WACA Historic Timeline
1835

First mention of the game of cricket in the Perth Gazette and WA Journal.

1846

Two other cricket clubs formed - the Guildford Club and the Tradesmen of Perth. Matches were played in the country centres of York, Bunbury, Vasse, Toodyay and Beverley in the period to 1850.

1852

First ever Fremantle v Perth match held on the Perth Recreation Centre ground.

1878

The amalgamation of the Perth and Perth Union cricket clubs formed the Perth Metropolitan Club. This marked a turning point in the creation of the WACA Ground as it was this club which brought about the actual formation of the Western Australian Cricket Association.

1885

The WACA was officially established on 25 November, with Mr JCH James as its first President.

1887

The Metropolitan Club engaged a professional coach from Victoria, Mr WF Duffy of East Melbourne.

1893

A team sailed from Albany to play matches in South Australia and Victoria. WACA Ground officially declared open in November.

1894

First match played on the WACA Ground turf wickets in February.

1895

First Grandstand built at the WACA Ground, seating 500 people. Beneath were four dressing rooms, a dining room, two bathrooms, Members' rooms and bars. The first paid Secretary of the WACA, Mr H Brown of the Metropolitan Club, was appointed. His commencing salary was 100 pounds per annum.

1897

Eastern Colony teams visited WA and played at the WACA Ground. 5000 spectators attended play on the first day.

1906

South Australia played at the WACA Ground.

1907

England XI played Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
NSW played at the WACA Ground.

1909

South Australia played at the WACA Ground.

1912

WA team toured NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

1913

WA admitted to the Australian Board of Control.

1913

Country clubs permitted to affiliate with the WACA.

1914

Night trotting introduced to the WACA.

1919

WACA Ground used as an aerodrome for demonstration flights by Norman Brearley of the Royal Flying Corps. Brearley reports that despite a very small margin to spare, "I landed and took off several times without accident and only one take off did I actually pluck the electric light wires that then encircled the ground over the trotting track."

1920

Introduction of 'Country Week'. The Boans Ltd Cup was won by teams from Moora and Ferguson.

1929

Trotting moved from the WACA Ground to Brennan Park. (Shortly to be Gloucester Park)

1931

The Farley Stand completed as the Members' stand.

1932

Sir Donald Bradman played at the WACA Ground for the first time and attracted a crowd in excess of 20,000.

1933

EH Bromley, when selected to play for Australia in a Test match, became the first WA representative player to achieve that honour.

1934

The first ever women’s international cricket match was played at the WACA Ground between Western Australia and the touring English cricket team.

1935

Trotting track removed from the WACA Ground.

1947

WA admitted to the Sheffield Shield competition on a restricted basis. Won the Shield at their first attempt.

1948

Scoreboard at the WACA destroyed by storm.

1954

Replacement scoreboard, which remains today at the WACA Ground, was officially declared open in February.

1956

WA was granted full status in the Sheffield Shield competition.

1962

Prince Phillip presented the Queen's and Regimental Colours to the 1st Battalion, the Royal West Australian Regiment, at the WACA.

1968

WA, captained by former England Test player Tony Lock, won the Sheffield Shield for the first time since obtaining full status. Over 5,000 people were at Perth Airport to welcome the victorious team back home.

1970

New Test Stand erected at the WACA Ground, assisted largely by public and Member subscription. First ever Test match played at the WACA Ground from 11-16 December.

1972

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1973

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1975

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1977

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1978

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1978

First One-Day Final played in Perth. WA defeat Tasmania.

1979

Work commenced on the restoration and refurbishing of photographs and memorabilia stored at the WACA as a prelude to the establishment of a Cricket Museum at the WACA.

1981

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1984

WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Sri Lanka played at the WACA Ground for the first time.
WACA Centenary Ground Redevelopment project commenced. Arena realigned and Prindiville Stand completed and declared open in November.
The WACA Ground hosted a Women’s Ashes Test match which ended as a draw.

1985

The first official Museum Display was established at the WACA Ground in the new Prindiville Stand.

1986

WA played Victoria in a McDonald's Cup fixture as the WACA Ground's first cricket match under lights.

1987

WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Football returned to the WACA as home of Perth Football Club, as well as night matches involving the West Coast Eagles in the Victorian Football League.
WA won the women’s National Championships, played in Perth, for the first time led by Karen Read.

1988

The WACA Museum was moved to a larger venue in the Farley Stand.
East Perth Football Club home ground - shared with Perth Football Club.
Lillee Marsh Stand completed at southern end of the Ground.

1989

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1990

WA won the FAI Cup

1991

WA won the FAI Cup

1992

WA won the Sheffield Shield

1994

WA State team named 'Western Warriors'.
AFL finals played at the WACA Ground.
The current venue ODI and cricket record crowd of 28,211 spectators attended the Australia v South Africa match.

1995

Western Reds rugby league team based at WACA.

1996

Perth Heat baseball team move to the WACA.

1997

Warriors won the inaugural Super 8s competition.
Warriors won the Mercantile Mutual Cup (one-day series).
Warriors were runners-up for the Sheffield Shield.

1998

WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Museum moves to present site in the former residence of the WACA Ground curators.

1999

WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Perth Glory play National Soccer League finals at the WACA Ground.

2000

WA won the Mercantile Mutual Cup.
Last AFL match played at the WACA Ground.

2001

Western Warriors won the 'Champions Cup', an international cricket competition involving teams from New Zealand, India and South Africa.

2002

WACA redevelopment completed. Playing arena reduced by a total of 31 metres at east and west boundaries to improve player and patron ambience and atmosphere.

2003

In an historic sponsorship agreement, the Western Warriors change their name to the Retravision Warriors.
Matthew Hayden scored a then Test-record 380 at the WACA Ground against Zimbabwe.

2005

WA defeat Victoria in the first ever interstate Twenty20 match in Australia, held at the WACA Ground in front of approximately 23,000 spectators – a record domestic attendance for the venue.

2006

A venue record 103,440 people witness Australia regain the Ashes in the Third Test at the WACA Ground, defeating England by 206 runs. Adam Gilchrist hit a memorable century, the then-second fastest in Test history, off 57 balls. The current WACA Ground Test record attendance of 24,175 in a day was set on day one.
Soil on Harvey River in Waroona identified as location to provide the base to bring back the WACA Ground’s famed pace and bounce.

2007

The WACA Ground hosted its first Twenty20 International with Australia defeating New Zealand by 54 runs in front of 17,344 fans.


2008

The WACA Ground hosted the Big Bash Final for the first time, with 16,589 spectators watching Victoria defeat Western Australia by 32 runs.


2010

New Western Australian Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets and won Man of the Match honours as Australia defeat England by 267 runs in the Third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground. The win was Australia’s only triumph in a 3-1 series defeat.


2011

Murdoch University cricket facility, the WACA’s second ground, was opened.
The first Perth Scorchers match is played at the WACA Ground in front of more than 13,000 fans against Hobart Hurricanes.


2012

Perth Scorchers host the inaugural Big Bash League BIG Final with 16,255 fans witnessing the Sydney Sixers win by seven wickets.
Nicole Bolton became the first Western Fury player to score a Women’s National Cricket League century with 121 against Tasmania at the WACA Ground.

2013

The WACA entered into a record $2.1 million three-year partnership with State Government body Healthway.
Australia regained the Ashes with victory in the Third Test at the WACA Ground by 150 runs.

2014

The WACA Ground hosted the only Test match of the Women’s Ashes Series which England won by 61 runs.
WA’s Nicole Bolton became the first Australian woman to make a century on international debut scoring 124 in a 26-run win over England at the MCG.
Perth Scorchers won the Big Bash League in front of a club record 20,783 fans at the WACA Ground against Hobart Hurricanes, ending almost a decade without silverware for the state.
Western Warriors won the Matador One-Day Cup in Sydney.

2015

Perth Scorchers became the first club to win back-to-back championships in the Big Bash League.
The WACA Ground hosted three ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including when Australia scored a tournament record total of 6-417 against Afghanistan.

2016

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