It is officially Leeming Spartan (singular), as the Club is known as the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club (Inc.).
Colloquially, you’ll hear us referred to as the Leeming Spartans, although this is unofficial and won’t be seen in formal documentation, including this website.
You will see us referred to collectively as Leeming Spartans (plural), although the correct term is simply Leeming Spartan.
To make things even more confusing, you’ll see us referred to as Spartans, which is actually an acceptable term.
Essentially, the Club is Leeming Spartan, but our players are Leeming Spartans.
Interestingly, our website domain is www.spartans.com.au – with a plural for the word spartans.
Overall though, we are Leeming Spartan Cricket Club!
We actually began life as the Spartan Cricket Club (without the ‘s’), and we have been formally known as Spartan (singular) ever since.
So, whilst you’ll often see us called the Leeming Spartans Cricket Club in third party media, this is incorrect, and we are professionally known as Leeming Spartan Cricket Club.
When referring to members of the Club, they (not the Club itself), are known as Leeming Spartans.
It is slightly different to most sporting clubs, for example the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash or the Geelong Cats in the AFL (both are pluralised), but simply put, having been Spartan (singular) since 1918, how can we argue with history!
Spartan Since Inception
When the Reverend Hibbert founded the Club in 1918, he simply chose the name “Spartan” without the ‘s’ on the end, and we have been known like that ever since.
It is unlike most modern-day sporting clubs that seem to always be known as plural, but who is one to argue with history?!
What about LSCC?
Well, we used to utilise the four letters to represent the Club, even once using it for our logo “Spartan LSCC”, but in 2014 it was decided to drop the lettering altogether as it made it difficult for newcomers to know who and what we were!
So, using the full name “Leeming Spartan Cricket Club”, we can immediately be identified as a cricket Club!
You can see this old logo of the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club (or should we say ‘Spartan LSCC’) to the left – please click the image to view it in its full size.
Notice also how the shadow behind the famous Spartan head was also dropped when the logo was redesigned by Daniel Coombs in 2015 (visible below).
This was done to give it a cleaner look, more in-line with modern day logo design.
“For we, we are the Spartan
s, Spartan s are we!” 😜