Pacific cricket club roots
Pacific cricket club was established in 1983 as a works team from Pacific records, a music
distribution company. Many of those players who started the team are still around now.
Many players have joined the club since and its fair to say the current squad is the
strongest the club has known.
Origin of a Species (Islington Cricket Man) - Peter Hollman writes...
In 1983, I had already been at Pacific Records in Kentish Town for 2 years
working for and alongside The Sales Manager - Geoff Wilmot. Geoff was mad keen
on sport, being Hampstead (now Hampstead & Westminster) Hockey Club's first
choice keeper for several years. With such inspiration, The Pacific Records
football side was born.
Fixtures were virtually exclusively against other records companies ie. Stiff,
Island, WEA, Rough Trade, record shops such as Virgin, HMV, Our Price and even
games against artistes teams such as Spandau Ballet, Bow Wow Wow & Jah Wobble.
The Summer of 83 proved difficult, available football pitches being hard to find, so it
was on a late Spring afternoon having just enjoyed a light lunch at the
Palmerston, that Geoff first suggested playing the same teams at cricket ! - and
with just such a humble suggestion the club was born. With only 9 members of
staff, I was dispatched to find players.
The Captain was easy, Nigel Wilkinson,
co-owner of nearby Honky Tonk Records who had already Captained his shop’s team
against a Musicians team in Regents Park and against Paul Slattery's XI at
Wormwood Scrubs. Some more recruits from that team would be required such as
Kevin & Ged Murphy (no relation). John McDougall was a fellow Hockey player,
Charlie Paulinski a local hospital DJ, Mark Sams, G Jones, Mark Russell -
all local students and any one else from the Tufnell Park Tavern who was free.
The first season saw fixtures against Stiff records, RCA, The Scala, Rough
Trade, and the inimitable Kentish Town Sun District Post Office. Top run scorer
that season was Nigel with 158 @ 39.5 and Ged Murphy was the leading wicket taker
with 5 @ 8.4. In 1985 came the unbeaten season 15 wins & 1 tie of the 16 completed matches.
The inaugural A.G.M. was held that winter in Fat Harrys just behind The Sobell
Sports Centre and the club was born.
By now several guys had joined who were to go on to make over 300 appearances -
Steve Lay, Frank and John Baglivi. Matches continued to be played at Tufnell
Park’s artificial pitch, with teams from The Club Cricket Conference making up
fixtures for the first time. But not everybody was happy about continuing to
The Club had outgrown beer cans in the outfield, players in jeans and
tolerating at least 2 full scale football matches by, through and over the mid
The first CCC fixture though did take place there - a match against Priory Park
which was won by 7 wickets, a fixture which has endured. In fact the team remained
unbeaten until defeat against Locks Bottom on July 13th 1986, thereby ending an
run of 19 matches without loss going all the way back to 19th August 1984.
Such a run has never since been equaled......