UPDATE: Two more clubs missing from YCCGBA Yearbook

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

See update note from Neil Hinchliffe at the foot of this posting

Having thought that all Des & Dave's good work in researching the formation dates of the last of the missing clubs in the Veteran's League had been completed, I now discover that two more clubs are missing from the Yorkshire CCGBA Yearbook.

David Brown Sports are excluded altogether whilst Huddersfield RUBC are listed but with no data alongside their entry. All this added to the earlier omission of Oakfield T&BC from the same listing.

Time to fill in the gaps. So Des Emsall is back on the case and his early work has thrown up some dates for both.

Huddersfield Rugby Union Bowling Club was formed in 1997 when the Rugby Club moved from Waterloo to their current home at Lockwood Park. The club first entered any league in the following year. So for the record 1998 is the date that we will add to their record and this has been confirmed by John Lockwood their Veteran's League representative.

The research on David Brown Sports took Des to the April 1954 issue of the Company Newsletter. This included an article about a new green being opened at Meltham Hall and a match on 10 April 1954 between teams from DB Tractors and Park Works. There was also mention of putting four teams into the Works League. Copies of all these reports are below. On the back of this evidence, I have pencilled in 1954 as the formation date unless you know better.

I should also add Huddersfield Recreation Club to this listing following their home green move and name change from Canalside last year.

Note from Neil Hinchliffe: You appear to be getting your wires a little crossed. D B Sports and D B Tractors were two separate entities. Sports, workers from the D B Works on Crosland Moor, had their own sports ground off Gilbert Grove at Crosland Moor (bowling, Cricket and Football including Club House) Tractors, workers from the Meltham factory, indeed did have the green at Meltham Hall as their base. They also had a cricket team for many years, Meltham Mills, that played in the Yorkshire Council. Field was at the bottom end of Meltham as you came in from Netherton but lost now in the sands of time. Meltham therefore had two cricket teams of good standard within the boundaries of such a small village which, in those days, there were no housing estates that now spread either up to Thick Hollins or up and off Slawit Road as there are now I can't give you chapter and verse on these things but the outline of the Bowling Green at Gilbert Grove can still be seen on Bing/Google Maps.

Tractors had strong teams, by the way, back in the day. Won Subscription Cup in 1964.

What I presume was their B team, though not sure, also won the Beaumont Cup 1975, Ingham Cup 1976, Bamforth Cup 1977 and Littlewood Cup 1982. Not sure at what point they dropped out of the League.

Sports, as far as I know, but stand to be corrected, never bowled in the Hudds Assoc Saturday League, but I can remember them certainly bowling in the Colne Valley League

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