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22 Nov 2017

Players catch the Magical Christmas fever

Christmas is catching at Emirates Old Trafford and no one is shying away from the festivities, not even the Lancashire Cricket players…

To celebrate the upcoming Christmas Extravaganza parties, Seven Croft and the team recently took part in the Lancashire Christmas Cup Challenge – an afternoon of head-to-head festive contests.

Team Santa and Team Claus, made up of players new and old, tackled fast paced tree decorating, mince pie eating and a quick fire Christmas quiz – making for a hilariously competitive afternoon!

Caught on camera, the footage isn’t due to be released for a few weeks. But with our Magical Christmas just around the corner, we couldn’t wait to share with you a behind the scenes sneak peek!

Steven Croft, Lancashire CCC all-rounder, said: “It was great fun getting stuck in with the Christmas Challenge Cup and all the lads had a really good laugh.

“Emirates Old Trafford is an impressive stadium all year around but it really comes into its own at Christmas. There’s decorations going up all around in preparation for the party season – and I can guarantee they look better than the ones we dressed in our challenge!”

Check out our exclusive photo gallery, which shows just how excited Tom Bailey, Liam Hurt, Jordan Clark, Steven Croft, Graham Onions and Chris Benbow got in their Christmas hats!

Keep an eye out on our Twitter (@EmiratesOT) and Facebook page (EmiratesOldTrafford) in the coming weeks for the full videos!

Jordan Clark, Steven Croft and Liam Hurt try their best to keep a straight face for Team Santa’s opening shot... FAIL!

Team Claus, made up of Tom Bailey, Graham Onions and Chris Benbow, make a slightly more convincing game face!

Graham Onions kicks off the Lancashire Christmas Challenge, as he races Steven Croft to dress his tree in the fastest time.

The lads’ competitive nature is (temporarily) put to one side as they complete the first challenge of the day. But the smiley faces don’t last long…

Hope you’re hungry… Team Claus brave the mince pie eating challenge, which sees them finish as many of festive treats as possible in 90 seconds.

Jordan Clark wastes no time in getting stuck in, but you won’t believe how new signing Liam Hurt fares…!

Never far from the competition, Team Claus attempt to put off their challengers as they face the quick-fire Christmas Quiz.

Nervous giggles, Tom Bailey? The group stand-by to hear who takes home the Lancashire Christmas Cup Challenge!

After a Christmas 2017 to remember? Look no further, our Christmas Extravaganza is here!

With six dates to choose from, dance the night away in the sumptuous surroundings of our award winning venues; The Point and The Pavilion, where you, your colleagues and friends will be transported to an enchanted place!

Emirates Old Trafford will wave its magic wand and transform into a winter wonderland for the party season, creating festive parties that shine with a range of food and drinks packages to suit all tastes and requirements.

After something a little more private? Whether it’s for a group of colleagues or friends, our team can create an exclusive and perfectly tailored party to fit your every need.

You can even enjoy a magical end to your evening and treat yourself to an overnight stay in our brand new on-site, four star Hilton Garden Inn hotel!

For enquiries about private and shared parties, which kick-start on Saturday 2 December, call us on 0161 282 4020, email or visit