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A Brief History of the Old Doms CC
The Old Doms were founded in 1984 by John Anstey, who after resurrecting the Rubery Hill Hospital football Club 3 years earlier, diverted his attentions to the hospitals staff cricket club which had not played regular cricket for some 7 years.
A ‘whip round’ from the new recruits produced the £50 required to secure some reasonable second hand equipment and during the inaugural season Rubery Hill Hospital CC commenced what was to become a regular schedule of friendly fixtures against predominantly NHS teams in the Birmingham, West Midlands, and Worcestershire areas. The Club’s spiritual home(s) were Selly Oak Hospital, where the ‘Doms’ played for a decade or so, and North Worcs College in Bromsgrove, which was something of a festival ground. Sadly the Selly Oak wicket became too dangerous through neglect and the Doms were forced to play elsewhere. The North Worcs College wicket was better but the pavilion couldn’t be accessed because, for some strange reason, it was also an archery equipment store!
The name ‘Rubery Hill Hospital CC’ was to last only one season. Around the same time, the Rubery Hill, Joseph Sheldon, and John Conolly hospitals’ Staff Social Club were in the process of forming their own cricket section and the social club team eventually became the Doms great rivals. Members of staff were eligible to play for either club, but as the ‘Doms’ were made up almost entirely of community psychiatric nursing staff, the club name was changed to South & Central B’ham CPNS cricket club.
Whilst many still argue that the subsequent merger of the South and Central Birmingham Health Authority’s 6 years later was modelled on the Doms’ philosophy and organisational prowess (without ever achieving quite the same level of acumen as the Doms!), the founder had become unpopular with some fixture secretaries as they were having great difficulty in finding sufficient space on their fixture lists for the new name. It was hard to argue with this and even the Club bank cheques, on which the name was written in full, appeared quite unwieldy. It was therefore resolved that the Club would be recognised as CPNSCC.
In 1987 the ‘Doms’ were instrumental in organising a local tournament when John Anstey founded the Lundbeck Challenge Trophy, a pharmaceutical company sponsored competition, involving a ‘round robin’ stage and final play-off. A semi-final stage was added subsequently. Still playing as the CPNSCC, the ‘Doms’ won the tournament in its inaugural year after defeating the old enemy social club team (rather ironically renamed Rubery Hill) in the final at North Worcs College, in Bromsgrove.
The Lundbeck Trophy seemed to be here to stay, which rather sadly meant that the ‘Doms’ would have to agonise over which of their friendly fixtures would remain and which would have to make way for the tournament.
The following season (1988) John Anstey suggested to the committee that the Club’s name be modified one final time and proposed ‘Old Domiciliarans’ (Doms), which he had derived from the word ‘domiciliary’ (visit). This was accepted unanimously and would hopefully never need to be changed again, irrespective of organisational change politics. By a natural process it also felt more comfortable in respect of the members who worked outside of the NHS.In 1989 Old Doms lifted the Lundbeck Trophy for the second time defeating Monyhull Hospital in an exciting last over at T.I.Reynolds sports ground in Solihull, and in their only other final appearance in 1993, Doms were well beaten by All Saints Hospital at the Triplex Sports Ground, Kings Norton. In the renamed Burman Cup, this match will probably be more remembered for having taken place in the most appalling weather conditions imaginable.
Since the demise of the Burman Cup Doms have reverted to playing friendlies in all versions of the game. ‘Friendly’ matches are no less competitive and a comprehensive fixture list has evolved and is being further developed by Fixture Secretary Mark Hunt. Moreover, the Doms are great tourists and are proud to have toured every year since 1986.
Doms became something of a nomadic side and when ‘home’ matches were organised these would usually take place at Elmdon Road (a stones-throw-away from the original Selly Oak hospital ground) or Wast Hills, which has sadly been blighted by the arrival of a ‘Football Club’!
However since 2009, thanks to our Bromsgrove connections Doms are currently playing at the delightful Bromsgrove CC, where, rumour has it, the bar takings have mysteriously increased!
So there you have it the rationale behind how we became the Old Doms. "Old Doms Sport in true spirit"