Founded in 1841, Trent Bridge [map] is the world’s
third oldest major cricket ground, preceded only by
Lords and Eden Gardens in Calcutta.
This famous cricketing landmark is home to Nottinghamshire
County Cricket Club, one of the most successful cricket
clubs in Britain.
It seems the 80s are the club’s golden days, because
during both the 1880s and 1980s Nottinghamshire reigned
supreme over other county clubs.
With famous names including Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw in the team, the club won the County
Championship seven times in the 19th century, four
times consecutively between 1883 and 1886.
There were more honours to be had in 1907 and 1929 when
Nottinghamshire was again crowned County Champions. But
then the club’s luck seemed to run out until the
In these glory days with the likes of Clive Rice and Richard Hadlee in the side, the club twice
won the County Championship in 1981 and 1987, when the
team also lifted to NatWest Trophy to win a superb
double. Then in 1989 the then team captain Tim Robinson lifted Benson & Hedges Cup before going on
to lead to team to victory in the Refuge Assurance
One-Day League in 1991.
In more recent times, Nottinghamshire can claim a remarkable
record-breaking display by Darren Bicknell and Guy Welton, who in 2000 against Warwickshire at
Edgbaston put on an opening partnership of 406. This is
officially the highest unbroken first wicket stance and the fourth highest opening stand in County Championship
history. Not a bad record to hold, and one that was well
celebrated by the club’s faithful fans.
As well as County games, Trent Bridge also regularly plays
host to international matches, the first being
held here in 1899 when England played Australia. A century
later in 1999 the ground staged the World Cup.
Whether you’re a keen cricketer, armchair supporter
or just enjoy lazing in the sun, Trent Bridge makes for
a fun-filled family day out – oh and you’re
guaranteed to see some top class cricket.