Michael Stephenson

Player, icon, scribe

Mick Stephenson is an icon of the Bankstown District Cricket Club (BDCC). Starting as a young kid operating the scoreboard, he went on to play 23 seasons, scoring 6642 runs and taking 23 wickets, penning the Club’s 50th Anniversary Book ‘Blue Blood in Their Veins’ and being recognised with Life Membership. He holds 1st Grade Cap Number 81. Mick is by far BDCC’s longest serving Publicity Officer; his ‘superlatives’ gracing the pages of the Canterbury-Bankstown TORCH newspaper for over 25 years. Mick speaks with great pride about the fact he has seen every ball of Bankstown’s six Belvidere Cup victories and that he’s played grade cricket with each of the six Bankstown’s Test cricketers. He is also well known for his stentorian voice that has echoed around Memorial Oval with his trademark “Go the Doggies”.


These interviews of around 5 to 8 minutes each, provide a fascinating insight into growing up in the Bankstown region, the development of cricket as a sport as well as Bankstown Oval and also Mick's myriad jobs and grade cricket experiences as the Bankstown Cricket Club developed into a club with an enviable record of success.

Part 1
Duration: 5:30
Topics covered: Cricket starts in Sydney in 1800s, Sydney's early cricket clubs, the first cricket match in Sydney, how clubs developed in the Bankstown region, Bankstown's first cricket match,  Bankstown Oval and Sir Donald Bradman 'helping' Bankstown enter the Sydney grade competition

Part 2
Duration: 4:51
Topics covered: The 'early' Sir Donald Bradman playing at Bankstown Oval, and how Sir Donald indirectly helped the region grow by bringing focus, the 'good old days' of living in Bankstown as a multi-cultural region

Part 3
Duration: 5:43
Topics covered: Players travelling a;; over Sydney to play cricket before Bankstown cricket club was established, how Jeff Thomson's father also terrorised batsmen, Mick's childhood in Wales as the only Welshman who can't sing or play rugby, and his learning to read and write while in hospital

Part 4
Duration: 6:49
Topics covered: The Great Depression and his family moving to Australia, how Bankstown District Cricket Club was named and its founding members, how Sid Boddy set up the still-famous afternoon teas and how Steve Waugh also helped with teas, Bob Madden playing for Glebe before he joined Bankstown

Part 5
Duration: 6:23
Topics covered: School days where his teachers played high level cricket - including learning from Peter Philpott in the classroom, skipping school to watch Keith Miller play and when Sir Donald Bradman was ignored

Part 6
Duration: 8:21
Topics covered: batting with Mark Waugh, playing Green Shield for Bankstown and attending every 1st grade match, working at the Daily Telegraph newspaper

Part 7
Duration: 6:23
Topics covered: working at Bankstown Council, captaining the Waugh twins and who was the better player, how many international cricketers Bankstown has produced