Greenock Cricket Club

Glenpark, Brisbane Street, Greenock, PA16 8NY

Founded 1862

Isabel Clark

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Members will be saddened to learn of the passing on 25th January of Isabel Clark, wife of the Club's Honorary Vice-President, Jack Clark, after a long illness.

Our sincere condolences go to Jack, his sons, John and David, and all his family and friends in their sad loss.

December Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

With the clubhouse still closed, the December monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 26th December 2020 in Peter Hempsey's house by Peter's wife, Mary. The draw was filmed and can be viewed at this link.

The four lucky winners were Alastair McMillan, George Holms, Susan Hempsey and Margot Andrew while the Boxing Day jackpot prize was won by Bob Kelly. Congratulations to them all.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 30th January 2021 for the usual prizes, and at the same time the winner of the December jackpot prize will be drawn.

We are always looking for new members to join the draw, the receipts from which are used to improve the facilities of the Club for all members. If you wish to join, please contact Brian Papworth using the details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

Sean Fischer-Keogh recognised in Inverclyde Sports Awards

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Congratulations to Sean Fischer-Keogh on being chosen as Young Sports Personality of the Year in the annual Inverclyde Sports awards. This award was richly deserved after Sean's impressive performances at the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa at the start of the year and hopefully brings him some joy after his summer, like those of all the other Greenock cricketers, was wrecked by the pandemic.

November Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, November 30th, 2020

With the clubhouse still closed, the November monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 28th November 2020 in Peter Hempsey's house by Peter's wife, Mary. The draw was filmed and can be viewed at this link.

Peter Smith

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

The Club is saddened to learn of the sudden death on 22nd September of Peter Smith, an outstanding wicket-keeper in the history of the Club.

Peter first played for the 1st XI in 1949 when he was still at school at Merchiston College but his career in the team really started in 1953, although in that year and for the next three years his appearances were restricted to the second half of the season as he was studying at Cambridge University. He continued to play for the 1st XI up to and including 1973 and during that time he claimed 383 victims in 393 matches, with 277 catches and 122 stumpings. The high number of stumpings reflect his penchant for standing up to the stumps as often as possible. He was predominately a lower-order batsman but during his career he batted at all positions in the order and scored 1930 runs in that time. He could be a difficult man to dislodge and many of his runs were scored at crucial times in the game.

Jack Clark remembers him as a man of sobriety and clean living amidst a bunch of rabble rousers. Everyone got on well with Peter and he contributed wholeheartedly to every team that he played for.

After ceasing to play, he moved to Ayr for work but remained a member of the Club. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, May, and his family.

Allan MacFeate

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Members of the Club will be saddened to hear of the death earlier today of Allan MacFeate. Allan was a long-standing member of the Club and he gave great support to it. He will be sadly missed by all his friends at Glenpark. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go to Catherine, Derek and family for their loss.

Greenock play for Union title in last game before WW2

Friday, September 4th, 2020

The series of articles on notable moments from the Club's history began with the first league game after the end of World War One. It ends with the last league game played before the start of World War Two. On Saturday 2nd September 1939, Greenock played Kelburne at Glenpark knowing that victory would see them defend their league title. Find out what happened in this article.

Cricket at Glenpark in August

Friday, August 14th, 2020

There will be an Under-16 game with Helensburgh on Friday 14th August with the Under-12s travelling to Meikleriggs to take on Ferguslie on the same night. Next Friday, 21st August, these fixtures will be reversed.

The seniors will play an intra-club match on Saturday 15th August but the section have decided that they will not be playing matches against other clubs this season.

Australian Imperial Forces team at Glenpark in 1919

Friday, August 14th, 2020

At the conclusion of World War One, there were thousands of Australians in Europe and they remained there into 1919. From their number the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) Touring team was formed to play first-class matches against the English counties. In this article it can be read how they came to play at Glenpark against Greenock on Wednesday 13th August 1919.

John Kerr and Arthur Neill in record partnership

Friday, July 31st, 2020

On Saturday 31st July 1937, John Kerr and Arthur Neill put on 214 for the first wicket partnership against Poloc. This set two records for the Western Union at the time. A report on this match can be read in this article.

Clubhouse Opening - Weekend 31 July to 2 August

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Subject to any last minute developments as a result of the cluster of Covid-19 infections across the Inverclyde area, the Clubhouse will again be open over the weekend of 31 July to 2 August. We have reconfigured the seating to increase capacity, and the two marquees remain available to provide additional outdoor seating.

As a result of the local outbreak, all users of the Club must sign in, legibly recording their names and contact telephone numbers. In the event this information is required by NHS Scotland for contact tracing purposes, it will be made available to them and is only of any value if accurate. By signing in, you are also confirming that you have read and will abide by the risk assessment that is on display at points of entry. Seating or tables should not be moved as they form part of a safe internal seating plan.

The current Government advice is that indoor gatherings should only be occurring in groups of up to two households within premises. On that basis, we have set the tables out with four chairs per table. If you form a group from more than two households or of a number that would require additional seating, it may be that the marquee seating will be more appropriate to your requirements.

Keith Miller comes to Glenpark

Friday, July 24th, 2020

After the Nazi surrender in 1945, the Australian Services XI was formed to play England in a five-match series, known as the Victory Tests. Many of the Australians were also members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) team and after the third Victory Test, the latter played a number of games in the North of England and Scotland. For unknown reasons, one of those games was against Greenock on Friday 27th July. The leading player in the RAAF team was the charismatic Keith Miller who would go on to become one the best-known names in the history of cricket. A report on this historic match can be read in this article.

Clubhouse Opening - Weekend 24 to 26 July

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

The Committee has revisited the arrangements for re-opening the clubhouse and is pleased to announce that five tables, each capable of accommodating four people, will be available for use within the clubhouse on a first come, first served basis from Friday 24 July. Members using the tables must follow the rules for doing so and in particular pay attention to the strict cleaning regulations that will be in place.

The outdoor beer garden will remain in operation and a further two marquees will be in place to provide more protection for those using this facility.

These are difficult times and the Committee is doing its best to provide facilities for the membership while working to the guidelines set out by the Government.

Willie Hope scores 100 in just 40 minutes

Friday, July 17th, 2020

After World War One, Greenock were blessed with a number of fine all-rounders. One of those was Willie Hope who featured strongly for the Club during a career which was more and more limited by his medical duties as a doctor. On Saturday 16th July 1921, Drumpellier came to Glenpark and having made significant inroads into Greenock's batting, their attack was then mauled by Hope in an innings of 100 which lasted just 40 minutes. A report on this match can be read in this article.

Irish visitors to Glenpark in 1899

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Over the weekend of 7th and 8th July 1899, Greenock played host to visitors from Belfast, North of Ireland Cricket Club, having played and beaten them in Ireland the previous year. While direct sailings existed between the Clyde and Belfast this journey must have been quite daunting in those days and says much for the keenness of the players on both sides. A report on this match can be read in this article.

WAB Smith's quickfire century

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

William AB Smith (WABS) had a brief career with the Club but in that time his fierce hitting and fiery bowling made him a favourite with Greenock supporters. On July 1st 1933, at Meikleriggs he hit the Ferguslie bowling all round the park to record his only century for the Club, taking less than an hour to reach three figures. A report on this innings can be read in this article.

Jack Hobbs graces Glenpark

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Jack Hobbs is undeniably one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game. On June 25th 1935 and in the last year of his career he came to Glenpark as part of Harry Rowan's select XI for a match that grabbed the attention of all cricket-lovers in Greenock. A report on this historic match can be read in this article.

Junior cricket activity returns to Glenpark

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

After what has seemed an eternity, cricket returns to Glenpark on Wednesday 1st July with the first of what will be weekly coaching sessions for junior cricketers, both boys and girls.

News on the resumption of training for seniors will be released in due course.

Full details can be found by clicking the link below.

John Kerr's first century for Greenock

Friday, June 19th, 2020

John Kerr holds a special place in the history of Greenock. In a forty-year career, he scored over 21,000 runs at an average of over 40 and for a long time he was considered the best batsman in Scotland, captaining his country and being responsible for one of the most famous innings played by a Scottish player when he scored 147 against Warwick Armstrong's Australian team of 1921. On June 20th 1903, at the age of 18, against Clydesdale he scored the first of 41 centuries for Greenock and a report on this match can be read in this article.

DW Leitch takes all ten wickets

Friday, June 12th, 2020

131 years ago to the day, the only recorded instance of a Greenock 1st XI player taking all ten wickets in an innings occurred at Maryhill Barracks during a friendly between Greenock and Lancashire Fusiliers. That player was DW Leitch and his achievement is detailed in this article.

Greenock's first win at Raeburn Place

Friday, June 5th, 2020

This week's slice of history takes us back to 9th June 1923. Annual friendlies against one of the leading clubs in Scotland, Grange of Edinburgh, started in 1893, played alternately at Glenpark and Raeburn Place, right up to 1955. While results at Glenpark were well balanced, that was not the case in Edinburgh, that is until 1923, when the first win at Grange's home ground was achieved. And a resounding success it was too, as can be read in this article.

George Patterson

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Members of the Club will be saddened to hear of the passing of George Patterson, a long-standing member and supporter of the Club, after a short illness following a stroke. George had latterly retired to live in Torrance but had maintained a keen interest in the Club's affairs. His father, also George, was President of the Club in 1958 and 1959. George will be sadly missed and our sincere condolences go to his family and all his friends.

West defeated as Greeenock speed to 1952 title

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Our weekly look back through the archives of the Club takes us to 1952 and a match played on Saturday 31st May at Hamilton Crescent against West of Scotland. A young team, bolstered by one of the Club's most successful professionals in ex-county player, Ted Whitfield, romped to the Western Union title by over 24 percentage points. A report on this match, which resulted in a comfortable win for Greenock, can be read in this article.

Inverclyde Community Fund award grant to Club

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

The Club have been successful in applying to the Inverclyde Community Fund for financial assistance to assist with an extension to the Junior Coaching programme. Given the loss of playing and training opportunities this season, player retention and maintaining enthusiasm is critical to the Section. After a consultation exercise with junior coaches, parents and junior members is completed, the Club will be offering a winter training programme which will take place on selected evenings and weekends.

This is an addition to the recognised training programme and will complement the existing Club activities and school activity which will also continue.

The Club wish to thank the Trustees of Inverclyde Community Fund for their generous award of £500 at this challenging time.

Greenock in dramatic finish with Uddingston

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Friday's history lesson takes us back to 1931 when there was a dramatic finish to the match at Glenpark with Uddingston. These two clubs had a fierce rivalry in the years between the wars and this match was a prime example of the tussles between them. A report on the match can be read in this article.

Neill Cook - UPDATED

Friday, May 15th, 2020

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Neill Cook on Monday afternoon.

Neill had a long career at the Club, being a member of the senior elevens from the late 50s into the 80s. He was a hard-hitting middle-order batsman and medium pace swing bowler who played the game as he lived his life, full of joie de vivre. He owed a lot of his success with the bat to his beloved 'Big Bertha' which was an ugly looking thing but which he wielded with great effect at times.

He became President of the Club in 1981, serving a two-year spell in the post, and at all times he was prepared to give his support and advice to those who were working for the Club. He always made a point of attending the AGM.

Neill will be greatly missed at Glenpark by all who knew him over such a long time. It was impossible to remain depressed when in his company. Our deepest condolences go to Sandra and his family and all his friends at this difficult time.

Due to lockdown restrictions, Neill's funeral on Wednesday 20th May will be a private affair. However, his funeral cortege will be routed past a number of places that have a connection with him and one of those places will be the Club. It is expected that the cortege will pass along Brisbane Street, pausing outside the Club, at around 11.45am to allow those who will be unable to attend the crematorium the chance to pay their respects.

Greenock's first West League Cup match

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Our latest visit to the memory bank recalls the first match played by the Club in the West League Cup competition. This was played at Whitehaugh against Kelburne on Tuesday 15th May 1951 and resulted in a defeat by 12 runs. A report on the match together with a brief appreciation of the Man of the Match, ex-Greenock professional Bert Tobin, can be read in this article.

COVID-19 - Latest update

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

In line with the policy of the Scottish and UK Governments, the Clubhouse and other buildings remain closed.

Cricket Scotland has today issued a further update to their earlier advice on recreational cricket to state that there will be no league cricket or national cup competitions this season. No domestic cricket can take place before 1st August at which point it may be possible to play friendly matches or even some cup competitions organised by the WDCU. However there is no certainty that this will happen.

We continue to hope that all our members, employees and friends stay safe in these uncertain times.

When the clubhouse was opened

Friday, May 8th, 2020

In the latest article to look back at significant moments in the Club's history, the official opening of the Clubhouse on Saturday 5th May 1923, 97 years ago, is remembered. While many changes have been made to the clubhouse since then, both inside and out, the basic structure remains.

The official opening was carried out by JK Ballantyne, who was the President of the Scottish Cricket Union at the time, during the lunch interval of the match against an eleven captained by him which was played to celebrate the opening of the clubhouse. A report of the match, together with a description of the new clubhouse that was published in the Greenock Telegraph on the day, can be read in this article.

100 years ago

Friday, May 1st, 2020

With no live cricket to report on, at least for the foreseeable future, this is possibly a good time to reflect on the history of the Club. Over the years since it was founded in 1862, there have been games played that were highlights in the Club's history either because of outstanding individual performances or because they brought success to the Club or were simply important steps in the progress of the Club.  Such games might be of interest to members and supporters alike.

The plan is to publish a brief article each Friday which will highlight one specific game played on or around the same date. Today the first of these articles covers the first competitive game played by the Club after the First World War. This was against Drumpellier at Glenpark on May 1st 1920, exactly 100 years ago. A run-fest it was not, as can be read in this article.

Club records now updated back to 1931

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

The Club records have been updated again, this time to cover the years from 1931 to 1937. Each year that has been added to the archives has a summary of all games played by the 1st XI together with full averages, selected scorecards and a short review of the season. The cumulative records of the Club have also similarly been updated.

This new update covers the years when the Club's professional was Reg Hollingdale, from Sussex, who can reasonably be claimed to be one of the best professionals employed by the Club. During this time, the Club won the Western Union title on two occasions while there were any number of memorable games, not least the time when Jack Hobbs played at Glenpark in June 1935. 1937, though it did not result in title or cup success, was a year when there were some outstanding personal performances, such as John Kerr hitting two centuries in four days at the age of 52.

As with previous updates, there a number of caveats that need to be kept in mind and these are detailed in this brief article.

Work will now start on the next update which is likely to cover the years from 1925 to 1930.

Bill Crawford

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Members will be saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Crawford on Monday 27th April. Bill was a long-standing and popular member of the Club and will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, Helen, and all his family and friends.

COVID-19 - Latest update

Thursday, March 23rd, 2020

In line with the policy of the Scottish and UK Governments, the Clubhouse and other buildings remain closed.

Cricket Scotland had earlier advised that all cricketing activity should cease until 1st June at the earliest. They have today issued an update to this advice to say that they will wait until 7th May, when further announcements from the UK Government on the lockdown and possible exit strategy are expected, before making any further decisions on the future of 2020 domestic cricket season.

We continue to hope that all our members, employees and friends stay safe in these uncertain times.

A message from Dunoon

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

A message from Gordon McKissock, our overseas amateur from Dunoon.

Hello folks, I hope everyone is well and staying safe? We may well have the most decorated houses, beautiful gardens and dazzling cars in creation by the end of this and probably enlarged waist lines to boot!

I look forward to seeing you all when this all passes, be good, be well, just be Greenock CC!

All the best, Gordon

Club records updated back to 1938

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

The Club records have been updated again to include the years from 1938 to 1953, excluding the war years. Each year that has been added to the archives has a summary of all games played by the 1st XI together with full averages, selected scorecards and a short review of the season. The cumulative records of the Club have also similarly been updated.

This new stretch of years starts with the two years prior to World War Two when the Club won the Western Union and the Rowan Cup in both years, albeit sharing the title in 1939 with Kelburne when the league was stopped a week early due to the outbreak of war. After the war, success was more limited as the Club struggled to regain its strength but the signing of Ted Whitfield as professional in 1952 brought the Union title back to Glenpark, although it would take until 1976 before it was won again.

As with previous updates, there a number of caveats that need to be kept in mind and these are detailed in this brief article.

Work has already started on the next update which will cover the years from 1931 to 1937 - the Hollingdale years, when the Club was fortunate to have the services of one of the finest all-round professionals to have played for it, Reg Hollingdale from Sussex.

Sean strikes for the Scots Under-19s

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Having sat out Scotland's first match in the Under-19 World Cup, Sean Fischer-Keogh took his chance when picked for the second match against Bangladesh. Batting number 11, he remained defiantly unbeaten on 3 as Scotland were dismissed for just 89. But opening the bowling, he took a wicket with the very first ball of the Bangladesh innings and finished with 3 for 27 as Bangladesh won by 7 wickets. That's a stout effort, Sean, and everyone at the Club is right behind you. Good luck for the remaining matches in the tournament.

Knighthood for club legend

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

The Club was absolutely delighted to see that club legend Gordon Greenidge was appointed a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George (KMCG) in the overseas list of the honours list that was recently published.

Which means that he is now Sir Gordon Greenidge. What an honour and thoroughly deserved for someone who will always be remembered with real affection by all those who saw him play for the Club in the early 90s.

2019 AGM News

Friday, December 20th, 2019

At last night's Annual General Meeting, the members unanimously elected Greg McDougall to be captain of the Club. Congratulations to Greg and everyone's good wishes go to him for a successful season in 2020.

David Glancy will continue as President for the time being but a change in his work circumstances means that he will need to step down as soon as a successor can be appointed.

Sean Fischer-Keogh selected for Under-19 World Cup

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Massive congratulations to Sean Fischer-Keogh on being selected as one of the 15 Scottish players to go the Under-19 World Cup to be held in South Africa between 17th January 2020 and 9th February 2020. Scotland have been drawn in Group C of the event and will play Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. This is a well-deserved honour and everyone at Glenpark wishes Sean all the very best for what will be a most exciting and rewarding time for him. Well done, Sean.

Recognition for Lukas Fischer-Keogh

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Congratulations to Lukas Fischer-Keogh on being selected as one of the 17 players to form the squad for this winter's Western Warriors Under-16 training programme.

Graham White

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

It is with great sadness that members of the Club learned of the death today of Graham White.

Graham, or Chalky as he was known to everyone, played for the 1st XI from 1957 until 1970, although his appearances were at time restricted by work commitments. In his career, he took 166 wickets with his probing off-spin, the highlight being 8 for 62 against West Lothian County and he also scored 661 runs, mainly as a lower-order batsman.

After retiring from the game, he became a faithful supporter of the team and was always to be seen at Glenpark as he followed the fortunes of the Club. Graham will be sadly missed by all who knew him and our sincere condolences go to Graham's widow, Agnes, and all his family and friends.

Chalky's funeral will be held on Tuesday 29th October at 12 noon at Greenock Crematorium.

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