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) Derek Candy
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) Phillip C Stallard
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 recent death at the age of 94 of Leo Harrison, a long-serving Hampshire wicket-keeper leaves 102 year old Forty Club member John Manners, also of Hampshire, as the only one alive who played first-class cricket in England before the Second World War.
There is to be a thanksgiving service for Bill Kincaid on Tuesday 15th November at 2.30pm at the Royal Memorial Chapel, The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Camberley, with tea afterwards in the India Army Room. Bill’s widow Hilary has asked us to say that all are welcome. Those wishing to attend the service will require ...
Yesterday, Duco Ohm decided to put away his umpiring gear for ever. He decided that it was time to stop doing what he has been doing for nigh on half a century, from the highest levels of international cricket to some of the lowliest levels in club cricket. He has been a pillar of the ...