A Review of the 1926 Season

1926 was the year of the General Strike and Len Pugh continued as Captain while President was Rev CB Howard Knight MC MA


The fixture card cover and contents reflected the Club colours which were now a highly attractive chocolate, white and blue! This shows the Rt Hon Winston Churchill PC MP as Patron of the Club. Club colours were available from Messrs Stokes and Co of 24 Queen Victoria Street EC, who I am sure did a roaring trade!


The season was now getting longer, commencing on April 24 and extending through until September 25. The Club’s official playing record was as follows:







1st XI




2nd XI




3rd XI




Thursday XI





In particular, the Thursday XI had an impressive season, not losing until the home game v Billingsgate on 19 August


Leading run scorer was Freddie Fedrick with 592, closely followed by Len Pugh (515) and R.Edsall (508). Centuries were scored by H Rolling who cracked 111 for the 3rd XI v ASA Banks and R Edsall who hit 108 v Westcliff in the 2nds.


W Barkas took an impressive 92 wickets including 7fers v Highams Park and Lauderdale, while Bill Adamson took 76 including 7 against Epping, Buckhurst Hill and Romford Town.


The Guardian of 30 July referred to Chingford’s Week:


Chingford Cricket Club “Week” (the 7th annual) commences on Bank Holiday Monday. They meet South Woodford on the first day, Buckhurst Hill (Tuesday), Amehurst (Wednesday) Lauderdale (Thursday) Phoenix Assurance (Friday) and Hertford on Saturday. Each match starts at 11.30am. Daily collections will be made for the groundsman’s benefit. Mr AE Curry of “Strathmore” Gordon Road E4 has been appointed to receive subscriptions and will be in charge of the collection boxes. Chingford are turning out strong teams for each day and good cricket should be witnessed throughout the week. Admission to the ground is free, good seating accommodation is provided. On Saturday 7th August an alfresco ball will take place on the tennis lawns. Mr R Edsall of “Woodside” The Avenue E4 will officiate as MC and he will be pleased to send tickets to all those wishing to enjoy a good dance evening. The North Metropolitan Electric Power Supply Co has offered to arrange lighting effects for Chingford’s dance, which commences at 7.30. Tickets (2s) can be had from members of the Club.


The 3rd Eleven played a two evening match at Forest Side on 18/19 May against St Albans (Ilford) and in Chingford’s victory H Rolling had the distinction of taking a hat trick in his spell of 5-15.


The 3rd XI match v ASA Banks saw the debut of 14 year old Don Spencer, who marked his first appearance for the Club with a catch.


Tennis Captain was Mr E Way and Vice Captain Mr LH Williams and the playing record was Won 3 Drawn 1 from 4 matches.

The Pettingall-Norbury Trophy was wonn by Mr and Mrs Radbourne, while the Cornish Challenge Cups for Singles went to Mrs Pettingall and Mr HJ Radbourne