HISTORY (1900s-1980s)

1902-03              MIDLAND JUNCTION admitted to B grade in WACA competition. First grade quality players linked with North Perth’s first grade side

 

1910-11              MIDLAND JUNCTION admitted to WACA first grade competition.

 

1914-15              Midland Junction catchment area extends into the Swan Districts with club name changed to Midland Swan.

 

1917-18              No teams entered into WACA competition due to World War I

 

1918-19              Following post war reconstruction of Clubs and a spike in playing numbers from Guildford the club was renamed to be MIDLAND-GUILDFORD CRICKET CLUB. Through the impact of war only a B grade team competed in this season.

 

1919-20              MIDLAND-GUILDFORD CRICKET CLUB returns to First grade competition

 

Oct 1923             MIDLAND-GUILDFORD nominated Blue and Gold for club colours however were not accepted as Claremont had ownership of these. Chocolate and blue became the club colours but were later changed to the current black and white

 

1930-31              The B2 team wins the premiership by defeating East Perth

 

1932-33              With the establishment of Province Teams, Midland-Guildford and Mount Lawley form the North East Province and won the premiership

 

Apr 1933             WACA proposal for Province cricket be abandoned is not supported.

 

Jul 1935              District cricket clubs introduced for the first time. District clubs were Claremont, Subiaco, Mt Lawley, East Perth, University, Fremantle, NE Fremantle and North Perth. Sub-district clubs approved as Cottesloe, Nedlands, West Perth, Bassendean, Southern Suburbs, Subiaco, East Perth, Midland-Guildford, North Perth, Claremont, North East Fremantle, Fremantle and Mt Lawley

 

Sept 1936           C grade introduced to WACA competition

 

Sept 1941           Due to the impact of war no MGCC teams nominated for the coming seasons

 

Feb 1946            Arthur Clarke of the “Swan Express” calls a meeting to start preparations to re-open the club

 

Jul 1946              Midland Town Hall the venue with Wally Westly and Arthur Clarke appointed Chairman and Secretary of a Committee established to negotiate with the WACA and organize the reopening of MGCC.

 

Sep 1946            At a WACA Special General Meeting MGCC is reinstated into the WACA competition.

 

Sep 1947            Proposal from the WACA to have MGCC dropped from First Grade to eliminate a bye in this grade

 

Sep 15, 1947      MGCC delegates Arthur Clarke and Ben Davies fight for MGCC to retain first grade acceptance and propose Bassendean be dropped to the next grade

 

Sep 29, 1947      WACA rescinds motion to relegate Midland-Guildford and moves Bassendean down to second grade

 

1948-49              Horrie Smith secures the prized recruitment of Wally Driver from Victoria.

 

1952-53              Victorian Ken Meuleman agrees to play with MGCC

 

1957-58              MGCC competes in the grand final in first grade for the first time, being defeated by North Perth.

 

Oct 16, 1960      Midland Oval hosts the West Indies touring team playing against a MGCC supported by some Sheffield Shield players from other clubs

 

1968-69              MGCC wins the first grade title for the first time, defeating Nedlands by 661 runs. MGCC also wins the club championship for the first time. The recruitment of Norm O’Neill from New South Wales is crucial to the success, with individuals also winning awards in the following categories:

  • Mike O’Shaughnessy – bowling trophy with 31 wickets @ 9.93

  • Kevin Gartrell – batting aggregate with 898 runs

  • Dennis Yagmich – WACA Fielding Trophy (under 21s)

 

1969-70              First grade team rises from 3rd on the table at the end of the regular season to defeat West Perth in the final and go back to back premiers. A civic reception is held at the Rosehill Country Club by the Swan Shire council.

In the 1981/82 season, the Club moved its home ground from Midland Oval to the picturesque Lilac Hill Park ground in Caversham.

Over the years Midland Guildford Cricket Club has had many successes, the most memorable being the 19-years during which the Club hosted the Lilac Hill Festival Matches against visiting overseas teams.

 

The Club has a good working relationship with the WACA and now fields four senior men’s teams, four junior boys teams and two senior female teams and two junior girls teams.