And these photgraph show Motorcycle Scrambling at the Trunce Farm at Greenmoor in the Hushelf parish in the early 1950s the meetings were organised by the Stocksbridge & District Motorcycle club.

 



Return to top of page