Club History

Podington’s first recorded match was against Harrold CC in 1883 when a group players banded together to play friendly matches against local villages. Without a firmly established ground the players created pitches as Gore-Wrong Farm, the Stone Pits (Knapwell Farm),Chambers Field and most successfully at Hinwick House, a then boarding school. By the 1920s the Club was in the Rushden and District League winning the cup competition on multiple occasions.  

As the country recovered from the Second World War the PCC made the ‘cricket field’ its permanent home. The ground cost £1000 raised over the years by the Club Tote. A wooden pavilion was built, beer was bought up from the ‘off licence in Gold Street and cricket thrived. It took a few years to gradually level the ground and replace cattle with mowers so eventually team scores went from 35-45 to regularly over 150. 

It was in the 1956 that the club’s badge was shaped. In the first over of a match an opposition batsmen’s middle stump was knocked back by fast bowler Geoff Bristow. No bails were dislodged but such were the cricket values of the time the batsmen duly walked for a highly unusual ‘dismissal’. The event was reported locally and in letters to national media and to this day no record of such a dismissal exists in England although India and Australia claim such an event too.   

The 1960s saw the emergence of Podington as a touring team with visits to our friends in Garboldisham and East Harling continuing for over 50 years. The Club has since developed a touring tradition taking teams to Tetbury/Gloucestershire, Munich, Chippenham Suffolk and Imbercourt to play the Met Police.   


By the seventies money was raised to build the ‘new’ pavilion which forms the current clubhouse and facilities. Whilst the fundraising was admirable much of the work was completed by members and friends of the club reflecting the togetherness that is a core part of PCC. 1970s and 80s also saw the growth of  youth cricket at Podington with U-13s and U-15s winning titles and attracting a whole generation of players to the club. That group of players enabled us to become an established league Club, firstly in the Bedfordshire Millman Trophy then the Northants County League. 


Over the last 20 years a strong core of members and committee have continually improved facilities and expanded the Club’s social calendar. We have added all-weather nets, covers, a score box, improved changing facilities whilst making improvements to the square and outfield. Off the field events like the Podington 6 a-aside, the Sports Day and Gin Night have become major local events.  

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