Friendly update

The Second/Third team will play Woodbank in the reverse fixture of the First team on the 14th April at Home

Sad news – Joe Waterworth Obituary

We are saddened to announce the passing of former club stalwart and secretary, Joe Waterworth.

Joe was well into his 90s and had been a resident at Eaves Hall of late.

Joe was prominent in the sixties, seventies and eighties and one of the dedicated committee who strove to keep the club alive during those times.

My memories of Joe are of a highly intelligent man who had an amazing memory and was very witty. He cared passionately about the club and was very pleased and proud about our rise from the depths. I often used to ring Joe about old players when relatives contacted us about them. He had no difficulty in detailing players from the 40s and 50s such was his memory.

He had a collection of amusing anecdotes which he used to manage to insert into his addresses at the club AGM to everyone’s delight. Joe enjoyed a vigorous discussion in the clubroom on any given subject and having won the argument would often refer to his opponents loss as a “collapse of a stout party”. The phrase still makes me chuckle.

The club are honoured to have been asked to host Joe’s funeral reception and details will be announced in due course.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Joe’s family.

Pre-season Friendlies

We are please to announce the line up for the 2018 first eleven pre-season friendlies. They are as follows:

30th March (Good Friday) Twenty20 vs @OpeningUpCC XI. (More details soon) at home

7th April vs Rainhill Cricket Club at home

8th April vs St Annes Cricket Club away

14th April vs Woodbank Cricket Club at home

2nd team friendlies to follow.

Pat Heaton’s funeral details

Pat Heaton’s funeral details are as follows;

Monday 20th November

Funeral cortege will leave Jim’s house at 09.30 for service at St. Mary’s Church at 10am. Committal will be at 11am at Burnley Crematorium.

A reception will be held at St. Mary’s Church Hall afterwards.

Once again we send our deepest sympathy to Jim and family.

The Curson Leaving Party – THIS FRIDAY!

For those that don’t know “The Park End Crisp Connoisseur”  Gary Curson (& family) are moving to Cornwall 😩

Gary, Nic and family have been great volunteers at the club, helping with can bars and the gate and we will be very said to see them go (but they are now fully fledged members of the “Far Away Members Club”)

They are having a leaving do at the club this Friday from 7.30pm, all are welcome!

Stans Chairmans Column


Some missing results and end of season League positions to complete the season

LHCC U15 Barracudas 102 – 7            Nelson u15 (8s) 62-6

Yousaf Nadeem 28                                Yousaf Nadeem 4-1

Kheiro Chir 24

LHCC U13 Lions 337 – 2                            Rawtenstall u13 188-10

Keagan de Vries 36*                                            Joel Sharpe 2-7

Rory Cormack 20*                                              Aden Aurangzeb 2-9

Dec Metcalfe 17*                                                Henri Cottam 2-14

Joel Sharpe 16*

Aden Aurangzeb 15*

Kerry Gibbins 14

LHCC U13 Lions 254 – 5                                 Salesbury u13 197-10

Liberty Heap 26*                                              Oliver Spendlove 2-8

Aden Aurangzeb 14                                           Phoebe Johnstone 2-10

Oliver Williams 13*                                          Nathan Porter 2-14

Euxton u13 248- 5                                           LHCC u13 Lions 273-1

Dec Metcalfe 2-5                                                   Aden Aurangzeb 17*

Church u13 220- 7                                                  LHCC u13 Tigers 252- 4

George Durkin 26*

Henri Cottam 20

Annabelle Uttley 14

Keir Greenwood 13

LHCC u13 Tigers 252- 5                                       Burnley u13 (2) 240-2

Oliver Spendlove 25

Phoebe Johnstone 19*

George Durkin 17

Rory Cormack 14*

Kier Greenwood 12

Great Harwood u13 324 – 2                               LHCC u13 Tigers 282-4

Thomas Yorke-Robinson 23

Grace Johnson 15*

Joel Sharpe 13

Sam Hancock 12*

LHCC u13 Tigers 261- 3                                  Rishton u13 261-3 (Tie)

Oliver Spendlove 15*

Oliver Williams 15*

Kerry Gibbins 10

Burnley u11 (2) 210-7                                 LHCC u11 Cubs 240-5

George Everitt McVay 2-5                          Marcus Niell 13*

End of season placings

U9 (1) Fagan and Whalley Hornets – Runners up Division 1 and LJL U9 Cup winners

U9 (2) – Fagan and Whalley Bees – 3rd Division 3

U11 (1) – Molly Rigby Bears – 3rd Division 1 and LCB Cup Finalists (pending outcome)

U11 (2) – Cubs – 6th division 2

U13 Full – A1 Motorstore Panthers – Runners Up Division 1, LJL Joint Cup Winners and LCB Cup Semi Finalists

U13 (1) – Lions – Champions Division 1

U13 (2) – Tigers – Runners Up Division 2

U13 (3) – Cougars – 4th Division 2

U15 (1) – Sharks – 5th Division 1 and LJL Cup Semi – Finalists

U15 (2) – Dolphins – Runners Up Division 2

U15 (3) – Barracudas – Champions 8 a side division

U17 Xercise4Less – Champions Division 1

As can be seen from the placings we have had another successful season.

3 championships, 4 runners up, 2 cup winners, 1 pending finalists and 2 cup semi finalists

Most people will know that we do not measure success simply in terms of league position. Neither do we always select the strongest team and certainly don’t simply use the strongest players in the match. We feel it is important to share participation throughout the squads as much a possible whilst operating within a framework that will give us a good chance of winning the game .The development of the children as cricketers and indeed as individuals in terms of confidence aspirations and fulfilment is far more important.

I would like to thank all junior players, particularly the new ones who have immersed themselves into the club. It is always comforting to see how well new parents and new players fit in seamlessly. There were no discipline issues during the season and our sportsmanship throughout the teams was a credit to the children, their families and the coaches and managers.

I would also like to thank those very coaches and managers who gave up their time week in, week out and in some case every night, to provide our cricket programme.

A special mention must go to our website administrator Adam Hope for his invaluable work in publicising and logging all our junior results and activity.

Finally I would like to thank our President Harry for his investment into the Brooks Foundation which is the umbrella for all our junior activities, and to the committee, tea room and bar staff who also make the whole experience possible.

Our presentation night this season will be held over for the next few weeks and maybe into the New Year. There are a number of reasons for this but I am sure that it will not detract from what is always a very well attended evening.


I have been overwhelmed by the help that has been forthcoming in putting the square to bed. Special thanks to Keith Fairclough, Tony and Caleb Greenhalgh, Eric Haworth, Derek Morris, Lucas Niell and Dave Waddington for their days sheer hard graft. Derek and Lucas have also been repairing the nets with the outdoor storeroom now having waterproof roofing

Many thanks also to Craig Marsden for his electrical work ahead of the Bonfire

Thanks to all those spectators and players who helped with the stacking of the bonfire, stewarding, providing services and tidying up afterwards. What a tremendous team effort.


Ben Woodall has left the club to join Brother Jamie at Read. It is always a wrench when juniors and parents leave the club and Ben has been with us since he was smaller than the wickets. Nevertheless this is a good move for Ben and we wish him every success.  Similarly to parents Chris and Vanessa who have been the ideal supportive parents.

Presentation Night

For a number of reasons , the junior and senior presentation will not take place until the New Year. Date to be confirmed


The club has received donations from Neil Whalley (junior donation) and

Graham Martin (scorebox maintenance). We thank both for their generosity and Rishton Glass likewise for the fitting of new windows in the clubroom, West End Room and scorebox – see below

From Cricket Field To Battle Field and back again – a long hard road

When you remember the fallen on Remembrance Day, spare a thought also for the survivors and the horrors they faced and had to live with for the rest of their lives.

In the summer of 1914, Robert Hammond was just a young man, in his early twenties. Together with his older brother Harold, he was a dedicated member of the congregation at St. John the Baptist, Gannow, and obviously enjoyed the social life of the Church, singing in concerts and in their comic musical “Cupid and the Ogre”.

After several seasons playing cricket for St. John’s, in 1913 he started playing for Lowerhouse, mostly in the 2nd XI. He helped to organise the hugely successful Bazaar in April 1914.  Then came the outbreak of war in August 1914.

When in November 1914 a popular local doctor, Captain, later Lieutenant Colonel Callam of the Royal Army Medical Corps appealed for about 200 local recruits to form the new 2nd (Reserve) East Lancashire Field Ambulance Robert Hammond was one of those who responded.  The winter was spent in Southport, where Robert probably joined in the popular concerts which the unit staged under the leadership of Harry Dent, a well-known Burnley musician. In spring 1915 they were sent for final training, and then to Sussex, where in July 1915 they were informed that some of the unit were to be sent abroad. As all were keen, the lucky 70, Robert Hammond among them, were chosen by ballot, and on 30th July 1915, they   embarked from Devonport on the “Royal Edward” heading for the battlefields of Gallipoli. Harry Dent and those of his concert party who were on board, sang lustily as they sailed away.  The “Royal Edward” sailed via Malta and Alexandria and on 11th August set sail for the Island of Lemnos for trans-shipment to Gallipoli carrying a total of about 1600 officers, men and crew,.

On the morning of Friday 13th August 1915 “Royal Edward” received a direct hit from a German submarine torpedo and sank within six minutes.

One of the first rescue vessels to arrive was the British hospital ship “Soudan” which fortunately picked up more than 400 survivors.  With the help of various other vessels, eventually a total of 600 men were rescued, some having spent 6 hours in the water.

News of the disaster reached Burnley, but details of survivors and casualties were painfully slow to arrive. However, as men reached safety they wrote home, and it was eventually confirmed that 36 men of the East Lancs. Field Ambulance had perished, along with two Burnley men from other regiments. The choirmaster Harry Dent was one of those lost.  Robert Hammond of St. John’s Gannow and Lowerhouse C.C did survive.

However, once that ordeal was over, and assuming he was re-united with the 2nd/2nd ELFA he and his pals will have experienced the hell of France and then the Somme in 1917 and 1918.  “The 2nd/2nd East Lancashire Ambulance were involved in all the 66th Division’s actions and although not involved in the fighting were involved in the Front Line collecting wounded and taking them for evacuation “down the line” via regimental aid stations and Casualty Clearing Stations to Base Hospitals.” **

According to club records, Robert was back playing for Lowerhouse 2nds in 1921, and also played a few games in 1922, but his Lowerhouse playing days seem to have ended there.   Let’s hope he then had a long and happy life.

Anne Cochrane 9 11 2017

**Grateful Acknowledgement:

Having only recently come across  old newspaper reports of the Royal Edward disaster, about which I knew nothing, I bought a copy  via  the British Legion of  “Burnley and the Royal Edward Disaster, The Story of Callam’s Own”,  by Dennis Otter and Andrew Mackay. My thanks to Andrew for his help.  This contains every possible detail about the event, including contemporary accounts, photographs, casualty lists etc. and is a superb resource.  It forms the basis for this brief summary, all errors are however my own.

Sad news – Obituary

Lowerhouse CC are saddened to hear of the passing of Pat Heaton, the wife of club coach, manager and cricket stalwart Jim Heaton.

Pat died suddenly today.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jim and son Anthony, Jim and Pat’s grand children, and all the family.

Vandalism Update – Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

We have again been visited by vandals. This time, we can pin it down to after 5.30pm and we believe them to be 3 of them around 13 years old. As well as footballing on the grass, this time over near the clubhouse lighting, they have caused further damage to the square.

It clearly isn’t a one off so If anyone is passing the ground early evening could they just have a drive round please.

Bonfire weekend ends on a low…

Sadly a fabulous weekend for the club ends on a low, the square at Lowerhouse CC suffered considerable damage yesterday, Sunday 5/11/17

Please contact Stan 07941439741 if you have any information which will assist us in identifying individuals who set up and played football on our square.

2017 Bonfire and Fireworks video!

Thanks to everyone who attended last night. Without doubt our biggest, your towns best bonfire & fireworks display again kindly sponsored by Alert Fire & Security. We had a lot more people on the ground, than were on Ewood yesterday.

Our magnificent volunteers are rewarded annually by your community support thank you all. Winter well see you in the spring. Thanks also, to those who donated towards the Foodbank with out partners Spacious Place Engage #SeanDycheisgoingnowhere #UTC

Here’s the full video of the fireworks:

2018 Fixtures

The initial 2018 Lancashire league Fixtures have been released, please note that these have yet to be confirmed so some dates are subject to potential change albeit the venues and order of games seems unlikely to alter (*don’t book your holidays yet!). House will begin the 2018 campaign with games against 4 of the ‘new clubs’.  In 2018 24 clubs will compete for the coveted Lancashire League Title. In 2019 the top 12 clubs from 2018 will play home and away in Division 1 with the clubs places 13-24 competing in Division 2 with promotion and relegation introduced in that season.
Introducing the 7 New Clubs for 2018
Click on the names to see their websites:
Lancashire League 2018
Rochdale kick us off on Sunday 15/4, we then visit Milnrow 22/4, before Walsden & Middleton visit 29/4/18 & 5/5/18 respectively. Other Home games in 2018 include: Ramsbottom 19/5, Norden 3/6, East Lancs 17/6, Great Harwood 30/6, Littleborough 15/7, Todmorden 28/7, Haslingden 12/8, Darwen 25/8 and Rishton 2/9
Worsley Cup
House have been drawn at Home to Haslingden
Group games are Darwen 1/6 & Great Harwood 15/6 both away with 3 Home Games Nelson 8/6,Enfield 22/6 & Church 29/6
LCB Knock Out
Round 1 is 20/5 away at Great Eccleston
Fixtures *
15/04/2018SundayLeague 1RochdaleHome
22/04/2018SundayLeague 2MilnrowAway
29/04/2018SundayLeague 3WalsdenHome
05/05/2018SaturdayLeague 4MiddletonHome
06/05/2018SundayWorsley Cup 1HaslingdenHome
13/05/2018SundayLeague 5EnfieldAway
19/05/2018SaturdayLeague 6RamsbottomHome
20/05/2018SundayLCB KO1Great EcclestonAway
26/05/2018SaturdayLeague 7BacupAway
01/06/2018FridayT20 Group Round 1DarwenAway
03/06/2018SundayLeague 8NordenHome
08/06/2018FridayT20 Group Round 2NelsonHome
09/06/2018SaturdayLeague 9ClitheroeAway
15/06/2018FridayT20 Group Round 3Great HarwoodAway
17/06/2018SundayLeague 10East LancsHome
22/06/2018FridayT20 Group Round 4EnfieldHome
24/06/2018SundayLeague 11ColneAway
29/06/2018FridayT20 Group Round 5ChurchHome
30/06/2018SaturdayLeague 12Great HarwoodHome
07/07/2018SaturdayLeague 13BurnleyAway
15/07/2018SundayLeague 14LittleboroughHome
21/07/2018SaturdayLeague 15CromptonAway
28/07/2018SaturdayLeague 16TodmordenHome
04/08/2018SaturdayLeague 17AccringtonAway
12/08/2018SundayLeague 18HaslingdenHome
18/08/2018SaturdayLeague 19RawtenstallAway
25/08/2018SaturdayLeague 20DarwenHome
26/08/2018SundayLeague 21NelsonAway
02/09/2018SundayLeague 22RishtonHome
09/09/2018SundayLeague 23ChurchAway

Twenty20 Fixtures

The 2018 Twenty20 Fixtures are now available with the full list coming soon..

 1st June – Darwen (A)

8th June – Nelson (H)

 15th June – Great Harwood (A)

22nd June – Enfield (H) 

29th June – Church (H)

FINAL Bonfire Details!

Burnley’s Best Bonfire is back!
Sponsored by
Gates open at 5.15pm
 Bonfire lighting at 6.30pm
Professional Firework Display at 7.30pm
FAMILY TICKET (2 adults & 2 children) £8 in advance £10 on the night
The new entry gate will be available to access the ground from 5.15pm to 6.15pm on Saturday note this is for ticket holders only please ensure you have a ticket to use this access point.
The Entry on Lowerhouse Lane will be available from 5.15 for both tickets and cash
Fairground rides


September Lowerhouse Draw Winners

September Lowerhouse Draw 

£100 16 John Proctor

£60 51 Scott Harrison

£50 8 Keith Fairclough

£30 34 Peter Scaife

£25 57 Al Thornber 

£20 174 Dennis Daley

£15 43 Steve Parrington

Thanks for your continued support

October Lowerhouse Draw Winners

October Lowerhouse Draw

 £100 85 Pete Atherton

£60 54 Matt Marquis

£50 136 John Waite

£30 27 Dave Greenwood

£25 99 Harry Brooks

£20 68 Jeff Wilkinson

£15 177 Jeff Salisbury

Many thanks for your support


The Bonfire is coming around quickly – it’s this Saturday! Have you got your tickets yet?

We will be featuring Smokey Republic – a specialist hog roast on the night also run by Warren de Vries!

2018 Kit Launch & SPE Furnishings Sponsorship

Lowerhouse Cricket Club are delighted to announce SPE Furnishings as their new main club sponsor for 2018.

SPE Furnishings is the new retail initiative of local Social Enterprise, Spacious Place Engage Ltd. and offers a huge range of Living, Dining and Bedroom furniture with up to 50% off the retail prices. They also provide branded paint at discounted prices as part of the National Community RePaint Scheme. As a Community Retailer supporting the community in which it trades, research into local food poverty inspired the initial concept of SPE Furnishings and all profits are used to develop their community initiatives.

You can visit their website here  and their new website will be launched shortly here 

SPE Furnishings Managing Director Mark Hirst commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for us and we are very excited about the possibilities of partnering with such a community focused club. When ethos and values align, partnerships flourish and we are convinced that there are good things ahead for both parties.”

Lowerhouse Managing Director Matthew Stansfield commented “We are really excited about our partnership with Mark, Neil, Dave and all the team at SPE. I have seen their work first hand and they are a great fit for a community focused club like ourselves. We will be working very closely with Spacious Place throughout the next 12 months to ensure maximum benefit to both parties. Our first initiative is bucket collection for the Spacious Place supported food bank at this weekends forthcoming bonfire event”.

With a new sponsor comes a fantastic range of new kit.

This year the club will be using Gray Nicolls whites, Nike training gear and a new coloured Nike Twenty20 kit. This has been supplied through Custom-kit in Lancashire. Details of the club shop and purchasing will be available in due course. The new kit is shown above.

Initially the Gray – Nicolls team wear will be available to order straight away. Junior sizes only go up to 12 years and we are expecting some samples next week to keep at the club of sizes XXS , XS and S for our older juniors.  We are awaiting the latest Nike training wear for 2018. This will be available on the kit launch night in the new year. The new Twenty20 kit will be available to order individually on the kit launch night and will be modeled by our 1st XI on the evening.

Harry Brooks continues his fantastic support from the Harry Brooks Cricket Foundation, and this support is again recognised in the naming of our ground as ‘The Brooks Foundation Ground’ and on all playing kit.

The club are also thankful to Andrew Halstead of Cleanbright who continues his senior kit sponsorship.

Also for 2018 The Lowerhouse CC playing wear will display the “Opening Up Cricket“ charity logo. The Campaign focuses on prevention of suicide. Opening Up Cricket is growing quickly and we are pleased to be contributing to spreading the awareness on prevention of suicide.
Mark Boyns who is the main force behind Opening Up Cricket said “We’re really happy to build on our relationship with Lowerhouse, who have been great supporters of what we do. The hope is that the logo being on the shirts can continue important conversations both within the club and Lancashire League as a whole”
The club shop is open now accessible here or through the link at the top of the page.

2005 post league Win Radio Lancashire Interview

After much searching Anne Cochrane has found an audio cassette tape where she recorded from the radio, Radio Lancashire (Phil Bird’s) post match interviews and general summing up after we won the League in 2005.  He spoke to Joe Beneduce, Matt Hope and the late great David Wren plus talked in general about future prospects for Lowerhouse and other teams.

Another great find for the archive. You can listen to it below:


Worsley Cup Final 2004 – 18 Minute Video

After the heritage project visited this week, we have uncovered the  original footage filmed by Keith Hudson (Lindsay Bleazards father) that he gave to Blez before he sadly passed away in 2011.

Blez has edited this version from those tapes and put it in digital format. We have an 18 minute video for you to watch that will sit in the archives.

Arguably the, or one of the greatest days in Lowerhouses’ history and memories a lot of people will treasure forever on what is still a Lancashire League record gate of £4951.50 (£3 Gate).

Thank you so much to Linsday and Blez for sharing this wonderful video.



New Third Eleven format for 2018

The Lancashire League Third Team League will operate in three groups of seven next season with clubs playing each other twice.

The groups are:

East Lancs
Great Harwood


Clitheroe 3rds
Clitheroe 4ths

Thanks to for the information.

Libby scoops Ribble Valley Vipers awards

Liberty Heap scooped 3 awards for the Ribble Valley Vipers Ladies team for the 2017 season.

Player of the year, batting award and a trophy for her 71* against Leyland.

Well done Liberty!


Worsley Cup And Twenty20 Draw 

House have drawn Haslingden at home in the first round of the Worsley Cup.

Full draw:

Eight clubs received byes: Rawtenstall, Rochdale, Rishton, Walsden, Bacup, Todmorden, Church and Milnrow.

The 1st round draw is:
Littleborough v Crompton
Enfield v Colne
Clitheroe v Ramsbottom
Norden v Nelson
Accrington v Burnley
East Lancs v Middleton
Darwen v Great Harwood
Lowerhouse v Haslingden

In the Twenty20 group we have Darwen, Great Harwood, Enfield, Nelson, Church

Dates and venues to be confirmed

Full Twenty20 groups: