Our U-11 county team qualified for the national finals for the first time back in 1993 with a splendid performance down in Derbyshire.
This achievement meant a lot to us and we flew the Cleveland flag with pride.
Alas, just three years later, Cleveland was abolished and replaced by the four boroughs currently in operation (Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool), so we lost our county identity. Some of our players now represent Durham and others play for Yorkshire.
The newspaper article is from my weekly column in the Teesside Herald & Post, which I wrote from 1985-2000.