To date Clifton Village Cricket Club has been served by only seven Presidents, possibly one of the smallest numbers for a club over 125 years old, and that they also come from only two families must surely make us unique.........
In Office Years Served
1884-1895 Henry Robert Clifton (nee Markham) 11
1920-1939 Lt Col Percy Robert Clifton (nee Bruce) 20
1948-1996 Lt Col Peter Thomas Clifton DSO 49
1997-1999 Francis Henry Elliott 3
2000-2005 Harold James Elliott 6
2006-2018 Edgar Pepper 13
1884-1895 Henry Robert Markham was born at Clifton, and educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. He succeeded to the estate in 1869, and assumed the name and arms of Clifton in the same year. He served as a Justice of the Peace, was High Sheriff of Nottingham in 1875, and served as MP for Nottingham for 7 years. Squire at the time of the Club's inception in 1884, he made improvements to Clifton Hall and grounds, authorised and largely financed the building of a small wooden pavilion on the ground, and chaired all the clubs committee meetings during his tenure.
Portrait of Henry Robert Clifton outside Clifton Hall c.1890
1896-1919 Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce lived mainly in London until he succeeded to the estate in 1896. Entering the army at 19 he attained the rank Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards. He also served as Justice of the Peace, was the Deputy Lieutenant and also High Sheriff of Nottingham in 1903. Sir Hervey supported CVCC financially, and his love of cricket saw him elected President of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in 1908. He died at Tangiers in 1919.
1920-1939 Percy Robert Bruce served in the First World War, fighting at Gallipolli in 1915, and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1917. On his fathers death in 1919 he inherited the Clifton estate and took the surname and arms of Clifton. Also a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant, he was High Sheriff in 1929. Prominent in many worthy committee's and charity organisations of the day, he died in 1944.
1948-1996 Peter Thomas Clifton was our longest serving President. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel whilst serving in the Grenadier Guards during World War II. Decorated with the Distinguished Service Order in 1945 for his part in leading a night time amphibious assault over the River Po, his obituary described how he so skilfully manoeuvred his troops that “the German defenders were dumbfounded; many died or were taken prisoner – the others fled in disarray”. Immediately after the war he was forced to sell the land to the City Council that he had only succeeded to in 1944. Thankfully though, he wrote a covenant agreement on behalf of CVCC that has ensured the provision of a ground near to the village ever since. Despite moving to Hampshire, Peter continued his financial assistance to the club, finally passing away in 1996.
1997-2000 Francis “Sam” Elliott was a CVCC member all his life, and on election to his Presidency was known to many as “Mr Clifton Village”. A Director of the ECB, he was an Honorary Life Member of the Nottinghamshire Cricket Association after serving them for over 45 years. His honeymoon with CVCC began in 1948 when he scored for the club after World War II. He scored nearly 2500 runs with a high score of 50 in a career that lasted nearly 500 games, over 40 years, but it is for his wicket-keeping that he will be best remembered. Anecdotally he holds the record for the most victims in an innings by a wicket-keeper of 7, though much to his annoyance the score book that contained this match had never been recovered. Sam revelled in administrative duties and in London on 29th November 1989 he was presented with the Torch Trophy by HRH Princess Royal for outstanding unpaid services to County and Club organisations. Sam died at the age of 66 in 2000 after a long battle with cancer.
2000-2005 Older brother of “Sam”, Harold was the oldest surviving playing member of CVCC when elected. Harold had been a tireless worker for Clifton Village Cricket Club, both on and off the field since joining when the Club reformed after World War II in 1947/8. He had held most positions within the club at some stage of his life, most notably the Honorary Treasurers role for approx 40 years, and groundsman from the late 40’s until the Trent Polytechnic took over around 1990. Many old members tell of his unflinching commitment to the pitch, and the hours he spent rolling the square. A right hand forceful opening bat, Harold was the first person to reach 5000 runs for the club in 1969, and continued to be the top run-getter until surpassed in 1977. His tally of over 9100 runs sees him still in the top 10 all time run-scorers. Renowned as a tough uncompromising Captain even in the days of Friendly games, Harold won more games than he lost, directing the players from his customary fielding position of first slip. He passed away suddenly after a stroke in December 2005.
2006-2018 Again the oldest surviving playing member when elected, Edgar was married to Mabel, the sister of former Club Presidents Frank and Harold Elliott. An extremely stylish all-rounder, Edgar played twice for the Nottinghamshire Cricket Association in the 1950's. Playing in an era before 'manicured' outfields and pitches, Edgar's tally of over 6000 runs came at over twice the rate of nearly all his team-mates, and his ability to hit 50s at a time when a team score of 100 was nigh unbeatable was second to none. With over 420 wickets at less than 10 a piece, Edgar stakes a claim to being one of the finest cricketers ever to play for the village, and would no doubt walk into an all-time Clifton amateur XI. A quick glance at match reports showed stories such as : "Pepper was of course the mainstay, by using his feet he contained the spin bowling and scored runs from lovely drives" or "aided by a strong cross wind, Pepper soon had the Clumber batsmen in trouble with his flighted off-spinners. It was impossible to score from him. The batsmen could only desperately defend their wickets, but no-one could hold out for long". Edgar was Club Captain in 1958, Chairman of the Club for 14 years, and was in his 13th year as Club President when he passed away aged 96 in January 2018.