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Fortunately, a copy of the Madras Courier dated 23rd. The paper reported cricket fixtures between the Calcutta Cricket Club and Barrackpore and the Calcutta Cricket Club and Dum Dum.

Clearly, the Calcutta Cricket Club was already in existence in 1792. It began in 1955 with a letter to The Times, London from Alan R.

Under the stewardship of Captain, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, G A James Rothney, the Committee decided to donate a trophy made of ornate Indian workmanship to the Rugby Football Union from the available Club funds amounting to pounds 60 sterling.

The offer was accepted and even today, every year, England and Scotland play an international rugby match for the "Calcutta Cup".

They complained to the Chief Magistrate and as a result the Club was relocated to the eastern boundary of the Auckland Circus Gardens. In 1862, the Brigadier General Commanding Presidency Division wrote to the Quarter Master General that 'open space is preserved, as a general rule around forts as a Military precaution. In the 1901-02 season there is interesting mention the unusual sport of Bicycle Polo a game now known as Cycle Polo, that is still played at CC&FC.

And in 1864 the Club members found that a new road was being constructed which would 'cut directly through the ground and pass within a few yards of that portion of it on which the match wickets are invariably pitched' The Club's 'prayer' to the Governor General was rejected and it had to partially relocate to the ground on the eastern end of Eden Gardens, the current location of the test venue. India found a place on the 'international' cricket map for the first time in 1889-90 when, at the invitation of the Calcutta Cricket Club, the first ever tour of an English Cricket team, led by G. Vernon of Middlesex and composed entirely of amateurs took place. Longfield had led Bengal when they won the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 1939.

Ballygunge Cricket Club had some illustrious members. By January 1873 as many as 137 members had enrolled.

The Army, garrisoned at Fort William, however saw the Club as an encroacher and was extremely suspicious of its alleged motives! EC was the grandfather of Sir Colin Cowdrey, England Captain and batsman, who was born in Bangalore.A handsome and well built pavilion measuring 125 ft by 25 ft was promptly constructed out of the finest teak brought from Burma. The origin of the Ballgunge Cricket Club is a matter of some speculation. These tours were also directly responsible for the formation of the Board of Control of Cricket in India and paved the way for India to gain Test status. The Calcutta Football Club, founded in 1872, is the oldest surviving rugby club in the world outside the United Kingdom. At that time, in Britain, rugby and football was synonymous.It even had a 'Long Room' on the lines of the MCC pavilion at Lords. It was pulled in the mid 1970s for the construction of the Cricket Association of Bengal's modern B. Possibly the uncertainties regarding playing cricket at Eden Gardens in the 1850s and early 1860s led the players to form a separate Club in what was then a southern, civilian suburb of the city in 1864. Subsequently the Cricket Association of Bengal had also been formed. Interestingly, the Scottish Football Union, formed in 1873, did not alter its name to become the Scottish Rugby Union until 1924.And sports were definitely a part of the social lore.Indeed, sports events were reckoned to be important enough for sub-continental reporters.

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