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Pease Pottage cricket fixtures card
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Pease Pottage cricket fixtures card

This Pease Pottage cricket club’s fixture card is well worn and, with all the results entered, it suggests that the card was carried around as a treasured possession of one of the players.
The president was Jack Goddard who lived at Tilgate Forest Cottage (picture #165) and employed Albert Cordingley as a gardener who, generously, spent a disproportionate amount of time working on the cricket field which adjoined the property!
Among the vice presidents were two of the Nix family from Tilgate Forest Lodge, and Phillip Saillard of Buchan Hill.
Chairman of the committee was Charles Nix of Tilgate Forest Lodge. Among the committee members were Harry Ray, my grandfather, Tom Gates, my great-grandfather, and Ernest “Sammy” Gates, my great-uncle.
Albert Cordingley played just one game for Yorkshire, and a few games for Sussex, but never quite succeeded in first-class cricket. He then decided to settle in Sussex and became player, coach, groundsman, and umpire for Pease Pottage Cricket Club. In 1913 he bowled 403 overs, and took 119 wickets at an average of 8.8.
To see the full fixture card, click on Open Document. I am puzzled for the sixth rule, which indicates that any member paying a subscription of four-times higher that the normal rate shall be entitled to play a substitute. Was this a fund-raising measure which permitted wealthy members to play a member of their staff in their stead?
The Large Version shows a newspaper cutting showing incredibly detailed statistics of the club and its members for the 1913 season.

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It is surprising that the club played 28 matches between May and September whilst restrained from playing on Sundays under the Lord's Day Observance Act.
The ground was the second field in from the road and accessed over a ditch and a single gate in the iron fence adjoining the Tilgate Forest Hotel.
I can just remember going there before it was reclaimed as an agricultural field in 1940, but have no recollection of the reputed "tram" that was used as the club scoring display post.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 11 March 2014
I happened upon the Slaugham Archives website and wanted to thank you for the pictures of my great-grandfather, Albert Cordingley (1871-1945). I see from your website that he played for Pease Pottage CC in the 1913 season, when he would have been 42 years old.
As you may know he previously played for Yorkshire Colts and Second XI in 1898 and for Sussex from 1901 to 1905. His mother and father died, respectively, in 1898 and 1901, which may have facilitated his decision to make the move to Sussex. He made his first class debut at the age of 30 for Sussex against Oxford University at Eastbourne in a drawn match played from 27-29 June 1901 in which he had bowling figures of 28-0-92-0 in the first innings and 7.3-2-29-3 in the second, removing both openers. In total he played 15 first class matches for Sussex.
I'm happy to know that he continued his association with cricket after his professional career with Yorkshire and Sussex.
As the former groundsman at Pease Pottage CC he must have been tremendously sad when the ground was ploughed up for the war effort.
If by any chance you have any other photographs or memories of Albert I would be very grateful to know.
Added by Chris Gordon (County Down, Ireland) on 11 August 2016
Chris, I have searched through the archive material still to be uploaded to the website, but can find no more items relating to your great-grandfather.
Those items already on the website can be found by entering "Cordingley" in the search facility above.
Added by Barry Ray on 11 August 2016
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