Lancashire County Cricket Club Museum

The rich history of Lancashire Cricket is exhibited in the club museum at Old Trafford. Manchester Cricket Club was formed at the beginning of the 1800's and moved to the present Old Trafford in 1857.

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Opening hours

The Museum is open on all 1st XI and International match days.

Admission charges


On show are some of the finest trophies in the cricket world presented by players from the 1820's, some silver tankards from 1738, paintings, scores, rules of the game and some memorabillia from the early development of cricket, including some of the earliest cricket statistics in existence.
Lancashire County Cricket Club was formed in 1864 and amongst the displays are early team photographs, silver trophies, scrapbooks, caps, and cncket balls belonging to famous players who performed memorable feats for their County. Ceramics portray the earliest greats like Mynn, Felix and Parr. Items associated with W.G.Grace, the most famous of early English cricketers, have been presented by his relatives.

In 1884 Richard Barlow, playing for the North of England versus the Australians, faced the famous demon bowler Spofforth who predicted the oppostion would be out for 60 runs. Barlow scored a century, took 10 Australian wickets and was cheered from the field. Murdoch, the Australian Captain was so impressed with Barlow's skills, he took off his cap and presented it to the Lancastrian. The story was headline in the press and the well-known saying "I'll take my hat off to you" originates from the cap presented to Barlow and it is now displayed in the museum. One of of greatest captains' was Archie MacLaren who scored 424 against Somerset, a first-class batting record that stood for 99 years. In his last first-class game, playing for England against New Zealand in 1923, MacLaren scored an unbeaten double century. He was 51 years of age at the time. Items presented to him can be seen as well as his record score in the scorebook. There are reminders of the great S.F.Bames, probably the best bowler in the history of the game. He played for Lancashire under MacLaren's captaincy. Ted McDonald, Johnny Biggs, Reggie Spooner, Walter Brearley, double intemationalists Jack Sharp and Harry Makepeace, Malcolm Hilton, Cyril Washbrook, Brian Stratham, Clive Lloyd and Michael Atherton, with many more famous cricketers, have associated material on show. It is a fascinating display of fine memorabilia, constantly changing and reminding us of Lancashire's great history and the many colourful characters who have played at Old Trafford.

Collection details

Personalities, Sport

Key artists and exhibits

  • Mynn, Felix and Parr
  • W.G.Grace
  • Richard Barlow
  • Spofforth
  • "I'll take my hat off to you"
  • Archie MacLaren
  • S.F.Bames
  • Ted McDonald
  • Johnny Biggs
  • Reggie Spooner
  • Walter Brearley
  • Jack Sharp
  • Harry Makepeace
  • Malcolm Hilton
  • Cyril Washbrook
  • Brian Stratham
  • Clive Lloyd
  • Michael Atherton
  • Old Trafford

Lancashire County Cricket Club Museum
Lancashire County Cricket Club
Old Trafford
Greater Manchester
M16 0PX





0161 2824000


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0161 2824100

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