Published: 4th February, 2019
The Alcock Room – in the heart of the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion – will be open for the use of Surrey Members on all working days from the start of March.
From Monday March 4th, the room will be open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm and will offer a daily lunch menu as well as well as high speed wi-fi and a relaxed area for members. It will continue to operate as a Members’ Restaurant on all match days.
From 12pm to 2.30pm it will offer lunch with hot food including vegetarian options, full sides and an accompanying salad bar available, priced at £10 per head. Hot and cold drinks will be available at all times, priced at Members’ regular rates.
Members wanting to use the room should arrive at the John Edrich Gate at the Pavilion End, where they will be required to show their Membership Card, before being given access to the Pavilion. If your Membership card is still to arrive by 4th March, please quote your Membership number and sign in at the John Edrich Gate. All Members will also be entitled to invite a guest in to join them.
Charles Alcock – an unheralded sporting giant
The room is named after the great Charles Alcock, who was the first ever paid secretary of Surrey CCC as well being a founding father of the Football Association.
His achievements including bringing Test Match cricket to England for the first time, organising the Test between England and Australia at The Oval in 1880, the first ever to be played in this country.
As well as his cricketing heritage, Alcock also founded the FA Cup – and played for Wanderers, the winning team, in the first ever final, staged at The Oval in 1872. He also arranged the first ever International football matches, also played at The Oval in the early 1870s between England and Scotland.
Charles Alcock in his office at The Oval in late nineteenth century
The room is situated on the third floor of the Pavilion and offers a spectacular view over the ground towards the OCS Stand.
Steve Kitcher, Head of Membership at Surrey CCC, said: “We’re always looking to offer new facilities to Surrey members and I hope coming into the Kia Oval on non-matchdays to relax, work or enjoy lunch and coffee will be something of regular interest to people.”