Below is a description of the various categories of membership of the Melbourne Cricket Club:
Honorary Life membership - recognises outstanding service to the club. It has been bestowed sparingly and, apart from visiting royalty, only 81 members have been honoured since the club's foundation in 1838. Former MCC president David Meikeljohn is the club's most recent Life Member, receiving his honour in August, 2012.
Full membership - encompasses metropolitan, country and interstate members, whose annual subscriptions vary for age and geographic reasons. There are no restrictions on access to the Reserve for cricket and football and entry charges normally are not payable, except for special events where a nominal entry fee may be charged.
Full members elected prior to November 19, 1986 who have not already given up their entitlement by nominating a female for Full membership (this process ceased in 2006) are entitled to purchase an annual Guest card that will allow a male or female of any age to access the Members Reserve for all events in which members are able to attend. Full members elected since November 1986 are not entitled to a season card for a guest.
Restricted membership - does not carry automatic eligibility to enter the Members Reserve for the AFL grand final. In nearly all other respects, however, they are "full" members of the club. They may enter the Members Reserve including the Long Room and all ‘member-only’ seating areas upon presentation of their card without charge on all cricket and most football days.
Restricted members may be admitted to AFL preliminary finals and semi finals (although this is not automatic), but their card does not automatically admit to the grand final. A decision on admittance to the grand final for an additional entry fee is usually made in the days leading up to the match.
As is the case with Full members, they have extensive rights to introduce visitors as detailed elsewhere on this site. They are not entitled to attend meetings of the club or nominate committee or office-bearer candidates. Nor can they vote on club affairs, nominate new members or receive privileges at interstate and overseas reciprocal clubs. Restricted membership is made up of various categories based on the member’s age and place of residence.
Playing membership - may be offered to non-members who play in organised competition in cricket and the Sporting Sections of the club. The MCC fields teams in cricket, shooting, football, tennis, hockey, lawn bowls, golf, real tennis, croquet, lacrosse, squash and baseball. Information about participation in the MCC Sporting Sections is available here.
Overseas membership - is a ‘holding’ membership available to Full and Restricted members who are residing outside Australia for a period in excess of 12 months. A member may make application to the club office for placement on the Overseas membership list once they have been residing overseas for three months. A reduced subscription rate will then apply for the following membership season.
For further information about Overseas membership, click here.
50-Year membership - The MCC provides a reserved seating area and the John Landy Room, both on Level 2, for the exclusive use of MCC members of 50 or more years standing. View the John Landy Room regulations.
Honorary Cricket membership - The committee may, from time to time, elect as an Honorary Cricket Member such person or persons who it considers is or has been a prominent international cricketer. View the complete list of Honoary Cricket Members.
Honorary Cricket Members may be issued with a membership card allowing them admission to the Members Reserve and are not required to pay any fees, subscriptions and levies except as specifically determined and fixed by the committee.
They are not, however, entitled to other rights and privileges of being a member of the club, unless that Honorary Cricket Member is also a member in another capacity.