About the Club


The Recusant Cricket Club is a safe haven from an increasingly ugly world: a world heedlessly rooting out all that holds it together; a world plagued by secularism, liberalism and association football.

This Club is for those who reject what Leo XIII called “that widespread and powerful organisation, who, usurping the name of liberty, style themselves liberals.”

This is a forum for people who cannot listen to Radio 4 without running down pedestrians; for people who believe in having more children than surnames. This is a forum for people with ambiguous views on the Great Reform Act. This is a place for people who believe that how it has always been done and how it ought to be done are usually the same thing.

This is a place for the modern recusant to be heard.

The Recusant Cricket Club is a transatlantic coalition which stands for sanity, moderation, hot buttered toast and Jacobitism.

Articles for publication may be submitted to the Captain via: therecusantcricketer@gmail.com


8 thoughts on “About the Club

  1. Could I suggest that part of your estimable wesbite be set aside for instances of the convergence of your two main themes: Catholicism and cricket.

    For example, take this by the former Master of the Dominicans, Timoth Radcliffe OP from “What is the Point of Being a Christian?” (London, 2005) at page 86:

    “As we grow older the pattern emerges and alternatives are excluded. I now know that I will never realize some of my dreams…I might just manage to learn to play the cello but I shall never play cricket for England”.

    Surely such thwarted aspirations place him at the forefront of appropriate candidates to succeed Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor?

  2. We are, of course very enthusiastic about any such convergence. HE Cardinal Pell stooped to sledging the England team over Christmas for example.

    I believe that really the two are intrinsically linked – that they mirror the same nobilty of the human soul and aspirations of the questing Christian.

    I would whole-heartedly agree that this man should be seriously considered for the Red Hat, clearly a man who has clearly been ambitious for the higher things.

  3. I missed Cardinal Pell’s recent contribution to ecumenical relations on the cricket field. No doubt it was deft and conciliatory. I trust that His Excellency has, in any event, sought papal knighthoods for those triumphant sons of the Church who wear the baggy green, especially in the absence of any secular honour from the Head of State of Australia, HM the Queen.

  4. HE wrote an article in the Australian Daily Telegraph which the Catholic Herald of London we good enough to solicit a response to from your humble correspondent.

    In it he mentioned, among other things, that as a Christian one should never kick a man when he is down, unless he is an England cricketer and looks like getting up.

  5. When Cardinal Pell transferred to Sydney from Melbourne, there was quite a bit of apprehension amongst his new flock. This was due to his reputation as a very conservative doctrinaire. However, he has demonstrated in the last couple of weeks that he does have a typically Australian sense of humour, ref his remarks about an England cricketer.

    There’s nothing the average Australian likes better than a good larrikin bit of tongue-in-cheek humour at someone else’s expense -usually someone from Melbourne if you’re a Sydneysider – but failing that at the expense of a Englishman or a New Zealander. You sometimes see T-shirts bearing the slogan “I support Australia and any team playing NZ”. It’s not dissimilar to English humour directed at the Irish, for example.

    Having said that, any notion that Australians do not like the English is completely false, which will be confirmed by most if not all of the 300,000+ British citizens living here.

  6. Sadly, my people were not recusants. The Gibsons gave in to schism. But my branch of the family had the good fortune to return to the faith after marrying Bavarians. Great blog, though.


  7. Next Wednesday, April 25, is Anzac Day, the anniversary of the 1915 Gallipoli landings by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, an event seared deep in the psyche of Aussies and Kiwis. The annual Anzac Day March continues to attract ever more people, often the children and grandchildren of long departed diggers and the annual dawn service at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula posts ever increasing attendance, particualrly by young people.

    This is the gracious message from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk carved on the Anzac stone wall:

    Those heroes that shed their blood
    And lost their lives…
    You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
    Therefore, rest in peace.
    There is no difference between the Johnnies
    And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side,
    Here in this country of ours.
    You, the mothers,
    Who sent their sons from far away countries…
    Wipe away your tears.
    Your sons are now lying in our bosom
    And are in peace.
    After having lost their lives on this land, they have
    Become our sons as well.

    M. KEMAL ATATURK, 1934
    (The founder of the Turkish Republic)

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