Search

Oakfield Parkonians – who?

15:10 29 May 2014

The sun rises over Oakfield Parkonians cricket club

The sun rises over Oakfield Parkonians cricket club

Archant

Our latest blog from the local cricket scene

Last weekend should have seen the latest instalment of a long-running rivalry between Oakfield Parkonians and Harlow Town.

The inclement weather prevented any play, but the fixture provoked a discussion on the origins of the two clubs – Harlow Town were for many years known as Stort CC, and Oakfield have just this year changed their name from Old Parkonians.

The Old Parkonians Cricket Club was founded in 1906 by a group of former pupils of the Park Higher Grade School in Ilford, later to be re-named the Ilford County High School.

An excellent history of the club, up to its Centenary celebrations in 2006, was written by the late Vernon Thomas and a précis of this work can be read on the Oakfield Parkonians website {http://opcc.hitscricket.com/pages/page_9063/OPCCCentenary19062006.aspx}.

Times change, however, and the Cricket Club has in fact welcomed members who were not former pupils of the School since the mid-1980s.

The traditional links with the School have been maintained over the years - the annual Club vs. School game is now contested for the Centenary trophy, and several club officials are indeed Old Boys of the School.

In 1988, the club moved to its present home at the Oakfield Playing Fields, next door to the Redbridge Sports Centre and Fairlop tube station on the London Underground Central line.

Over time, the club has expanded to regularly field four teams every Saturday, hosting home games on the two squares at Oakfield and with a clubhouse facility on a par with the best in the county.

In 2014, the membership voted to change the name of the club to Oakfield Parkonians, in recognition both of our history and our future commitment to the area where we are based.

The club is very proud of the tradition of the Old Parkonians, and strives to maintain the standards of competitiveness and sportsmanship for which the club is known.

But the old name gave a false impression of exclusiveness, of “us” (former pupils) and “them” (any one else) which is simply not representative of the club today.

The success of the colts section, with players from a range of local schools, including ICHS, points the way forward for the senior club. As anyone who has seen a practice evening at the club, with upwards of 80 young players enjoying playing cricket will testify:

• We have members from all parts of the local community and all walks of life;

• We are not “old”;

• We have our home at Oakfield!

Here’s to the next 100 years!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

17 minutes ago
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still addresses his squad after the win at Bromley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Member of Rudimental was Foxes man of the match on Tuesday night during their 3-0 win at Takeley in the second round of Essex Senior Cup

Leyton Orient's Robbie Weir is sent off in the first minute of their match against Plymouth (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Andy Edwards will hope FA can overturn decision by referee Charles Breakspear on Tuesday night

12:00
Oliver Hawkins already has 10 goals for Dagenham & Redbridge this season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers boss delights in sumptuous attacking displays from his leading man

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now