Old Trafford Milestones 1957-2007

Old Trafford Milestones 1957-2007
A collection of events, incidents, developments and memories from the first 150 years at Old Trafford.

1957-Lancashire celebrate the centenary of Old Trafford with a match against M.C.C.  
1958-One of the worst storms ever recorded at the ground happened on the last day of the match against Glamorgan. The ground and both practice grounds and the car-park were under a foot of water. 
1958- Tony Lock takes 7-35 against New Zealand and Peter May scores 101.
1959-Jim Parks hit the fastest century so far against Lancashire in 61 minutes for Sussex.
1959- In the Test against India, Geoff Pullar becomes the first Lancashire player to score a Test century at Old Trafford.
1960-Lancashire complete the double against Yorkshire for the first time in 67 years. In a thrilling finish needing 78 runs, they win by two wickets.
1961- Brian Statham takes 5-53 but is unable to prevent Australia winning with Richie Benaud taking 6-70. The attendance of 120,417 is the highest in the ground’s history.
1962- Ernest Tyldesley died in May and Lancashire opened the Tyldesley suite in recognition of all the Tyldesleys from Roe Green and Westhoughton.
1963-Lancashire play the first-ever Gillette Cup Match with Peter Marner scoring 121 and winning the Man of the Match award from adjudicator Frank Woolley.
1963-Conrad Hunte scores 182 as West Indies win by 10 wickets. Lance Gibbs takes 11-157 in the match.
1964- Lancashire’s Centenary Year is celebrated with a special match against the MCC.
1964-Cedric Rhoades leads a successful vote of no-confidence in the committee.
1964-Australia’s Bobby Simpson scores 311-the highest Individual Test Match score on the ground. Ken Barrington scores 256 in a drawn match.
1966-Centuries by Hunte (135) and Sobers (161) enable West Indies to win by an innings thanks to 5-37 & 5-69 by Lance Gibbs.
1967- Lancashire play a match against Pakistan with the pitch “the other way round”, facing the pavilion, as an experiment.
1968-Brian Statham said farewell with a majestic piece of bowling taking 6-34 in front of 45,000 during the Roses Match.
1969-Lancashire win the inaugural John Player Sunday League
1969- A century by Geoff Boycott (128) helps England to a 10 wicket win over West Indies.
1969-The Indoor Cricket School and Squash Centre are opened.
1970-Lancashire win the Sunday League for the second year running in front of 26,000 spectators against Yorkshire.
1971-Peter Lever scores 88*, his highest first-class score, and takes 5-70 in the Test against India.  
1971-David Hughes hits 24 in an over at 8.45pm against Gloucestershire in a Gillette Cup semi-final to record an historic win.
1972-In a low scoring Test match England beat Australia by 89 runs.
1972-First One Day International in England is played at Old Trafford against Australia.
1972-In another exciting semi-final, Gillette Cup holders Lancashire defeat Kent by 7 runs.
1972-Gillette Cup winners Lancashire beat Kent (Sunday League Champions) in an exciting end of season challenge match by 4 runs
1973-Lancashire lose to Worcestershire in a dramatic B&H Cup semi-final that ends with the scores level.
1975-22,000 people watch the Gillette Cup semi-final against Gloucestershire with Lancashire winning with three balls to spare.
1976-Gordon Greenidge hits two centuries as West Indies won by 425 runs as England are bowled out for 71 with Michael Holding taking 5-17.
1977-England beat Australia by 9 wickets thanks to 137 from Bob Woolmer and 6-66 by Derek Underwood.
1978-David Lloyd and Clive Lloyd put on a record 234 for the 4th wicket in the Gillette Cup against Gloucestershire.
1979-Old Trafford hosts a World Cup semi-final, with England narrowly defeating New Zealand by 7 runs.
1980-Clive Lloyd scores 101 for West Indies in a drawn match.
1981-Ian Botham hits 118 to help England win by 103 runs against Australia.
1982- Ian Botham hits 128 in the drawn match against India.
1982-The Pavilion Stand (ABC stands), later re-named the Eddie Paynter Stand, is rebuilt incorporating a new Club Museum.
1983-Steve O’Shaughnessy equalled Percy Fender’s 63 year-old world record for the fastest first-class century in 35 minutes against Leicestershire.
1983-India beat England by 6 wickets in the World Cup Semi-Final
1984-Old Trafford celebrates 100 years of Test Matches-Gordon Greenidge scores 223 as West Indies win by an innings.
1984-The Executive Boxes at the Stretford End are opened.
1984- Viv Richards scores 189* for West Indies in a One-Day International.
1986-At the end of the season work starts on building the Red Rose Suite at the Warwick Road.
1987-John Arlott opens the new Press Box, named The Neville Cardus Gallery.
1988-Malcolm Marshall takes 7-22 as West Indies win by an innings.
1989-Women are allowed to join the Club as Members, after an historic vote at the AGM, and are allowed in the Pavilion for the first time for 100 years.
1989-Geoff Lawson takes 6-72 & 3-81 to help Australia to a 9 wicket win.
1989-The Pavilion Restoration Appeal celebrating 125 years of the County Club raises 130,000
1990-Mike Atherton scores 131, one of six centuries in the drawn Test against India.
1990-Neil Fairbrother hits 145 in a B&H Cup match against Hampshire, still the highest one-day innings by a Lancashire player at Old Trafford.
1990-Lancashire make 299 for 5 to defeat Middlesex in a NatWest Trophy semi-final that takes a marathon three days to complete.
1991-Mike Watkinson takes 5 Yorkshire wickets (all bowled) as Lancashire win the B&H Cup ‘Roses’ semi-final by 68 runs.
1991-The Refuge Cup Final takes place at Old Trafford with Lancashire losing by 7 runs to Worcestershire
1992- Aamir Sohail scores 205 for Pakistan in the drawn Test.
1992 –First rock concert is held at the ground when Simply Red play to 40,000 fans
1993-Shane Warne bowls his first ball in an Ashes match and produces “the ball from hell” to dismiss Mike Gatting. England lose by 179 runs.
1993-The new two-tiered Washbrook & Statham Stand is opened.
1994-Mike Atherton scores 111 against New Zealand in the drawn Test.
1995-Dominic Cork takes a hat-trick to help England to a six wicket win over the West Indies.
1996-Jason Gallian scores a ground record 312* against Derbyshire
1996-Lancashire defeat Yorkshire in two cup semi-finals. Peter Martin hits two off the last ball of the B&H Cup match in a one-wicket win, while the margin of victory in the NatWest Trophy is 19-runs in a high scoring match.   
1997-Steve Waugh scores 108 and 116 as Australia win by 268 runs, Warne takes 6-48 & 3-63.
1997-The Indoor School is demolished and replaced with the new Indoor Cricket Centre
1998-Gary Kirsten scores 210 as South Africa score 552-5 in a drawn Test.
1998-Lancashire play their first competitive game under floodlights against Surrey.
1998-Sun stops play in a county championship match in September.
1998-Lancashire clinch their 4th Sunday League title with victory over Hampshire, the day after winning the NatWest Trophy Final at Lord’s.
1999-Old Trafford hosts its third World Cup semi-final where Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 9 wickets.
1999-Lancashire successfully defend their Sunday League title when they defeat Kent by 5 wickets.
1999-Ian Botham and Jack Simmons open the new 68-bedroom Old Trafford Lodge.
2000-Mike Atherton and Alec Stewart both play their 100th Test when England meet West Indies at Old Trafford.
2000-Old Trafford hosts England’s first-ever home floodlit One-Day International (v Zimbabwe) with Andrew Flintoff named Man of the Match.
2001-Pakistan beat England by 108 runs as England’s last 5 wickets fall for 31 runs.
2002-England beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets with centuries from Stewart and Butcher.
2002-The Lancashire Cricket Academy, based at the Cricket Centre, is launched
2003-Lancashire score 734-5 against Middlesex, the highest-ever innings on the ground. Both Law and Hooper score centuries before lunch and Chilton and Loye also make hundreds, only the second time four Lancashire batsmen have reached three figures in the same innings.
2003-Warwick Road is renamed Brian Statham Way.
2003-The Pavilion receives a new roof at a cost of 900,000
2004-England hit the highest-ever 4th innings total in a Test at Old Trafford (231-3) to beat West Indies by 7 wickets-Flintoff 57* hitting the winning runs.
2005-20,000 are locked out on the last day of the Ashes Test as Australia hang on for a thrilling draw. The attendance of 108,993 is the 2nd highest in the ground’s history.
2006-The sold out signs go up for the ‘Roses’ Twenty20 Cup match, the first time a Lancashire home match has completely sold out in advance of the game being played.

Compiled by Malcolm Lorimer & Ken Grime
Photos: John Dawson, Montage by Kreativ
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