KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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Until the 1860s the Club played in light blue. The red and gold (affectionately referred to as 'egg and bacon') appear for the first time in this decade, and the Museum houses a boundary flag dating from this period which is the earliest known example of the red and gold monogram.
The colours are similar to those used as racing colours by The Duke of Richmond. One of the current Duke’s ancestors was very much involved in the early days of MCC but it is unlikely that MCC would have chosen to take on his colours some 80 years after the Club’s foundation.
It has also been suggested that MCC borrowed their colours from I Zingari whose colours were black, red and gold. This reflects their motto: "Out of darkness, through fire, into light".
I Zingari was the first and grandest of the wandering clubs to be founded in 1845. Of course many members of I Zingari would also have been members of MCC but it is doubtful if MCC - a distinguished club of almost 100 years standing, would borrow its colours from a club only a few years old - no matter how grand.
Watch: The colours of MCC