Please share your memories of our friends, club members and loved ones that have left us. 


Former President Geoff Sutcliffe has passed away

Our much loved former President Geoff Sutcliffe passed away on Tuesday 8th January 2019. A lifelong member, player, worker for his Church and Cricket Club. His laughter and pleasant ways with everyone will be sadly missed by all who came into contact with him.

Geoff’s funeral was held on Friday 18th January at the United Reformed Church, School Street, Pudsey and his family & friends gathered afterwards at Pudsey Congs Cricket Club.

Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

Two Local cricketers have passed away

Members were saddened to hear of the death of two cricketers who played a part in our contribution to the game.

Les Harsley, who actually bought the house in the far left of our ground to be near the club, died recently, his funeral took place on the ninth of April, 2018. He was a more than a useful seam and swing bowler who played for Pudsey Britannia and others clubs but volunteered to be our under 15 team Manager for a number of years, a task he was well suited to. Les loved his cricket and most Saturdays in the season he spent a few hours having a drink or two and watching the game he loved. Our condolences to his family.

Michael Jackman has also died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Although not seen for a number of years, he played an energetic role in preparing the Britannia Ground for cricket in late seventies. A talented all round sportsman he excelled at all ball games. However he will best be remembered as Captain of our title winning team in our last season in the Dales Council Cricket League (at least for a few years) as we moved to the Leeds and District Cricket League in our march to top class league sport we have enjoyed in the last twenty years or so. Michael was a character for sure, exemplified by his stella performance as auctioneer at our mammoth auction at the then Manor Hall, raising funds to buy our beautiful cricket ground.
Salute Michael

Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs CC

Former Player Malcolm Elliott passes away

We are sad to report, former player Malcolm Elliott has passed away. His funeral was held at Rawdon on January 31st, 2018 at 10:20. Everyone was invited back to the Congs for a get together after the service.

Katie Haley

During the Summer of 2017, this lifelong member of the United Reformed Church, previously known as Pudsey Congregational Church, passed away.

A kind person who never had a bad word for anybody or anything…..unless Yorkshire County Cricket Club were not playing as well as she hoped, for she was an ardent cricket fan who not only was a regular at Headingley but went on YCCC overseas  cricketing holidays. Katie also had a spell umpiring in the Pudsey and District Cricket League and neither she nor her cricketing mentor, Cecil Thorpe, were to be underrated.

Katie very kindly left a sum of money to Pudsey Congs CC and a wrought iron gate has been erected and a plaque mounted along side which we unveiled at a short ceremony on Sunday December 3rd, 2017.

All are welcome.

Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs CC

Barbara Whilesmith

Sadly passed away on the 9th of June. A lifelong member of the Congs, much loved wife of Raymond and leaving behind 5 daughters and a son, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Her funeral took place at Rawdon on Friday the 23rd of June, 2017

Steve Raistrick

It is with the utmost regret to report that our President passed away at 17:15 hours on February 18th, 2017.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 8th March at St Andrews Methodist Church, Robin Lane, Pudsey.

Those who attended wore club & cricketing ties and bright coloured attire.

Please see below as Club members and Friends share their thoughts about Steve:


Pudsey Congs Cricket Club are shocked and saddened by the passing of stalwart Steve Raistrick, who only a month before had become our President. His election to this honoured position filled him with pride and was a fitting reward for over 20 years of service in a variety of roles. Steve became active upon our bold and historic move from Queens Park to the Britannia Ground and nursed us administratively initially and then never stopped, revelling in the challenges of modern day bureaucracy nearly always with a smile and at worst, a shake of his head. He seemed to thrive on this important area of our sport which so often fails to attract able, talented people. He was certainly that, so much so he undertook similar duties with the Dales Council Cricket League and the Bradford Cricket League, both which involved him in the workings of the Yorkshire Cricket Association and its successors the Board.

Maybe his forte was the organising of league and cricket dinners but I would suggest his major quality was his cheerful, engaging approach to all which made him so popular and in turn he got the best out of people involved whatever area of cricket admin he was involved in. Sadly, as his health declined, he was less visible but still continued to beaver away at the more  mundane aspects of administration but he made one last brave effort to chair our 2017 AGM (and did it very well) where he was elected President to much acclaim.

There is no doubt about the fact that Steve loved his cricket, wherever it is played and in return, was loved and respected by all who came in contact with him.

This man WILL be sorely missed.

Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

When I First Met Steve

When I played at the tiny South Parade Cricket Club, we applied to join the Dales Council. Steve Raistrick handled our application and at our inaugural meeting he walked in with his big briefcase. He made us so welcome and put the club at ease, as it was a big move.

 Back in those days you had to ring in your result and it was always myself that was tasked with this duty. Every time, without fail, Steve was incredibly friendly, to the point that I looked forward to our weekly chats. He was immensely supportive of our club, always available to help in our efforts to grow and play at a higher standard. 

Steve also played a big part in getting my two lads into cricket. He put me in touch with a course for beginners at Woodlands CC and the seed was sown. This was Steve, always willing to help.

So when Gary Lewsley invited me to join Congs, the prospect of coming to join the club of Steve Raistrick was in essence, a no-brainer. As soon as I walked into the bar, I heard a booming “Now then Donkey Nick!” (his affectionate term for me) come from the other side of the room. When I went over he simply said, “You’ve made the right choice!”. And I unquestionably had!

A couple of years ago in the same season that our 3rd XI won the Dales Council, I fell out with Steve one night over an issue where I had not really abided by the spirit of cricket. As it turned out, he was right and I was wrong but whatever, Steve never bore a grudge and didn’t hold it against me for one second.

When I heard the awful news last night, I immediately thought of the last time I saw Steve. I was in the front row at the AGM and Steve made an amusing comment about his intention not to read out some previous minutes. I burst out laughing and Steve loved it, gave his little chuckle and winked at me and I will treasure that memory.

Cheers me old pal, thank you for everything you did for me, my family, our club, the leagues and the game in general. You will be missed immensely.

Dom Allen 19.02.2017

I’m sorry that I can’t be at the funeral today but I shall be wearing a bright shirt at work in honour as requested by Pudsey Congs Cricket Club. Steve Raistrick was instrumental to the grassroots game of which he loved, that being cricket. Speaking of behalf of New Farnley Cricket Club and Morley Cricket Club, please accept our condolences and lets hope that the Dales Council Cricket League find a suitable replacement ASAP to fill his shoes as Chairman.

Noel Bullock

I was saddened to hear of the death of Steve Raistrick at the weekend.  A thoroughly decent man and friend.  Could you please pass on our condolences to his family and friends at PCCC from all at Great Horton Park Chapel CC.

Thanks Steve Tomlinson

A really sad loss. Knew Steven quite well and he was a true gentleman who loved Cricket and had a great affinity with the DCCL.

 Please extend our sympathies to Steve’s family.

Regards, Harjit S Ryatt on behalf of Leeds Sikh CC

Steve will be sadly missed by us all. He was a tremendous servant to recreational cricket in the area through his service to the Dales Council and Bradford Leagues and for his long time commitment to Pudsey Congs CC. Steve was always willing to help anybody in cricket in any way he could.

As a representative of the Bradford League, he sat on the Executive committees of both the Bradford Junior League and Bradford League Umpires Association. He would always contribute and his views would always be for the interests of improving the standards of the game, often putting views for the benefit of the league without considering how it could affect his own club.

Steve’s work in the game will never be lost and his legacy will continue, although he is no longer with us.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. Another of cricket’s great ambassadors taken from us too soon.

Philip Radcliffe

Chairman, Bradford Junior Cricket League

Bradford Premier League Umpires Association

We are very saddened to hear of the death of Steve Raistrick.

On the occasions that I met him personally I found him to be most helpful and a real cricket man at heart.

Please pass on our condolences to his family and his many friends at Pudsey Congs CC.

Kind regards, Simon Hicks

On behalf of the Saltaire CC Committee

Condolences to all Stephen Raistrick’s Family, loveliest man you could wish to meet .. R I P XX

Christine Yates

It was with great sadness that we report the death of former Bradford League secretary and Pudsey Congs stalwart Steve Raistrick. Steve passed away yesterday and will be sorely missed by all who knew him in the West Yorkshire Cricket Community.

Steve, who served as league secretary for ten years before stepping down in 2015 due to ill health, devoted many years of his life to cricket administration. At club level he filled a number of key roles at Pudsey Congs including secretary, and most recently Club President, a post he was proud to hold.

Steve had a huge impact on the administration of the Dales Council League where he served as chairman for many years.  It is a mark of the respect in which he was held by his colleagues at Pudsey Congs that they are planning to hold a tribute for him on Monday evening.

Steve had a great love for cricket and made a big contribution for Pudsey Congs, the Bradford League and the Dales Council. He had a cheery personality and will be missed by all who knew him.

RIP Steve out thoughts are with your family and friends.

Farsley Cricket Club

Grassroots cricket would struggle without the endeavours of people like Steve Raistrick RIP

Reg Nelson

Everyone here at the Dales Council is deeply saddened to learn of Steve’s death.

Steve joined the Dales Council Committee in 1995 when he took on the position of Results and Fixture Secretary from Paul Dews. He continued in that role until the 2007 AGM when he passed those duties to Steve Bradbury and took over as Chairman from David Smith for the 2008 season. He was also on the supplementary panel of Umpires for most of this time.

He was an affable and cheerful presence whether being MC at the League Presentation Evening or representing the League at Inter-League Cup fixtures or at Area Council meetings, and he helped to make Pudsey Congs our unofficial Headquarters.

He will be sorely missed by all in the Dales Council and will be a hard act to follow.

Ron Mackenzie, Hon Sec DCCL

David Carr

David Carr, a long standing Congs man, has died and whilst football was his first love, he was a good supporter of our Cricket Club. He helped many a Congs cricketer to improve their skills (even Ralph) and was an advocate of the sporting side of sport and in this he was a gentleman, as indeed he was in is life generally.

His funeral was held at Fulneck Moravian Church on Monday February 13th, 2017.

Side note:

An interesting little story emerged as the funeral of David was discussed by the Monday Gang. Former President Alan Glover, when asked how old David might be, he recalled that he made his first team debut for Pudsey Congs at Fulneck Moravians Ground at Hare Lane aged 13 or 14 possibly noted as AN Other (he was too young to play) thought that David might be 3 or 4 years older than himself (Alan is 80 plus) and that David took 6 wickets!  Hare Lane was a humble little ground being a raised square (still visible) surrounded by pasture regularly used by cattle. Lest ye scoff…… Not only did Alan and David learn their cricket on this ground but one Leonard Hutton played his very early cricket on that pitch!

Colin Priestley

Sad news from Barbados is that Colin has died. He played for Pudsey Trinity in the Sunday School League and had a long period doing many tasks at Farsley CC.

As far as Pudsey Congs is concerned, Colin created and built the bar and fittings for the cost of the materials only as we battled with slim resources to be ready for the opening match.

A noble contribution from a fine man.

Edna May Moore

The management committee are sorry to announce the death of Edna Moore on the 23rd of May 2015. Edna, the wife of the late Harry Moore, was a regular visitor to the cricket club for many years until more recently when she was unable to attend the Monday Bingo. She was a well known figure in and around Pudsey. She died, aged 94 leaving her daughter, son, grand children and great grandchildren and will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Peter Bullock

Peter passed away on  August 13th peacefully in a Hospice, aged 76 years. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret Bullock, dearest father of Julie and Hayley, loved grandad of Daniel, Jessica, Benjamin, Sophie and Samuel.

Peter has been a member of our cricket club for many years and was a respected umpire for the Dales Council. He will be greatly missed by family and friends

Ken Lawson

Sad to learn of the passing of Ken Lawson who played for our Club just after the War (1940s). He lived at that time in Chapeltown, attended Church and afterwards played for other clubs in the Bradford League. His son and grandson also played, indeed grandson Mark played for Yorkshire. Recently Ken made a DVD of the history of Pudsey cricket containing interviews with Geoff Sutcliffe, Keith Moss, Raymond Illingworth and myself. He was a cricket devotee through and through.

Mabel Smith

The management committee are saddened to hear of the death of Mabel Smith, who died  on the 11th June, peacefully at Acacia Court Nursing Home, aged 92 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Bill, a very dear mother of Lesley, mother in law of Alan, loving and much loved grandma of Claire and Emma and great grandma of Rhys, Madison and Robyn. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friendsNeil Griffiths

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Neil Griffiths aged 50. Neil was Captain of the 4th Team in the late 90’s and a Member of the Management Committee. Our thoughts are with Neil’s family.

His funeral was held on Tuesday 20th May, 2014 at Crewe Crematorium. Ann Bates

It it with regret that we announce the death of Ann Bates, who has been a Member of the Club for many years. Ann’s funeral was held on Wednesday 21st May at St. Marks Church, Swinnow.Donald Baines

Donald will be sadly missed by his friends and familyRita Musgrave

Rita was regularly seen on a Monday playing bingo at the club with family and friends and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.Congs lose another Friend


Keith Handley died peacefully in hospital after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Donations were collected for the British Heart Foundation.Ken IllingworthOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We are very sorry to announce the death of Ken. He has been a great supporter of the cricket club regularly attending home matches. He also was a member of the Monday Morning Gang, helping with the upkeep and maintenance of the club house and grounds. Our thoughts are with Ken’s family and friends.Raymond Whilesmith

The management committee are very sorry to hear of the sad and sudden death of Ray. Our thoughts are with his wife Barbara and their family & friends at this time. Ray has been a long standing member of the cricket club and for many years was a manager and coach for our junior cricketers. James Patterson Finlay

(Known as Jim)

Jim passed away on the 5th September at the age of 75. He will be sadly missed by his wife, family and friends.

Jim’s funeral took place at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Pudsey on Monday 16th September, followed by his burial at Pudsey Cemetery.

A collection was donated to the Leeds General Infirmary’s Stroke Unit, in his memory.

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We are very sorry to announce the sad death of Barbara Barr on July 31st. Barbara leaves her loving husband Michael, two daughters, son in law and grandchildren and will be very sadly missed by family and friends.Congs say goodbye to a friend

The Management Committee are sorry to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Dave Abbott. Dave has been a well known member of the club for many years and his regular visits will be sadly missed.

Another Friend is lost, Pat Nicholson

We are sorry to announce the death of Pat Nicholson, Pat has been a member and supporter of the club since its opening at the Britannia Ground, she also was an employee of the club for many years. Our thoughts are with her husband Bernard and family.

Congs lose another long standing Club member


Tony was a long standing and valued member of the cricket club. He served several years as part of the management and social committees. He was a  regular spectator of cricket matches during the summer months, was a member of the clubs domino team and regularly took part in the weekly club quizzes. Along with Andrea, they were seen at many club events from club dinners and social trips and other events. He will be sadly missed.

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Beatty sadly passed away on the 26th February 2013. Beatty and her late husband Ken were great supporters of Pudsey Congs Cricket Club and they spent many happy hours with their family and friends over the years in the club. Beatty and Ken are greatly missed by all that knew them

Congs Lose a Stalwart Club MemberCarr,%20Adrian

It is with the deepest regret that the news was received at the AGM of the passing of Adrian Carr. Truly a stalwart of the Cricket Club who served as a player, Captain, committeeman and as a Trustee for a period of  about 50 years. Always an optimist, always first to volunteer, always first to get stuck in, be it physically, administratively or financially. He was one of the pioneers who worked so hard to engineer, organise and effect the move from cricket at Queens Park to the Britannia Ground.

Peter Moore, a much loved Club member passes awayPeterMoore

Pudsey Congs have the sad duty to report the death of long standing and much loved club member Peter Moore.

As well as being a member for many years, Peter’s contribution to all parts of club matters (quiz night will never be the same) is well known and he will be dearly missed.Colin Cawood, a Pudsey lad passes away

It is with sadness, that we record the death of Colin Cawood who has died after a lengthy and heroic battle against cancer. Colin died on Thursday 16th February and as well as being surrounded by his family, his last visitors were Alan Glover and Derrick Reason.

Colin was an above average all round cricketer who not only Captained the club but turned many matches with his cunning medium paced deliveries, a swooping low quick catch or an innings carefully planned to meet the needs of the situation.

He also played a part in the administration of our club and whilst he transferred some of his affection to Baildon CC, he was a born and bred a Pudsey lad who kept up his interest and long standing friendships with his old playing pals.

The clubs sympathy is extended to Pat, his sons Steven and Richard and his extended family.

                                                                                        Ralph W Middlebrook,  Feb 17, 2012A Former Player passes away

It has been reported in the Pudsey Times, that Granville Wilson has died at age 90!!!

He must be the oldest former player for the Congs. Whilst he never was active at the Britannia Ground, he was a hard worker in the fourties and fifties and a pugnacious cricketer


June 17th, 1933 – November 3rd, 2010

Jonathan Smith (JLS) was a remarkable man, much new information was gained at his funeral service held in Pudsey Parish Church on 12th November 2010 about his varied life, but at our Cricket Club he was an avid supporter, especially of junior cricket.

In 1977/78 when we began demolishing the stone wall on Intake Road, a guy in a wheelchair offered to help in any way he could. He was as good as his word, whenever asked for assistance John was always ready and enthusiastic about our goings on. He joined the Junior Committee, he became Junior Secretary and his name will live on in the JLS Trophy. This has become a traditional August Bank Holiday event, in which Junior cricketers from 7 to 17 years enjoy a day of fun (but helpful and in a sporting atmosphere) and semi competitive cricket. I would bet this type of event is rare and John sponsored this throughout his involvement. Thank You John.

At the 30 year celebration in the Summer of 2010 he was one of several guest umpires, taking his duties seriously despite failing health and he left the field to a warm round of applause. I believe it was his last visit to our ground.  He played an innings of 77 years, many men with similar health difficulties would not have batted that long.

Bravely done.

                                                                                         Mick Hirst, Nov 2010Val Duffield, lifelong Congs Supporter Glen and Val

April 22nd, 1943 – November 1st, 2010

I want to take a quiet moment during this very sad time to thank all my wonderful friends at the Congs for your kind words and emails in regards to the passing of my mum, Val Duffield on November 1st, 2010 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Ontario, Canada. She was introduced to the Clubhouse by Mick & Doreen Knight in the late 70’s as she lived just around the corner on the Priestley Estate with her husband, Terry. Val looked forward to having a gin & tonic (or two or three) & a sneaky bag of cheese n’ onion crisps with her good friends when she returned there on her visits from Canada. I for one, will toast her memory each and every time I am in the Club with all my friends

Thank you to everyone at the Club and rest in peace mum. I know you will remember Pudsey fondly……

                                                                                                     Glen Duffield Nov 2, 2010