Marx, Karl (Penguin Classics; Reprint edition, 1992, ISBN 978-0140445688)
In all probability, Marxist sport associations have existed for as long as universities have funded student clubs. After nine meetings over boiled lentils, a few may even have contrived to play their first games. However one communist cricket club in Melbourne, called ‘The Royal Park Reds’, has fielded teams for more than thirty years.
Amateur cricket clubs in Australia play on two types of pitches: turf and matting. The former refers to the type of pitch professionals use: prepared strips of grass cared for by groundskeepers (often at copious expense); the latter to a concrete pitch dressed on the day with Astroturf mats brought by the teams.
Founded in 1979, the Royal Park Reds started out playing on matting pitches within the North Suburban Cricket Association (NSCA). According to an old friend inside the club, at the annual meeting in 1985 a clique of members stunned the rest by contending that the time had come for the club to move up to turf pitches. In response, the others announced that they regarded playing on the expensive turf pitches as a bourgeois affectation. An act of treachery against the revolution.
The difference proved irreconcilable. In the end, the club fissured into two communist factions: the Reds, who now play on turf pitches in the nearby Mercantile Cricket Association, and the Royal Park Reds, who continue to bat for the class struggle on matting pitches within the NSCA.