Campaign that saved the ground
Late in 2003 came the shock news that the ground was to close. Changes to the funding of cricket meant that the leaseholders were no longer able to cover the costs of the Jesmond Ground. They told the Trust which owns the ground that they were giving notice to hand back the lease.
A campaign group called savingcricket@jesmond was formed and a high profile public campaign was launched in March 2004.
The solution was found in a new partnership. The Royal Grammar School took on the lease and moved their cricket matches to the ground. And they sub-let the pitch and pavilion to the newly-formed Newcastle Cricket Club to ensure the community facilities continued. There has been considerable refurbishment over the last few years thanks to the new arrangements, to generous donations, to fundraising and to grant support.
Northumberland County Cricket Club, which had given up the lease, continues to use the pavilion as a base and plays several of its matches at the Jesmond Ground every season, continuing a link which goes back more than a century.