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Welcome to Goodwood Cricket Club

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A Brief History

 A receipt for brandy, given to the players, records the earliest known game of cricket at Goodwood in 1702.

In 1727 in Goodwood Park, a game was played between the 2nd Duke of Richmond and Mr Brodrick of Peper Harow Park, near Godalming (cricket is still played there today). As was common in those days there was a wager on the match and a set of rules was drawn up. These rules are the oldest set of written cricket rules in existence, today, in the world. The originals are kept in Goodwood House, with a copy in the club pavilion and at Lord's.

The Club has a strong link with Lord's. The 4th Duke, was one of the original backers of Thomas Lord when he bought 'the rough piece of land' in St John's Wood and the 5th Duke was President of the MCC. The present Duke was President/Patron of Sussex CCC.         

Another link with Lord's could be the club colours. These colours are the racing colours of the Dukes of Richmond, circa 1801.  Sometime after their use by the Dukes and the cricket club they also became the colours of the MCC circa 1888. Although they could also have links with Nicholson's Gin Company.                                   

For much of the clubs history the enormous Cedar of Lebanon tree has looked on such players as James Lillywhite, Captain of England (employee of the Duke) and in more recent times Sir Colin Cowdrey, Ted Dexter, Jim Parks,  Ian Salisbury, Graham Gooch, Nasser Hussain, Devon Malcolm, Gladstone Small, Nick Compton and Sam Robson to name but a few. The tree was planted as a seed in 1752 and planted out on the ground in 1756.

Recent developments have seen the arrival of electricity and a bar in 1989, showers in 1991, sightscreens and an enlarged social area in 1996, a new artificial net in 1997, a new scoreboard in 1998, a 2-ton roller in 1999 and new roll on roll off covers in 2000. The square, ground and pavilion are all maintained by voluntary help – the club members. The Club also entered The National Village Cricket Championships playing in it from 1998-2003.