Harold Lanham was a long-serving scorer with Northern Division A grade team during the nineteen twenties and thirties. A number of Annual Reports paid tribute to his valuable services. For example, the 1937-38 Report noted that “Mr H. Lanham has now been with the Club longer than any of the present A grade team and we trust that we will continue to merit this gentleman’s continued support. We could ill-afford to lose him”. After the war he continued links with the Club as Vice President from 1952-63.
For two seasons from 1933-35 Northern Division Club enlisted the services of Halford Hooker as coach. Hooker was a former State player who had represented NSW in Shield and International matches from 1924-32.In the 1928-29 season he was associated with Alan Kippax in a world record tenth wicket partnership of 307 against Victoria.
In a return match he took four wickets in four balls – a record that still stands in Shield cricket. In Sydney grade cricket he played with the Mosman.
In August 1931 Hooker came to Newcastle where he opened a sports store and later became a well known sports broadcaster with 2NC.
His association with Northern Division Club as coach seems to have followed on from an interesting talk on cricket that he gave to members of the Club in Johnston’s Chambers in October 1933. In seconding a vote of thanks, Mr. Jack Reeves “hoped that Mr. Hooker would come up again shortly to see if the players had been able to put the good advice given to practical use”. Hooker accepted the invitation.