1857- Manchester CC lease two fields in Old Trafford from the De Trafford estate after their ground at the Botanical Gardens is required for the National Art Exhibition.
1857 – Old Trafford is officially opened on 9th May.
1857 - June 10th. The first match takes place between Manchester CC and Liverpool CC.
1860- George Parr’s England Xl play another England Xl on the ground.
1864- 12th January. Lancashire CCC formed at the Queen’s Hotel, Manchester.
1865- The first county match is played against Middlesex. Vyell Walker takes all 10 wickets in the Lancashire second innings, but Lancashire win by 62 runs.
1867- Lancashire play Yorkshire for the first time at Old Trafford and lose by 165 runs.
1869-The first ever century for Lancashire on the ground is scored by Rev.F.W.Wright.
1870-Bill Hickton becomes the first Lancashire player to take all ten wickets in a match, 10-46 v Hampshire.
1871- Derbyshire play their first match at Old Trafford and bowl Lancashire out for their lowest score ever of 25.
1875- Lancashire beat Yorkshire by 10 wickets with Hornby and Barlow opening the innings for Lancashire at Old Trafford for first time (the two players emerged from different pavilions-one for Gentlemen (amateurs) and one for Professionals-at opposite sides of the ground).
1876-Notts complain of the musketry practice taking place in the next field by the Manchester Regiment.
1878–Lancashire play the Australians on their first visit to England.
1878– W.G.Grace makes his first appearance on the ground in front of a record 16,000 crowd.
1879-Dick Barlow takes the first hat-trick for Lancashire on the ground against Derbyshire in the opening fixture of the season.
1880-The Committee decide not to admit Ladies to the Pavilion, a decision that was to last for over 100 years.
1880-Manchester CC and Lancashire CCC amalgamate to form the Lancashire County and Manchester Cricket Club.
1881-Lancashire become County Champions for the first time.
1882-Somerset make their first appearance on the ground and are bowled out for 29 and 51 with George Nash taking four wickets in four balls.
1884-Old Trafford becomes the second ground in England, after the Oval, to stage Test Cricket. The match against Australia on 10-12 July ends in a draw.
1884-Lancashire’s match with Gloucestershire (inc W.G Grace and E.M. Grace) was abandoned when the news came of the death of Mrs Grace (W.G. & E.M.’s Mother).
1885-Alterations to the ground include a Ladies tea-room and pavilion and a stand for reporters.
1886-England beat Australia with Lancashire’s R.G. Barlow taking 7-44 and scoring 38* and 30 in a four wicket win.
1887-A Gloucestershire fielder impales himself on the spiked railing in front of the pavilion. Fortunately the team had two doctors playing, W.G. Grace and his brother E.M.
1888-England beat Australia by an innings with Peel taking 11-68 in the match.
1888-W.E.Howard appointed to take charge of the pavilion, a job he would do for the next 50 years.
1888-Surrey beat Lancashire in a day at Old Trafford.
1890- The Test against Australia abandoned without a ball being bowled in the three days.
1890-Sussex are bowled out for a combined total of 59 (35 & 24).
1890-Johnny Briggs takes 10 wickets and scores a century 129* & 10-41 against Sussex.
1891-A.EStoddart hits the first double-century 215* for Middlesex seen on the ground.
1893-25,000 spectators watch the Bank Holiday Monday Roses Match on the ground. Yorkshire needing 57 to win lose by six runs.
1895-The new Pavilion (still standing today) is completed at a cost of £10,000 by architect Thomas Muirhead who also built the pavilion at the Oval.
1896-Australia win by 3 wickets in the Test Match despite 154* from Ranji.
1898-Lancashire buy Old Trafford and adjoining land from the de Trafford’s for £24,732.
1899- Victor Trumper and the Australians play in front of 28,000 people on the first day of the Test Match.
1900-Johnny Briggs takes all 10 Worcestershire wickets on their first visit to the ground.
1900-One of the biggest hits seen on the ground was made by Gilbert Jessop who hit a six onto the railway lines.
1901-Arthur Mold’s suspect bowling action is filmed at Old Trafford.
1902-Victor Trumper scores a magnificent century before lunch as Australia win by 3 runs, one of the closest of Tests that becomes known as Tate’s Match because of a dropped catch.
1904-MacLaren, JT Tyldesley, AH Hornby and Cuttell all score centuries in the same innings against Somerset
1905-Walter Brearley takes 17 wickets in the match against Somerset including four in four balls.
1905-Brearley takes 4-72 & 4 54 in the Test against Australia.
1906-J.T.Tyldesley scores 295* in his benefit match against Kent.
Compiled by Malcolm Lorimer
Photo courtesy of Keith Hayhurst