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VALE LEAGUE IN FOCUS

This page features Vale League pictures from down the years.
 Here are just a few to get the ball rolling



THIS is the earliest known picture of a side in the York Saturday League (forerunner of today's HPH York Vale League). It is of NMU, who won Section B in the league's maiden season in 1934, but lost to Division A winners Stillington by 53 runs in the Championship Match at South Bank at the end of the season. The NMU side pictured is, back row, from left to right, A Alderson, R Richmond, J Rowe, A Graham, H Lockwood, H Newton (capt), C Harrison. Front row: G Appleby, G Ovenden, W Shaw (scorer), L Hunt, J Atkinson, W Benson


  
There are plenty of familiar faces toasting the renaming of the Saturday League to the expanded York Vale League in 1988. Getting stuck into the bubbly are from left to right, Frank Stones (league chairman), Tony Kerrison (League representative team captain), Yorkshire CCC skipper Martyn Moxon, Guy Mitchell (president) and Shane Hargrave (league secretary)



It has been a long time since a Vale League representative side were in action. This line-up may prompt a few memories with a handful of the lads still playing in the league. It is the 1993 team which beat the West Riding League by four wickets at Rufforth in the Leeds Area Cricket Council Inter-League Cup. Back row, from left to right, Trevor Brittain, Will Robinson, Martin Reynolds, Andy Milner, Pete Aconley, Nigel Herd, Russ Marwood (scorer). Front row: Lee Wild, Ian Fraser, Simon Railton, Steve Fraser (capt) and John Myers



 Kelfield are the league's longest serving continuous members, having joined in 1947. They were quick to make an impression, winning the title in 1948 and again, two years later. Here is the 1950 team with the Section A championship trophy. Back row, from left to right, Joss Darley (umpire), Sid Dudley, Len Beal, Maurice Darley, Ken Cook, Walt Atkinson, Francis Golton (umpire). Front row: Rob Hall, Sol Golton, Fred Laverack senior (captain), Fred Laverack junior, Teddy Baxter, Sid Harrison. Joss Darley was a tremendous servant, not only to his club, but also to the league, holding the post of league secretary from 1951 to 1980



The League marked its golden jubilee in 1983 with a match between the York and District Saturday League (as the Vale League was known in those days) and a President's XI comprising players from former Saturday League clubs. The League XI, skippered by Tony Kerrison (Stockton & Hopgrove) emerged victors against a side skippered by Dickie Wade, of Alne. The match was sponsored by Yorkshire-General Life Assurance 



THE league marked its 80th anniversary in 2013 and a selection of league officers, guests and sponsors were invited to the Mansion House by the Lord and Lady Mayoress of York, Councillor Keith Hyman and his wife, Karen to mark the occasion. Long-standing league president Guy Mitchell was presented with a framed cricket print by the Lord Mayor to mark Guy's long and outstanding service with the league








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