The History Of Surrey County Cricket Club
Club and Ground History
The history of Surrey County Cricket Club and The Oval cricket ground is in itself a history of the game in this country.
Formed in 1845 at the Horns Tavern in Kennington, Surrey CCC have won the County Championship nineteen times – including a record eight consecutive titles from 1952 to 1958 – and have also won eight trophies in limited overs cricket – including the inaugural Twenty20 Cup in 2003.
The home county of many of the greatest players to ever play the game – including Sir Jack Hobbs, Jim Laker, Peter May, Sir Alec Bedser, Alec Stewart, Graham Thorpe and Mark Butcher – Surrey CCC is one of the most historic sports clubs in the country.
Ever since 1845 Surrey have been based at The Oval, a stadium iconic the world over for its history and unique gasholders that have overlooked every game played at the ground since 1853.
In cricketing terms, the ground hosted the first ever Test Match in England in 1880 and was the place the Ashes were created in 1882. In the twentieth century, 1938 saw Sir Len Hutton hit the highest ever Test Match score by an Englishman at The Oval before, ten years later, the great Sir Donald Bradman played his last ever innings at the ground, memorably just failing to score the four runs he required for a Test Match average of 100.
Later in the century the ground became a home from home for the all conquering West Indies teams of the 1970s and 1980s, with Michael Holding taking 8/92 in 1976 and Sir Vivian Richards hitting 291 in same match.
In more recent times The Oval hosted the finale of the 2005 Ashes – for many the greatest series ever played – and once again staged England Ashes victories in 2009 and 2013.
Away from cricket, some say The Oval is where English team sport was founded. In 1870 the ground hosted the first ever International football match in England – between England and Scotland – and two years later, in 1872, hosted the first ever FA Cup Final between Wanderers and Engineers, won 1-0 by the Wanderers. The Engineers gained a measure of revenge in 2012 when the ground re-staged the match, winning 7-1.
The same year – 1872 – also saw the ground also host the first ever Rugby Union fixture to be played in England – once again between England and Scotland.
Throughout the history of the ground, many other sports have been staged here including cycling, athletics, hockey, Australian Rules Football and American Football. There have also been rock festivals held on the ground during the 1970s, headlined by stars no less than The Who, Frank Zappa and Emerson, Lake and Palmer!
Click HERE to see a detailed timeline of club history or HERE to read a more detailed article.
CLICK HERE to find details of all former Surrey first XI players, scorecards of all first class & List A matches since 1846, details of grounds used by Surrey and records for and against Surrey.
The Kia Oval Library
CLICK HERE to be taken to the homepage of the Library Catalogue where you can search the collection online. The Library, situated in the Sandham Room (through the Long Room), is open to all Surrey CCC Members who can also use the online catalogue to reserve books. Full details and information on access for non-Members can be found on the Library information page. If you have any queries or would like further information on the history of the Club or the Library please contact on email@example.com.