The History of Moors Sports Club
Moors Sports Club was founded in 1908 at No. 11, New Moor Street, Pettah by S. L. Haji Mohamed, O. L. M. Macan Markar and Y.M. Khaled to encourage and develop sport, recreation and social activities in the country in keeping with our motto “Kun La I’ban – Play the game”. Since then ‘Moors’ has been unwavering in its spirit and commitment to serve the sporting fraternity in general and the Muslim community in particular.
Although there were limited facilities at hand, our fore fathers tirelessly worked to acquire a new ground at Price Park and confined our activities only to cricket due to limited facilities. Later Moors acquired reclaimed land from the Beira Lake at Muttiah Road, Braybrooke Place, which was brought to playing conditions after extensive filling and leveling. Sir Razik Fareed laid the foundation stone for a Club House on 25th of September 1936 and Governor Sir Edward Stubbs declared open the pavilion on February 27, 1937. The first inter-club match at the venue was between the Moors SC and Kalutara Town Club.
The club went on to expand its activities rapidly and Soccer was introduced in 1938 followed by the formation of a Rugby team. In 1947 tennis courts were laid, in 1950 hockey came into being followed by the opening of the Billiards & Snooker section in 1952. A table tennis segment was also started in subsequent years. But sadly due to varied reasonsonly Cricket, Billiards & Snooker and Tennis continued while others were abandoned.
During A.J.M. Muzammil’s presidency in 1983 the club introduced contracting professional cricketers, which provided a new lease of life for cricket at Moors. Under his term Hon. Gamini Dissanayake laid the foundation stone on the 11th October 1984 for a new three-tiered pavilion replacing the old club house. The new pavilion, after several extensions to the original plan, was completed under the Presidency of Mr.Shafeek Rajabdeen during our centenary year in 2008. His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse was invited to declare open the new Pavilion but due to unavoidable reasonshe could not turn up. Hon. Rohitha Bogallagame, Minister of Foreign Affairs declared opened the building at a glittering function followed by a gala dinner.
The New Pavilion has all the facilities needed for a Sports Pavilion, Cricketers Dressing Rooms, Umpires Room, Billiards Parlour, a Gymnasium and accommodation for cricketers and an Office complex with modern amenities. The building was funded by donation from our members and well wishers. Major contributions came from Anjum E. Saifee Trust and Sri Lanka Cricket.
Today, Moors SC can boast of reaching landmark achievements in the field of Cricket and Billiards and Snooker. Moors Cricket team won the Premier title in the 2002/2003 under the captaincy of Rangana Herath and were runners up at several occasions in the recent past. We have also produced many champions in Billiards and Snooker representing Sri Lanka at international level. Tennis too had its brilliant moments when the club was invited to conduct Inter Club Tennis Tournament organized by SLTA.
Sri Lanka is a resplendent isle blessed with a rich cultural heritage. As such, there is unity in diversity, which has been brought about as a result of its people taking to serious sports. Sinhalese, Tamils, Moors, Malay, Burghers, Memons and Bohras are names indicative of the ethnic diversity. Despite this reality, it is indeed amazing that these differences have not divided the people. On the contrary, the spirit of sports have truly served to build unity, harmony and understanding among the various ethnic groups. This, in SPORTS, is the greatest triumph in life. The lesson of Moors is a lesson for all to build a strong nation of unity and peace. Moors Sports Club will look to the future as a leading sports club and will seek to mould and nurture sporting talent, to influence the national sports bodies in an advisory capacity, to continue to expand our facilities offering the best to our members and to strengthen our resolve to dedicate ourselves in the service of the sporting fraternity in Sri Lanka.