Pre-1900 Masters and Boys played matches against Masters and Boys of local schools. At the beginning of the 20th century a match for just the boys took place against Cheltenham Grammar School (now Pate’s GS). Soon after that the King Edward’s Schools in Stourbridge and Birmingham and Wolverhampton GS joined the fixture list.
Always having a strong local reputation, the name of RGS Worcester started to be noticed nationally when a certain Imran Khan (Worcestershire CCC & Pakistan) joined the School, playing in 1972. Amongst many stories, one legend tells of him dispatching a ball from Flagge Meadow into the nearby St Oswald’s field – over two sets of houses and a road!
Tim Curtis (Worcestershire CCC & England) honed his batting (and leg-spin bowling!) skills, as well as his captaincy, during six seasons in the 1st XI. Tim is presently Director of Sport at RGS.
In the mid 1980s Dean Headley (Worcestershire CCC, Kent CCC & England) showed his promise taking 66 wickets in each of his two sixth form years.
In 1987 the first Royal Grammar Schools Festival took place and this has now become a highlight of the season involving the RGS sides from Colchester, Guildford, High Wycombe, Lancaster, Newcastle and Worcester.