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Gotham Rangers Under 9s win the YELL winter league division 2B

footballGotham Rangers Under 9s football team were presented with their league trophy for winning the YELL winter league division 2B on 10th February at the Royal Concert Hall.

This has been the team’s first competitive season showing what a great achievement all the boys in the team have accomplished.  Not only did the boys win their league but they did it with style and flair, winning all their matches and scoring an amazing 55 goals in 7 games and only conceding 3!

A particular mention for Jack Gorringe who was not just our top scorer but also the league’s, netting an amazing 21 goals – well done Jack.

Last but certainly not least, the parents would like to thank the manager and coaches, Allen Gorringe and Phil Anstey, who give up their time every week to not only take the training sessions and matches, but also to provide the organisation and logistics needed to play and compete in these leagues.

Gotham Rangers Under 9s have now been promoted to league 1B and have started well by winning their first match.  Let’s all hope more silverware is on its way at the end of this spring season.  Again, well done to all the boys and COME ON RANGERS!

A blast from the past

We were recently contacted by a former resident of Gotham, Ann Barradell-Black, who comments:

“I was very touched when I discovered in your short history of the cricket club a reference to my late father, Harry Barradell, as a ‘stalwart of the club’ who was elected Saturday captain in 1960.  I still have the various tankards he won at different times, including one for his first century for the club, that same year.  (He was celebrating my birth, he claimed)

We left Gotham in 1968, but it was always a very important place for him.  And those names – the Powdrills, Arthur Dabell, Les Talbot and the like – all very familiar to me nearly 50 years on.  Such nostalgia!

Would you be interested in a couple more photos from that era for your website?  I have one of a team with Dad in the centre which is probably the Saturday team of that era.  Dad also played lots of cricket for British Gypsum, and previously for a side in Nottingham (alongside Henry Voce – brother of the rather more famous bodyline veteran Bill) – but I know that that this photo is of Gotham CC as it also features John Fletcher, father of my old friend Cheryl – who I think has been even more of a stalwart over the years, as scorer for the club and indefatigable Forest supporter!  Pity I have so few pictures actually of the rec.

With best wishes to Gotham village and the club, from a misplaced Cuckoo!”

One photo I am sure is Gotham CC around 1960 (my dad centre front, with bat; Cheryl’s dad third from right on the back row).  Particularly like the home made sightscreen

One that I’m not sure about – maybe a Nottm team.  My dad at the back, second from right.  Back right is Henry Voce.  Looks to be a year or two earlier, if Dad’s hair is anything to go by!)

One of my Dad at Tutbury CC after he finally realised that his knees were no longer up to hours keeping wicket!  Probably 1980s some time?

Early history of Gotham Village Cricket Club

We know that the Club existed at around the turn of the century as we have a photograph taken in 1908 but sadly, no written records remain for this period. The Club played at that time in the same situation as now with the old wooden pavilion sited along the western side of the playing fields adjacent to the hedgerow. Unfortunately, with the advent of World War II, in 1939 these playing fields were requisitioned and converted into agricultural land for the war effort.

The following details have been taken from our earliest written records – a Minute Book of meetings held throughout the first 8 years of the Club. In 1958 a meeting was called by Mr Naylor, Headmaster of the local village school, to re-establish the Club. The officers elected were: Chairman, Cyril Powdrill; Secretary, Wilf Powdrill; Treasurer, Arthur Dabell; Committee, Dick Price, Jack Kemp, Les Talbot, Jeff Gill, & Jeff Bramley. On January 12th 1959 at a committee meeting the Chairman informed those present of a vacancy on the committee due to the call-up for National Service of Jeff Bramley. The meeting moved that Eric Perrell should be elected to the committee and Eric has served the Club since that day, some 43 years.

The first equipment purchased by the Club was from Tom Johnson’s Netherfield shop (ex Notts County and Nottingham Forest Football Clubs). The new playing square was laid by Chris Jones of Kirkby-in-Ashfield with funds raised by whist drives. At the Club’s first Annual General Meeting, held on September 22nd 1959, Mr Fred Hodgett, licensee of the Windmill Inn, was elected as the Club’s first President. The subscription for this first year was set at 10 shillings (50p) with a match fee of 1 shilling (5p). The first match to be played by the newly re-founded Club was held on June 6th 1959 versus Grey’s C.C. Umpires fees were 3s/6d and scorers were paid 2s/6d for their services.

At the second AGM in 1960 Mr Harold Powdrill was elected as Club Chairman, a position he held for many years. His “Sportsman of the Year” trophy is still played for today, it’s first recipient being Mr Brian Dodsley. Also at this meeting the new Saturday captain was elected, Mr Harry Barradell. Harry became a stalwart member of the Club and for many years it’s leading run maker and wicket keeper. Match fees were raised to 1s/6d and annual subs. To 15s. Our first major fund raising activity, a Christmas Raffle, realised a profit of £25-12s-6d. The decision was made to join the Notts Cricket Association – Gotham were on their way!!

The first Annual Dinner was held in the Village Hall (tickets 15s) with Me Ian Davison as guest speaker. A player’s dinner was also held at the King’s Arms, Hathern (mine host Mrs “Piano” Mills). Throughout this early period in the Club’s history all meetings were held at the Cuckoo Bush Inn.

1967 saw a move of venue for the Annual Dinner to the Star and Garter at Hazleford Ferry. Guest of Honour on this occasion was Mr H Winfield of Notts County Cricket Club. 1967 also saw plans submitted for the erection of a new pavilion. This is the site of our existing facility although major extension and renovation work has been carried out since then.