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The YMCA Cricket Club's oldest and youngest members, Rev David Johnson, aged 87, and ten-year-old Oliver Sutcliffe

The YMCA cricket club which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year is planning to publish a history to mark the occasion. Following a recent appeal for information about the club's past in the Evening Post, it has been overwhelmed with pictures and stories. Now, for the first time in their history, it is looking for sponsorship to publish the book.

As a result of the appeal the club is now in touch with the Rev David Johnson, aged 87, who they believe is their oldest living former player. Mr Johnson was the team captain in the late 1940s while his father appeared for the club at the turn of the last century.

Mr Johnson played his first game for the club when he was just 13 years old. In total he played for the club for more than 20 years. He said: "It was a very popular club and people were very friendly. I remember scoring 100 at Stapleton when I was 18 years old and hitting a six straight into my father's car!" He has handed over a pile of scrapbooks, packed with newspaper cuttings and reports which will provide vital details of the club's formative years.

The book is going to be written by Joyce Woolridge who wrote former Manchester United player Brian McClair's autobiography. Arthur Milton, the last man to represent England at football and cricket, and Jack Russell, another Gloucestershire and England great, have also been approached to write forewords for the booklet.

Steve Sutor, the club's historian and fund-raiser, said: "The response for information has been fantastic. It's unbelievable. We now have information dating right back to when the club started in 1878."

They will use the proceeds from the book to renovate the clubhouse. The club, which has played at Golden Hill for the last 100 years, currently has 80 members who make up four league teams and four youth teams. Plans are also well under way for a special dinner dance when the Rev Johnson is hoping to meet up with as many former team-mates as possible.

Source: Bristol Evening Post, Monday 3rd February 2003
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