Early History of the Club
After a meeting on March 1869 at The Castle Hotel in Neath between a number of senior cricketing figures from the area, Glamorganshire County Cricket Club was established. The team played other Welsh and English counties and teams for a short while, but didn't last the year.
Eight years later, JTD Llewelyn organised a further meeting, this time in Cardiff. The club reformed on the 6th of July 1888. For almost a decade the team played friendly matches at the Arms Park ground, Cardiff. They then joined the Minor Counties Championship in 1987. Led by Joseph Brain of Glamorgan, they were joint winners of the Minor Counties Championship in 1900 and were runners up between 1907 and 1909.
Acceptance into the County Championship
In 1921 Glamorganshire entered the English County Championship. Now called Glamorgan County Cricket Club, they are the only Welsh side to have been admitted into the competition. They picked up victories in 1948, 1969 and 1997. Other career highlights include defeating every world Test nation. They beat then champions Australia in 1964 and again in 1968.
The 1920s saw them causing the occasional stir, but mostly being beaten. They defeated the West Indians in 1923, but then resumed their poor form. Johnnie Clay and Maurice Turnball are credited with keeping the team afloat over the next twenty years. This was both in terms of finances and on the pitch. Sadly, Turnball lost his life in the Second World War.
Post Second World War
Wilf Wooller stepped into the gap as captain after the war, and was also secretary for the club. They won the County Championship in 1948 and the team continued to perform well for the next three decades with Wooller at the helm. Over this time the team became predominantly Welsh, with players such as Don Shepherd and Alan Jones. Glamorgan won their second title in 1969 with Tony Lewis as captain.
The Last 25 Years
The 1990s saw what was perhaps Glamorgan's most successful period to date. They won the National League in 1993 and the County Championship four years later. Former players Jones and Shepherd, in their roles as coaches, were highly credited for their roles in these wins. The team took the National League crown again in 2002 under the young Robert Croft. With only a year's experience under his belt as captain, Croft then led the team to victory in the One Day League.
- One Day League - Champions (1993, 2002, 2004)
- County Championship - (1948, 1967, 1997)
- One Day Knockout - Finalists (1977, 2000)
- Victories Against Test Teams - Australia (1964, 1968), West Indies (1923, 1939), South Africa (1951), New Zealand (1937), Pakistan (1962, 1971), India (1936, 1959), Sri Lanka (1998)
Glamorgan played their inaugural 1889 match at the Cardiff Arms Park. It was here that the team won their first County Championship in 1921. The club was sat next to what is now the Millennium Stadium. The development of the new National Stadium meant the ground was moved to Arms Park in 1966. In 1969 Glamorgan won the County Title, beating Worcestershire at this ground. It lies between the city centre and the River Taff, on which coracle fishing takes place.
The stadium is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment which is set to be completed in March 2008. On completion, the capacity will be up to 16,000 and the ground is going to host the 2009 Third Ashes Test between England and Australia.
The ground was named after the wife of the Marquess of Bute, Sophia. The family set up the recreational grounds halfway through the 19th century. After the Second World War, the land was transferred to the Cardiff Corporation on the condition that it be used for sports.
Sophia Gardens is located one mile from Cardiff Central Rail Station. Regular trains service the station from South Wales, London and across the South West via Bristol. The grounds are signposted from the station.
If driving from the north, you should come into Cardiff on the A470 which becomes the A4161. Bearing left and following signs for the A4161 (it becomes Duke Street, Castle Street and then Cowbridge Road). Take the right turn onto the A4119 Cathedral Road and then turn right onto Sophia Close on which the grounds are located.
If coming into Cardiff from the south, follow the A4232 (Grangetown Link) then the B4267 (Leckwith Road). Bear right onto the A4161 (signposted Wellington Street) and follow the directions as above.
From the M4 motorway eastbound, take exit 29 and bear right onto the A48(M). Follow signs for the A48 (Mill Lane) then turn left onto the A4119 (Cardiff Road). This road becomes Pen-Hill Road, so continue and bear right onto Cathedral Road. Sophia Close is on the left.
From the M4 motorway westbound, take exit 33 and take the A4232. Follow directions as from the south.
This is a club primarily set up for persons interested in Glamorgan Cricket but living outside the area. It is a means of generating income for the club from areas other than Wales. Membership costs £2 per month and members receive a biannual newsletter, tie or scarf and cheap tickets for functions and events. The club has its annual inaugural dinner at the Cricketer's Club in London, and another in Swansea.
For more details or to join you can contact David East at Ar Lan y Môr, 29 Marine Drive, Ogmore by Sea CF32 0PJ or phone 01656 880040 or use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets can either be purchased in advance from the Glamorgan Cricket Reception Ticket Office at Sophia Gardens on the telephone (on 0871 2823400) or online on the club website. Ticket booths are to be found outside the main entrance of the cricket ground, which sell all remaining tickets on match days. Tickets are £15 full price, £8 concessions for Twenty20 matches. County Championship matches are £8 full price and £2 concessions.
In addition to seats in the stands, the matches can be viewed from the recently established Business Club. It is intended for people who wish to combine watching the matches with a chance to meet people from businesses in the area. The area is set above the new Pavilion and has fantastic views and an exclusive bar area.