Something that has struck me in listening to the Taking the Field stories is how central women have always been to most of the clubs, these days clubs have thriving girls and women’s teams but in the past women were also important as spectators, administrators or for under taking the vitally important role of making the cricket tea! Here at the MCC women have not had such a central role for quite as long as shown in this very sweet letter found by MCC archivist Robert Curphey among the secretaries correspondence.
A copy of the reply was found along side.
I’m not sure I like the way he agrees that her ‘friends are entirely correct’ – thus she is foolish! Guess she’s had the last laugh as Betty Archdale, Edna Barker, Audrey Collins, Carole Cornthwaite, Jackie Court, Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Sheila Hill, Norma Izard, Diana Rait Kerr and Netta Rheinberg became the first honorary lady members in 1999.
It makes me feel very sad that women had to wait until 1999 to be allowed to become members of the MCC, but I suppose perhaps I should just celebrate that we got there in the end, though I wish it had been in time for Madeline Gale to get her dearest wish.
Hear some happier tales of women and cricket at http://www.takingthefield.com/ . My Favourites include :
The sky’s the limit – http://www.takingthefield.com/stories/skys-limit
The girls and girlies of Spondon C.C. – http://www.takingthefield.com/stories/girls-and-girlies-spondon-cc
The tea ladies and Royal Hill Road – http://www.takingthefield.com/stories/spondon-ccs-grounds-1-tea-ladies-and-royal-hill-road
(Letters supplied by Robert Curphey at the MCC Archive. Photograph of ‘Miss Cricket Queen’ from Yorkshire County Cricket Club: American tour 1964, supplied by MCC Library).