35 Facts About Lord's


Lord's Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord's, is a cricket venue in St John's Wood, London.

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Lord's is widely referred to as the Home of Cricket and is home to the world's oldest sporting museum.

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Lord's today is not on its original site; it is the third of three grounds that Lord established between 1787 and 1814.

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The present Lord's ground is about 250 yards north-west of the site of the Middle Ground.

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Lord's witnessed the first double-century to be made in first-class cricket when William Ward scored 278 for the MCC against Norfolk in 1820.

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Lord's was described by Lord Cottesloe in 1845 as being a primitive venue, with low benches put in a circle around the ground at a good distance providing seating for spectators.

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Australian Aboriginal cricket team toured England in 1868, with Lord's hosting one of their matches to a mixed response, with The Times describing the tourists as "a travestie upon cricketing at Lord's" and "the conquered natives of a convict colony".

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The condition of the Lord's wicket was heavily criticised in the 1860s due to its poor condition, with Frederick Gale suggesting nine cricket grounds out of ten within 20 miles of London would have a better wicket; the condition was deemed so poor as to be dangerous that Sussex refused to play there in 1864.

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Lord's hosted its first Test match during the 1884 Ashes, becoming the third venue in England to host Test cricket after The Oval and Old Trafford.

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The rapid development of Lord's was not well met by some, with critics suggesting Thomas Lord would 'turn in his grave' at Lord's expansion.

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Lord's hosted three of the nine Test matches in the ill-fated 1912 Triangular Tournament which was organised by the South African millionaire Sir Abe Bailey.

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Lord's was requisitioned by the army during the First World War, accommodating the Territorial Army, Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Army Service Corps.

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Baker further contributed to the landscape of Lord's by designing the Q Stand next to the pavilion in 1934, while at the Nursery End stands were erected.

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In contrast to the First World War, Lord's was not requisitioned by the military during the Second World War.

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Lord's hosted matches throughout the war for the London Counties cricket team, amongst others, which attracted large crowds.

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The in-house Lord's firefighters reacted quickly and limited the damage.

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Lord's had several near misses from these weapons in 1944, with one bomb landing 200 yards short of the ground near to Regents Park.

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International cricket resumed at the end of the war, with Lord's hosting one of the Victory Tests between the Australian Services cricket team and England.

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Lord's hosted its first One Day International in 1972, with Australia defeating England by 5 wickets.

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Three years later Lord's hosted the final of the inaugural World Cup, with the West Indies triumphing over Australia.

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Four years later, Lord's held the final of the 1979 World Cup, with the West Indies st triumphing, this time against England.

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The opportunity to play a women's match at Lord's resulted from a campaign by Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and was given extra impetus by England's victory in the 1973 Women's Cricket World Cup.

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Since 1997, Lord's has been home to the European Cricket Council, which administers cricket outside of the European full-member nations.

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Lord's hosted its one-hundredth Test match in June 2000, with England defeating the West Indies by two wickets; the match was notable for the 21 wickets which fell on the second day, the most to fall in a day in a Test at Lord's since 1888.

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Lord's hosted its first Twenty20 match in the second edition of the Twenty20 Cup in 2004.

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Two weeks after the first use of the floodlights, Lord's hosted its first Twenty20 International in the World Twenty20 between England and the Netherlands, which resulted in a shock last-ball win for the associate nation.

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Lord's held the final of the competition between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by 8 wickets.

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Lord's Masterplan was unveiled in 2013, which is a twenty year plan to redevelop the ground and improve its facilities.

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Lord's celebrated the two hundredth anniversary of its current ground in 2014.

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Lord's is the home of the MCC Museum, which is the oldest sports museum in the world, and contains the world's most celebrated collection of cricket memorabilia, including The Ashes urn.

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Lord's has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of books and publications dedicated to cricket.

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Lord's has two gardens, the Harris Garden and the Coronation Garden.

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Lord's hosted the Public Schools Championship in 1866, with Harrow School triumphing.

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Lord's was one of the venues for the 2012 Summer Olympics, hosting the archery competition.

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Lord's hosted the London pre-1968 Olympics field hockey tournament in 1967.

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