Old Trafford Cricket Ground
|Capacity||15,000–22,000, 50,000 for concerts. (after redevelopment-25,000, 65,000 for concerts)|
Brian Statham End
|First Test||10 July 1884: England v Australia|
|Last Test||4 June 2010: England v Bangladesh|
|First ODI||24 August 1972: England v Australia|
|Last ODI||10 July 2012: England v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|Manchester Cricket Club (1857 – 1865)
Lancashire (1865 – present)
As of 27 August 2009
Old Trafford, known for sponsorship reasons as Emirates Old Trafford, is a cricket ground in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. It has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since it was formed in 1864, having been the ground of Manchester Cricket Club from 1857. Test matches have been played there since 1884.
Early history 
The site was first used as a cricket ground in 1857, when the Manchester Cricket Club moved onto the meadows of the de Trafford estate. Despite the construction of a large pavilion (for the amateurs – the professionals used a shed at the opposite end of the ground), Old Trafford's first years were rocky: accessible only along a footpath from the Old Trafford station, the ground was situated out in the country, and games only attracted small crowds. It was not until the Roses match of 1875 that significant numbers attended a game. When W.G. Grace brought Gloucestershire in 1878, Old Trafford saw 28,000 spectators over three days, and this provoked improvements to access and facilities.
In 1884, Old Trafford became the second English ground, after The Oval, to stage Test cricket: with the first day being lost to rain, England drew with Australia. Expansion of the ground followed over the next decade, with the decision being taken to construct a new pavilion in 1894.
The ground was purchased outright from the de Traffords in 1898, for £24,372, as crowds increased, with over 50,000 spectators attending the 1899 Test match.
Crowds fell through the early 20th Century, and the ground was closed during the First World War; however, in the conflict's aftermath, crowd numbers reached new heights. Investment followed throughout the inter-war period, and during this time, Lancashire experienced their most successful run to date, gaining four Championship titles in five years.
During the Second World War, Old Trafford was used as a transit camp for troops returning from Dunkirk, and as a supply depot. In December 1940, the ground was hit by bombs, damaging or destroying several stands. Despite this damage – and the failure of an appeal to raise funds for repairs – cricket resumed promptly after the war, with German PoWs being paid a small wage to prepare the ground. The 'Victory Test' between England and Australia of August 1945 proved to be extremely popular, with 76,463 seeing it over three days.
Differences of opinion between the club's committee and players led to a bad run of form in the 1950s and early 1960s; this consequently saw gate money drop, and a lack of investment. After 1964, however, the situation was reversed, and 1969 saw the first Indoor Cricket Centre opened.
Following Lancashire's reign as One Day champions in the 1970s, a programme of renovation and replacement was initiated in 1981. This changed the face of the ground to the extent that, now, only the Pavilion “is recognisable to a visitor who last watched or played a game in, say, the early 1980s”.
The ground 
The cricket ground is near the Old Trafford football stadium (a five minute walk away down Warwick Road and Sir Matt Busby Way), in the borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, approximately two miles south west of Manchester city centre. Its capacity is 22,000 for Test matches, for which temporary stands are erected, and 15,000 for other matches. Since 1884, it has hosted 74 Tests, the third highest number in England, behind Lord's and The Oval.
The two ends of the ground are the Pavilion End to the north and the Brian Statham End to the south, renamed in honour of the former Lancashire and England player. A section of Warwick Road to the east is also called Brian Statham Way. Immediately abutting the ground to the south-east is the Old Trafford Metrolink station.
The Pavilion 
The three-tiered Victorian members' pavilion was built in 1895 for £10,000. Hit by a bomb in 1940 – which destroyed the Members' Dining Room and groundsman's quarters – most of the pavilion was rebuilt. £1 million was spent on a new roof after it began to leak in 2003. It is currently undergoing renovation, due to be completed in 2013, when it is envisaged that the players will be housed in the new 'Media and Players' stand, leaving the pavilion solely for the use of members.
The Pavilion's position was noteworthy in that, until 2010, it sat parallel to the wickets, rather than behind them, presenting the members with one of the worst viewing angles possible.
It contains batting and bowling Honours Boards, unveiled during the 2004 Test match.
The Old Trafford Lodge 
The Old Trafford Lodge opened in 1999, bringing to fruition a concept from 1981. The hotel has 68 rooms, 36 of which command unobstructed views of the playing surface – an unusual use of space, but one which has proved to be extremely successful, generating income all year round.
The Point 
Other buildings 
Old Trafford is also unusual in that there are two media stands, at opposite ends of the ground. The press writers, until 1984, used a small box described by Derek Hodgson as “a wart on the face of Venus”; this was replaced by the Neville Cardus Gallery, on top of the Red Rose Suite at the old Brian Statham End. Their television and radio counterparts, meanwhile, operate in a television studio and commentary boxes at the Stretford End – facilities which are, again, perched on hospitality boxes.
Cricket practice school 
The idea of an indoor school was born in 1951, when nets were strung up in the Members' Dining Room in the pavilion. A permanent facility was built in 1969, and replaced in 1997. The current building stands to the north-west of the pitch; it contains five 60 metre lanes on various surfaces, several conference rooms, and a large shop.
Other notable features 
Before Cardiff hosted its first Test match in July 2009, Old Trafford was reputedly the wettest Test ground in the country; this is because Manchester, situated west of the Pennines, receives weather brought in from the Atlantic by the prevailing westerly breezes. Old Trafford is the only ground in England where a Test match has been abandoned without a ball being bowled – and this has happened here twice. These prevailing conditions have encouraged Lancashire to keep the ground as well-drained as possible, most recently through the acquisition of a Hover Cover in 2007, and the installation of new drains towards the end of the 2008 season.
Notable moments at Old Trafford 
- 1902 – The Australian Victor Trumper hit a hundred before lunch on the first day; Australia went on to win the Test by 3 runs – the third closest Test result in history.
- 1909 – Frank Laver, the Australian player/manager, took 8–31 in a drawn Test.
- 1930–1948 – Donald Bradman played three Tests at Old Trafford, scoring just 81 runs at 27.00 – his innings being 14 (1930), 30 (1934) and 7 and 30* (1948). He told Bill Frindall that the light was always so bad that he couldn't see the ball.
- 1938 – The second rained-off Test. In a desperate effort to ensure play, the groundstaff moved the turf from the practice pitch to the square – a unique attempt.
- 1956 – Jim Laker became the first person to take all 10 wickets in a Test match innings, achieving figures of 10 for 53 in the fourth Test against Australia (the only other bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings is Anil Kumble of India in 1999). Having also taken 9 for 37 in the first innings, Laker ended the match with record figures of 19 for 90, which remain unmatched to this day.
- 1961 – With England firmly in control going into the fourth day, Richie Benaud took 6–70 to win Australia the game. The great Lancashire and England player Brian Statham also took his only Test 'five for' on his home ground.
- 1963 – On 1 May, the first ever one day cricket match took place at Old Trafford, as the Gillette Cup was launched. Lancashire beat Leicestershire in a preliminary knock-out game, as 16th and 17th finishers in the Championship the previous year, to decide who would fill the 16th spot in the one-day competition.
- 1971 – The Gillette Cup semi-final between Lancashire and Gloucestershire was played in near-darkness. With the time approaching 8.45 pm on July 28 and 25 runs still needed from the five remaining overs, David Hughes hit 24 off a single over and set up a notable Lancashire victory.
- 1981 – Ian Botham hit 118, including six sixes (the second greatest number in an Ashes innings), which he has called "one of the three innings I would like to tell my grandchildren about".
- 1984 – Sir Vivian Richards scored his notable 189 not out for the West Indies in the first one-day international for the Texaco Trophy against England. Batting at number four, Richards had made 95 when he was joined by the last batsman Michael Holding with the West Indies in a parlous position at 166 for 9. Together they added 106 runs for the final wicket. Richards hammered 21 fours and 5 sixes. The West Indies won the match convincingly by 104 runs.
- 1990 – Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test hundred at the age of 17 – becoming the second youngest centurion – to help India draw.
- 1993 – Shane Warne's "Ball of the Century" to Mike Gatting. In the same game, Graham Gooch was out handled the ball for 133 – only the sixth out of nine times this has ever happened.
- 2005 – The third Test of the Ashes series ended in a nailbiting draw, with thousands of fans shut out of the ground on the final day as tickets were sold out.
- 2010–11 – The wickets were relaid, changing their extremely unusual East-West axis to a more conventional North-South layout. The Brian Statham End to the East, and Stretford End to the West, were replaced by the Pavilion End to the North, and the Brian Statham End to the South.
Redevelopment 2003–2013 
Following rejection of plans, in 2003, to sell Old Trafford, and move the club to a new purpose-built stadium in East Manchester, the focus was switched to upgrading the current ground. Lancashire CCC, with a coalition of businesses, are in the process of making the cricket ground the centre of an anticipated 750,000 sq ft (70,000 m2) development, in a mixed-use scheme involving business, residential, retail, hotel and leisure facilities.
The first phase of redevelopment saw the laying of new drains in Autumn 2008. In 2009, the Stretford end of the ground was closed to facilitate destruction of the County Suite, Tyldesley Suite, 'K' and 'L' Stands and the scoreboard; The Point, overshadowing new seating to the west of the pavilion, opened in June 2010. During the 2010/11 winter the wickets were turned from their previous east–west axis to a more typical north–south alignment, which prevents the low evening sun from interfering with matches, and increased the number of available wickets by five, to sixteen. Many of Lancashire's home games for the 2011 season were transferred to out grounds while the new wickets 'bedded in'.
The main planning process began in September 2008, but faced stiff legal opposition. Since Tesco pledged £21 million to the redevelopment, the stadium's planning application included a request for a new supermarket nearby. Trafford Council gave this joint proposal permission in March 2010 – a decision which was initially called in by the Communities Secretary for Judicial Review, before the go-ahead was given in September 2010. Derwent Holdings, a property development company denied permission to build a supermarket at the nearby White City retail park, then called for a Judicial Review. Although this was turned down by the High Court in March 2011, the case went to the Court of Appeal. Lancashire took the risky decision to begin work ahead of the matter being resolved, in order to qualify for grants from the North West Development Agency before it was wound up. However, the Court of Appeal ruled in Lancashire's favour in July 2011, and denied leave to further appeal.
Work therefore began on this main phase in summer 2011, beginning with the installation of permanent floodlights and a new video screen. A new 'Players and Media' facility, mimicking to some degree the design of The Point, is currently being built on the site of the demolished Washbrook-Statham stand, with a 2-tiered cantilever stand being erected on either side; these should be completed in August 2012. The Pavilion is being renovated to have its sloped roof replaced with two modern glass storeys, due to be finished in April 2013. Additionally, a canopy will be built over an expanded Old Trafford Lodge, in order to standardise the ground's look. The media facilities and corporate boxes on the western side of the ground will be demolished, leaving an empty space, which will be used for temporary seating or a stage when required. It is envisaged that this phase of redevelopment will be completed by 2013.
The ground is used heavily throughout the summer as the base of Lancashire County Cricket Club, with other home games being played at Stanley Park, Blackpool, and at Aigburth in Liverpool. Until 2008, Old Trafford commonly hosted a Test match each year; none were hosted in 2009, 2011 or 2012 due to sub-standard facilities, although following redevelopment, Old Trafford will host an Ashes Test in 2013, and further Tests in 2014 and 2016. One Day Internationals and/or International Twenty20s continue to be hosted every year.
Musical venue 
The ground is occasionally used as a venue for large-scale concerts, with a maximum capacity of 50,000. Although the old stage location, in front of the Indoor Cricket School, has been built on, buildings on the western side of the ground will be cleared by 2013 to again allow space for a stage. The concert capacity will increase to 65,000 after redevelopment. It has announced that Sir Cliff Richard will be performing there in 2013.
|Date||Event||Headline Act(s)||Supporting Act(s)|
|July 2002||Move Festival||David Bowie, New Order, Green Day|
|July 2003||Move Festival||R.E.M.||John Squire, Badly Drawn Boy, Idlewild|
|July 2004||Move Festival||The Cure, Morrissey|
|June 2006||Richard Ashcroft||Razorlight|
|June 2006||Foo Fighters||The Strokes, Angels & Airwaves, The Subways, Eagles of Death Metal|
|July 2007||'Mini-festival'||Arctic Monkeys||Supergrass, The Coral, The Parrots, Amy Winehouse|
|June 2008||World Tour||Radiohead||n/a|
|August 2008||Accelerate Tour||R.E.M.||n/a|
|June 2009||Circus Tour||Take That||The Script, Lady Gaga|
|September 2009||Suicide Tour||Coldplay||Jay-Z|
|June 2010||Green Day||Frank Turner|
|September 2010||Muse||Editors, Band of Skulls, Pulled Apart by Horses|
|June 2011||Bon Jovi|
|June 2011||Kings Of Leon||White Lies, Mona|
The Old Trafford Lodge, The Point, and other corporate facilities are open all year round, as are the ground's car parks, situated to the north and west of the ground. Security of the ground is run by G4S.
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See also 
- Lancashire County Cricket Club in 2005
- List of cricket grounds in England and Wales
- List of Test cricket grounds
- List of international cricket centuries at Old Trafford
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