Yorkshire’s spectacular rise to a county of esteemed sporting prominence
You can forget Manchester, Liverpool and even London, as when it comes to major sporting fixtures this summer, all eyes are on Leeds. As the countdown gets closer to when Le Grand Depart leaves Leeds and the world’s greatest cyclists’ slice their way across Yorkshire, promotional print company Banners and Mash reflect on the county’s spectacular rise to global sporting prominence and esteem.
A county of cricket
The popular British game has many historical roots with Yorkshire. Several of the world’s most prominent cricket players, including Fred Truman, Geoff Boycott and Len Hutton, started their careers at the internationally-renowned Headingly Carnegie Cricket Ground in Leeds.
Maintaining Yorkshire’s drive to develop and nurture some of the best players in the world, today’s first team at Yorkshire County Cricket Club includes the current Ashes Heroes and England internationals, Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Joe Root.
This summer you can enjoy a number of great cricket fixtures at the Yorkshire Cricket Club as the county’s sporting heroes’ battle it out against the likes of Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Sri Lanka.
A hub for rugby
For centuries rugby players and fans have been drawn to Yorkshire to take advantage of the county’s strong rugby heritage. With the Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union and the Leeds Rhinos, winners of the Rugby Leagues World Cup Challenge, the Headingley Carnegie Stadium has long been home to some exhilarating rugby.
In fact the first account of a rugby club in Leeds dates back to 1864. A devout rugby player placed an advert in the Leeds Mercury inviting other players to meet at Woodhouse Moor for regular rugby sessions. The advert attracted over 500 players, who went on to form several rugby clubs in the area, including Leeds St. Johns, which is known today the iconic Leeds Rhinos.
From the development of rugby in the East, West, North and South districts of Yorkshire to the establishment of women and girls’ rugby and even rugby schools, contemporary Yorkshire boasts lively and exciting Rugby League and Rugby Union scenes.
And then of course the racing
The tradition of horse racing in Yorkshire can be traced back to Roman times. There are many historical accounts of race gatherings around the county, particularly in the Forest of Galtres. Racing continued as a popular, well-attended event in Yorkshire and by the 1700s the sport was well established.
Being deemed as the heart of modern horse racing, Yorkshire plays a key role in the nurturing of thoroughbreds. One breeding programme that took place in Yorkshire involved the importing of fast and strong Arabian stallions. The stallions were bred with sturdy local mares, which were well-known for their enviable stamina. Several of the bred horses became racing stars, including the legendary racehorse Gimcrack of the late eighteenth century.
Ripon has been at the forefront of the county’s love-affair with horse racing for more than 300 years. You can enjoy many a prestigious racing event at Ripon Races this summer, including the forthcoming Ladies’ Day on June 19.
Of course it’s not just horse racing, cricket and rugby Yorkshire prides its sporting prominence on. Whether it’s headline-grabbing football or a top-quality golf course you’re after, in the world of sport, the diverse and inspiring lands of Yorkshire offer something for everyone.
This blog post was written by Banners and Mash, a Leeds-based company that provides great value and high impact promotional print for businesses of all sizes and industries.