Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is a
sporting club based in Melbourne, Australia.
founded in 1838
and is regarded as the oldest
sporting club in Australia.
The MCC is
responsible for management and development of the Melbourne
Cricket Ground, a power given to it by the government-appointed MCG Trust and an
Act of Parliament.
also guarantees the club's occupation of about 20 per cent of the
stadium for its Members Reserve.
In 1859, the MCC was involved in the drafting of the first set of
rules for Australian rules
, and in 1877 hosted the first game of Test cricket
in history - played between
. In 1971, the ground hosted the
first One Day International
As well as cricket
, the MCC is also an
umbrella organisation for other sports - golf
, lawn bowls
, field hockey
The Melbourne Cricket Club is the largest sporting club in
Australia. There are approximately 99,932 members of the club, of
which there are 60,550 full members, and 39,382 "restricted"
members. The waiting list dates back to 1 October 1994 and
currently has in excess of 184,000 nominees.
Full membership entitles members to entry to the Members' Reserve
at the MCG for all cricket and football matches and most special
Full members also enjoy a range of value-added benefits, which
include reciprocal rights at clubs/stadiums around Australia and
overseas as well as the opportunity to attend numerous club
functions exclusive to MCC members. Restricted members also have
access to events, with the exception of the AFL Grand Final
. Full members, but not
restricted members, are also permitted to nominate candidates for
the waiting list, and to vote on club affairs.
Members of the MCC are able to access the Members' Area of
reciprocal clubs; typically whilst on a short visit to the area.
These benefits; with the exclusion of the VRC and Telstra Dome; are
reserved for Full Members. These clubs include:
Telstra Dome Axcess One, MelbourneVictoria Racing Club
MelbourneSydney Cricket Ground, SydneyBrisbane
Cricket Ground Trust , BrisbaneSouth Australian Cricket Association
Australian Cricket Association ,
PerthTasmanian Cricket Association
And other overseas grounds including the Singapore and Hong Kong
Cricket Clubs; the Cricket Club of India; and the Maryleborne
Cricket Club (Lord's.)
Cricket "Team of the Century"
On December 1, 1999, the MCC announced its cricket team of the
century, with all players who had played at least one season for
the club since 1906-07 being eligible for selection. The team as
- Bill Ponsford
- Colin McDonald
- Dean Jones
- Hunter Hendry
- Paul Sheahan
- Warwick Armstrong
- Hugh Trumble
- Max Walker
- Hans Ebeling
- Bert Ironmonger
- Vernon Ransford (12th Man)
All members of the team of the century but Robert Templeton had
played at least one Test match