Taken from the book: Ryde Isle of Wight Its Sports and Attractions:
Ryde Football Club
This is the premier Football Club in the Island. although formed so recently as 1892, it ranks as one of the most progressive and energetic Clubs in the South of England. It began as a junior organization, but in the second year of its existence it qualified for the final tie of the Hampshire Junior Cup, and won the Portsmouth Junior Tournament. The next year it made equally rapid progress in the senior rank, winning the Portsmouth Senior Cup and appearing as finalist with Southampton for the Hampshire Senior Cup in the same year. At the time of writing it has won 11 matches out of 12 in the Hampshire Senior League, with the remarkable score of 64 for and 6 against. The Club is well in the running for the Hampshire and Portsmouth Senior Challenge Cups. The ground is charmingly and conveniently situated in the centre of the town on high ground. It is level and well cared for. There is a grand stand, pavilion and commodious dressing-rooms. Some of the best teams in the South of England are to be seen here and much interest is displayed in the matches.
Ryde Cricket Club
Among the Sporting Clubs of Ryde the Cricket Club holds a prominent position. Its team may be classified as “Medium Strong”. The ground is conveniently situated and contains a commodious pavilion, a grand stand and every needful accessory. A professional bowler is employed and members can practice at the nets at certain appointed hours. Visitors, who will be cordially welcomed, can join for longer or shorter periods. All information can be obtained of the Honorary Secretary.