Introducing Tottington St John's CC
Tottington St John's is one of the older clubs in the North West, founded way back in 1887. In the early years, the club played in the Bury and District Sunday League and enjoyed plenty of successes; the 1st XI captured 6 league titles and 4 cups between 1912 and 1945, while the seconds captured 7 gongs between 1911 and 1928 (we can only assume all our players missed the two wars to concentrate on their cricket!).
In 1955 the North Manchester Cricket League was set up by 8 founder teams, and in 1958 the Johns joined the fledgling league. Interestingly, TSJ are the longest surviving members of the league, the rest having dropped out along the way. We have played home to a number of prominent sporting personalities, including former England goalkeeper Colin McDonald who was a more than useful batsman for TSJCC!
The Johns play their home games at Crompton Meadows, Tottington, on land leased from the church; the pavilion was built in 1964 at the then huge cost of £1500 ... in recent years many improvements have occurred, and the eternal quest for funding and sponsorship remains high on our list of priorities. In 2009 the club was extremely proud to unveil its refurbished pavilion, which is a massive source of pride to all club and committee members and shows just how far we have progressed in recent years. In 2012, an extension doubling the seating capacity was completed - plans are in place for many more future club and ground developments, and the next few years will be an exciting time at Crompton Meadows. We launched an U13 junior section in 2011; this has already proved enormously successful, and expanded to both U13 and U15 teams in 2012. A new car park has been completed and there are plans for second tier pavilion extension in 2015.
Exciting news - as of 2014 we are now the home of Tottington St John's women's cricket team, who play in the Northern Women's Leagues Yorkshire Women's Regional League Division 1!
Our club events timeline is now available!
TSJCC is a small, intensely friendly club which has achieved great success in recent years, including a hat-trick of Calverley Cup wins 2008-2010 and back to back championships for the 2nd XI in 2014 and 2015. As we move forward, we all hope that the club - and the league as a whole - goes from strength to strength. A full list of individual and team awards is provided on the honours page.
On May 12th 2015, the club tendered its resignation from the NMCL and joined the Greater Manchester Cricket League.