Cricket club that began On a station
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WHAT HAS Enfield Town railway station to do with cricket? The answer is that the meeting at which Enfield Cricket Club was formed 125 years ago was held there. The Club's chairman, Len Harper, who is the RHA's new secretary (page 33) suggests that perhaps the players were killing time during the long wait for a train to an away fixture.
The club's minutes record the sad fact that the roller-pulling donkey had to be put down because there was not enough money to feed it. Perhaps it could have been saved if the club had not had to pay a man to control the crowds on Saturdays. This enthusiasm for the game is strange if, according to Len, the bowling in the early days was so slow that if the bowler didn't like it, he could catch the ball up and start again!