Lima Cricket & Football Club is a Peruvian sports club based in the country's capital city of Lima. Lima Cricket claims to be both the oldest cricket club in South America, and the oldest association football-practising club in Peru and the Americas, having been founded in 1859 by the city's British community. The football team currently participates in the local league of San Isidro District, Lima.
|Full name||Lima Cricket and Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||El Decano de América|
|Chairman||Héctor Basombrío |
The club is the de facto home of the Peru Cricket Association, and hosts the National T20 Cricket League during the summer months of January to April. It has also hosted a number of international tournaments, featuring the Peru national cricket team. The most recent was the South American Championship in April, 2014, with competing teams from Argentina (men & women), Brazil (men & women), Chile and Mexico (men only).
Apart from football and cricket, nowadays the club hosts the practise of basketball, basque pelota, fencing, field hockey, squash, table tennis, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and water aerobics (rugby union is no longer practised). Other social activities include bocce, darts, pilates, snooker, and zumba.
Over time, other sports gained popularity within the club, and thus its name several times such as in 1865 to "Lima Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club" (when it merged with a local tennis club) and to "Lima Cricket and Football Club" in 1906 (although another source dates this as 1900).
Despite its members having played football since its origins, the first recorded football match was on August 7, 1892. Following on this event, the club now officially added a football-departement in 1893. It took on the current name on April 30, 1906. Lima Cricket went on to inspire future football clubs in Peru, such as Union Cricket.
As Lima C&FC was part of an elite football clubs composed entirely of high-society families, unlike other raising clubs that accepted members and players from popular sectors of Lima. This was notable since the beginning of the 1920s. As a result, Limas CFC would be relegated from the top ranks at the hands of clubs that recruited their players from a much larger pool.
His first rivalry was with the Ciclista Lima who dispute the (Classic of Yesteryear).
- Winners (4): 2007, 2008, 2012, 2016
- Runner-up (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
- Eli Schmerler; Carlos Manuel Nieto Tarazona (14 March 2013). "Peru - Foundation Dates of Clubs". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- Nosotros, board of directors, 17 Jul 2020
- "11th South American Championship, Lima, 2014 « Cricket Peru". perucricket.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
- Deportes on club website
- "Lima Cricket & Football Club". clublimacricket.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- Historia on club website
- William H. Beezley; Linda Curcio-Nagy; Linda Ann Curcio (2000). Latim American Popular Culture. ISBN 9780842027113. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
- Joseph Arbena; David Gerald LaFrance (2002). Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean. ISBN 9780842028219. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- "The case of soccer in eartly 20th century in Lima", from Fútbol, published by Ilan Stavans Library – Santa Barbara, CA (2011) – ISBN 978-0313375156