The Sporting Teams

Football team, circa 1949.Annual Sports Day 1914 Football Team 1926 Menston M.H.C.C 1934, Dr Samuel Edgerley Medical Superintendent CentreInter Hospital Cricket TrophyMenston Cricket Team 1949 - 1950, 3rd from right on the back row George Kell - butcher at High Royds, 2nd left front row - Norman Hancock - Chief Male NurseFootball club 1927 -1928EditorialInter Hospital Cricket West Riding Mental Hospital athletic club cricket section 1925J Swift, J Riggott, E Norton, J Ramsey, D Thackeray, R SteadCricket Team 1970'sWest Riding Mental Hospital athletic club cricket section 1935 Out for six... 2008Dedicated To Tom Booth, High Royds Resident Cricket Enthusiast

The Sporting Teams

Apart from the highly qualified Directors and Doctors the hospital was never short of applications for nursing staff. However, in the early days duties were mainly custodial and nursing skills were not called for. Even as late as 1947 only one in four nurses had qualifications.

As early as 1900, the hospital held great store by the morale boosting effect of team sports.

The staff was expected to entertain the patients in this self-contained environment and so often appointments were based on sport, music, acting or singing abilities. An orchestra was formed and gave regular performances with the cricket and football teams competing on sports day.