Cronkbourne Sport and Social Club (CSSC) comprises one of the Isle of Man’s premier multi-sports clubs, comprising Cronkbourne Cricket Club, Bacchanalians Hockey Club and Gymnasiums Athletic Football Club. CSSC has both its own sports ground and clubhouse facility. Cricket and football are played at the club grounds at Tromode and hockey is played on the artificial pitches located around the Isle of Man. The Clubhouse is located at Tromode, Douglas and is open all year round.

Club Ethos

Our Club ethos is that sport is a constituent part of a healthy community and as such all year round participation is very much part of our philosophy. We are a non-profit making organisation and are registered as a charity on the Isle of Man.In all our sports we cooperate and work as much as possible with the relevant sport parent bodies, Manx sports agencies, as well as representatives of local government and the wider community as a whole.

We very much believe that youth participation lies at the heart of a healthy Club and this is why we continue to encourage and build vibrant youth sections across all three sports. Our attainment of quality status within our governing bodies means that these sections are run safely and in accordance with best practices. This is complemented by our continued efforts to train and educate our leaders and ensure all activities are run and supervised by suitably qualified coaches.

However as with many such clubs the world over this can only be achieved by the time energy and commitment of a dedicated band of volunteers, and are therefore always on the lookout for any parents, players, friends or enthusiasts who are willing to join us and devote some of their energies or resources, large or small, to help us continue in our quest.

If you are interested in becoming a member be it playing, coaching or social or are simply interested in just helping out, you will be made most welcome.

If you want to find out more please send us your contact details and one of our Committee members will get back to you as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your interest in our Club, we look forward to seeing you.

Club History

Some of the earliest references to the Cricket Club are made in association with its founder Arthur William Moore. The following extract is taken from Wikipedia.

Arthur William Moore CVO MA JP (1853-1909)

“Arthur William Moore was born in Cronkborne, Braddan. He was the son of William Fine Moore MHK and a descendant of Illiam Dhone. He was educated at Rugby School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. Thereafter he assisted his father in the management of the sailcloth manufactory, and on his father’s death in the eighties, he succeeded to the business. He was also a great sportsman, being a blue whilst at Cambridge, an active rower, and a founding member of Cronkbourne Cricket Club, an organisation which for many years could hold its own throughout the Island.

He formed the Club among the workpeople at Tromode on his return to the Island and it should be said that Mr Moore bore the entire cost of forming and furnishing the club and of laying the ground. Though he long ago abandoned active participation in games, Mr Moore never lost interest in them, and he was always a constant advocate of the desirability of cultivation of mind and body going hand in hand. The Club continued to thrive, although it is said the sport was not taken up by the youth in the rest of the Island.

Arthur William Moore is proposed for inclusion in the Manx Patriots’ Roll of Honour for championing the rights and privileges of the House of Keys, as its Speaker between 1898-1909, in a number of disputes with the Governor and Council. He took part in drawing up the petition for the reform of the Manx Constitution in 1907. He was also greatly involved in the preservation and development of Manx culture and language.”

Match action at the “original ground” Tromode in 1886

Manxman article

Match report from The Manxman 7th September 1895
The history of the Club up to and beyond the First World War is very obscure although it is believed the Club were still playing at Tromode in 1936.

Cronkbourne CC 1936 Left to right – Walter Magee (Ump), ?, Harry Humphries, Tom Crooks, Jack Humphries, Charlie Kidd, Leslie Pickett (Ump) Front Row: Doug Eaton, Eddie Magee, Trevor Parry, Sonny (E.W.) Kneale, J Curwen Clague

After the Second World War the Club moved and established its home ground in Nobles Park Douglas. However in 1978 the Club commenced building work on a new pavilion at King George V park and finally moved into their new home in 1979 subsequent to an EGM which was held at the Nursery Hotel, Onchan.

Pictured above include Mike Dean, Geoff Karran and Trevor Kelly

In the early eighties the Isle of Man Government identified King George V park as the preferred site of their new national Sports Centre and as such negotiations began to find an alternative home for the Club. Fortunately the Club enjoyed an extended lease at the time and as an inducement to relocate the Government offered to build them a new Clubhouse and lay a new grass wicket at Tromode. The offer proved too good to refuse and in 1991 the new Pavilion at Tromode was opened by Club President Greg Coulter.

At this time Bachannalians Hockey Club were also tenants on the ground at Tromode during the winter months and it soon became obvious that the interests of both Clubs were best served by a pooling of resouces and in due course formal amalgamation occurred with the formation of Cronkbourne Sports and Social Club.

However the advent of the regional artificial hockey pitches meant that hockey playing switched to these surfaces and in the early 2000’s the Club found itself once again empty and under-utilised over the winter months. In 2001 this prompted discussions with near neighbours Gymnasium AFC which culminated a couple of years later in the decision by both Committees to hold respective EGMs with a view to winding up both Clubs. The proposal put forwards was then to aggregate assets and and re-establish as one Company Limited by Guarantee. A wholly revised Constitution would be adopted covering the management of the premises and the adoption by the Club of of all three sports. After much debate and sometimes candid discussion the proposal was eventually given formaly endorsement by the members of both sections of CSSC. Gymnasium AFC subsequently voted likewise and Cronkbourne Limited was born.

Hence to this day Cronkbourne Sports and Social Club is the parent entity for the operation and use of the Clubhouse facilities as well as the participation in three of the Island’s principal team sports through its three sections namely cricket, hockey and football.

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