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Farsley Cricket Club was formed in 1864 and in 1912 Farsley applied for membership to the Bradford League and elected to play in the league.
Over the years Farsley have produced a host of talented cricketers, the most famous being Raymond Illingworth CBE, who came up through Farsley's junior ranks. Raymond captained Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England and while he was captain of the national team he brought the Ashes back home to England in 1971. He led England to victory 25 times in 31 games, and subsequently went on to become the England team manager. He has also been a TV pundit, broadcaster and newspaper columnist.
Illingworth announced his arrival as a genuine star of the future in the 1949 Priestley Cup. In those days the ties were played on midweek evenings. He started his epic innings of 148 not out against Pudsey St Lawrence as a 16-year-old and had celebrated his 17th birthday by the time he completed it. Another 28 years were to elapse before the competition saw a higher individual score.
Farsley went on to reach the final that season but suffered a five-wicket defeat against Yeadon. Other notable Farsley juniors who have established themselves in first class cricket over the years are Gordon Barker, who progressed through Farsley juniors and went on to join Essex, Mike and Duncan Fearnley. Mike, who tragically died on the field of play during a first team match at East Bierley, played for Yorkshire and coached the county's second team. Duncan played for Worcestershire and ended his playing career with the county, before taking up the cricket chairman's position, as well as owning and running a very lucrative cricket equipment and bat manufacturing business in the county.
Another Worcestershire player who started his long career at Farsley and also went on to play for England, was wicketkeeper Stephen Rhodes. Phil Carrick played for Farsley as a junior, along with Ashley Metcalfe and both of whom played for Yorkshire, Phil captaining the county to
Division One Champions - 1962.
Division Two Champions - 1969, 1977, 2008, 2013.
Second Teams Division One Champions - 1926, 1967, 1980, 1983, 2001, 2011, 2012.
Second Teams Division Two Champions - 1977.
Priestley Cup Winners - 1963, 1983, 1995.
Priestley Cup Runners-up - 1949, 1981, 2009, 2010.
Priestley Shield Winners - 1951, 1978.
Priestley Shield Runners-Up - 1976, 1985.