Academy C.C. tours

In April 2008, 11 of us headed back to Vilamoura in Portugal. Thanks again to Brian Boyd for acting as tour manager. See photos.

In April 2007, 10 of us headed to Vilamoura in Portugal. Thanks to Brian Boyd for organising everything yet again. See photos.

 In July 2006, 6 of us attended 2 days play at the Lords test watching England v Pakistan. Derek Bennett made a guest appearance.

And so it goes on ... in April 2006, a remarkable 15 punters spent a long weekend in the Grand Hotel Malahide, Dublin. Two tour debutants were Neil Hermon and James Wix. Rodney Briggs picked the Grand National winner. See photos.

In the summer 2005, Lee Thompson led a small party to the Lords test to watch the Aussies.

In April 2005, the same 13 old codgers spent a long weekend in the Donabate, Dublin.

In April 2004, 13 old codgers (now including Lee Thompson) spent a long weekend in the Grand Hotel Malahide, Dublin.

In April 2003, 12 old codgers and young Lee Thompson spent a long weekend golfing and lounging around Athlone.

In April 2002, 12 old codgers spent a long weekend golfing and lounging around the Deerpark Hotel in Howth. 

Two tours took place in 2001. In April, it was back to the Deerpark Hotel in Dublin for a golfing weekend. In June, a small party took in the England v Australia day/night game at Old Trafford and had a few drinks for the rest of the weekend !

In April 2000, 13 tourists opted for a very enjoyable pre-season golf outing to Dublin. Cricket was of course the main topic of conversation on course and in the bar !

In May 99, 11 tourists headed back to Manchester. We lost to Timperley without doing ourselves justice. We attended the World Cup fixture between West Indies and Australia at Old Trafford which unfortunately was a very poor match - see photo of us watching !

The 1998 tour passed off successfully in May with the team winning both games against Rostherne (Derek Bennett's former side) and High Lane (former 1st XI captain Tommy Bellieu's current side). The 12 tourists also took in the one-day international between England and South Africa at Old Trafford. As usual, Dean McDonald was the Tour manager.

1998 tour party to Manchester where a guest appearance was made by Italian opera singer Pavarotti

Previous tours

Year Venue Result
1999 Manchester (Australia v West Indies in World Cup at Old Trafford) Lost to Timperley
1998 Manchester (England v South Africa one day international at Old Trafford) Won against Rostherne and High Lane
1997 Leeds, Manchester, Gatehouse of Fleet (England v Australia one day international at Headingley) Won against Rostherne and Gatehouse
1996 Leeds, Gatehouse of Fleet (Yorkshire v Lancashire at Headingley) Won against Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse
1995 Nottingham, Gatehouse of Fleet (England v West Indies one-day international Trent Bridge) Lost against Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse
1994 Gatehouse of Fleet Won against Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse
1993 Gatehouse of Fleet Won against Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse
1992 Stranraer, Gatehouse of Fleet Won against Stranraer and Gatehouse
1991 Drummond Games against Drummond and Limavady
1990 Girvan, Stranraer Won against Girvan and Stranraer
1985 Isle of Man Lost to Finch Hill and Cronkbourne C.C.
1975 Cushendall (twice), Mullingar, Athlone Won against Cushendall and Athlone, Lost to Mullingar
1974 Bristol 1st match rained off. Lost 2 other games. Ivor Marno resigned (again !). Memorable tequila session on Sunday morning.
circa 1970 Bishop Stortford Won against Aythorpe Roding, drew with Harlow and Pilgrims
1969 Clontarf (Dublin)