Chairman Richard Thompson unveiled a comprehensive timeline of the history of Surrey County Cricket Club and our world famous home during the fourth day of England v India at The Kia Oval on Sunday.
With several committee members in attendance, Thompson highlighted some of the key moments the timeline covers even from before the formation of the Club and through to the present day.
Taking us through the original history of this plot of land and how it came to be owned by the Duchy of Cornwall to its first use as a cricket ground, the first Ashes match here, its time as a Prisoner of War camp and all the iconic international fixtures & ground improvements that have occurred since, The Oval’s timeline sits on a separate branch to that of the Club.
The Surrey branch contains information about the Club’s formation in 1845, its early years and the careers of greats like Sir Jack Hobbs as well as all the trophies won across the formats.
Surrey Members & fans are encouraged to visit the timeline, which spans around the outer fence behind the Bedser Stand.
The timeline is the latest installation in a number of efforts to celebrate the great history of our Club on the concourses & public spaces. Also behind the Bedser Stand are factfiles on some of the Club’s biggest legends, while photos of every County Championship winning Surrey side can be found behind the JM Finn Stand.
Both the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion and the JM Finn Stand are also filled with paintings, photos and memorabilia from the greatest matches involving Surrey or held at The Oval.
Soon to be added to the concourse beneath the Galadari Stand is a Legends’ Wall featuring all of our Greatest XI as well as the personalised plaques of Surrey & England supporters. You can purchase your plaque, with your own message, here.