Epping Foresters Cricket Club History

Epping Foresters - A Brief History
By Sylvia Tyers

Everyone is welcome to bring a deckchair and watch cricket for nothing

in this lovely green open space, above London’s busiest motorway and

within minutes of central London.

A number of local families and friends including several ex-servicemen,

centred on the Epping Allnutts Institute,  got together in 1947 to play

cricket as a wandering side, touring local villages.  Within the next two

years they had negotiated a licence from the Conservators of Epping

Forest to play on Mill Plain near Bell Common, and had created their

own playing space from swamp land.  At that stage they adopted the

name Epping Foresters Cricket Club, and have continued to play on the

present site ever since.

Starting out, they used to change  in a tent; later the members’ talents

and funds combined to build a pavilion.

The Club developed through the 1960s but by the 1970s faced the

devastating consequences of the M25 motorway being built right

through the site.  The Club was temporarily displaced for a period of 5

years during the early 1980s while the motorway was being constructed

in a deep   cut-and –cover tunnel, and the ground was then reinstated

by the Dept of Transport.  The Club struggled through this period but

held together, reopening  in its new clubhouse in 1986, and from there

onwards has grown in strength. 

Today, as well as our playing members, we welcome youngsters and coach

them from the age of under 9s to under 15s,  when they move up to the

senior teams.

For many years the Club has played in the Herts & Essex League, at

most times in the first of seven divisions, and have recently added a

second team playing in a lower division. The Club also runs a Sunday

non-league team.

We hope to welcome new members, their families and spectators to

enjoy a game of cricket  on our beautiful ground.