History

In 1990 East Drayton was challenged to a cricket match by neighbouring village Laneham. The number of people interested in this game led to the formation of East Drayton Cricket Club. A three acre field was acquired from a local farmer and a cricket square was made.

The club played regular friendly matches on Sundays for several years, then a combination of friendlies being hard to find and players wanting a bigger challenge, it was agreed to enter the Newark Alliance League. A few years later, following pressure from the landlord, it was decided to leave that ground and create a new ground on an 8 acre field on the eastern edge of the village with the help of the Bingham family who owned the land.

The Club has a 25 year lease on this ground and are expected to continue to improve facilities. A local team playing Saturday cricket in the Bassetlaw League hired the ground for two seasons and then amalgamated with the club and is still going strong, recently being promoted into Division 4 of the Bassetlaw League. Through a dwindling squad it was decided to disband the Sunday team to concentrate all efforts into the Saturday XI which is proving to be a success.

East Drayton Football Club, playing in the Gainsborough & District League, was formed in 2005 and a full size football pitch was made on the far side of the field.

Sightscreens, covers, an artificial wicket and practice nets have been added over recent years.

Each year since the club’s formation, a Presentation Evening has been held to reward players with a number of trophies, some bought by the club some donated, for performances during the season.

The club has achieved much over the years, both on the field and off. On the cricket field several promotions have been earned and two divisional titles won. The football team has reached two Cup finals in the Gainsborough League and is now competing in the Scunthorpe League.

Off the field the club has achieved an enormous amount. Starting with nothing and totally self-funded, the club has turned an agricultural field into an excellent sports field and gradually, with some generous benefactors, added cricket nets, covers, heavy roller and, most recently, and artificial wicket. In 2004 the club raised the money in a ‘Sponsor a Tree’ to plant 22 native trees on the ground and benefit the environment.

Over the last two years a four day Football Coaching event has been held on the ground during schools holidays and the club runs weekly Kwik Cricket sessions in the summer.

The club has a very open and inclusive policy which has seen us provide a ground for Tuxford Academy to play cricket and Lincoln City Centre of Excellence to play junior football.

We have also provided Tuxford Utd under 10’s with a temporary home and hosted several Sports Days for the children in East Drayton and surrounding villages.