Thorneyholme Road

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Thorneyholme Road
Location Accrington, England
Coordinates 53°45′53″N2°21′34″W / 53.7647°N 2.3594°W / 53.7647; -2.3594 Coordinates: 53°45′53″N2°21′34″W / 53.7647°N 2.3594°W / 53.7647; -2.3594
Surface Grass
Opened 1878
Accrington Cricket Club (1878–)
Accrington F.C. (1878–1896)

Thorneyholme Road is a cricket and former football ground in Accrington, England. It is the home ground of Accrington Cricket Club, and was the home ground of Accrington F.C. from 1878 until 1896.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Accrington town in the Hyndburn borough of Lancashire, England

Accrington is a town in the Hyndburn borough of Lancashire, England. It lies about 4 miles (6 km) east of Blackburn, 6 miles (10 km) west of Burnley, 13 miles (21 km) east of Preston, 20 miles (32 km) north of Manchester city centre and is situated on the mostly culverted River Hyndburn. Commonly abbreviated by locals to "Accy", the town has a population of 35,456 according to the 2011 census.


Thorneyholme Road was opened as a cricket ground in 1878 when Accrington Cricket Club moved to the site. Accrington F.C. were founded in the same year, and also became based at the ground. The football pitch was located at the western end of the ground, with a covered stand and some uncovered seating built on the western touchline and more uncovered seating installed behind both goals. [1]

Accrington F.C. were founder members of the Football League in 1888, and the first league match was played at Thorneyholme Road on 6 October 1888. Accrington drew 4–4 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 4,000 spectators. [1] The record league attendance of 10,000 was set on 2 January 1893 for a local derby with Blackburn Rovers. At the end of the 1893–94 season Accrington finished bottom of the First Division. After losing the promotion/relegation test match to Sheffield United, Accrington resigned from the Football League rather than be relegated to Division 2.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. association football club

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as Wolves, is a professional football club in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. Formed as St Luke's F.C. in 1877, they have played at Molineux Stadium since 1889 and compete in the Premier League, the top tier of English football, after winning the 2017–18 EFL Championship.

Blackburn Rovers F.C. English football club

Blackburn Rovers Football Club is a professional football club in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, which competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system, following promotion from League One at the end of the 2017–18 season.

The 1893–94 season was the sixth season of The Football League.

Instead, the club moved to the Lancashire League and then the Lancashire Combination. They folded during the 1895–96 season. The area where the football ground was located is now covered by tennis courts.

The Lancashire League has been the name of two separate football competitions for clubs based in northern England.

The Lancashire Combination was a football league founded in the North West of England in 1891–92. It absorbed the Lancashire League in 1903. In 1968 the Combination lost five of its clubs to the newly formed Northern Premier League. In 1982 it was finally merged with the Cheshire County League to form the North West Counties League.

Tennis ball sport with racket and net

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

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  1. 1 2 Paul Smith & Shirley Smith (2005) The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds Second Edition 1888–2005, Yore Publications, p126, ISBN   0954783042