History

Introduction

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club was founded in 1878 and became a First Class County in 1905. In our 136 year history we have been fortunate enough to have seen many of the all-time greats of the game play cricket for Northamptonshire at the County Ground, and we continue to strive to bring a dynamic, professional and entertaining brand of cricket to those of all ages!

Gillette Cup

  • Winners: 1976
  • Finalists: 1979

NatWest Bank Trophy

  • Winners: 1992
  • Finalists: 1981, 1987, 1990, 1995

Benson & Hedges Cup

  • Winners: 1980
  • Finalists: 1987, 1996

County Championship

  • Champions: Division 2, 2000 (PPP Healthcare)
  • Promoted: Division 2, 2003 (Frizzell)
  • Promoted: Division 2, 2013 (LV=)

Friends Life t20

  • Winners: 2013

 

Why We Are Known As The Steelbacks

The Northamptonshire Regiment was formed in 1881, amalgamating two very much older regiments of foot - the 48th founded in 1741, and the 58th dating from 1755. Their battle honours include many of the British army's most notable engagements, from Quebec with General Wolfe via Egypt, South Africa and India, right through to this century's two World Wars.

The Siege of Gibraltar between 1779 to 1983 gave the Regiment its badge showing the colony's castle and key. 

But the engagement that cemented their fighting reputation was the Battle of Talavera during the Peninsular War in July 1809. Wellington himself declared that "the battle was certainly saved by the advance, position and steady conduct of the 48th regiment".
It is likely that very few of the motorists who daily hurtle along Talavera Way in Northampton are aware of the gallant story behind the road sign.

The nickname is also believed to date from around the time, supposedly a tribute to the soldiers' apparent indifference to the harsh discipline imposed by their officers.

The Regiment's official history records a comment made by a veteran of the fighting in Spain and Portugal: "don't you know why we are called Steelbacks?" Surely the whole army admits that we care as little for flogging as for the Frenchman's steel!"
In time, however, the name came to signify the sort of grit and resolution all Northampton shire supporters look for in the County's cricketers. Let's hope that spirit is much in evidence this season and beyond.

Northamptonshire County Caps since 1946

1947 V. Broderick, A.W. Childs-Clarke, C.B. Clarke, K. Fiddling, J. Webster
1948 A.E. Nutter, N. Oldfield
1949 F.R. Brown, R.W. Clarke, R.G. Garlick
1947 V. Broderick, A.W. Childs-Clarke, C.B. Clarke, K. Fiddling, J. Webster
1948 A.E. Nutter, N. Oldfield
1949 F.R. Brown, R.W. Clarke, R.G. Garlick
1950 L. Livingston
1951 F. Jakeman
1952 D.W. Barrick, G.E. Tribe
1953 E. Davis
1954 K.V. Andrew, S. Starkie, F.H Tyson
1955 A.P. Arnold, R.Subba Row
1956 J.S. Manning, B.L.Reynolds
1957 M.H.J. Allen
1960 L.A. Johnson, M.E.J.C. Norman
1961 J.D.F. Larter, A. Lightfoot
1962 B.S. Crump, R.M. Prideaux, P.D. Watts, P.J. Watts
1963 C. Milburn
1964 M.E. Scott
1965 D.S. Steele
1966 H. Sully
1967 Mustaq Mohammed
1969 H.M. Ackerman
1971 P. Willey
1972 B.S. Bedi, R.M.H. Cottam, J.C.J. Dye
1973 G. Sharp
1974 R.T Virgin
1975 G. Cook, Sarfraz Nawaz
1976 A Hodgson, W. Larkins
1978 B.J. Griffiths, A.J. Lamb, T.M. Lamb, T.J. Yardley
1979 R.G. Williams
1984 R.J. Boyd-Moss, N.A. Mallender
1985 R.J. Bailey
1986 D.J. Capel, R.A. Harper, D.J. Wild
1987 N.G.B Cook, W.W. Davis, D. Ripley, A Walker
1990 C.E.L. Ambrose, N.A. Felton, A. Fordham, M.A. Robinson
1991 J.G. Thomas
1992 K.M. Curran, J.P. Taylor
1994 M.B. Loye, A.L. Penberthy
1995 A. Kumble, R.R. Montgomerie, R.J. Warren
1999 M.L. Hayden, D.E. Malcolm, D.J.G. Sales, G.P. Swann
2000 J.F. Brown, D.M. Cousins
2001 M.E.K Hussey
2003 T.M.B. Bailey, J.W. Cook, P.A.Jaques, A. Nel
2005 U Afzaal, B.J. Phillips
2006 L. Klusener, M.S. Panesar
2007 S.D Peters
2008 R. A. White, N. Boje
2009 J.J van der Wath, A.J Hall, D.S Lucas
2011 J.D Middlebrook, N.J O'Brien
2012 J.A Brooks, A.G Wakely
2013 K.J Coetzer, S.P Crook, D.J Willey

Head Groundsmen

1886 - 22 - Alfred Stockwin
1922 - 30 - Tom Stockwin
1930 - 56 - Ron Johnson
1956 - 60 - Bert Brailsford
1961 - 73 - Norman Hever
1973 - 78 - Albert Lightfoot
1979 - 82 - Les Bentley
1982 - 85 - Norman Hever
1986 - 96 - Ray Bailey
1997 - 03 - David Bates
2004 - present - Paul Marshall

Northamptonshire Scorers

1900 - 50 - Leo Bullimer
1951 - 52 - Leonard Sherwin
1953 - 60 - Bob Muscott
1961 - 62 - Roy Smith
1963 - 81 - Jack Mercer
1982 - 89 - Bernard Clarke
1990 - present - Tony Kingston