Joint 70th anniversary T20
Club marks 70th anniversary with appeal for new members
Richmond Nomads Cricket Club celebrated its 70th Anniversary in style by staging a Twenty20 match against fellow septuagenarians Heathrow Airport on Wednesday 20th July 2016.
The event, which took place at Heston Sports Ground (formerly the Concorde Club), will see a team representing Heathrow Airport Limited take on local club Richmond Nomads CC as they jointly celebrate their 70th Anniversary, having both been set up in 1946.
Watched by local dignitaries including local Colnbrook and Poyle Parish Councillor Peter Hood who will officiate the coin toss, Heathrow Airport staff, family and friends the event will include a special commemorative cake and buffet to mark the occasion and an evening game of 20 over cricket.
The club will be using the event to highlight the relative decline of interest in Sunday friendly club cricket, having seen a number of local clubs including Lyne CC and Fulham Taverners CC fold over recent years.
Greg Neesham, President Richmond Nomads, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 70th anniversary pitting ourselves against a team representing our 1940s contemporaries Heathrow Airport.
“We have come such a long way since our frugal beginnings in 1946 where we turned out in everyday clothes rather than team whites because of rationing and a lack of funds.
“Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and has counted 1970s first-class cricketer, Tim Lamb of Middlesex and Northants, among its ranks and even competed internationally during our 60th Anniversary tour to Estonia where we played two games against the Estonia national XI.
“Despite our relative strength today, it’s becoming harder to field sides every Sunday and we appeal to anyone who’s interested in joining our club to get in touch.”
Richmond Nomads CC is a friendly club that began life in 1946 when a group of Richmond fathers met in a pub and chipped in a fiver each – then about two weeks' average wages – to found a sports club to keep their sons out of mischief. Subscriptions were 12p a year – free to members of H.M. Forces.
The Nomads, as their name implies, originally played all their games away, but by the early Sixties were renting grounds for home matches, including Richmond Green for a few years in the late Seventies and even the Bank of England Sports Club in Roehampton. Their current home is the National Physics Laboratory in Teddington.
The development of the whole Heathrow area as a very big airfield began in 1944: it was stated to be for long-distance military aircraft bound for the Far East. But by the time the airfield was nearing completion, World War II had ended.
The government continued to develop the airfield as a civil airport; opened as London Airport in 1946 before being renamed Heathrow Airport the same year.
Nigel Milton, Director of External Affairs, Heathrow Airport, said: “We are delighted to be asked to take part in this cricket match. We look forward to sharing our 70th anniversary celebrations with one of our neighbouring villages. May the best team win.”
Councillor Peter Hood, of Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council, said: "It is my absolute pleasure to be invited to be part of such a wonderful achievement for both organisations.
“Although I’m bound to be impartial for the day, I can’t help hoping the Nomads will win the game due to my long affiliation with the club.”
As well as the T20 fixture against Heathrow Airport Limited Richmond Nomads will be touring in Somerset in August.
New members are always welcome and anyone considering joining can find out more about the club on richmondnomads.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter.
Richmond Nomads won the game five wickets and were presented with the first shield of what will now become an annual birthday fixture.
•Russell Elliott, Media Secretary, Richmond Nomads CC
07879 624 247 or [email protected]
•Nigel Milton, Director of External Affairs, Heathrow Airport Limited
020 8745 7224 or [email protected]