In 2021, the Gloucestershire Exiles celebrate their 50th anniversary!
The Gloucestershire Exiles is a part-social, part fundraising founded in 1971 and boasts a membership of several hundred Gloucestershire supporters from across the country and even around the world.
Originally conceived to bring together supporters from outside the county, the membership now includes many who live in Gloucestershire and Bristol who wish to enjoy the benefits offered by the Exiles.
We organise events both during the cricket season and winter months – you can read about them below. These include an Annual General Meeting at Lord’s, a day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival for members and friends and also a 'Meet the Players' evening during one of our matches in London. Every other year we hold a Fundraising Dinner in the Lord’s Committee Dining Room.
We also produce our Exiles magazine, Outside-edge, which is the only print publication exclusively about Gloucestershire cricket. It is published twice a year and sent to all of our members. Outside-edge keeps our members in touch with the Club news through articles submitted by members and contributions from county players past and present, cricket writers and other cricket-lovers.
How can I get involved?
Membership of Gloucestershire Exiles has an annual subscription cost of £15 (concessions offered). Life membership is £150.00 if you are over 65. To find out more and to receive a complimentary copy of Outside-edge, please contact our Membership Secretary Matt Davies on email@example.com or 07970 730267
To give you a wider picture of the history of the Exiles and its link with the County Club, below is a link to the 100th edition of Outside-edge which includes highlights and pictures through the years from the formation of the Exiles in 1971:
Click here for the 100th Edition of the Outside-edge.
Outside-edge editor Martin Jones welcomes all contributions and ideas for articles. We would be delighted to hear from you, especially with your 150 words. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exiles Player of the Year 2019
We are pleased to announce that the Gloucestershire Exiles Player of the Year for 2019, voted for by the Members, is Ryan Higgins. Ryan is shown here receiving his Exiles Player of the Year Award for 2018 at Lord’s from former Exiles Membership Secretary Simon Franklin, along with Treasurer Jon Paine who organised the poll. Many congratulations go to Ryan for this award.
Lord's Dinner 2020
Gloucestershire Exiles launched their 2020 programme of events with another successful and thoroughly enjoyable dinner in the prestigious Committee Dining Room at Lord's. With a backdrop of a floodlit Media Centre, Exiles Chair Sarah Blowen welcomed guests to the bi-annual event. Present from Bristol were David Jones, the Club’s Deputy Chairman, Gloucestershire skipper Chris Dent, and all-rounder Ryan Higgins, all of whom happily mixed throughout the evening with Exiles and their guests.
The event has a history of attracting high-class speakers and this year's Guest of Honour was Ian Lovett who is currently ECB President and a former ECB Vice Chairman. As well as reminiscing about cricket over the years he spoke about the future direction of the game and the spirit of cricket, a theme picked up by Sarah when she thanked Ian at the close of his address. The event typified the part-social, part-fundraising role of the Exiles. As well as the excellent meal and convivial company, the evening also included a raffle and an auction which helped to lift the profit from the evening to almost £3000. Grateful thanks were also extended Jon Paine, the Exiles Treasurer, who organised the event.
Exiles Day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival
The highlight of the Exiles social calendar is the annual Cheltenham Lunch which takes place each year at the Cheltenham Festival, and is now one of the festival’s largest events. In 2019 it took place during the match against local rivals Worcestershire where 150 Exiles and their guests were joined by the likes of Norman Gifford and his fellow Worcestershire Committee members. Sadly, for reasons we all understand, the 2020 event could not take place but we are all optimistic that it will during this coming season and as soon as we have details we will be advising all Exiles and updating the website.
Gloucestershire Exiles enjoying the Cheltenham Festival