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 State and Public Schools, 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) Committee: Peter Rebera, Winston Duguid and Phil Fawkner-Corbett. Please direct any enquiry to Peter Rebera at prebera@hotmail.com
West Midlands District (WM) (Hereford & Worcester, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, City of Birmingham, Shropshire) Steve Dellow
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

The Dinner Committee has decided that the date for the 2016 Annual Dinner will be the 28th October.  The decision has been guided by availability dates at Lord’s and at the Oval as both venues are being considered. Please make a note in your diaries now:  the date in confirmed, the venue has yet to ...
We regret to inform you that Life Member Eric Caw passed away just before Christmas.  Eric joined the Forty Club in Scotland in 1979 where he was Captain and President of Corstorphine CC, skippered the Edinburgh Public Parks XI and President of the Edinburgh Midweek League.  He is described by Colin Neill as a ‘phenomenal ...
The funeral service for Fred Dillam will be held at Corley Church, Corley near Coventry, at 12:15pm on the 14th January 2016. All XL members who knew Fred are welcome to attend.