Historic Glasgow cricket membership launch fundraiser to revitalise social constructing

A historic cricket membership in Partick has launched a fundraiser to renovate the constructing after it was severely broken.

West of Scotland Cricket Membership ought to maintain a big place within the coronary heart of sports followers throughout the globe as a result of it was the place Scotland performed England in 1872, the primary ever worldwide soccer match.

Chris Ross, one of many administrators and a participant, was shocked when the group returned to motion following lockdown and water had seeped its manner into the social membership.

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He advised Glasgow Dwell: “We had a water ingress in 2021 which went unnoticed as a result of we had been closed throughout the lockdown interval, it has prompted vital injury to the inside of the membership.

“On additional inspection we realised there may be substantial work required for each the roof and the construction of the constructing.

“The constructing has stood since 1923 so it has been with us for an extended time frame. So now it is in want of some vital TLC. We need to increase cash for that.”

West of Scotland Cricket Ground 1995
West of Scotland Cricket Floor 1995
(Picture: Getty)

Not solely has Hamilton Crescent hosted trailblazing soccer internationals but it surely was the house of Scottish cricket for many years.

The historic and cultural significance of the bottom is one thing Chris believes ought to be celebrated.

The director stated: “It’s a historic web site from a sporting perspective.

“The primary soccer worldwide was performed there, we have hosted internationals in 4 completely different sports activities on the membership. So it’s a traditionally vital web site in Scottish sporting historical past.

“The stuff we did with the Hampden collective to have a good time that worldwide and there was lots of of individuals right here to have a good time the occasion that occurred on the floor.

“That demonstrated the importance it had past a spot for cricket.”

Though the membership’s previous has formed international sport, the West of Scotland Cricket Membership continues to be making a big impression on the neighborhood in the present day, nonetheless, the injury to the constructing has stopped the membership from carrying on its good work.

Chris defined: “It is central to what we do on the enjoying the facet of issues.

The first international football match took place at the ground
The primary worldwide soccer match came about on the floor
(Picture: Hampden Museum)

“It has had a knock on impact on what we will do socially. One of many issues I am happy with a participant is that we keep a great social component to the membership.

“The bar continues to be busy after match days in the summertime but it surely’s not the identical due to the injury prompted it is not an awesome setting to sit down in in the intervening time.

“We used to host an entire load of occasions in there similar to a males’s psychological well being group which used the house for conferences. That has dropped off and needed to go elsewhere.

“Meaning an enormous a part of income stream is misplaced from the bar and the operate house. Not having that makes it exhausting for us to be sustainable as a membership.”

The funds raised will go in the direction of the eventual full reopening of the constructing and the reintroduction of necessary neighborhood occasions and gatherings.

The director stated: “We would like it to be someplace that represents what we’re as a membership.

“We would like it to be one of many cricketing membership’s within the western district. But additionally we wish it to be an area that the neighborhood can use and return to internet hosting the issues which might be necessary to us.

“It would good to offer our members a membership the place they will socialise to reward them for his or her nice help.”


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