Montevideo Cricket Club
|Full name||Montevideo Cricket Club|
|Union||Unión de Rugby del Uruguay|
|Founded||18 July 1861|
|President||Alejandro Fynn Howard|
The Montevideo Cricket Club (abbreviated "MVCC") is an Uruguayan sports club based in Montevideo, established in 1861 by English immigrants. Its predecessor had been the now defunct "Victoria Cricket Club", founded in 1842.
Montevideo has been ranked 8th as the oldest rugby union club (and the first outside Europe) by the World Rugby Museum of Twickenham. Apart from football and rugby, the other sports currently practised at the club are field hockey, speed badminton and tennis.
The MVCC proper was founded on 18 July 1861. The club is recognised as the oldest sports club of Uruguay, having been the pioneer in the practise of cricket, field hockey, association football, rugby union and tennis.
In 1868, the MVCC played its first international cricket game against Argentine Buenos Aires Cricket Club. It is the oldest international match registered in South America and was played on MVCC's ground in La Blanqueda.
The MVCC played its first association football match in 1878, between MVCC and a visiting ship. This was the first organised match in Uruguay. In 1881, the MVCC played its first club match against the Montevideo Rowing Club. MVCC also took part of the first international match involving an Uruguayan football squad, when faced the "Buenos Aires Team" at Montevideo in 1889.
In 1983, the MVCC first played the Club Universitario de Buenos Aires (C.U.B.A.), and has played them annually ever since.
In 1974 and 1975, the MVCC swimming teams won the summer championships in swimming and diving.
Its original ground was known as "La Blanqueada" or the "English ground", but in 1889, it moved from its original location to make way for a military hospital to a new site nearby. This was also known as "La Blanqueada" or the "New Ground" to distinguish it from the original site. The new site was purchased by debentures that members bought.
English cricket clubs were the incubators of rugby in South America, although rugby has survived much better in these countries than cricket has. It has been claimed that MVCC played rugby football as early as 1865, but the first certain match was between Uruguayans and British members of the MVCC in 1880. One observer, apparently disdainful of the Britons mixing with the "natives", found it:
- "...at the same time sublime and ridiculous... [that the] young sons of distinguished families practising the games of the Anglo-Saxon in their youth and young Englishmen of blond Albion, face to face ... and on all sides [were] people strangely dressed who ran and shouted, pushed, fell, rose and finished by joining to form now a circle, now a pyramid, now a compact mass in which one could only distinguish heads without shoulders, legs without bodies and hands without arms."
Carlos E. Cat, also known as "Charlie", was a member of the MVCC, and was also president of the club in 1946.
MVCC had some success in the 1950s, winning the national title 3 times. In recent years however, the club has had to live in the shadows of Montevideo's two powerhouses: Carrasco Polo Club and Old Christians Club.
- 1951, 1953, 1956
- Historia del club at official website, retrieved 1 February 2013
- World Rugby 1820-1870 at RFU.com
- "Decano entre decanos" by Claudio Barragán & Gustavo Castro at El Area website
- El Origen Británico del Deporte Argentino by Víctor Raffo, Gráfica MPS (2004) - ISBN 978-987-43-8107-1
- "Museo del MVCC" on MVCC website
- Montevideo Cricket Club in history, p4, retrieved 31 August 2009
- Richards, p54, Chapter 2 Practising the Games of the Anglo-Saxon...
- Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5)
- The Development of Rugby in the River Plate Region: Irish Influences by Hugh FitzGerald Ryan in "Irish Migration Studies in Latin America", Society of Irish Latin American Studies.