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History behind the club

In 1899 10 acres of land was purchased jointly by the London Joint Stock Bank (LJS), National Provincial Bank of England (NP) and Union Bank of London (UBL) to be used as a sports ground for their employees. Opened on 8th July with 3 cricket squares, 6 lawn tennis courts and a bowling green, it was known as Three Banks Athletic Club.

Between 1919 and 1924 various bank mergers took place. LJS merged with London City & Midland Bank (who had just purchased a nearby sports ground) to form Midland Bank (now HSBC). The LJS ⅓ share was bought out and, fortuitously, NP and UBL banks merged and the whole ground had the one owner. With a further 7 acres acquired at the same time, the ground is as it is today and the National Provincial Bank period was ushered in.

A fuller version of the club's history is currently being updated and will be posted here.


Opening of the Sports Ground Club House - now part of CPFC Academy Opening of the Sports Ground Club House - now part of CPFC Academy