The club was founded in 1804 and is the second oldest cricket club with an unbroken playing record in the North of England. It was a major force in the 19th century, playing games against the touring England and United All-England XIs and helping to form the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. One of the England players to play in the first test match against Australia (Tom Armitage) played for Hallam.
However the Sandygate ground has always been leased from the owners of the Plough Inn and the club has never had the capital or long term security to develop its ground and facilities. For the first 100 years, the club met and changed at the Plough, later moving to a wooden pavilion. A fairly basic brick-built pavilion was erected in 1973. In 1989 Hallam Sports Club, representing the Cricket and Football Clubs, successfully negotiated a new 99 year lease and the club could now plan for the future.
Over the last 30 years, the club’s membership and teams have increased dramatically. It has taken a shorter lease on another ground, at Crimicar Lane, enabling it to run 5 Saturday league sides, 13 junior teams and provide games and coaching to over 300 members, more than 200 of whom are children. In 2004, we celebrated our 200th Anniversary with a victory over the MCC; and in 2005 became one of the first in Yorkshire to achieve the ECB Clubmark award for the standard of care, child protection, coaching, sports ethics and club management.
In 2006, promotion to the top division of the South Yorkshire League was granted though only after a significant refurbishment at Sandygate. The club moved on, its players winning the national indoor championship in 2014 and reaching the last 8 in the country in the T20.
In 2016 the 1st XI was promoted to the new ECB Premier League, but was told that its facilities were simply inadequate. A temporary stay was negotiated with the use of the football changing rooms, but long term this was unsustainable for both clubs and for the league, and the Cricket Club has had to make new plans.