is as synonymous with cricket as the sound of leather
The famous ground, a facility that was the idea of leading
citizens and sportsmen of Leeds in 1888, has been the
home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club since 1893. It has
since been developed into arguably the finest cricket
stadium in the country.
A testament to the beauty of the ground is that test matches
have been played at Headingley since 1899. The hallowed
turf has been graced by the likes of Sir Len Hutton, Geoff
Boycott, Fred Trueman as well as more recent Yorkshire
legends such as Darren Gough and Michael Vaughan.
The YCCC was formed in 1863 after a meeting at the Adelphi
Hotel in Sheffield. The first official county match was
played at The Oval in June of that year against Surrey.
It was not until 1891, however, that the club played its
first game at its now permanent Leeds headquarters.
The area the Headingley facility is built on was purchased
for just £20,000 and continues to be owned by Leeds
Cricket, Football & Athletics Co Ltd.
Not just home to cricket, Super League side Leeds Rhinos
and rugby union club Leeds Tykes play at the neighbouring
The first cricket game at Headingly was a match between
Leeds and Scarborough in 1890 in front of a crowd of 5,000,
while the first test match took place between England
and Australia in 1899.
The highest aggregate crowd for a Test match at Headingley
was in July 1948 when 158,000 keen cricket fans witnessed
an Ashes series. The record day attendance is 39,000,
at the same series.