In 1933 the Students and Graduates sections of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers jointly challenged the Institution of Electrical Engineers to a cricket match.
In 1933 the Students and Graduates Sections of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers jointly challenged the Institution of Electrical Engineers to a cricket match.
The 30th anniversary programme, held in the IET Archives, explains how the first challenge and subsequent tournament began in the summer of 1933.
A Challenge was sent to the Students’ Section of the IEE stating:
“The Chairman and Committees of the London Students of Civil Engineering and the Graduates’ Section of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers SUMMON HEREBY the Chairman and Committee of the Students’ Section of the Institution of Electrical Engineers to show their worth and prove their skill at the noble game of CRICKET and other manly sports, failing which shall they be declared poltroons and knaves in the sight of all Sportsmen.”
The Reply, measuring in equal wit and jest was thus delivered:
“To all Apprenticed Enginewrights and Claypuddlers
Know ye that whereas your betters in Council assembled, to wit the Chairman and Committee of the most exalted Institution of Electrical Engineers, have deigned to consider the presumptuous and overweening screed delivered these few days gone by a consortium of rude Mechanicals and indignant Civils (not excluding the Sanitary Branch), and have seen fit of their special grace and mere motion to treat with those arrogant and effete survivals of a murky and uncertain origin.
Know ye also, o men of little worth, that ye enter upon this enterprise at your several perils, there being a very present risk of your being smitten hip and thigh by our superior prowess.
Take heed, therefore, lest our most puissant might be loosed in tourney against ye.
In fine- take heed!”
The gauntlet had been thrown and battle commenced on 1st July 1933 at Boston Manor and both cricket and tennis was played. The prodigious event was honoured by the presence of Sir Murdoch MacDonald, ICE President; Mr L. St. L. Pendred, Past-President of the IMechE and Mr H. T. Young, Vice President of the IEE.
The cricket began at a fast pace with the IEE batting first with a score of 120 for 8. However, the claypuddlers were on fighting form clocking up 40 runs before the IEE captain broke-up this dangerous partnership in his first over. The challenger's innings closed for 89.
The tennis had the difficulty of a shortage of players as they were all in the cricket match! This did not dampen any spirits and six doubles were played in all of which the IEE were victorious.
Mr Young, Vice President of the IEE, was so impressed by the sporting spirit displayed on this occasion that he presented a trophy to be competed for annually by all three Institutions. This trophy was called the ‘Young Trophy’ in his honour.
It was also agreed that the meeting should be a three cornered one. The holder of the Trophy, being challenged by one of the other Institutions, and the winner decided in a knock-out competition.
The Electricals followed their success of 1933 by winning the Trophy in 1934 and subsequently a number of times thereafter but also on the 30th anniversary of the first Trophy competition in 1964.