Otley RFC

RFU National League 2 North
Otley 25
Leicester Lions 15

Gate £9 
Atten 350 ish

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Main Stand at Cross Green
  Match and Day Enjoyment - 9/10

The Sun was shining, the roads behaved themselves and the Market Place was a hive of activity in the North Yorkshire town of Otley. I had come to Cross Green for a spot of Rugby Union and to witness the last few days of the famous “Scratching Shed”. They have already started to dismantle it and when time permits the rest will come down. Not by outside contractors but by the players themselves – a sensible solution considering the cost of demolition specialists.

The famous "Scratching Shed" Partly dismantled

 As you enter you can still smell the grand old days of yesteryear when they beat the mighty All Blacks in '79 according to locals the official gate was 15,000 but in reality many more were viewing 


Then eleven years later the powerful Wallabies suffered the same fate. Then three years later Cross Green hosted a group game of the 1991 Rugby World Cup, between the United States and Italy.

Glorious views over Wharfedale Countryside
The Main Stand straddles the halfway line and has been around for nearly a hundred years. It came from Preston North End FC and to be honest is a little beauty. Still lovingly maintained. From all parts of the ground to are rewarded with sweeping views across the North Yorkshire countryside – simply superb.
The Clubhouse is like a shrine full of memorabillia every where.
Even full International Caps were on display. The whole display is excellent and a very good way to spend your pre match.

The log fire was in action , luncheon was being served and the Tombola was in full flow. I even won a prize …. ladies lavender perfumed talc !
Todays game was a cracker as the hosts fought back from 15-3 down to a 25-15 victory much to the delight of the vociferous locals and at the final whistle it was hugs and handshakes all round.
One of the best days out for a long time.

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