North-West Evening Mail
Wed 26 Sep 2007

Vickerstown Cricket Club, Walney

ON the rare occasions when Willie Horne allowed himself alcohol, this is one of the places where Barrow’s greatest sporting hero of yesteryear would sip a glass of stout.

For while Willie is rightly associated mainly with Craven Park and the oval ball, it was here, wearing the colours of Vickerstown Cricket Club, that he caned many an attack and collected more than his share of wickets back in those post-war afternoons.

The club was founded in 1899 and celebrated its centenary in 1999.

In Willie’s day the clubhouse was a primitive, wooden affair, but along the years it has undergone several facelifts.

The biggest structural alterations came in 1993 when a new extension was opened in October of that year which transformed the social facilities.

Today VCC is managed by Walneyite Kelly Price, whose dad Mike McGuire is chairman of the club. Kelly has worked behind the bar for four-and-a-half years and has run the show for the past two.

Last summer was a good one for the cricketers with West Indian professional Kenroy Peters to the fore.

VCC won promotion from the North

Lancashire and Cumbria Division One into the Premier Division.

Behind the bar on Tuesday night was Daniel Cummings.

“It’s a good club,” he said, “I had my own 18th birthday party here. It has a good atmosphere, especially at the weekends and people like booking the function room for parties because it’s nice and cosy — not too big or too small.”

The clubhouse is divided into three areas – a games room for snooker and pool players, a lounge upholstered in midnight blue and the function room where private parties are held.

Four Walney football teams now call VCC home.Vickerstown’s first, second and Sunday League teams have their base at VCC, and they are all top of their respective divisions.

Perhaps most important of all is the meteoric rise of Vickerstown Ladies who have won their way into the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Women’s County Cup.

The women will be having some post-match refreshment in the club after their clash with Preston North End women (Park Vale, 1.30pm kick-off) on Sunday.

VCC is a private members’ club run by a committee, but non-members will be made welcome after signing in.

Drinks are reasonably priced: a pint of Carling Black Label is £1-82, bottles of WKD cost £1-85 and a pint of Thwaites Light is £1-61.

For details about hiring the function room call Kelly on 01229 474199.

THE BARD

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