1975: 125th anniversary and Chilterns league winners

1975 was the club’s 125th anniversary. Events to mark the occasion included a Star Soccer game in February and a Celebrity match in June as well as dinners.

The club had entered two teams in the newly formed Chilterns Cricket League, both of whom were successful in winning their respective divisions. But while results in the league were good, many other games were lost, leading David Wigmore to write in his Chairman’s Report:

On the field we have had an extremely mixed year highlighted by our 1st and 2nd XI’s winning their respective divisions in the Chiltern League and our Evening League team gaining runners-up position but these apart we suffered quite a few heavy defeats, particularly our 1st XI. Let’s hope this will be put right in 1976.

The league then consisted of 10 teams in each division, playing each other once, so only 9 matches were played. (That’s the same number of league games played in the truncated 2020 season – but those were packed into 9 consecutive weekends between July and September). The rest of the season was made up of friendly games. This theme was picked up in the Captain’s report:

When playing in the league games there was tremendous enthusiasm and team spirit, everyone was intent on winning and gave everything to the game. This was typified by the batting of Chris Goodrham and the steady and accurate bowling of Tim Isaac, Dave Thornley and Clive Kellett.

The Celebrity charity match was held on June 8th, arranged in conjunction with Slough Lions Club, against a team led by Terry Wogan, who had recently moved to the area and who was to become a Club Vice President, which included Denis Compton, Willie Rushton and Tony Blackburn. This was the first of a number of celebrity charity matches against teams put together by Terry Wogan.

The Maidenhead Advertiser carried a report and scorecard.

Below are various reports from the season, with results and statistics. To read all of the pages, please click on the first page and then use the up and down arrows at the bottom of the page.

Chairman’s Report: – 2 pages

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First XI Captain’s reports (Saturday and Sunday): – 2 pages

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First XI results and statistics: – 5 pages

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Second XI captain’s report, results and statistics: – 5 pages

Second-XI-report-and-details

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