Two Yorkshire Cricketers…

…with Filey connections.

In the summer of 1888, Ernest CREIGHTON played four games in two weeks for his home county. A slow left-arm orthodox bowler and lower order batsman, his figures were reasonable but he clearly wasn’t good enough for Yorkshire and he returned to Todmorden, his club at that time.

His father Edwin (some records have “Edward”) was a successful builder and Ernest followed him into the trade. In the 1881 census he is living with his parents and older brother Richard in Hemsworth, aged 21 and described as a Mason (journeyman). He is still under his parents’ roof ten years later but is now a “Professional Cricketer”. He married Mary HILL  in Hemsworth towards the end of 1896 and in 1901 they were living in Scarborough with infant son John and Mary’s widowed mother, Harriet. Ernest is still a Professional Cricketer at 42. He died aged 71 in Mountfields Nursing Home, Leeds but, it seems, was brought to Filey for burial. It is his grave that has been misplaced on Google Maps Satellite View (Friday’s post).

Ernest’s effects would be worth about £725,000 today.

His representation on the FamilySearch Shared Tree is not so rich.

Herbert SUTCLIFFE was an opening batsman and right-arm medium bowler for Yorkshire, playing 754 1st Class matches between 1919 and 1945. With Jack Hobbs he formed the “greatest opening pair in the history of Test cricket”.

Brief biographies of Herbert are easy to locate online but I could not find one that mentioned him living in retirement in Filey. I found the evidence for his sojourn here in an unlikely place.

I loved Filey which was a little seaside town. One day walking along the promenade I saw a loose boxer dog. I had seen a dapper old gentleman walking two of them on many occasions and I had seen where he lived. I caught the dog and used my whistle lanyard as a lead. I knocked on the door and got a real shock! It was the great England and Yorkshire opening bat, Herbert Sutcliffe. He invited me in and I spent a wonderful half hour talking to him with a cup of tea while he sipped his scotch Next day on 4 to 12 shift the sergeant told me the chief inspector wanted to see me. I thought, ‘what now?”

He told me that Mr Herbert Sutcliffe had called him about the dog and wished to say what a caring and observant constable I was…

My Life by David Garland

Herbert lived in an apartment in Belle Vue Street, above what is now CoCo.

I am still looking for Herbert’s family on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. He married Emily PEASE in North Bierley in 1921 and the couple had two children. Their daughter, Barbara, became a teacher, married Albert WILCOCK in 1948, and when she retired was given an appreciative write-up in the Craven Herald & Pioneer.

Townscape 63 · Scarborough

South Bay

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