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 Spondon is a small village on the outskirts of Derby, Derbyshire. Technically part of Derby from the 1960s onwards, it still considers itself a village and has a tight-knit local community. The village has lots of factories nearby, but now is also a commuter village to Derby and London. To see some great historical photographs of Spondon, see www.spondonhistory.org.uk
 

Brief club history 

 The first record of Spondon Cricket Club was in 1883 when the club played nearby Alvaston and unfortunately lost. Initially two clubs, thee amalgamated in 1903 and moved to a ground on Royal Hill Road. The club decided to buy the ground when the opportunity arose in 1924, however it took a further 21 years to pay off the club’s debt. The fundraising process included dances, whist drives and special matches, all organised by the hard working ‘Ladies’ Committee’, chiefly comprised of Mrs Benniston, Mrs Dally and Mrs Walker-Smith. The ladies were rewarded for their hard work by being made life members as the club celebrated 50 years at Royal Hill Road.

 The club had a ‘golden age’ in the 1960s with 16 trophies returning to Royal Hill Road between 1962-72. The ground was further improved as a new pavilion was opened in 1970 by Brian Clough and a match between Derby County football team and Spondon CC. The club continued to thrive but eventually outgrew Royal Hill Road which was not big enough to play premier league cricket, or house the growing junior section and 3rd and 4th teams! The club took the plunge and moved to nearby Locko Road in 2006, winning the Derbyshire Premier League the very next year. The club continues to thrive, with four senior teams, over 150 in the junior section and a thriving girls’ section.

The club and Taking the Field 

Spondon CC approached TTF after the club’s secretary, Kathleen Green, had digitally recorded the club’s entire archive after hearing of another local club who had lost everything in a pavilion fire. The club has had a long interest in their history, with a whole summer of celebrations for their centenary in 1983. TTF came to interview a number of Spondon players, coaches and fans in spring 2011, covering a great deal of the club’s recent history and huge changes.

The girls, and 'girlies', of Spondon CC

The girls, and 'girlies', of Spondon CC

And now it's the turn of Spondon CC's women, who tell us about their thriving girls' section and who really runs the cricket club!

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Spondon and the Grounds (3) - Reaping the Rewards

Spondon and the Grounds (3) - Reaping the Rewards

And finally, in the 'Spondon and the grounds' series, the cricketing rewards that came from all that effort to move the ground to Locko Road! As told by Neil Kellogg, Paul Tainton and Steve Baker.

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Spondon CC at Royal Hill Road: Saying Goodbye

Spondon CC at Royal Hill Road: Saying Goodbye

Spondon's old members remember Royal Hill Road, and the last matches on the ground, with great fondness.

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Spondon CC at Royal Hill Road: The Greatest Match

Spondon CC at Royal Hill Road: The Greatest Match

A slight detour in our 'Spondon's grounds' series - as the Spondon members share some of their memories of their ground at Royal Hill Road. In this digital story, Lee Fox and Steve Baker remember the greatest match at the ground, one cup semi-final against nearby rivals Langley Mill.

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Spondon CC's Ground (2): From Royal Hill Road to Locko Road

Spondon CC's Ground (2): From Royal Hill Road to Locko Road

This is the second of our 'Spondon CC's Grounds' series, the key players behind the move to Locko Road, Kevin Hibbert and Paul Tainton, tell us the story of the move. It wasn't easy - emotionally or organisationally - but fantastic progress for the club and a great legacy for future generations.

For a longer version of this digital story, with added commentary and pictures, please visit our vimeo page: www.vimeo.com/takingthefield

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Spondon CC's Grounds (1): The tea ladies and Royal Hill Road

Spondon CC's Grounds (1): The tea ladies and Royal Hill Road

The fantastic story of the three tea ladies who raised money for twenty years so that Spondon CC could buy their ground at Royal Hill Road. In the years to come, Spondon improved their legacy in several ways...

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Spondon CC's Youth (2): Wednesday Night Madness!

Spondon CC's Youth (2): Wednesday Night Madness!

The members of Spondon CC tell us about their youth set-up, which has grown astronically in recent years and provides many of the senior team players

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Spondon CC's Youth (1): Inheriting the Revolution

Spondon CC's Youth (1): Inheriting the Revolution

Our second story from Spondon CC and the first in the 'youth' mini-series. The members of Spondon tell us how attitudes to young players have changed in recent years - and the club politics behind making this change and opening Spondon CC up to youth, families and the community.

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