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The Spring & Langan Championship Fight at Worcester

The Spring & Langan Championship Fight at Worcester

The greatest of the county matches, and one of the greatest prize fights of all times, took place on Pitchcroft on January 7, 1823; when Tom Springs and Paddy Langan fought for the Championship of England. .....


Cathedral Chimes & County Cricket & Cricket Interruptions at Worcester

Cathedral Chimes & County Cricket & Cricket Interruptions at Worcester

On the Worcester New Road ground you cannot get away from the Cathedral, The great clock-bell booms. There were occasions when the match is in progress, when the great peal of twelve bells rang out, the very ground seems to vibrate. Every three hours the chimes rang out in tumult of joy and daily blessing. There were seven barrels to the great music box, with a variety of 48 tunes to delight everyone, some with sacred setting, others secular. But 7 x7 made 49, The girl l left behind me was played twice, once as its own sad self, and again as Old English March. There is a legend that when Bradman was amassing his famous double centuries (1939, 11934, 1938) at Worcester, a dignitary of the Cathedral, a great cricket enthusiast, changed the ordered chime appointed for the day to Poor Tom Bowling.........


A Tall Cricket Story

A Tall Cricket Story

Mr. Herbert Jenner who played in the first Oxford v Cambridge match in 1827, tole the following story of a 'demon bowler' when he kept wicket: 'The bowler sent down a ball which broke the .....


Boughton Cricket Ground, W.G Grace & R.E.Foster

W.G. Grace made his first appearance in the Midlands at the age of 20, and though only 20, he was easily the greatest cricketer in the country. The occasion was at the Boughton Cricket Ground, Worcester, in 1870, with a Worcestershire 22, and the United South of England eleven. The home team won by 57 runs, which fields.....


Worcester Regatta 1845

Worcester Regatta 1845

Worcester Regatta 1845  - Worcester Evening News 20-05-95

One of the more remarkable 'matchings' at the first ever Worcester Regatta over 150 years ago was when the crew from the then tiny village of Kempsey was drawn against Oxford University !

The David and Goliath clash did not, for some unaccountable reason, actually take place though Oxford rowed later at the regatta against a Bewdley crew, bumping their boat from behind under an arch of Worcester Bridge and claiming the race............... 


The Spring and Langon Championship Fight , Part 3 The First 32 Rounds

The Spring and Langon Championship Fight , Part 3 The First 32 Rounds

At 12.35 Spring arrived with Tom Crib as second, from Croome Court, where they had been staying as guests of Lord Coventry. Most of the nobility of the Midlands were present, including three peers, but Langon was nowhere to be found. Because of legal difficulties,

The Spring and Langon Championship Part 2 - 40,000 on Pitchcroft

The Spring and Langon Championship Part 2 - 40,000 on Pitchcroft

The match was arranged to take place on Pitchcroft, with the use of the grandstand, for stakes of 300 sovereigns aside, and handbills were circulated. So great was the demand for seats that wagons and temporary stands had to be used, and cost an extra 10

The Spring and Langon Championship Fight at Worcester Part 1

The Spring and Langon Championship Fight at Worcester Part 1

The greatest of the county matches, and one of the greatest prize fights of all times, took place on Pitchcroft on Januaury 7, 1824: when Tom Spring and Paddy Langon fought for the championship of England.Spring, a native of Warwick, was the reigning champion

Boughton Cricket Ground, W.G.Grace and R.E.Foster.

Boughton Cricket Ground, W.G.Grace and R.E.Foster.

W.G.Grace made his first appearance in the Midlands at the age of 20, and though only 20, he was easily the greatest cricketer in the country. The occasion was at the Boughton Cricket Ground, Worcester, in 1870, with a Worcestershire 22, and the United

A Tall Cricket Story

A Tall Cricket Story

Mr.Herbert Jenner who played in the first Oxford v Cambridge match in 1827, told the following story of a 'demon bowler' when he kept wicket: 'The bowler sent down a ball which broke the bat, the batman's leg, the middle and leg stumps, whizzed past me,

Cathedral Chimes and County Cricket

Cathedral Chimes and County Cricket

On the Worcster ground you cannot get away from the Cathedral. The great clock-bell booms. There are occasions when the match is in progress, when the great peal of twelve bells rings out, the very ground seems to vibrate. Every three hours the chimes ring

Cricket Interruptions at Worcester

Cricket Interruptions at Worcester

In the Minor Counties days a match with Berkshire was interrupted by a great black sow waddling from the adjacent piggery into the centre of the ground. In the early First Class Days, a Derbyshire match was stopped by a wild rabbit dashing between the players.

Cricket Facts

Cricket Facts

Ron Headley became the first Worcestershire batsman to aggregate 1,000 Sunday League runs at Newark in 1971 after 40 innings. Graeme Hick also completed his 100 runs against Notts but this time at Trent Bridge in 1987 during his 31st innings

The Dover's Hill Games

The Dover's Hill Games

A great annual sporting occasion during the first half of the ninteenth century was the Dover's Hill Sports. It was held on a grassy plateau above Broadway at apoint where the counties of Worcester, Warwick and Gloucester meet,