Membership at the grounds
The membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground is held in high esteem, carries a wait of more than 13 years and is seen by many as a great privilege. The SCG Museum preserves an almost complete set of membership tickets and badges dating from the early 1880s to current times. In this exhibit, a selection of the collection is highlighted along with a brief history that has led to these unique items becoming collectable commodities.
Membership Ticket - Association Cricket Ground (1882/1883) by Association Cricket GroundSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
The first memberships were issued in 1878. This 1882 ticket is the earliest example held in the SCG Museum collection. The SCG was known then as the Association Cricket Ground; it took its modern name in 1894.
Membership Ticket - Association Cricket Ground (1890/1891) by Association Cricket GroundSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
From October 1892, a new membership was offered requiring a one-guinea annual fee. It did not offer Ladies tickets. The new offering saw membership pass 1600. Today, there are 19,000 members.
Membership Ticket - Sydney Cricket Ground, (1895/1896) by Sydney Cricket Ground TrustSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
1895 - 1896
This is the first membership badge to carry the name 'Sydney Cricket Ground' Trustees had formally changed the venue's name in 1894.
Membership Ticket - Sydney Cricket Ground (1896/1897) by Sydney Cricket Ground TrustSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
Membership continued to increase, passing 2000, owing to the opening of the Ladies Pavilion, as well as the popularity of cycling and cricket at the ground.
Fees for membership returned to the previous sum of £2.2s, or two guineas. This included two ladies' tickets as pictured with a love heart design and the signature of SCG secretary SH Fairland.
Membership Ticket - Sydney Cricket Ground (1899/1900) by Sydney Cricket Ground TrustSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
1899 - 1900
SCG membership became coveted, but not without conditions. This badge, in the name of Mr William Pope, was cancelled because of his use of bad language. Double entry, drunkenness and dress code saw memberships suspended or cancelled.
1901 - 1902
These sketches show the initial designs for the SCG's first metal membership badges. They were produced by Sidney Herbert Fairland, the ground's secretary from 1884 to 1913. His handwritten notes propose colour combinations and layout of the badge's design.
This is the first SCG badge issued to honorary members. They were appointed by the Trustees on the basis of their standing in the community, contribution to the ground or their sport.
Badge - Membership Sydney Cricket Ground (1901/1902)Sydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
1901 - 1902
This is the first metal badge issued to full members, replacing the leather-bound or card tickets.
These minutes of a February 1974 meeting of Trustees note that women be admitted as members in their own right. Prior to 1974, full membership was offered only to men. Women were admitted to the ground on ladies tickets, now known as guest passes.
This is the first membership badge issued to male and female SCG members.
Badge - Membership Sydney Cricket Ground (1976/1977) by Perfection Badges SydneySydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
The SCG Trust celebrates its 100-year anniversary with a commemorative badge issued to members in 1976-77. The first Trustees of the ground were appointed in 1876.
1980 - 1981
This is the final metal membership badge produced for the Sydney Cricket Ground. It was made by Sydney jewellers, Angus & Coote.
Plastic Membership Card, Sydney Cricket Ground (1981/1982) by Sydney Cricket and Sports GroundsSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
1981 - 1982
This is the 'modern' membership card, made of plastic and similar to what is used today.
A new dual venue gold membership was launched in 1986 to raise money for the construction of the original Sydney Football Stadium (opened in 1988). Gold members paid a larger joining fee, had access rights at the SCG and SFS, bypassing the lengthy waitlist.
From October 2001, all SCG and gold members had their photos added to membership cards. They remain in use today, albeit looking rather different in design.
Membership Ledgers Denoting The Change In Name Of The Ground. Membership Ledgers Denoting The Change In Name Of The Ground. (1893/1894) by Sydney Cricket and Sports GroundsSydney Cricket & Sports Grounds
Click on the video to watch a compilation of membership tickets throughout the years. Discover more at the Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds page.
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Click on the video to watch a compilation of membership badges throughout the years. More can be searched on the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground page.