THE FOUNDING OF GCCC

WG Grace’s father, Dr Henry Mills Grace was responsible for the early days of GCCC when he founded Mangotsfield Cricket club. This later amalgamated with Coalpit Heath CC to become West Gloucestershire CC. He eventually achieved his ambition on 2nd June 1870 when Gloucestershire CCC played their first County match against Surrey on Durdham Downs. WG played and led Gloucestershire to victory by 51 runs.

In 1884 Henry Mills Grace launched a proposal to lease some land in Eastville for a County Ground. The land is now home to Ikea and Tesco stores and previously Bristol Rovers FC. These plans were dropped in 1887.

In 1888 negotiations began to purchase some land at Ashley Down and a year later the Ground became home to GCCC. The first game at the Nevil Road ground was on 1st July 1889 against Lancashire. In the same year the County established their Club’s colours of Fawn, Brown, Pale Grey, Dark Green, Red and Navy Blue.

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE RECORDS 1870 – 2017

 

HONOURS

 

County Championship

Gloucestershire have not won the Championship since it became official in 1890, their best position being second in 1930, 1931, 1947, 1959, 1969 and 1986.

Prior to 1890, it is generally accepted that Gloucestershire were Champion County in 1873 (shared with Nottinghamshire), 1874, 1876 and 1877.

 

Knock-out Trophies

Winners of the Gillette Cup in 1973, the NatWest Trophy in 1999 and 2000, and the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in 2003 and 2004.

 

Benson & Hedges Cup

Winners of the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1977 and 2000, and the Benson & Hedges Super Cup in 1999. Runners-up in 2001.

 

Sunday League

Champions in 2000, winners of Division II in 2002 and 2006 and winners of the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015.

 

Twenty20 Cup

Runners-up in 2007, Quarter-Finalists in 2016 & 2018.

 

Second XI Championship

Champions in 1959

 

Second XI Trophy

Runners-up in 1995 and 1997

 

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE CAPTAINS SINCE 1990

 

                                                                                     M    W     D     L      TW      TL     NT

C A Walsh 1990,92-94,96                                         41   12    12   17    15       26       -

R C Russell 1993-96,2000,02                                   24   10     8     6      14       10       -

M W Alleyne 1994-2004                                         115  37   38    40     52       63       -

T H C Hancock 2000                                                   2     -      1       1       -          2        -

C M Spearman 2002-03,05,09                                12    4      7      1       6         6        -

C G Taylor 2004-05                                                   25    4      13    8      10       15       -

J Lewis 2005-08                                                         29    4     17     8      16       13       -

A P R Gidman 2005-14                                             91   26    27    38     49       42       -

K S Williamson 2011                                                   1    -       1      -        1          0        -

H J H Marshall 2012-14                                              4    -       2       2       2          2       -

M Klinger 2013-14,16                                               28    6     12    10     13       14      1

G O Jones 2015                                                          10    3       2       5      4           6      -

I A Cockbain 2015                                                        2    2       -        -        1         1       -

W A Tavare 2015                                                         5    1       4        -        2        3        -

G H Roderick 2016-17                                               16   4        9      3        3         4      9

P Mustard 2017                                                          14   3       7      4         2         3      9

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1870 - 2017

 

LIST OF CENTURIES

 

113 W.R.Hammond                                          22 P.Bainbridge, H.J.H.Marshall

53 A.E.Dipper                                                     20 M.W.Alleyne, A.W.Stovold, C.G.Taylor

52 C.A.Milton                                                     19 C.M.Spearman, C.L.Townsend

50 W.G.Grace, T.W.Graveney                            18 R.B.Nicholls, A.J.Wright

49 Zaheer Abbas                                               16 K.M.Curran, C.C.R.Dacre, R.A.Sinfield,  M.G.N.Windows                                                                                           

40 D.M.Young                                                    15 B.H.Lyon

38 C.J.Barnett                                                    14 B.O.Allen, W.L.Neale

36 J.F.Crapp, G.L.Jessop                                 13 C.D.J.Dent

34 G.M.Emmett                                                12 P.W.Romaines, D.R.Shepherd

32 M.J.Procter                                                  11 B.C.Broad, M.Klinger, R.D.V.Knight

28 C.W.J.Athey                                                 10 H.Smith

25 Sadiq Mohammad                                      9 G.D.Hodgson

24 A.P.R.Gidman

 

8 K.J.Barnett, J.H.Board, R.C.Russell, C.O.H.Sewell, H.Wrathall

7 D.M.Green, T.H.C.Hancock, I.J.Harvey, A.J.Hignell, A.Symonds, W.Troup, W.P.C.Weston, A.E.Wilson

6 Kadeer Ali, T.Langdon, W.A.Tavare, J.M.R.Taylor,

5 J.Cranston, J.C.Foat, W.R.S.Gidman, J.W.Lloyds, M.A.Lynch, J.R.Painter, J.N.Rhodes, F.B.Roberts, G.H.Roderick,

F.J.Seabrook

4 F.H.B.Champain, I.A.Cockbain, J.E.C.Franklin, G.F.Grace, M.A.Hardinges, J.B.Mortimore, M.J.North,

G.W.Parker, O.G.Radcliffe

3 S.J.Adshead, A.S.Brown, R.J.Cunliffe, R.I.Dawson, E.M.Grace, D.G.Hawkins, W.O.Moberly, J.N.Snape,

F.E.Thomas, K.S.Williamson

2 Sir D.T.L.Bailey, C.S.Barnett, M.Bissex, J.H.Brain, W.S.A.Brown, I.P.Butcher, D.A.Graveney, W.H.Hale,

D.R.Hewson, G.P.Hodnett, B.A.C.Howell, W.E.Midwinter, W.T.S.Porterfield, R.W.Rice, F.G.Robinson,

W.H.Rowlands, S.E.J.Russell, R.J.Scott, J.N.Shepherd, F.Townsend, G.L.van Buuren, S.Young

1 D.A.Allen, C.T.Bancroft, B.S.Bloodworth, J.R.Bracey, D.W.J.Brown, L.D.Brownlee, B.F.Clarke, N.H.C.Cooper,

E.J.M.Cowan, B.F.Davison, B.Dudleston, J.J.Ferris, I.D.Fisher, T.H.Fowler, W.R.Gilbert, G.T.Hankins, C.L.Herring,

D.M.Housego, G.E.E.Lambert, T.G.Matthews, C.I.Monks, D.N.Moore, P.Mustard, J.W.W.Nason, L.C.Norwell,

D.A.C.Page, H.V.Page, C.T.M.Pugh, G.Pullar, W.W.F.Pullen, D.C.Robinson, M.G.Salter, R.R.Sarwan, R.J.Sillence,

S.D.Snell, E.L.Thomas, K.P.Tomlins, N.J.Trainor, R.C.White

 

A total of 1353 hundreds have been scored for Gloucestershire

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE CAPTAINS - 1870 - 2017

 

1870-1899 W.G.Grace                                 1963-1964 J.K.R.Graveney

1899 W.Troup                                               1965-1967 J.B.Mortimore

1900-1912 G.L.Jessop                                1968 C.A.Milton

1913-1914 C.O.H.Sewell                             1969-1976 A.S.Brown

1919-1922 F.G.Robinson                            1977-1981 M.J.Procter

1923 P.F.C.Williams                                     1982-1988 D.A.Graveney

1924-1926 D.C.Robinson                            1989 C.W.J.Athey

1927-1928 W.H.Rowlands                          1990-1993 A.J.Wright

1929-1934 B.H.Lyon                                    1994 C.A.Walsh

1935-1936 D.A.C.Page                                1995 R.C.Russell

1937-1938 B.O.Allen                                   1996 C.A.Walsh

1939-1946 W.R.Hammond                        1997-2003 M.W.Alleyne

1947-1950 B.O.Allen                                   2004-2005 C.G.Taylor

1951-1952 Sir D.T.L.Bailey                         2006-2008 J.Lewis

1953-1954 J.F.Crapp                                   2009-2012 A.P.R.Gidman

1955-1958 G.M.Emmett                            2013-2014 M.Klinger

1959-1960 T.W.Graveney                         2015 G.O.Jones

1961-1962 C.T.M.Pugh                              2016-2017 G.H.Roderick – 2017 P Mustard

 

MOST APPEARANCES FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE

 

602 C.W.L.Parker 1903-1935                           406 B.J.Meyer 1957-1971

594 J.B.Mortimore 1950-1975                        405 W.R.Hammond 1920-1951

585 C.A.Milton 1948-1974                               393 H.Smith 1912-1935

558 T.W.J.Goddard 1922-1952                       388 E.G.Dennett 1903-1926

534 R.B.Nicholls 1951-1975                             379 D.A.Graveney 1972-1990

498 C.Cook 1946-1964                                     375 R.C.Russell 1981-2004

489 A.S.Brown 1953-1976                               360 W.G.Grace 1870-1899

478 A.E.Dipper 1908-1932                               357 D.R.Smith 1956-1970

454 G.M.Emmett 1936-1959                          349 D.A.Allen 1953-1972

452 W.L.Neale 1923-1948                               346 P.T.Mills 1902-1929

435 D.M.Young 1949-1964                             346 A.W.Stovold 1973-1990

430 J.H.Board 1891-1914                                345 G.L.Jessop 1894-1914

424 C.J.Barnett 1927-1948                             334 G.E.E.Lambert 1938-1957

423 R.A.Sinfield 1924-1939                            318 A.E.Wilson 1936-1955

422 J.F.Crapp 1936-1956                                 314 M.W.Alleyne 1986-2005

 

W G GRACE

He was born in Downend, Bristol on 18th July 1848. The son of Dr Henry Mills Grace and his wife Martha, William Gilbert Grace was one of 8 children. Dr Henry Mills Grace was an avid cricketer and taught WG and his 3 brothers how to play.

The family later moved to Downend House because there was a large garden and plenty of room for Henry Mills Grace to lay a cricket pitch at the rear of the house. The house can no longer be seen as a supermarket has since been built on the land.

WG Grace not only played cricket but also golf and curling. He was also a good shot and a skilful fisherman. His athleticism was proven when two days after scoring 224 not out for England v Surrey in 1886, he won a race at the national and Olympian Association meeting at the Crystal Palace.

WG Grace was a keen team player and he once took a taxi from Lord’s, where Gloucestershire were playing to the Oval to fetch Mr Midwinter to play for Gloucestershire after playing for Australia on the same day.

WG Grace played in the first ever Cheltenham Festival match where he took 12 wickets and helped to beat Surrey by an innings.

 

Cheltenham Cricket Festival

Cheltenham Cricket Festival is the longest running Cricket Festival on an out ground (Festival Ground) in the world. It was started by James Lillywhite in 1872 with the first match being played against Surrey and was won by Gloucestershire. No other Cricket Festival in the world has been played on the same ground for that length of time and no other cricket festival in the world lasts for twelve days or more.

In 1872 an invitation came for the team to play at Cheltenham College. The match was organised by Lillywhite, who at the time was the cricket administrator and coach at the college. He was originally from Sussex and had come to Cheltenham College in 1855 at the age of 30. He lived with his family in Montpellier, in a building immediately opposite Le Petit Blanc Brasserie. The family occupied the upper floors of the building and on the ground floor, Lillywhite ran a sports shop. He also founded “Cricketers Companion”, a rival to Wisden.

It was originally customary for a band to play at all matches at both Clifton and Cheltenham College Grounds, although in 1874 a motion was put to the committee for this to be discontinued but was defeated by one vote and the band continued to attend and play.

In 1873 Lillywhite was allowed £10 to manage another County Game at the College Ground and, in 1874, he was paid £45 and £35 for expenses. By 1878 the annual Cheltenham game had proved so popular the College Council gave its permission for the occasion to be extended to two matches, and so the “Cheltenham Week” had arrived. Lillywhite was consequently paid £120 for the organisational duties, including his local expenses.

In 1878 the committee obtained tenders “for putting canvas around the College Ground”, and fringe events also took place. These included a banquet in honour of WG and his team at The Plough Hotel.

In 1879 the County Committee suggested that all five Gloucestershire home matches were to be played in Bristol but the majority voted against this motion and the Festival continued.

James Lillywhite sadly died in 1882 but his son-in-law, Edwin Lawrence, took over the Festival organisation and successfully continued in his footsteps. The following year the entire proceeds from the Festival were handed to James’ widow in recognition of the esteem in which her late husband was held during the early years at Cheltenham.
In the late 1800’s the committee took over the organisation of the festival and Edwin Lawrence was made an honorary life member of the Club. In 1888 three matches were organised to be held at Cheltenham, but one of the games was played at Charlton Park, not at the College.

In 1898 WG played his last Festival matches at the age of 50 and scored his last century for Gloucestershire at the College Ground.

The Cheltenham Cricket Festival continues to be held each year at the Cheltenham College Ground, amongst the magnificent college surroundings.