Old Trafford Milestones 1907-1956

Old Trafford Milestones 1907-1956
A collection of events, incidents, developments and memories from the first 150 years at Old Trafford.

1909-Frank Laver takes 8-31, the best innings analysis for a Test in England for an overseas bowler.
1910-Lancashire score 400 to win in the last innings against Notts.
1910-Reggie Spooner scores the first double-century recorded by a Lancashire player in a Roses match. 
1911-Lancashire score 621-6 against Hampshire on the first day and win by an innings and 455 runs-still the biggest margin of victory in the club’s history.
1912-Old Trafford hosts a Triangular Test Tournament with Jimmy Mathews taking two hat-tricks for Australia against South Africa on the same day. This is the only Test held at Old Trafford not to feature England.
1914- During the First World War the pavilion was used by the Red Cross, and during the War over 1,800 patients were treated there.
1919-A plaque is unveiled in the pavilion for the 5 Lancashire cricketers killed during the First World War.
1920-The Roses match attract a record crowd of 67,000 over three days as Cec Parkin takes 14-140 to destroy Yorkshire.
1920-Hampshire needing 66 to win lose by one run in a thrilling finish.
1921-The Prince of Wales (Later King Edward Vlll) visits the ground during the Australia match.
1922-The Roses Match produces a thrilling finish ending in a draw with Yorkshire needing three runs and Lancashire one wicket for victory. 
1924-Lancashire celebrate their Diamond Jubilee.
1925-Lancashire beat Somerset in a day at Old Trafford.
1925-Hammond (250*) and Dipper put on 330 for Gloucestershire’s third wicket against Lancashire.
1926-45,000 watch the Bank Holiday Roses Match, the highest attendance on one day at the ground.
1926-27-28. Hat-tricks of Championship wins for the Red Rose County.
1928-E.Tyldesley & F.Watson put on 371 for the 2nd wicket v Surrey.
1928-Frank Woolley scores 151 for Kent as Ted McDonald takes a career best 15-154 for Lancashire.
1928-The West Indies play their first Test Match on the ground and lose by an innings.
1929-Frank Woolley (154) and Bob Wyatt (113) both score centuries in the Test against South Africa.
1930-Reserve wicket-keeper Bill Farrimond equals the world record of 7 dismissals in an innings against Kent and is dropped for the next match!
1931-Titch Freeman takes all ten Lancashire wickets in an innings for Kent.
1933-The 18 year-old Cyril Washbrook scores a century in only his second match.
1933-George Headley scores 169* for West Indies in a drawn Test against England.
1934-Jack Hobbs scores his 197th and last century at the age of 51. Members sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as he came back up the pavilion steps.
1934-England score 627-9 against Australia, despite Bill O’Reilly taking three wickets in four balls, with centuries from Hendren (132) and Leyland (153). Stan McCabe scores 137 for Australia. Tropical heat meant that hundreds of spectators collapsed through exhaustion.
1936-England score 571-8 thanks to 167 from Wally Hammond against India.
1937-Len Hutton scores 100 and Tom Goddard takes 6-29 to help beat New Zealand.
1938-Don Bradman scores a century against Lancashire in 73 minutes.
1938-The Test Match against Australia is washed out without a ball being balled.
1939 –The final day of the match against Surrey is cancelled War is declared two days later.
1939-1945 Old Trafford is used by the Royal Engineers as a storage depot during the War.
1940- In December bombs fell on the pavilion and a large crater was made on the outfield.
1945-In the Victory Test against Australia, Eddie Phillipson takes 9 wickets in the match as England win by 6 wickets.
1946-Winston Place and Cyril Washbrook put on an undefeated 350 for the first wicket against Sussex.
1946-Cyril Washbrook scores double centuries against Sussex and Surrey in the space of six days at Old Trafford.
1947-Edrich (191) and Compton (115) both score centuries in the Test win against South Africa.
1948-Malcolm Hilton, a 19 year old left arm spinner, dismissed Bradman twice.
1948-Denis Compton (145) scores a century in the drawn Test against Australia.
1948-Cyril Washbrook had a record benefit against the Australians with 50,000 people paying for admission, Don Bradman scored 133* on his last appearance on the ground.
1950-Lancashire beat Sussex in a day-the fifth time it had happened at Old Trafford.
1950-England beat West Indies thanks to a century (104) from T.G.Evans and 5-63 & 4-53 by Bob Berry
1950-Rain deprived Lancashire of a win against Warwickshire in the penultimate match which would have given them the County Championship outright. 
1951-Alec Bedser takes 7-58 & 5-54 to help beat South Africa.
1952-Fred Trueman takes 8-31 against India who are well beaten with 104 from Len Hutton.
1953-Roy Tattersall takes 9-40 against Notts including a hat-trick.
1953-Australia are reduced to 35-8 in their second innings but hang on for a draw.
1955-Brian Statham scores a rare 62 in 31 minutes and then takes 4-34 against Leicestershire.
1955-England hit five centuries in the Test against South Africa as they win by 3 wickets.
1956-Lancashire beat Leicestershire without losing a wicket.
1956-Jim Laker takes a record 19 wickets as Australia are humbled by an innings.
Compiled by Malcolm Lorimer
Photo courtesy of Keith Hayhurst
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