In this section, our Hampshire Historian, Dave Allen writes regularly about a wide range of themes from our history. The grounds we have used will certainly be one of the focus areas for this section.

In April 2024, Dave reflected upon his first day ever at the cricket in the summer of 1959, how he has remained hooked ever since and how the game has changed in those 65 years. The time span is significant because it marks exactly half the number of years Hampshire have been playing First Class Cricket. In the first 65 years, they created some incredible memories with outstanding players and characters. In the past 65, they have won every trophy in our famous Club's history, including of course the two memorable Championship wins of 1961 and 1973, Sunday League titles, brilliant victories in numerous Lord's Finals and of course the most recent three dramatic T20 Finals Day victories. Enjoy reliving that first day in Portsmouth  - before the Swinging Sixties had begun - with a certain Shackleton poised and ready,  ball in hand!