Abbeydale Park

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Abbeydale Stadium
Location Dore, South Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 53°19′35.21″N 1°31′14.26″W / 53.3264472°N 1.5206278°W / 53.3264472; -1.5206278
Tenants
Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club
Sheffield F.C. (1921–1988)
Derbyshire CCC (1946-1947)
Yorkshire County Cricket Club (1974-1996)
Opened 1921

Abbeydale Park is a sports venue in Dore, South Yorkshire, England. It is unusual in having hosted home games for two different county cricket teams.

History[edit]

The Park first opened for cricket in 1921, with the first pavilion being completed the following year. Its first tenant was the Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club.[1] The ground was in Derbyshire until the county boundary was redrawn in 1934, and Derbyshire County Cricket Club played two first-class matches there in 1946 and 1947.

With the closure of Bramall Lane to cricket, Yorkshire County Cricket Club began playing at the venue in 1974, and continued regular matches until 1996.[2] In 2007, the club returned to the ground for some second team games.

In addition to cricket, football was also played at the Park, with Sheffield F.C., the oldest football club in the world, played there from September 1921 until 1988. Argentina and Switzerland both trained at the ground during the 1966 World Cup.[3]

The park is now home to a variety of sports, including squash, hockey, badminton, table tennis, racketball, bowls, rugby, and lacrosse in addition to cricket.

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of SCCC: Chapter 5 - Abbeydale Park Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club
  2. ^ Sheffield Abbeydale Park Cricinfo
  3. ^ Sheffield F.C.: celebrating 150 years of the world's first football club, pp.52–53

Coordinates: 53°19′35.21″N 1°31′14.26″W / 53.3264472°N 1.5206278°W / 53.3264472; -1.5206278