Welcome to The FORTY CLUB website

The Forty Club is reputed to be the largest wandering cricket Club in the world. As a wandering or nomadic Club it does not own its own ground, and so always “plays away”.

The historic aim of the Club since its foundation in 1936 has been ‘to take cricket to the schools’ by offering Schools (both State and Public) and Youth XIs fixtures against experienced cricketers who will encourage the young cricketers to play the game to the highest standards of performance and behaviour and in the best spirit of the game. Nowadays, most of the 130 or so schools, colleges and youth XIs that we play are able to enjoy the services of professional coaching so we can leave the performance side of the game to them.  Meanwhile the Forty Club will continue to encourage the qualities of the Spirit of Cricket, to encourage the young men and women to play cricket, stay in the game, enjoy it, develop their skills and to applaud and recognise good performance .

Having been created originally for players of over 40 years of age, and being still the leading UK cricket club created for that purpose, the Forty Club now accepts full membership from players of 35 and older and, in a trial that began in 2013, associate membership from players of 18 years and older.  This is not to say that there has been any diminution in the standard or example of play that we wish to set: we want to fill the gap between the ages of say 28 and 45 when cricketers are leaving league cricket, are looking for good quality midweek non-league games, and who are not yet old enough for their county senior sides.

The logo of the Forty Club is XL – Roman numerals for 40 as well as the heart of the message that the Club wishes to impart to young cricketers in the earlier seasons of their cricketing experience.

The Districts

South District (SO) (Channel Islands, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Berkshire) Ian Henderson
West District (WE) (Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, City of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset) (Currently vacant. Please direct your enquiry to the Club Secretary)
West Midlands District (WM) (Hereford & Worcester, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, City of Birmingham, Shropshire) Roger Wickson
Wales District (WA) (Dyfed, Gwent, Glamorgan, Powys) Peter Owens
Surrey & West Sussex District (SX) (Surrey, West Sussex, South West London) Richard Bennett
North West District (NW) (Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Gwynnedd, Clwyd, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland) John Sharples
North Thames District (NT) (Greater London north of the Thames, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire) Ilija Krunic
North East District (NE) (Northumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, Yorkshire) Tony Sheppard
Kent & East Sussex District (CP) (Kent, East Sussex, South East London) Cliff Hayward
Eastern Counties District (EC) (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex) Robert Smith
East Midlands District (EM) (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland) Peter Mason
Scotland District (SC) (Scotland) Colin Neill
XL Club Region Map XL Club Region Map Scotland North East North West Wales South West Midlands Eastern East Midlands West North Thames Surrey Kent

Latest News

It is with deep sadness that we must report the passing on 27th Nov 2015 of Max Seager, Honorary Fellow of the Forty Club, and who for many years was the Hon Sec of the Golfing Society. He will be hugely missed.
Tom Graveney, the former England and Gloucestershire batsman, has died at the age of 88.  He joined The Forty Club in 1968 and was elected an Honorary Life Member in 1972. He will be remembered as one of the most elegant batsmen ever to play for his country, scoring 4,882 runs at 44.38 in 79 ...
Members may wish to be aware but the November edition of The Cricketer magazine includes a 68-page supplement entitled The Playing Fields of England. It is an A-Z guide of the Top 100 cricketing schools in the country (England only). There are a number of headings for each school, including Notable Fixtures. The following 14 ...