Gloucestershire County Cricket Club was formally founded in 1871 but the first record of a game being played in the county can be traced to 1729.
It was a successful period with Gloucestershire winning several unofficial county championships in the 1870s. Since then Gloucestershire's fortunes have been mixed.
They won several titles mainly under the captaincy of Mark Alleyne whilst being coached by John Bracewell. The club's captain for the 2006 season, Jon Lewis, recently became