The South Melbourne Cricket Club (SMCC) was founded in 1862, and has been an integral aspect of community life in South Melbourne. The club has a proud history, and has produced nine (9) Australian Test Captains; more than any other club in Australia. Forty-seven (47) International players have represented the club, and eight (8) of these players have been listed amongst Wisden’s “International Cricketer of the Year”.
From the 2005/06 season the club has be known as Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club (CSMCC), and moved to a new home at Casey Fields in season 2006/07.
The club's well known emblem was adopted in the 1949/50 season. The crest of the club is based on the seal of the former City of South Melbourne (now part of the City of Port Phillip), which in turn in based on the Arms of Lord Melbourne, after whom the city was named. The motto Liberalitur aut vincere aut vinci translates to A sportsman, win or lose.
Cheer, cheer the red and the white,
Honour the name by day and by night,
Lift that noble banner high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
Whether the odds be great or small,
South will go in and win over all
While her loyal sons are marching
Onwards to victory.
The clubs nicknames stem from our close association with the South Melbourne Football Club (now the Sydney Swans). In the early years, the cricketers were known as 'The Hillites' (derived from the early names for the area, Emerald Hill), 'The Southerners' or 'The Bloods' (a reference to the bold red in our outfits). Prior to the 1932 season, the football club recruited so heavily from interstate that the team was known in the press as the 'Foreign Legion'. Six of these recruits were from Western Australia, a state whose emblem had long been the swan. That, along with the club's home ground being alongside Albert Park lake where the large white birds were often seen, possibly led to the 'Swans' gaining widespread acceptance. The football club winning the 1933 premiership solidified the 'Swans' popularity for both clubs, and the Swan was adopted as the club emblem.
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Team of Century
The SMCC 'Team of the 20th Century' contains 11 Test players, 5 Australian captains, 3 State captains and 5 players named as a 'Wisden Cricketer of the Year':
A.L. Hassett (Captain)