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Bill McKaig

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

It is with great sadness that members have learnt of the passing on Sunday of Bill McKaig. Bill was a great supporter of cricket in general, but especially of Greenock and was known and respected throughout Scottish cricket for his perceptive comments. He was always great company, with a wealth of stories, and will be sadly missed by many. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

Junior coaching resumes on Wednesday 21st April

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

With the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, junior coaching restarts at Glenpark on Wednesday 21st April. The sessions will start at 6pm and last until 7.30pm with all equipment supplied by the Club and are open to boys and girls, aged from 7 to 14 years old.

More details can be found by clicking the link below.

Western Union League and Cup fixtures released

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

The WDCU have released the schedule for the 2021 League and Cup season and the fixtures can be found from the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

The league season will commence on 22nd May and run through to 18th September, provided the easing of the Covid restrictions proceeds as planned. This year the Glenpark XI will play in a 14-team Third Division, playing 15 games in total.

Greenock handed tough Scottish Cup draw

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

As the club awaits news on how the easing of Covid restrictions will work out for the 2021 season, news comes that in the Scottish Cup they have been drawn away to strong Edinburgh outfit, Carlton. The tie will hopefully be played on Sunday 23rd May.

March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

With the clubhouse still closed, the March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 27th March 2021, as before, 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 Roger Hardie, Robbie Henderson, David Brown and Graeme Sanders. Congratulations to all four.

The next draw will take place on Friday 30th April 2021 for the usual prizes plus the April jackpot prize. It is anticipated that this will be the first day when the clubhouse will be able to re-open and it seems appropriate to carry out the draw then rather than in Peter's house on the previous Saturday. Fingers crossed that this will happen.

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.

February Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

With the clubhouse still closed, the February monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 27th February 2021, as before, 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 Steve Kelly, Colin Lochhead, Maria Bryceland and Wilson Evans. Congratulations to all four.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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