Founded 1896 a Brief
Introduction to our League.
In 1895 representatives
of four Sunday school Cricket clubs applied
to join the Bradford and District Sunday
School cricket League but their applications
Instead they approached other Sunday School
teams who had only played friendly fixtures
to form a League. This was formed by nine
clubs to commence in season 1986 : namely:
Bradford Moor Old SS , Daisy Hill MA ,
Fagley Mission , Girlington , St.Phillips ,
Heaton Baptists , Marshfield Baptists ,
Salem Valley congs , St.Andrews Juniors ,
The first Chairman was Mr. Arthur Bulcock
and Secretary Mr. Fred Savage. The playing
hours due to factory working hours and
little public transport were 3:30pm to
6:30pm, In 1909 the first President was
elected, namely Mr. D.G. Ackroyd.
In 1909 Sir James Roberts presented a Cup
for competition and following the death of
Herbert Broadbent a former Chairman in 1935,
a Trophy was presented in his memory for
Second Team Competition.
The first Annual Presentation Dance was held
at the Windsor Hall (Bradford) in 1925. In
the same year the League found a permanent
Headquarters in the Church House, North
The Jubilee year in 1946 was celebrated by
the President Mr. D.G. Ackroyd giving £50
towards a Trophy together with funds in
hands purchased three "Dudly Ackroyd"
Trophies presented annually to the Champions
of A, B, C groups.
In 1948 Mr. Wesley Green & Mr. Walter
Thornton both members of Muff Field Wesleyan
Reform decided to make permanent
contributions to the league and each gave a
trophy which bear their names to the
Champions of Section 1 and 2.
Former Chairman Mr. Leslie B. Briggs donated
in 1970 to the league a Trophy to be
presented annually. This to be given to a
nominated individual who through his efforts
have contributed to the League or his club.
There is also the G. F. Terry Trophies for
Batting and Bowling feats. These Trophies
were kindly donated by Mrs. Terry in memory
of her husband, a well known player in the
league for many years. The player scoring
the most number of runs and the Bowler
taking the most wickets in a season are
awarded these Trophies.
Over the years with the closure of many
Churches there are now few teams truly
connected to a Church or Sunday School. A
quick glance through the current member
teams of the Bradford Mutual Sunday School
League shows a wide range of teams
representing the many and varied aspects of
the multicultural society that has developed
in and around Bradford in recent years.