A Review of the 1905 Season
Willie Longden was again the Club’s star player, topping both the bating aggregate with 120 and the bowling aggregate with 34 – taking 6 wickets in an innings once and 5 wickets in an innings 3 times .
Other valuable contributors were Harry Veal with 16 wickets – including 8 v Barclay – and Herbert Gain who contributed 20 wickets, while the season’s highest individual score was EH Wales who made 35 v Myddleton.
Results in the season from the games we know about were:
Over two evenings on 3 and 4 July 1905 a unique Chingford local derby took place – Chingford v Chingford Village. There is no record of any other meeting between the Clubs and Chingford Village took the honours, scoring 56 and bowling out Chingford for just 21.
In October the Woodford Times carried the following report:
The annual general meeting of the Chingford Cricket Club was held on Monday last at the Avenue Café, Mr W Sandrock, vice-president in the chair, when the hon. secretary read a report dealing with the work of the Club during the past year, and the hon .treasurer Mr HW Smith submitted a statement of accounts and the balance sheet. The Club has had a most successful year, its membership has largely increased, and its finances are in a flourishing state. Most matches have been well contested and in all cases most enjoyable matches have been played. And the endeavour of the Committee to establish a strong local cricket club in which the same side of life is not subordinate to sport, has met with a large measure of success, due to a great extent to the enthusiastic assistance of lady friends of the Club, in presiding over very good tea arrangements. The reports of the secretary and the treasurer having been adopted, the following officers were elected: Captain Mr H Veal; vice-captain Mr W Longden; treasurer Mr HW Smith; secretary Mr WT Plume. A strong committee was also elected. The hon. ground manager Mr J Verdon, whose advice has greatly assisted the club during the past year, reported on the condition of the ground and the work which it was necessary to carry out in the near future.
William Sandrock’s family as members of the Club link all the way back to here and the family home was “Forest View” - 61 Buxton Road (where the flats on the corner now are) and was so named because it overlooked the Forest at the time of construction, but was opposite the Club’s ground.
In November the second annual concert was again held and was reported in the Woodford Times:
A most successful concert was given by the Chingford Cricket Club on Thursday last week in the Parish Room, before a large and appreciative audience. A very interesting programme had been arranged, in which the following ladies and gentlemen took part, most of whom were very deservedly encored, ie Miss Ella Blackmore, Mrs Field, Messrs Fred Berry, HJ Berry, F Vernon Clayton, RA Pollard, Lionel Walter, Owen Way, and Mr W Emerson accompanist of the Epping Forest Musical Society, whose pianoforte solos were greatly appreciated. Mrs Field’s tendering of “Goodbye” (Tosti) , Mr Clayton’s “ I know a lovely garden” , Mr L Walter’s “So fare thee well” and Mr RJ Berry in “Like stars above” were some of the features of a notable concert. The ornio-songs of Mr Owen Way were most ably given, especially “I wouldn’t be a girl” which occasioned much amusement. The Rev AF Russell MA presided and in response to a hearty vote of thanks to himself and the artistes he endorsed the hope of the President, Col Lockwood MP that the club would have a long and successful innings. The Chairman also said that he should like to see one strong cricket club in Chingford, and he hoped that the efforts of the Committee in that direction would meet with success.