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A CHRONOLOGY OF DRAUGHTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS OF ENGLAND

1890

Sat 22 Feb at Birmingham. West Birmingham Chess and Draughts Club beat Abingdon Square Cafe DC of Northampton by 21-17 and 16 draws. The match was preceded by a "capital knife and fork tea".

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws NORTHAMPTON Wins
1 W. Jones 1 G. Whitney 4
4 G.W. Griffiths 1 J. Hilliard 1
1 J. Desmond 5 F. Pugh 0
0 W. Hadley 3 T. G. Hollowell 1
2 F. Bevan 2 T. Middleton 2
2 J. Harris 0 A. Gibbs 4
1 W.M. Perry 1 J. H. Davies 1
4 J. Briden 0 T. B. Hollowell 2
2 E. Franklin 2 T. Marshall 2
4 R. Kirmick 1 J. Bland 0
21   16   17

Sat 18 Oct at Abingdon Square, Northampton. Biggest ever gathering of draughts players in the town. Six teams met for friendly matches, including Northampton vs Birmingham, the visitors winning by 15-12 and 8 draws.

Wins NORTHAMPTON Draws BIRMINGHAM Wins
3 G. Whitney 1 G.W. Griffiths 1
1 F. Pugh 2 H. Bodfish 3
1 T. G. Hollowell 0 J. Desmond 5
1 S. Bates 2 W. Hadley 3
3 T. Middleton 2 C. H. Edwards 1
3 A. Gibbs 1 B. Berwick 2
12   8   15

1891

? C.H. Edwards won the Birmingham Championship by beating the holder, T. Gilbert.

Feb at West Birmingham. West Birmingham beat Selly Oak Institute by 30-8. Home team: W. Jones, G.W. Griffiths, F. A. Bevans, L. Gascoigne, C. Edwards, J. Smethurst, W. Hobson and W.M. Massey.

Sat 21 Feb at Birmingham. South Birmingham Chess and Draughts Club played Kettering Liberal Club. Birmingham lost 13-16 and 11 draws. Birmingham team: H. Bodfish, J. Desmond, "F. Huggins", A.W. Pennington, "C. Allen", H. Buckerfield, J. Thompson and G. Powis. South Birmingham were a newly formed club.

Sat 7 March. A weekly draughts column was started in the County Express (Stourbridge), conducted by A. R. Gaschoni of Birmingham.

Sat 7 March. Selly Oak Institute beat South Birmingham by 32-23. Teams: Selly Oak Inst - Albert Rudd, B. Redding, J. Nix, T. Wheatley, S. Walker, A. Mumford, Arthur Budd, W. Hopkins, C. Smedley and C. Gannon. South Birmingham - J. Desmond, J. Thompson, G. Phillips, G. Powis, K. Knowles, J. Hubbertt, T. Moore, C.W. Rogers, H. Woodcock and T. Payne.

Sat 14 March at Church Schools, Selly Oak, Birmingham. Selly Oak Institute lost to West Birmingham by 7-35 and 3 draws. Visiting team: W. Jones, G. W. Griffith, F. A. Bevens, H. Clews, L. Gascoigne, W. Hadley, W. Parsons and C. H. Edwards.

Fri 23 April at Highgate Coffee Tavern, Moseley Road, Birmingham. South Birmingham beat Selly Oak Club by 18-14 and 1 draw. Selly Oak Club had won their previous match against them by 13 games.

Wins SOUTH BIRMINGHAM Draws SELLY OAK CLUB Wins
3 J. Desmond 0 H. W. Stephens 3
3 G. Billinge 0 W. S. Goode 1
2 H. Bockerfield 0 S. Grove 2
3 J. Thompson 0 C. E. Truman 2
2 G. Phillips 0 J. P. Truman 1
0 J. Hubbard 1 A. Quinton 1
2 A. Knowles 0 E. Quinton 1
3 T. Turner 0 M. Wilson 3
18   1   14

Sat 24 April at Selly Oak. Selly Oak Institute beat South Birmingham by 28-21 and 4 draws. The visitors had a weaker team than on the preceding evening.

Sat 24 April at Nottingham. Nottingham beat Birmingham by 20-6 and 17 draws. Both sides were strongly represented. It was their third meeting, with Nottingham winning all the matches.

Wins NOTTINGHAM Draws BIRMINGHAM Wins
1 A. Champkin 2 G.E. Peters 1
0 J. Hewitt (Capt) 3 T. Gilbert 0
0 J. Mitchell 2 W. Jones (Capt) 1
2 T. Linney 1 G.W. Griffiths 1
3 T.J. Riley 1 H. Bodfish 0
0 J. Thorpe 3 H. Clews 0
4 G.L. Kirk 0 A. Withers 0
0 A. Mckay 0 W. Hadley (absent) 0
3 J. Hutchinson 1 A. W. Pennington 0
3 E.E. Cresswell 0 W. J. Hobson 1
3 J. Brown 1 J. Palmer 0
1 A. Butler 1 W. Parsons 1
0 T.Ward 2 C.H. Edwards 1
20   17   6

Wed 28 April at Central Coffee Tavern, Stourbridge. Stourbridge lost to Kidderminster in a 10-a-side match by 20½-36½. Stourbridge team: Doody, J. Clewes, G. H. Clewes, W. H. Baggott, Tonks, Wooldridge, Cornaby, Knowles, Barnes and Thomas Webb.

28 April at Lichfield St Mary's Men's Society. The home side beat Alrewas DC in a 6-a-side match by 27½ - 8½ .

Mon 1 June at Highgate Coffee Tavern, Moseley Road. Even though their captain J. Desmond was absent ill, South Birmingham beat Silver Grid (ie. Central Club) by 29-17 and 6 draws.

Wins SOUTH BIRMINGHAM Draws CENTRAL CLUB Wins
3 F. Bevens 2 Mailer 1 ?
5 W. Smith 1 Davidson ?
4 G. Phillips 0 Blackadder 2
5 J. Thompson 1 Shipway 2 ?
2 J. Hubbard 1 Maine ?
1 W. Skarritt 0 Austin ?
4 H. Woodcock 0 Savory 2
3 J. Payne 1 Dolgetty 2
2 F. Phillips 0 Clark 4
29   6   17

Wed 3 June at Bromley Coffee Tavern, Lye. Lye lost to Stourbridge Institute by 18-24 (points).

Mon 8 June Return match. Central Club, alias Silver Grid, turned the tables to beat South Birmingham by 30-15 and 7 draws. South Birmingham captain J. Desmond had missed the first match through illness. He left his sick bed to play in the return match, but was heavily beaten by the veteran, Edward Lord, who won by 4-0 and 2 draws on top board.

Wins SOUTH BIRMINGHAM Draws CENTRAL CLUB Wins
0 J. Desmond 2 E. Lord 4
3 W. Smith 0 W. Mailer 3
2 G. Phillips 0 G. Davidson 2
1 J. Thompson 1 G. Blackadder 4
0 J. Hubbard 1 F. N. Austin 5
3 G. Powis 0 J. Shipway 3
- A. Knowles - W. Maine (absent) -
2 W. Skarritt 1 H. Savory 3
1 J. Payne 1 H. Dalgetty 4
3 H. Woodcock 1 M. Clark 2
15   7   30

June. At Worcester Coffee Tavern, High Street, Stourbridge. Return match between Stourbridge Institute and Lye, 7-a-side. Stourbridge lost by 19-23 (points).

Thurs 18 June at Central Coffee Tavern, Stourbridge. Stourbridge Institute Club beat Stourbridge Club in a 7-a-side match by 23½ - 18½ (points).

Mon 3 Oct. West Birmingham beat Central Club, Birmingham's youngest club, by 35-16 and 17 draws.

Wins WEST BIRMINGHAM Draws CENTRAL CLUB Wins
3 Griffith 0 E. Lord 3
2 Bodfish 3 Bevens 1
3 Edwards 1 Austin 2
2 Hobson 1 Adcock 3
3 Jones 3 Desmond 0
1 Innocent 3 McLeish 2
4 Clews 1 Mailer 1
5 Turvey 0 Davidson 0
1 Hadley 2 Dalgetty 0
4 Knowles 0 Blackadder 2
3 Gascoigne 1 Shipway 2
4 Parsons 2 Main 0
35   17   16

Oct. The draw was made for a Birmingham Challenge Cup suggested some time before by G. W. Griffiths. There were objections to his narrowly defined area for qualification, as several strong players were excluded. Second Round: Edwards vs Hobson or Desmond; Bailey vs Bevens; Gilbert or Parsons vs Gascoigne or Phillips; Turvey vs Griffiths; Clews or Mailer vs Baker; Jones vs Hadley; Innocent vs Palmer or Wilcox; Knowles vs Bodfish.

Sat 24 Oct. The County Express draughts column ceased abruptly.

Sat 26 Dec at Birmingham. The home side lost to Nottingham by 12-15 and 16 draws. Neither club was fully represented. (The 4th match between these clubs)

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws NOTTINGHAM Wins
0 W. Jones (Capt) 1 J. Mitchell (capt) 3
0 T. Gilbert 1 A. Champkins 2
1 W. Smeed 1 T. Birchenough 2
4 J. Wilcox 0 T. J. Riley 0
0 C. H. Edwards 3 J. Thorpe 1
1 J. Desmond 1 J. Brown 2
1 G. W. Griffiths 2 G. A. Gelsthorp 1
1 W. Turvey 1 J. Hutchinson 1
1 W. J. Hobson 3 W. J. Dexter 0
1 J. Thompson 1 A. Butler 2
2 W. Parsons 0 A. E. Wilson 1
0 G. Phillips 2 W. Dakin 0
12   16   15

1892

Walsall DC formed.

Sat 27 Feb at Camden Road Board Schools. Annual Soiree and Concert of the West Birmingham Chess and Draughts Club, attended by its president, Austen Chamberlain, and secretaries W.G. Griffiths and A. Weaver. Over 400 ladies and gentlemen were present. The prizes, which included the Birmingham and District Championship and gold medal (won by T. Gilbert), the second and third prizes (won by Jones and C.H. Edwards) were distributed by Mr Chamberlain.

Fri 11 March at South Birmingham headquarters. The home side lost to their great rivals West Birmingham by 17-38 and 12 draws. The surprise of the match was the defeat of the local champion, T. Gilbert.

Wins SOUTH BIRMINGHAM Draws WEST BIRMINGHAM Wins
3 J. Desmond (Capt) 0 T. Gilbert 0
0 F.A. Bevans 3 W. Jones Snr 3
0 W. Smith 1 F. Wilcox 5
1 G. Phillips 1 C.H. Edwards 0
1 J. Thompson 1 W. Turney 2
1 H. Buckerfield 1 G.W. Griffiths 4
0 A. Knowles 1 W. Jones Jnr 1
2 G. Powis 0 W. Hobson 2
1 W. Deeley 0 W. Parsons 2
1 J. Hubbard 1 H. Clews 2
1 H. Woodcock 0 L. Gascoigne 5
2 B. Frith 0 F. Edwards 4
1 F.A. Evans 1 S. Cohen 4
1 H. Thompson 1 P. Austey 3
2 T. Moore 1 A. Pillow 1
17   12   38

April. An advert for the West Birmingham Chess and Draughts Club announced that the meetings are at Rowe's Restaurant, 57 Parade, Birmingham.

May? Birmingham Cup: Semi-final: T. Gilbert, ex-champion of Birmingham, beat G.W. Griffiths by 3-2 and 19 draws after 4 sessions. J.A. Wilcox of Walsall beat J. Desmond. This was a handicap tournament for a silver cup.

Sat 7 May at West Birmingham DC headquarters, with numerous spectators. Birmingham Championship: C.H. Edwards beat T. Gilbert by 3-0 and 0 draws, winning with "exceptionally brilliant play". Gilbert hadn't held the championship for long. Edwards, aged about 20, was the most promising player in Birmingham and district. He'd been playing seriously for two years or so.

July. Birmingham Cup: Final: J.A. Wilcox beat T. Gilbert by 5-3 and 4 draws.

Wed, 20? July at the Bell Hotel, Birmingham. "A meeting of gentlemen interested in draughts and chess was held." J. A. Willcox of Walsall was presented with a silver cup for winning the Great Western Draughts Handicap. In the final he had beaten T. Gilbert, ex-Champion of Birmingham, by 3-1 and 1 draw.

Oct. James A. Kear Jr. of Bristol challenged W. Jones, one of the strongest Birmingham players, to a match of 12 games, but Jones declined to play a stake match.

Sat 8 Oct at Nottingham. Nottingham beat a weakened Birmingham by 25-6 and 12 draws. (5th match between these clubs)

West Birmingham Club opened the new season: Birmingham lost to Bristol by 5-7 and 5 draws.

T. R. Murphy was to form a club at the YMCA, Coventry.

The Birmingham Championship holder, C. H. Edwards, was challenged by J. A. Wilcox of Walsall. Wilcox won a 6-game match by 3-0 and l draw. An England team suggested in a London newspaper included Wilcox .

A large crowd watched West Birmingham beat Hanley by 20-15 and 12 draws (14 per side). Hanley were favourites. West Birmingham team: Wilcox, F.A. Bevens, W. Jones Snr., W. Parsons, G. W. Griffith, B. Church, W. Turvey, F. Garrett, L. Gascoigne, W. Jones Jnr., W. Hobson, J. Salmer, C. Thompson, T. Ball.

1893

F.F. Smith, aged 22 and still a beginner, joined the West Birmingham DC.

Tue 31 Jan at West Birmingham DC headquarters. Birmingham and District Championship Cup Final: J. Wilcox (holder) beat G.W. Griffith by 4-1, 0 draws to retain the title.

Fri, 3 Feb at the Coffee Tavern, Kidderminster. In an 8-a-side match, Kidderminster beat the Dudley Temperance Rooms DC by one game.

Sat 18 Feb at Walsall. Walsall DC beat Chasetown Institute by 30½ - 8½ .

Sat 18 March at Chasetown Institute. The Institute DC were beaten by Walsall DC by 12½ to 41½ . F. Wilcox (pro) was amongst the Walsall players.

May. Birmingham beat Polytechnic (London) by 9-7 and 8 draws.

Tue 26 Sept at Walsall. Birmingham and District Championship Cup : J. Wilcox (holder) vs C.H. Edwards. Six games were played, with Wilcox winning the last game.The remaining 6 games were to be played on 30 Sept at the Bohemian Chess Club, Easy Row, Birmingham. Edwards won the Black side of the "Single Corner" opening to level the 12-game match at 1-1 and 10 draws. They played 12 more games, with Edwards winning by 3-1 and 7 draws to regain the title. He was also presented with a purse of gold.

1894

Feb. West Birmingham drew with Hanley 11-11 and 6 draws.

September. The Chasetown chess and Draughts Club was formed. Secretary - F. Fearn; President - J. Daker.

Nov. Aston Manor D.C. was opened as a new club at Tillotson's Coffee House, Alma Street, Aston. Secretary J.H. Winkley.

Sat 17 Nov at Birmingham. Nottingham beat Birmingham by 9-6 and 11 draws.(6th match between these clubs) Mr Riley said that it was the closest match ever fought between Birmingham and Nottingham. However, Nottingham had won all 6 matches. Mr Turney said that the game was in a poor state in Birmingham.

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws NOTTINGHAM Wins
0 C.H. Edwards (Capt) 3 John Mitchell (Capt) 0
0 J.A. Wilcox 1 J. Douglas 1
0 F.W. Turney 1 W. Cawlwood 1
0 L. Gascoigne 1 G.A. Gelsthorp 3
0 T. Bird 2 Thos J. Riley 2
0 E. Jenns 0 W. Jasper 1
1 W. Hobson 1 T. Ward 1
2 G. Voas 1 J.W. Knight 0
3 W. Parsons 1 W.J. Dexter 0
6   11   9

Sat 29 Dec at YMCA, West Bromwich. The home team lost to Walsall DC by 11-37. Walsall team: Heap, Payton, Brandrick, Combs, Horton, Hawkins, Evans, Wilcox ( club secretary) and Wesley. It was the first ever match between these two towns.

C. H. Edwards held the Birmingham championship without challenge in 1894.

1895

Jan. Willie Gardner of Leeds was on tour in the Midlands and south, giving exhibitions of blindfold draughts-playing.

Sat 9 Feb at Birmingham. A weakly represented Birmingham team was beaten by Hanley, 14-5 and 10 draws.

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws HANLEY Wins
0 J.A. Wilcox 2 E. Kennett 0
0 E. Jenns 0 H. Hulme 2
0 W. Hobson 1 W. Lewis 3
1 T. Voas 1 S. Toft 1
1 B. Bird 2 A. Simpson 1
1 T. Jones 0 J. H. Swinscoe 3
1 Pearson 0 S. Henshall 1
0 F. Smith 2 F. Steele 0
0 C. Smith 0 W. Cyples 2
1 A. Hemming 2 W. Goldstraw 1
5   10   14

Feb. At the Temperance Hall, Dudley. Dudley lost to Walsall by 13½ - 34½.

Points DUDLEY TEMPERANCE SOC WALSALL DC Points
½ H.C. Percy J.A. Wilcox
1 J.T. Fryer J. Coombs 5
W.J. Percy C. Payton
0 S. Smart J. Evans 6
½ H.J. Percy C. Heap
2 C. Taylor B. Hawkins 4
4 I. Hewitt J. Phillips 2
1 J.A. Lindley W. Brandrick 5
13½     34½

Sat 16 March at Star Coffee House, Stafford Street, Walsall. Walsall beat Chasetown by 34½ -31½

April. Robert Martins was on tour, including the Midlands.

Sat 13 April at the Institute, Chasetown. The home side lost a 12-a-side match to Walsall by 18½ - 52½. Walsall's top player was J. A. Willcox, ex-Birmingham and District champion.

C. H. Edwards moved to Nottingham.

Sat 18 May at the Star Coffee House, Stafford Street, Walsall. Walsall lost to Birmingham by 12½ to 17½.

Points WALSALL BIRMINGHAM Points
1 J.A. Wilcox Parsons 2
1 Evans Hobson 3
2 Tipton Jerres 2
2 Coombs Pearson 1
0 Payton Bird 4
Hairkings Smith
Brandrick Hemming
Rutter Alying
12½     17½

June. Hanley beat Birmingham by 15-3 and 8 draws.

1896

Jan. West Birmingham D.C. decided it would be known in future as Birmingham D.C. The new secretary was J. Hemming.
A tournament was to start shortly which would be open to Birmingham and district players.

Sat 29 Feb ? Hanley won at Birmingham.

March. F.F. Smith and A. Waters (Sparkbrook) won a special prize in the Birmingham Post problem-solving tourney.

April. Birmingham beat South Birmingham by 18½ - 17½ [Exact score unknown]

Sat 18 April at Pershore Working Men's Club. Pershore beat Comberton in a 7-a-side match by 12½-8½ (10-6 and 5 draws?)

April? at Comberton. Pershore won the return match by 12 - 8½ (12-8 and 1 draw?)

Birmingham beat Burton-on-Trent by 14½ - 9½ [Exact score unknown]

Birmingham beat Nottingham by 7-4 and 8 draws. It was the 7th match between these clubs, and Birmingham's first win.

June. Birmingham beat Burton by 10-9 and 6 draws.

Walsall beat Wednesbury by 47½ - 18½ .

G.H. Voas won the tourney for the captaincy of Birmingham D.C.

Monday 28 Sept at Norton Canes Institute. The visitors, Brownhills Institute, won by 26½ - 9½. (9 a-side)

Sat 10 Oct at Brownhills Institute. The home side beat Norton Canes in a 9-a-side match by 29-7.

1897

Sat 16 Jan at Birmingham. Birmingham beat Nottingham by 16-11 and 6 draws. The 8th match between these sides - Nottingham 6 wins, Birmingham 2 wins.

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws NOTTINGHAM Wins
0 C.H. Edwards 2 Mitchell 1
1 Voas 0 Pilkington 1
2 Jones 1 Langley 1
2 Griffiths 0 T.J. Riley 1
2 Jenns 0 Creswell 1
1 Hobson 1 Jasper 1
1 Bird 0 Dakin 1
3 Smith 1 Postlewaite 0
1 Gilbert 0 Knight 1
3 Ball 0 Perkins 1
0 Hemming 1 McClure 2
16   6   11

16 Hanley 14 Birmingham 7.

Thurs 25 March. David Kirkwood died in the USA. He was born on 31.3.41 in Edinburgh. He moved to Birmingham, where he was a prominent player. He'd left for the USA in 1873.

April. Nottingham beat Birmingham by 10-2 and 7 draws.(9th meeting)

Sept. An old cup was found in London. It had been 1st prize in a tournament in Birmingham in the 1850s. The winner was Martins of London: Bullock of Sheffield 2nd.

Dec. Mr. Belcher of London St. Andrews D.C. visited Birmingham and met some experts.

1898

March at Birmingham. Birmingham beat Nottingham by 9-4 and 5 draws.(10th meeting)

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws NOTTINGHAM Wins
0 G. Voas 1 J. Mitchell 1
1 F.F. Smith 0 J. Pilkington 1
2 C.H. Edwards 2 T.J. Riley 0
1 T. Hodson 1 J.W. Knight 0
1 T. Gilbert 1 W. Dakin 0
2 W. Parsons 0 E. Osborne 2
2 W. Hobson 0 W.R. Kelly 0
9   5   4

Sat 2 April at Birmingham. Birmingham lost to Hanley, who turned up with 5 players instead of 8, by by 3-5 and 6 draws. Birmingham team: C.H. Edwards, G.H. Voas, T. Hodson, F.F. Smith and T. Griffiths.

Birmingham beat Derby by 9-5 and 5 draws.

May. F.F. Smith and C.H. Edwards played in the English Championship.

June. At Birmingham D.C., F.F. Smith beat T. Hodson (Wednesbury Champion) by 5-3 and 4 draws.

Sept. Birmingham D.C. summer tourney: 1st F.F. Smith 11 points, 2nd T. Hodson 10 points, 3rd C.H. Edwards 9 points.

F.F. Smith and T. Hodson visited Bristol: J.A. Kear Sr. beat Smith by 4-1 and 12 draws; J.A. Kear Sr.beat Hodson by 3-1 and 3 draws.

Sat 1 Oct at the Club House, Whitehall Road, Wednesbury. Wednesbury and District Church Clubs' League. In the first match of the season All Saints' Mission, Palfrey, beat St James's, Wednesbury, by 13½ - 10½.

Oct. Birmingham D.C. officials: President Robert Rowe; vice-presidents George Griffiths, Harry Bodfish and H.V. Currie; secretary F.F. Smith; treasurer Robert Rowe; auditor J. Hemming; captain C.H. Edwards; vice-captain George Voas; committee W. Smith, C.H. Edwards, T. Hodson, W. Hodson and W. Pearson.

Sat 22 Oct at Rowe's Restaurant, 57 The Parade, Birmingham. Meeting to form a Midlands League. Delegates from Birmingham, Hanley and Nottingham only - Northampton and Burton were expected but not present. Rules were drafted and the draw made.

Oct at Birmingham. Birmingham beat Northampton by 13-6 and 11 draws. Their first match for many years. Birmingham team: C.H. Edwards, F.F. Smith, G. H. Voas, W. Hobson, T. Gilbert, H.P. Holloway, G.W. Griffiths, H. Bodfish, F.T. Ripley, G. Wheeler and W. Smith.

Nov. Bristol drew with Birmingham by 7-7 and 6 draws.

Sat 19 Nov at YMCA, Darlington Street, Wolverhampton. Charles Marston of the Sunbeam Cycle Works encouraged the game of draughts and had invited J. H. Strudwick of London to give a simultaneous display. Before a large crowd he played 20 boards in 2 hours, winning 19 games and losing one.

1899

Jan. Hanley beat Birmingham by 6-2 and 5 draws.

Thurs 18 Jan. Birmingham and District Championship semi-final: T. Hodson beat C.H. Edwards by 3-2 and 3 draws.

Sat 28 Jan. Final of the Birmingham and District Championship in the BDC clubrooms: George Voas (Birmingham) beat T. Hodson (Wednesbury) by 2-1 and 3 draws. Both had been members for some time. The holder about 6 years before was C.H. Edwards.

Nottingham beat Wednesbury by 8-1 and 7 draws

Feb. G.H. Voas beat F.F. Smith by 5-1 and 3 draws. The match was played for a £4 stake.

Birmingham DC principal clubrooms were: Rowe’s Coffee House, Parade; Great Western Coffee House, Snow Hill and The Atlas, Paradise Street.

Sat 18 Feb. There was a large crowd at Birmingham D.C., Parade, to watch the final of the Birmingham Weekly Post Challenge Cup; Nottingham (who beat Wednesbury) vs Hanley (who beat Birmingham). Result was a tie: 4-4 and 8 draws. The BWP Cup was intended for Midland Counties draughts clubs in connection with the league competition.
Harry Bodfish was a vice-president of BDC.

Sat 4 March at Wednesbury. Return match. This was one of the weakest Birmingham teams ever sent to play Wednesbury; they were without Voas, Edwards and Gilbert, but won by 11-10 and 7 draws.

Wins WEDNESBURY Draws BIRMINGHAM Wins
0 Thomas Hodson 2 F.F. Smith 0
2 T. Fryer 1 W.J. Hobson 0
0 J. Waritier 1 H.P. Holloway 2
0 J.H. Hodson 1 F.T. Ripley 1
1 J.H. Allen 0 J. Hudson 1
0 E. Thompson 1 W. Smith 2
3 F.S. Bolton 0 G. Wheeler 0
2 A. Allen 0 W. Wheeler 2
1 A Millard 1 G. Davies 1
1 A. Blakemore 0 W. O. Morris 2
10   7   11

Thurs 9 March at Coventry YMCA. There was much interest in the match against Cow Lane (6-a-side, all-play-all). YMCA won by 20-14 and 2 draws. Mr Lawrence of Cow Lane won all his 6 games "in clever fashion".

Mon 27 March at the Avenue Hotel, Leamington. A 6-a-side match. London and North Western Railway beat the Brewery by 25-7 and 4 draws.

Wins LNWR Draws LEAMINGTON BREWERY Wins
4 W. Trunkfield 2 W. Hancox 0
3 Robert French 0 G. Burdett 3
5 B. J. Goode 0 H. Cookes 1
6 Charles Lawrence 0 F. Thompson 0
5 J. Gregory 1 D. Jones 0
2 J. Crump 1 G. Morley Jnr 3
25   4   7

Mon 24 April? at the Liberal Club, Leamington. A 6-a-side match between "Home" and the Liberal Club was won by the former by 24-14 [Any draws?]. "Home": Trunkfield, Lawrence, Gregory, Goode, French and Pitcher.

Wed 26 April. The Institute, Lye, was crowded with spectators. Lye lost to Quarry Bank by 5-16 and 7 draws:

Wins LYE Draws QUARRY BANK Wins
0 Rev. J. Wrigley 0 George Evans 4
0 A. Wooldridge 1 Matthew Moore 3
1 T. Wilson 1 Charles Evans 2
0 T. Green 2 Stephen Evans 2
0 W. Wooldridge 2 Howard Cartwright 2
2 W. Green 1 Jos. Bytheway 1
2 J. Brettle 0 Albert Cooper 2
5   7   16


George Evans was a bookmaker.

Thurs 27 April? at the Drill Hall, Leamington. A 6-a-side match between the local Volunteers and Mr Trunkfield's team was won by the visitors by 25-7 and 4 draws.

Wins VOLUNTEERS Draws MR TRUNKFIELD'S TEAM Wins
0 Parsons 0 Trunkfield 6
1 Sgt Rogers 0 Lawrence 5
3 Perkins 1 Gregory 2
1 Shiel 1 Goode 4
2 Stampe 1 French 3
0 Barnwell 1 Tallit 5
7   4   25

Wed 3 May. Many spectators attended a practice match at Lye Institute. Lye beat Pedmore by 35-1 and 4 draws.

Wins LYE Draws PEDMORE Wins
4 Rev. J. Wrigley 0 J. Parkes 0
2 A. Wooldridge 2 R. Thatcher 0
3 M. Wooldridge 0 J. Jarratt 1
3 H. Wilson 1 C. Vann 0
4 T.P. Taylor 0 E.S. Moseley 0
4 H. Mearman 0 T.L. Loynes 0
4 J. Brettle 0 T.S. Green 0
4 Joe Gander 0 R. Gough 0
3 W. Green 1 T. Walters 0
4 A.M. Hill 0 C. Walters 0
35   4   1

Sat 6 May. Northampton beat Birmingham by 12-4 and 4 draws. "A rather weak" Birmingham team: F.F. Smith, T. Gilbert, H. Bodfish (captain), F.T. Ripley, G. Wheeler, W. Simpson, W. Wheeler, W.P. Morris.

Wed. 17 May Quarry Bank had arranged to play the winners of the Lye-Pedmore match at Lye Institute. The Lye team was chosen from 200-300 members. The Evans's were all brothers. Lye lost to Quarry Bank by 17-21 and 6 draws.

Wins LYE Draws QUARRY BANK Wins
2 Rev. J. Wrigley 2 Matthew Moore 0
0 A. Wooldridge 0 Stephen Evans 4
0 N. Wooldridge 0 George Evans 4
1 H. Wilson 1 H. Cartwright 2
2 T.P. Taylor 0 Sam Jasper 2
0 H. Mearman 0 C. Evans 4
0 T. Green 2 Amos Firth 2
4 J. Brettle 0 A. Cooper 0
3 A.M. Hill 0 M. Dimmock 1
3 W. Green 0 Joe Bytheway 1
2 Joe Ganden 1 W. Cox 1
17   6   21

Thurs 18 or 25 May at the Conservative Club, Leamington. The home side lost an 8-a-side match to Spa Club by 6-39 and 3 draws. Spa team: Trunkfield, Laurence, Gregory, French, Goode, Tallet, Tennant and Horley.

26/27 May. Harry Freedman (Scottish champion) was on tour. In Birmingham he played 65 games at Rowe's Restaurant, the Birmingham DC HQ, for one shilling a game. 10-12 simultaneous games.
Friday. 13-2 and 2 draws vs 14 players. Plus 4 blindfold: 1-2 and 1 draw.
Sat. 20-l and 8 draws. Plus 4 blindfold: 3-0 and 1 draw.

Wed 31 May at Pedmore. Pedmore lost to Lye by 10-28 and 2 draws.

Wins PEDMORE Draws LYE Wins
3 J. Jarratt 0 Rev. J. Wrigley 0
2 J. Parkes 0 A. Green 2
1 D. Thatcher 0 H. Wilson 3
2 C. Vann 0 N. Wooldridge 2
1 T.L. Loynes 0 A.M. Hill 3
0 S. Green 0 J. Gander 4
0 V. Walters 2 J. Brettle 2
0 C. Walters 0 W. Green 4
0 O. Pearson 0 H. Mearman 4
1 E. Moseley 0 T. Green 3
10   2   28 ?

Thurs 1 June, at the Coffee Tavern, High Street, Dudley. Dudley put out their strongest possible team. It was the first match between these teams. G. Taylor was manager of the tavern. Dudley beat Quarry Bank by 13-4 and 7 draws.

Wins DUDLEY Draws QUARRY BANK Wins
1 T. Fryer 3 G. Evans 0
3 F.J. Hewitt 1 M. Moore 0
3 W.J. Percy 0 S. Evans 2
2 J. Hewitt 0 C. Evans 2
1 H.C. Percy 2 H. Cartwright 1
3 G. Taylor 1 S. Jasper 0
13   7   4

Other local teams were: Walsall, Wednesbury (very strong).

Sat 17 June. F.F. Smith beat A.G. Wheeler by 6 wins to 5 (including a 4-game start) and 1 draw. Smith was secretary of Birmingham DC.

Thurs 22 June at Leamington Liberal Club. The home team had made an improvement, but lost to Spa Club by 13-20 and 3 draws.

Wins LEAMINGTON LIBERAL CLUB Draws SPA CLUB Wins
3 Andrews 0 Trunkfield 3
1 Rainbow 1 Lawrence 4
3 Rooke 0 French 3
0 Pratt 2 Goode 4
4 Clarke 0 Tallett 2
2 Timms 0 Tenant 4
13   3   20

July. George Evans of Quarry Bank vs W. Siveter, Netherton champion. First to 2 wins. Evans won 2-0-0.

Wed 26 July at Cradley Heath. Cradley Heath lost to Old Hill by 6-11 and 3 draws.

Wins CRADLEY HEATH Draws OLD HILL Wins
2 T. Robinson 1 W. Siveter 1
0 J. Brown 1 M. Moore 3
2 W. Johnson 1 W. Cox 1
1 M. Downing 0 J. Williams 3
1 O. Hickman 0 S. Guest 3
6   3   11

August. Return match (in Ross): R.T. Ward beat F.F. Smith by 15-13 and 29 draws.

Sept. Ralph T. Ward, Herefordshire champion, was in Birmingham: 29-25 and 50 draws against the experts.

Tue 22 Aug at Quarry Bank. The Liberal Club lost to Cradley Heath by 6-19 and 7 draws.

Wins QUARRY BANK LIBERAL CLUB Draws CRADLEY HEATH Wins
0 J. Pearson 1 M. Moore 3
1 G. Duley 1 J. Brown 2
0 J. Bytheway 2 W. Johnson 2
1 A. Bloore 0 J. Williams 3
1 A. Cooper 0 S. Guest 3
0 J. Cartwright 2 H. Hickman 2
0 W. Cooper 1 R. Dimmock 3
3 Harry Guest 0 N. Downing 1
6   7   19



Sept. Edward Lord died, aged 76. He was "the father of draughts in Birmingham" and "the inventor of the blindfold game". David Kirkwood ("Denny") was a pupil of Lord. In 1873 F. Dunne was the only other blindfold exponent. Lord had still been practising occasionally.

Sept. AGM of Birmingham DC at Rowe's Restaurant, Parade. Elected: President R. Rowe, VPs Clews, G. Griffiths, Bodfish, Treasurer R. Rowe, Secretary Holloway, Captain F.F. Smith, Vice-captain G. Voas, Auditor J. Hemming, Comm. Ripley, J. Hudson, W.J. Hobson, W. Smith, W. O. Morris.
Voas had the idea of starting a “schools" league for morning schools and other clubs. This was introduced, i.e. Adult Schools League.

Nov. J. Entwhistle of Cumberland was on a visit. Alexander and Holloway did well against him.

8 Nov. in London. London Wanderers beat Birmingham by 13-0 and 6 draws. Owing to bad fog only five visiting players turned up: F.F. Smith, H. P. Holloway, W. Hobson, J. Alexander and H. Clews. London Wanderers were the best club in England.

London vs Birmingham

[From the Draughts World Vol 14 No 36, Dec 1899]

Thurs 9 Nov? at the Liberal Club. Quarry Bank Liberal Club lost to Cradley Heath and District by 11-12 and 5 draws.

Wins QUARRY BANK LIBERAL CLUB Draws CRADLEY HEATH AND DIST. Wins
2 J. Bytheway 2 Matt Moore 0
0 J. Pearsall 1 W. Johnson 3
4 A. Bloore 0 S. Guest 0
1 A. Cooper 0 W. Cox 3
0 T. Cox 1 H. Hickman 3
2 Harry Guest 1 M. Downing 1
2 J. Cartwright 0 R. Dimmock 2
11   5   12

Thurs 16 or 23 Nov at the Victoria Coffee Tavern, Leamington. Spa DC beat The Brewery in a 6-a-side match by 20-12 and 4 draws. Spa: Ashburn 6 wins, Trunkfield 5 wins and 1 draw, French, Lawrence, Tallett and Lakin. Brewery: Burdett, Jones, Henstone, Hancox, P. Morley and G. Morley.

Thurs 30 Nov or 7 Dec at Victoria Coffee Tavern, Leamington. Spa DC beat the Liberal Club in a 6-a-side match by by 25-11.

Dec. 1st round of Birmingham DC tournament. Section winners: F.F. Smith, T. Gilbert, J. Hudson, W. Simpson, R. Merry.

Dec. There were only 2 entries for the Birmingham and District Championship: H.P. Holloway beat F.F. Smith by 2-0 and 3 draws.

Thurs 7 Dec at Oldswinford Working Men's Club. Oldswinford lost to Pedmore by 12-18 and 2 draws.

Wins OLDSWINFORD Draws PEDMORE Wins
0 T. Leason 1 J. Parkes 3
1 A. Hand 0 J. Jarratt 3
1 R. Chance 0 R. Thatcher 3
0 W. Grace 0 E Moseley 4
2 H. Hill 0 C. Vann 2
3 A. Hill 0 T. Daniel 1
2 J. Pearsall 1 O. Pearson 1
3 J. Orford 0 T. Loynes 1
12   2   18

Thurs 21 Dec at Oldswinford Working Men's Club. Oldswinford lost to Quarry Bank by 1-12 and 2 draws.

Wins OLDSWINFORD Draws QUARRY BANK Wins
0 A. Hand 1 George Evans 3
0 T. Leason 0 H. Cartwright 3
1 A. Perry 0 B. Jasper 3
0 R. Chance 1 Peter Price 3
0 T. Palmer 0 Amos Firth 0
0 J. Orford 0 Hobson 0
1   2   12

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