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History of the Fiddlers Cricket Club

When the War finished in 1945 the great majority of cricket clubs were closed due to the absence of players. With the approach of the 1946 season and demob in full flow hundreds of cricketers were re-joining their clubs together with large numbers of new members who had never played cricket.

Slough were a very strong team and this meant that the older players often could not get a game. This caused some resentment and a new member of the Club, Gilbert Husband, suggested that the older members should get together and form a new club.

This met with immediate approval and in a very short time a number of matches had been arranged with Bucks & Berks villages. The Club was an instant success and as all the team managers (the original captains) were Slough members, they always returned to the Club late on Sunday evenings.

However, the Club did not yet have a name. They played several games in 1947, and in 1948 stayed in a hotel in Bournemouth. Food and drink were very scarce and returning after the match, found that food was unavailable. Gilbert decided to raid the larders and the Chef, hearing a lot of noise, suddenly appeared. He turned to them and said "You are nothing but a bunch of bloody Fiddlers". Gilbert decided that this would be the name of the Club for the 1949 Season.

In their first 'official' season, 1949, they played 14 matches, including a two-day match against Bournemouth.

The aim of this very happy club has been to provide a good game of cricket on Sunday afternoons and a convivial evening in the local pub with the opposition; to win if possible; lose (quite often) with dignity; and always leave a good impression. Wherever possible the Captain should try to ensure that every member of the eleven took part in some part of the game.

Age has never been any debarment to joining and, in fact, some members regularly stop the ball with their shins because they are past the bending stage. At one period a large car and plenty of spare kit (during the petrol ration) rated above technical ability.

Winning, although desirable, was never the main priority.   


Original Rules (These were set in 1949 and have since changed)

There were only three rules (all before the breathalyser):

1. Matches must be played not more than 100 yards from a Pub
2. On Sunday evenings one member must knock n the local publican's door at 6.55pm
3. The new member shall be invited to drink, during the course of the day, 8 pints of bitter.


Original Team Members

Gilbert Husband, Tom Grace, Henry Keable, George Bennett, Eric Boulton, Jack lawson, Neville Compton, Bernard Hamilton, Jerry Kirby, George Hedge, Eric Grant, Jimmy Rivett, Ken Dandridgfe, Gordon Scriven, Reg Ford, Frank Dyke, Les Wickson, Eddy Harrison, Norman Black, Digger Aldridge, Alec Forbes, Henry Van Ammel, Peter Steadman, Tom Lawford.   

Click here for original article ‘Fiddlers Cricket Club history’ written by Bernard Hamilton