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. The aim of the Club since 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. The Forty Club currently plays some 130 fixtures a season against School and Youth sides throughout England Scotland and Wales.

Having been created originally for players of over 40 years of age, and being the leading UK cricket club created for that purpose, the Forty Club now accepts full membership from players of 35 and older and – and in a trial that began in 2013 – associate membership from players of 18 years and older.

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

We are aware of at least ten partnerships of over 200 runs and our archivist Carl Openshaw can say with certainty that the one between Andy Robertson and Khagal Arsal in the MCC fixture on the 12th August 2015 is a record for the Club for the 4th wicket. It is not the highest ever ...
We are all aware that the 2016 Quadrangular Tournament will be hosted by Cricket Espana at La Manga.  The dates will be the 16th to the 23rd October 2016. It has now been agreed that the 2017 Quadrangular Tournament will be hosted by SGS in Holland.  The venue and the July dates will be announced ...
Played yesterday 12th August 2015 on the Jesus College ground in Cambridge, bathed in sunshine, the Forty Club pulled off a remarkable victory over MCC. MCC batted first, declaring at 300 for 5 and 45 minutes later at tea, when XL was 36 for 3, things did not look good. But there then followed a 4th ...