Chairman targets more trophies after first title

John Wood and brother Ian with the JCT600 Bradford League Div 1 Trophy' JCT600 Bradford League

John Wood and brother Ian with the JCT600 Bradford League Div 1 Trophy' JCT600 Bradford League

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Cleckheaton chairman Dave Worrall wants his side to build on last week’s Bradford League title success and bring more silverware to the club.

The Moorenders clinched a first Division One title in their history last Saturday and they will now enter the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy next season.

Worrall said: “We have broken our duck and now want to work towards more success.

“We will enter, what I believe, is the biggest inter-league competition and will take it seriously.

“I am conscious we are representing the Bradford League and next year is the club’s 150th anniversary so it would be nice to celebrate that.”

Yorkshire captain and Cleckheaton lad Andrew Gale was among the crowd to witness the Moorenders clinch the title at Woodlands last Saturday and Worrall was keen to pass on his gratitude.

The chairman added: “Andrew has really supported us. He is a busy lad with his county commitments but he always finds time for us at Cleckheaton which is very much appreciated.

“He has always been keen to see Cleckheaton do well and we are now all backing Andrew and Yorkshire in their bid to win the County Championship.

“The club was full last Saturday and the champagne and beer was flowing.

“There were lots of families down and it was a really enjoyable occasion for everyone who works hard, from the raffle ticket and programme sellers to the groundsman, everyone was part of the success.

“I’m really pleased for John Wood and the boys. We went close last season but the same bunch of lads stuck together and came back determined to go one better.”

How the title was won on a dramatic final day, plus the captain’s thoughts: Page 75.