Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Because there are playing fields between the River Aire and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Saltaire, a walk along the towpath can be enlivened - depending on whether it's summer or winter - by watching a game of cricket or football (soccer). On Sunday it was the turn of the footballers and Salts FC (in the yellow and blue strip) were playing Elland Sports in the County Cup. Although, at the time I was passing, the away team often seemed to have the upper hand, in fact the overall result was a 2-1 victory for the home side. Hooray! On the other pitch behind the adults, Shipley Juniors were also having a lively game.
Salts FC has a long history, from the 1920s when Salts (Saltaire) Ltd bought back land from Shipley Council and developed the playing fields, with sections for tennis, crown green bowls, cricket and football, all of which still prosper. Salts (Saltaire) Cricket Club is distinct from the older Saltaire Cricket Club that plays in Roberts Park. A clubhouse built in 1937 still survives and provides a focal point for social activities.