A 100-year-old sporting tradition has been given a revival – with a 21st century twist.
Generations of fans at rival Church and Accrington cricket clubs have grown up hearing about the days when supporters of the winning team celebrated by painting the scoreline on the boundary wall after a game.
Now Church and Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club have revived the
century old prank after their ten wicket win in their derby match with Accrington on Sunday July 20.
But rather than getting out a paintbrush, the
writing was added with a computer and shared online.
The club posted a mocked-up photo of graffiti daubed on the wall on their Twitter page.
The photograph came with the caption ‘If anyone has any info about the painting of the boundary wall this evening please contact the club #BoundaryWall.’
Club chairman Phil Sykes said: “The tradition was that after the game, the winning team’s supporters used to paint the scoreline on the wall.
“It’s an old tradition.
“We have club records going back to 1890, 1910 and 1920 that mention the graffiti on the wall.
“It stopped a while back because people kept getting in trouble with the police and the original wall was knocked down.
“Some of the older spectators who remember the tradition from their younger days got a laugh out of it.”
Andrew Bentley, from the club, said: “It’s quite interesting.
“We’ve grown up hearing about this tradition and the fantastic history of painting the boundary wall between the two towns with the scoreline and a joke.
“One of the lads is a bit of a whizz on the computer so he made up the picture and put it online.
“It was more about the tradition itself and the local rivalry.
“We thought it was quite amusing and it’s had quite a reaction on Twitter and Facebook.
“To be honest Accrington in recent years have had a much more successful team than us.
“They’ve got some fantastic lads and we have a great laugh with them.”