2012 Cricket Tour – The History

Goring Cricket Club first starting touring in the ‘Bodyline’ summer of 1932. This was a big step for a club in those days and demanded a one-off special issue of The Goring Gap News to commemorate the team’s first ever match outside the confines of the Nappers’ League and leaving their league rivals, Cleeve Jolly Chaps XI, without a home or away fixture for almost a week. For the previous ten seasons both GCC and CJC XI had come top and bottom of the seriously contested Nappers’ League, every year. However, GCC left this behind them to concentrate on the new challenge of their worldwide tour to Wallingford.

So with the flashing bulbs of the Gap cameras there was a tearful farewell from the wives, girlfriends and mothers to this brave squad of men as they set sail from The Swan jetty. One must remember this was a long time before the days of jet planes, instant communication and Big and Bouncy. These players, your forerunners, were crossing the rubicon looking to the future and a half way coal stop at the Beetle and Wedge.

The photo below shows the team ready for play at the inaugural tour match against the Wallingford Newt Fanciers. You may be able to spot a young Colin Jefferies, in his early scoring days, nestled between the legs of the soon to be incarcerated GCC Captain Nobby “Nutcracker Thighs” Plumb. Colin looked like he had something poking in his ear even at that young age.

Early GCC Tours took place at the end of November

Well the tour was a great success and has come on leaps and bound(arie)s since the time of those early pioneers. 25 years ago the irreplaceable GCC hero Reg Jefferies struck up an inseparable partnership with Dave “unbeleeffapal” Read from Chittlehampton in North Devon and the bond has stayed strong ever since. So it is with great pleasure I announce the 80th anniversary of GCC touring and the 25th anniversary of GCC touring to our friends in Chittlehampton. This means that 2012 is going to be a year not to miss. The dates are from Sunday July 15th returning on Thursday July 19th and there will be a very competitive and international import-look Dave Read XI, a bringback tough fixture incorporating a tour coach trip to the sea-side funhouse of Westward Ho!, a T20, clay-pigeon shooting, The North Devon Invitational Golf Challenge Cup, finishing off with a significant tour awards and dinner extravaganza on the final night.

Due to the history involved with this we already have confirmations from 9 past members of the club and look forward to the significance of the current membership hugely bolstering what will be a truly tumescent event. If you don’t want to come on this, Woodcote girls are renting the Gardiner Rec whilst we are away and might be looking for an umpire who likes to wear skirts.

Contact jimross.27@gmail.com to book your place before there is no place and keep http://www.upswinger.com as your homepage for more information coming soon and an up to the minute list of fellow tourers.

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