London County Cricket Club
was a short-lived cricket club founded by the Crystal Palace Company
. In 1898 they invited WG Grace
to help them form a first-class
cricket club. Grace accepted the offer and became the club's secretary, manager and captain. As a result, he severed his connection with Gloucestershire CCC
during the 1899 season
. The club played first-class matches between 1900 and 1904.Alan Gibson
: The Cricket Captains of England (1989), p57.Christopher Martin-Jenkins
: The Wisden Book of County Cricket (1981), p441.
The club's home ground was Crystal Palace Park
in south London
. Some of the leading players of the time played matches for the club while continuing to play for their usual teams, among them CB Fry
, JWHT Douglas
, Albert Trott
. The increase in the importance of the County Championship, Grace's own inevitable decline in form and the lack of a competitive element in the matches led to a decline in attendances and consequently meant the team lost money. The final first class matches were played in 1904 and the enterprise folded in 1908.
In 2004 the club was relaunched by former Essex
wicket keeper / batsman Neil Burns
as a mentoring organisation for the development and support of cricketers.
- Brian Pearce, Cricket at the Crystal Palace: W.G. Grace and the London County......