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Cambridge sport: In Fenners' hands

2:00pm-3:00pm on Thursday 16 September

Meet at Cambridge YMCA, Queen Anne House, Gonville Place, CB1 1ND

Frank Fenner, a local tobacconist, opened Fenner's Cricket Ground in 1848 to ‘promote cricket to prevent its decay in Cambridge'.

Whilst Cambridge Town was one of the best cricket sides in the country, thanks to Frank's ability to bring the best Town and Gown players to play alongside each other, some University players, teams, and opponents felt intimidated playing on Parker's Piece, the large public facility open to all-comers.

An enclosed ground would not only help to manage heightened Town versus Gown tensions, but also provide Frank, a local tobacconist, with a business opportunity, in charging for admission.

Nigel Fenner, related to Frank, and author of ‘Cambridge Sport: In Fenners’ hands’ (due for publication late 2021) describes the significant, and markedly different impact his ground had on University and Town cricket, and perhaps on 'sport for all' in Cambridge.

Image copyright: Fenner Family

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