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A CHRONOLOGY OF DRAUGHTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS OF ENGLAND

1910

Jan. R.T. Ward played for England vs Scotland. J. Alexander was selected but was absent.

Jan. Coventry and District League . YMCA beat Warwick Road.
At Vine Street Schools, Cow Lane EMS beat Hillfields PSA by 5-3 and 1 draw; ony 5-a-side.
At Spon End, St Thomas's Mission lost to Ford Street PM by 3-7 and 2 draws.
At the Mayor's Parlour, Iliffe's Athletic DC lost to St Thomas's Mission by 2-6 and 2 draws.
YMCA lost to St Peter's by 4-6 and 2 draws.
Hillfields lost to Kingfields by 2-7 and 3 draws.
At Sackville Street, St Peter's beat Iliffe's Athletic by 6-4 and 2 draws.

Jan. Matches played in the Birmingham and District League:
Forward beat Central by 4-0 and 4 draws.
West Bromwich beat Wasps by 6-1 and 1 draw. Ants beat Hornets by 5-2 and 3 draws.

Jan. The Stourbridge and District League had difficulties starting. Qualification for entry was for clubs to be within a 5-mile radius of headquarters - Brierley Hill Coffee House, near the Town Hall.

Feb. Coventry and District League .
Warwick Road Schools. The home team lost to Hillfields PSA by 0-11 and 1 draw.
Ford Street lost to Cow Lane by 3-9, 0 draws.
Kingfields beat Christ Church by 7-5, 0 draws.
St Thomas's Mission lost to YMCA by 2-6 and 4 draws.
St Thomas's Mission lost to St Peter's Mission by 1-8 and 3 draws.

Feb. Birmingham and District League. Forward beat West Bromwich by 3-2 and 5 draws.

Wins FORWARD Draws WEST BROMWICH Wins
0 W.H. Pearson 2 G. Manders 0
0 F. Pinfield 1 E. Taylor 0
0 Edwards 1 H. Denning 0
1 J. Atkins 0 C. Court 1
1 W. Hobson 1 A. Taylor 0
1 A. Pinfield 0 W. Andrews 1
3   5   2

March. George Voas won the Birmingham section of the EDA's English Amateur Championship.

March. Coventry Draughts League Individual Championship. 16 enties. 3rd Round draw: T. Hodson vs E. Hayden; P. Atkins vs J. Barnes; W. E. Milliner vs J. Turner; G. Johnson vs B. Follows. (Holder T. R. Murphy not competing.)

March. At Brierley Hill Coffee House. Stourbridge and District League lost to Birmingham and District League by 4-8 and 5 draws. The home side was made up of players from Brierley Hill, Quarry Bank, Cradley Heath and Lye YMCA.

Wins STOURBRIDGE LEAGUE Draws BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE Wins
0 A. Bate 0 John Alexander 1
1 H. Ferguson 0 R.T. Ward 1
0 E. Evans 1 George Voas 0
0 H. Roberts 1 F.F. Smith 1
0 B. Slater 0 H.P. Holloway 2
0 G. Clarke 0 W.H. Pearson 1
0 F. Hoffman 2 G. Manders 0
0 A. Brooks 0 C. Court 2
2 A. Dunn 0 J. Hemming 0
1 J. Perks 1 G. Hughes 0
4   5   8

March. Other matches played:
West Bromwich beat Ants by 4-3 and 3 draws.
West Bromwich beat Central by 3-2 and 3 draws.
West Bromwich beat Bees by 3-2 and 5 draws.

Late March. Latest standings in the Birmingham and District League. Division 1.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
West Bromwich 12 10 0 2 20
Forward 11 9 0 2 18
(Birmingham DC) Ants 12 7 0 5 14
Central Brotherhood I 11 6 0 5 12
(Birmingham DC) Bees 12 5 0 7 10
(Birmingham DC) Wasps 12 2 0 10 4
(Birmingham DC) Hornets 12 1 11 9 2

Division 2. Handsworth 13 points; Dysons 8; Deaf and Dumb 8; Central Brotherhood II 3; St Matthew's 0.

Sat 9 April. Return match at Birmingham. Birmingham and District League beat Stourbridge and District League by 7-5 and 5 draws. 11-a-side.

April. The Coventry League was won convincingly by Cow Lane. It was the second time they had won it.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Cow Lane 18 18 0 0 36
Kingfields 18 11 4 3 26
Christ Church 18 11 2 5 24
St Peter's 18 11 0 7 22
Hillfields 18 10 1 7 21
Ford Street 18 10 1 7 21
Iliffe's 18 5 0 13 10
St Thomas's 18 3 2 13 8
YMCA 18 3 0 15 6
Warwick Road 18 1 4 13 6

April. At St James's Schoolrooms, Handsworth. Match to settle the Birmingham and District League Championship.

[Presumably Forward had beaten Central Brotherhood I to draw level.]

Forward lost to West Bromwich by 2-3 and 7 draws.

Wins FORWARD Draws WEST BROMWICH Wins
1 W.H. Pearson 1 G. Manders 0
0 F. Pinfield 1 H. Denning 1
0 J. Atkins 2 E. Taylor 0
1 J. Adcock 0 C. Court 1
0 W. Hobson 1 W. Andrews 1
0 A. Pinfield 2 A. Taylor 0
2   7   3

April. Stake match for £12: Robert Sallaway, London, vs R.T. Ward finished level, 3-3 and 14 draws.

It was suggested that a Smethwick league should be formed, as draughts was played in about a dozen public places - coffee-houses, institutes, etc., but nothing came of this.

Match for a small stake: F. Kaiser, London, drew with R.T. Ward, 3-3 and 6 draws.

April at the Lounge cafe, Coventry. Meeting held to form a draughts club, Coventry DC, to be affiliated to the EDA. Sec G. Moore, President Mr Bliss, Captain J. Barnes(Coventry Champion). Experts Barnes, Halsall, Moore and Johnson to teach novices.

Sat 23 April at Cow Lane rooms, Coventry. Coventry League lost to Birmingham League by 7-8 and 4 draws. This was Birmingham's third annual visit; their team contained two internationals - J. Alexander and F.F. Smith.

Wins COVENTRY LEAGUE Draws BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE Wins
0 J. Barnes 0 J. Alexander 1
0 T. R. Murphy 0 R. T. Ward 2
0 E. Hayden 1 F.F. Smith 1
1 A. R. Halsall 0 G. Voas 1
1 J. Turner 1 S. Hudson 0
1 G. Moore 0 J. Greenup 1
1 W. E. Milliner 1 J. Hemming 0
1 R. T. Brennan 0 A. C. Atkins 1
1 G. Johnson 1 A. Pinfield 0
1 B. Follows 0 Vaughan 1
7   4   8

April. Coventry Individual Championship had 24 entries. Final: J. Barnes (Kingfields club) beat E. Hayden (Cow Lane) by 1-0 and 3 draws.

Tue 10 May? at Cow Lane rooms, Coventry. 4th AGM of Coventry and District League . There were 10 clubs in the league, with 150 playing members. Stoke and St Michael's had withdrawn, being replaced with Ford Street and Warwick Road. Medals presented to players of Cow Lane's winning team: J. Turner (capt), E. Haydon, T.R. Murphy, A. Cleaver, W. Cleaver, J. Russell, A. Hopper and T. E. Hodson. Coventry Champion J. Barnes received a solid gold medal and runner-up E. Haydon a gold centre medal.

June. Birmingham and District League meeting. League winners West Bromwich were presented with the Birmingham Weekly Post Cup. They had won 3 out of 4 times.

Sat 25 June at the Central Brotherhood Rooms, near the law courts, Birmingham.
Birmingham League beat London League by 14-6 and 10 draws. 18-a-side, whereas 25-30 were expected. It was only the second time in its career that the London team had lost.

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws LONDON Wins
0 J. Alexander 1 W. Lambert 0
0 R.T. Ward 2 F. Kaiser 0
0 Sid Hudson 1 R. A. Sallaway 0
1 H.P. Holloway 1 E. Harber 0
0 G. Johnson 1 S. Greensword 1 *
0 W. H. Pearson 0 E. Barlow 1
0 F.F. Smith 1 W. Hewson 0
1 George Voas 0 A. Stratton 0
1 J. Turner 0 Tollett 1
1 C. H. Edwards 0 Mitchell 0
1 A. R. Halsall 1 P. Reeves 0
0 E. Hayden 0 A. R. Northcott 2 *
2 H. Seaward 0 W. Hilliard 0
1 E. Evans 1 H. Hicks 0
1 S. J. Pickering 1 J. Murray 0
2 * J. Greenup 0 Freeby 0
2 J. Holland 0 F. Kean 0
1 G. Manders 0 Limbrey 1
14   10   6

* 1 game adjudicated

July. Birmingham D.C. AGM. Handicap prizes: 1st Ward, 2nd Hudson. A memento was presented to J.T. Varley, secretary for 5 years and now leaving for the USA. Hemming was elected secretary.

5 Aug. C.H. Edwards emigrated to the USA. He'd begun to distinguish himself in local circles about 1890 and soon won the Birmingham Championship. He lived for some years in Nottingham before returning.

Sat 27 Aug. Coventry DC AGM at the Lounge Cafe. W. H. Oliver re-elected President; J. Turner Secretary; T.R. Murphy Treasurer. They play 2-move restriction openings in all their games.

Monday 5 Sept ? at Coventry. Alfred Herbert Ltd versus Coventry Chain Co. Ltd. (9-a-side). The match finished level, 8-8 and 1 draw.

Sept. Meeting of Birmingham and District Draughts League to revise the rules. Officers elected: Secretary - Sid Hudson took over from J. Alexander; President J.H. Hilton; Treasurer F.F. Smith; Vice-presidents Hemming, Holloway, Treadwell, Taylor and Waller.

Sat 24 Sept. The English Draughts Association AGM was held in Birmingham. F.F. Smith was elected as one of the auditors.

Sept. Birmingham DC AGM. at the Club Rooms, Sherlock Street. Officers elected: President - Mealham; Secretary/Treasurer - J. Hemming; Captain - R.T. Ward; Vice-captain - H.P. Holloway. Club to run 3 teams in the league.

Oct. Stourbridge and District Championship Semi-finals: E. Evans vs A. Bate; Major Billingham vs Matt Moore.

Oct. Opening matches in the Stourbridge and District League.
Cradley Heath beat Stourbridge Liberals by 8-1 and 2 draws.
Brierley Hill beat Lye YMCA by 8-1 and 2 draws.
Quarry Bank drew with Stambermill, 5-5 and 2 draws.
Brierley Hill beat Quarry Bank by 7-2 and 1 draw.
Cradley Heath beat Stamberwell by 9-1.

Tue 18 Oct at Cow Lane Rooms, Coventry. Meeting of the General Committee of Coventry Draughts League. Fixtures for the following 8 clubs were arranged: Cow Lane, YMCA, Kingfields, Herbert's, Chain Co., Christ Church, Hillfields and St Peter's.

Wed 26 Oct. Opening matches in Birmingham and District League. Central beat Bees by 8-0 and 4 draws.

Sat 29 Oct. F.F. Smith paid a visit to West Bromwich YMCA, where he gave the players a lecture, then played 12 games, winning 11-0, 1 draw.

Oct. Match between Hollies and Salt, both members of the Stourbridge League. Hollies won and was challenged by H. Roberts of Brierley Hill.

Nov. Stourbridge and District League. A close fight was expected between Cradley Heath and Brierley Hill, but the former were easy winners.

Sat 19 Nov at Karo Cafe, Gracechurch Street, London. Return match. London beat Birmingham by 8-4 and 12 draws. 19-a-side. The London team was very strong; some of Birmingham's best players, including J. Alexander, were unexpectedly missing.

Wins LONDON Draws BIRMINGHAM Wins
0 F. Tescheleit 1 R.T. Ward 0
0 W. Scott 2 Sid Hudson 0
0 F. Kaiser 1 H.P. Holloway 0
1 R. Sallaway 0 T. Hodson 0
0 J. Birkinshaw 1 George Voas 0
1 J. Tadgell 0 G. Johnson 0
0 G. Smith 1 F.F. Smith 1
1 C. H. Smith 0 A. Bate 0
0 F. Reigler 1 W. Pearson 1
0 A. E. Bartlett 1 J. Holland 0
0 B. Edwards 1 T. Bird 0
1 H. T. Smith 0 E. Hayden 0
0 G. W. Shaw 0 J. Greenup 1
1 J. H. Bailey 0 G. Manders 0
0 E. R. Dean 1 W. E. Milliner 0
0 S.B. Dawes 0 G. Moore 1
1 G. Phillips 1 J. Hemming 0
1 H. Greensword 1 W. H. Waller 0
1 A. McKenzie 0 W. Hemming 0
8   12   4

Mon 21 Nov at Coventry. Hillfields PSA DC played their first home League match, beating YMCA by 8-1 and 3 draws. The visitors lacked the services of Stevens, one of their best players.

Wins Hillfields Draws YMCA Wins
1 W. E. Milliner 1 A. Carpenter 0
2 J. D. Ridley 0 F. Hands 0
0 P. Atkins 2 W. Storer 0
2 F. P. Bampton 0 H. Yates 0
1 H. C. King 0 W. Harrison 1
2 W. Gough 0 F. Mosscat 0
8   3   1

Nov. Birmingham League matches. Central beat Moseley Road Baths by 6-1 and 4 draws. West Bromwich beat Hornets by 6-0 and 1 draw.

Sat 3 Dec. The Birmingham Weekly Post reported that: "Mr R.T. Ward visited the Soho Hill S.C. to play a few simultaneous games. He found that, owing to a misunderstanding, a chess display was prepared for, but, nothing daunted, he obliged and won them all."

Coventry Draughts League. Coventry Chain lost to Hillfields by 1-9 and 1 draw.

1911

Jan. Coventry League. Hillfields lost to Kingfields by 4-5 and 3 draws.

Wins Hillfields Draws Kingfields Wins
1 W. E. Milliner 0 A. R. Halsall 1
1 P. Atkins 1 G. Johnson 0
2 F. P. Bampton 0 W. Stacey 0
0 W. Gough 0 J. Cooke 2
0 R. E. Parker 1 A. Payne 1
0 T. Jones 1 R. Rae 1
4   3   5

Hillfields beat Coventry Chain by 8-3 and 1 draw.

Kingfields beat YMCA by 9-2 and 1 draw.

Jan. R.T. Ward was at the Scottish championship. Semi-final: Ward lost to A.B. Scott (Govan) by 0-1 and 5 draws.

Jan. Birmingham and District League. For the first time West Bromwich were in serious default through illness, etc.

Sat 18 Feb. Annual fixture: Birmingham League beat Coventry League by 16-5 and 9 draws. 17-a-side.

Sat 11 March. At the Central Brotherhood Rooms, Ryder Street. Birmingham League beat Stourbridge League by 13-7 and 4 draws. The Black Country visitors were at practically full strength and were hopeful of repeating their victory of several years ago.

March. H. Edge won the championship of New Street Station.

April. Birmingham and District League Final standings:
Forward 24 points (won all 12 matches); Central 18; West Bromwich 14; Hornets 10; Bees 8; Wasps 6; Baths 4.

Sat 8 April. Return match at Brierley Hill Liberal Club. Stourbridge League lost to Birmingham League by 4-11 and 6 draws.

Spring. Coventry Championship Final: Turner beat W. Milliner.

May. Stourbridge and District League: (one match to play)

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Cradley Heath 8 6 1 3 13
Lye YMCA 8 5 0 3 10
Brierley Hill 7 4 1 2 9
Stambermill 7 1 2 4 4
Quarry Bank 8 0 2 6 2
Brierley Hill finished second.

Sept. Birmingham and District League AGM. Officers elected: President J. H. Hilton; Secretary Sid Hudson; Treasurer F.F. Smith.

Wed 25 Oct. Birmingham and District League opened:
Bees lost to Wasps by 2-6 and 3 draws.
Handsworth St James beat Baths by 2-0 and 5 draws.
Forward beat Hornets by 7-2 and 2 draws.

Oct. Birmingham and District Handicap: Ward beat Waller to reach the final.

Nov. Final: J. Alexander beat R.T. Ward by 2-1 and 3 draws.

Sat 11 Nov. Birmingham DC beat Hillfields (Coventry) by 9-5 and 2 draws.

1912

Jan. R.T. Ward was at the Scottish championship.

Sat 6 Jan at 156 Sherlock Street. Birmingham League drew with Stourbridge League, 10-10 and 3 draws.

Wins BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE Draws STOURBRIDGE LEAGUE Wins
0 Sid Hudson 0 Major Billingham 1
0 H.P. Holloway 1 H. Ferguson 0
1 F.F. Smith 1 E. Evans 0
0 T. Bird 0 A. Dunn 1
2 A. N. Other 0 B. Clews 0
- B.D. Bayes - S. Rock 2
1 J. Hemming 0 J. Chance 1
1 J. Maxwell 0 A. Cook 1
2 W. Silverthorne 0 H. Ferguson Jnr 0
1 W. Hemming 0 C. Pearson 1
0 A. Pinfield 0 J. Perks 1
1 A. Butters 1 J. Billingham 0
0 J. Fernyhough 0 S. Hollies 1
1 C. Simpkins 0 W. Hill 1
10   3   10

Sat 27 Jan. A match which followed typical arrangements. Birmingham players caught the 1.50 p.m train from New Street to Coventry. Tea was served at the Alexandra Coffee Tavern at 5 o'clock and the match started at 7 o'clock, with return at 9.50.
Coventry and District League drew with the Birmingham and District League, 5-5 and 3 draws.
9-a-side was a poor turnout, 20-a-side being expected.

Feb 3. Coventry and District League standings:

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Kingfields 6 6 0 0 12
Cow Lane 5 3 0 2 6
Hillfields 6 1 1 4 3
Coventry Chain* 5 1 1 3 3
Christ Church* 4 1 0 3 2

Note: * Match unfinished

Feb. Coventry and District League Matches: Christ Church won at Hillfields by 7-5 and 3 draws.

Wins HILLFIELDS Draws CHRIST CHURCH Wins
0 W. E. Milliner 1 A. R. Halsall 1
0 E. Whitehouse 1 W. Howkins 1
1 A. Carpenter 0 B. Follows 0
0 F. B. Bampton 1 W. Arnold 1
2 R. E. Parker 0 F. Murray 0
1 H. C. King 0 R. Veasey 1
1   Handicap   3
5   3   7

Cow Lane won at Kingfields by 8½ -5 and 0 draws.

Wins KINGFIELDS Draws COW LANE Wins
0 Forfeited 0 A. Cleaver 2
2 G. Johnson 0 E. Hewitt 0
1 H. A. Stacey 0 W. Cleaver 0
1 A. Cowley 0 G. Bowers 1
1 R. J. Rae 0 H. Harris 1
0 J. Lown 0 E. Wilkins 2
0   Handicap  
5   0  

Kingfields beat Christ Church by 7-6 and 2 draws.
Coventry Chain lost to Hillfields by 4-10 and 1 draw.

Sat 23 March. Return match at Fountain Inn, Quarry Bank. The Stourbridge and District League lost to Birmingham and District League by 1-8 and 3 draws. Only 8-a-side owing to train problems.

Sat 20 April. At Central Brotherhood Rooms, Ryder Street. Birmingham and District League beat Coventry and District League by 14-0 and 4 draws. 10-a-side. Both teams were weakened.

April. Forward and Handsworth St James's had finished level in the Birmingham and District League and this was the play-off match to decide the title. Handsworth St James's beat Forward by 5-3 and 3 draws.

Wins HANDSWORTH Draws FORWARD Wins
1 J. Alexander 1 W.H. Pearson 0
1 G. Manders 1 F. Pinfield 0
0 T. Bird 0 J.C. Atkins 1
1 J. Holland 1 W. Hobson 0
1 J. Vaughan 0 F.W. Innocent 1
1 J. Williams 0 A. Pinfield 1
5   3   3

Handsworth St James's were in their first season as an organisation. The other teams in the league were: Baths, Wasps, Bees and Hornets (the last three representing Birmingham DC).


May. AGM of the Birmingham and District League at the Central Brotherhood Rooms. Election of officers. President J.H. Hilton; Vice-presidents Ward, Holloway, J. Hemming, E. Taylor, W.H. Pearson, G. Turner and J. Alexander; Treasurer F.F. Smith; Secretary S. Hudson. The Birmingham Weekly Post Cup was presented to John Alexander, captain of Handsworth St James's, who were League champions.

27-31 May in London. R.T. Ward was runner-up to John Hynd of Manchester at the English Championship Tournament. Only 9 entries; all-play-all.

May. Coventry Championship Final: A.H. Halsall ( Christ Church) beat W. Milliner (Hillfield) by 3-1, 0 draws.

May. Stourbridge and District Championship Final: Matt Moore beat H. Ferguson by 1-0 and 2 draws.

June. Kingfields were winners of the Coventry League.

June. At Christ Church Rooms, Coventry. AGM of Coventry and District League.
League winners Kingfields presented with silver medals: J. Barnes, G. Johnson, H. A. Stacey, A. Cowley, R. J. Rae, J. Lown and A. Payne. It was decided to have a second division next season.

Oct. The Coventry League started the new season with 6 clubs: Electric Light, Kingfields, Cow Lane, Edgwick, Stoke and YMCA.

Oct. The Birmingham and District League started with 6 teams: Forward, Birmingham A, Birmingham B, Green Lane, Central and St James's DC.

Nov. Birmingham and District Championship semi-final. Meeting of two previous holders. H. P. Holloway vs F. F. Smith, 3 draws. Smith had already knocked out frequent prize-winners R. T. Ward and S. Hudson.

Nov. Birmingham D.C. AGM. President H.P. Holloway; Vice-presidents Hudson, Lapworth, Mealham, Smith, Waller; Captain R.T. Ward; Secretary J. Hemming.

Sat 9 Nov. at Leicester. Midland League: Leicester beat Birmingham by 8-4 and 3 draws. Two of the visiting team were absent.

1913

Jan. R.T. Ward played in the Scottish championship, finishing 3rd equal.

Sat 11 Jan. In the Midland Draughts League, Leicester beat Coventry by 10-0 and 10 draws.

Sat 18 Jan. Midland Draughts League. Birmingham lost to Leicester by 2-9 and 6 draws.
Leicester won the league.

Tue 28 Jan at the YMCA Rooms, Cross Cheaping. In the Coventry and District Draughts League, YMCA beat Electric Light by 12-5 and 3 draws before a large number of spectators.YMCA had recently drawn with Edgewick.

Wins YMCA Draws ELECTRIC LIGHT Wins
0 A. Carpenter 1 R. T. Brennan 1
2 H. P. Yates 0 H. Franklin 0
1 B. Harvey 1 D. Jeffcott 0
2 A. Miles 0 S. Harris 0
1 F. Moscatt 1 T. King 0
2 A. Wilkes 0 H. Burbury 0
4 Handicap   Handicap 4
12   3   5

Feb. In the Coventry League, Cow Lane lost to Kingfields by 2-4 and 4 draws.

Wins COW LANE Draws KINGFIELDS Wins
0 J. Turner 1 G. Johnson 1
0 A. Cleaver 1 J. A. Cook 1
0 W. Cleaver 0 H. A. Stacey 2
1 H. Harris 0 A. Payne 1
0 G. Bowers 1 R. J. Rae 1
1 W. Rostill 1 A. Hodges 0
  Scratch   Handicap owe 2
2   4   4

Electric Light lost to Hillfields by 8-9 and 1 draw.
YMCA drew with Edgewick by 7-7 and 2 draws.
Current table:
Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Kingfields 5 5 0 0 10
Hillfields 4 3 0 1 6
YMCA 5 2 1 2 5
Co-operative Institute 5 2 0 3 4
Cow Lane 5 2 0 3 4
Edgewick 4 1 1 2 3
Electric Light 6 1 0 5 2

Easter Mon. 27 March in London. England beat Wales. R.T. Ward and F.F. Smith played for England.

April at Kingsfields, Coventry. In Coventry and District League, Edgewick beat Hillfields by 6-5 and 3 draws.

Wins EDGEWICK Draws HILLFIELDS Wins
1 C. Horton 1 R.E. Parker 0
2 E. Whitehouse 0 F. P. Bampton 0
0 T. Whitehouse 1 W. Gough 1
1 E. Dixon 0 H. C. King 1
1 A. Cowley 1 J. Bonham 0
1 C. Follows 0 F. Bonham 1
  Scratch   Handicap 2
6   3   5

April. At Hillfields. The home side beat Electric Light by 10-5 and 3 draws.

April. At Diviani's Restaurant, London. D.G McKelvie, London, and R.T. Ward, Birmingham, played a 12-game match for a stake of £3 10 shillings a-side. It finished level, 4-4 and 4 draws.

April. Birmingham and District League table.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Handsworth St James's 15 11 0 4 22
Green Lane 15 11 0 4 22
Birmingham Bees 15 10 0 5 20
Forward 15 6 0 8 12
Central 15 5 2 9 12
Birmingham Wasps 15 0 2 13 2

April. The Birmingham DC Handicap was won by F.F. Smith.

Tue 22 April at the Central Brotherhood Rooms. The play-off to decide who wins the Birmingham and District League. Handsworth beat Green Lane by 5-3 and 4 draws.

Wins HANDSWORTH Draws GREEN LANE Wins
1 J. Alexander 1 R.T. Ward 0
0 T. Bird 1 J.C. Atkins 1
0 G. Manders 1 J. Broadfield 1
1 A. Taylor 1 W. Kelly 0
2 J. Vaughan 0 S. Kimber 0
1 J. Ferneyhough 0 A. Smith 1
5   4   3

Handsworth St James's won the title.

Sat 26 April. At 156 Sherlock Street. Birmingham League lost to Stourbridge League by 3-4 and 3 draws.

Wins BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE Draws STOURBRIDGE LEAGUE Wins
1 R.T. Ward 0 Major Billingham 1
0 T. Bird 1 A. Dunn 0
0 W.H. Waller 1 E. Evans 0
1 J. Hemming 0 A. Clewes 1
0 F.W. Innocent 0 S. Hill 2
1 W. Silverthorne 1 J. Billingham 0
3   3   4

Sat 24 May. Birmingham and District League AGM at the rooms of the Birmingham DC. BWP Cup was presented to St James's (Team included John Alexander).


Sat 31 May at The Fountain, Quarry Bank. Stourbridge League vs Birmingham League. Most of the Birmingham players were due to catch the 3.10 train to Cradley Heath, with tea at 5 p.m. and the match to start at 7.30 p.m. According to the BWP: "Both at full strength, after tea and a look round, they started what promised to be a great and close battle..." Stourbridge League lost to Birmingham League by 1-13 and 3 draws.

Wins STOURBRIDGE LEAGUE Draws BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE Wins
0 E. Evans 2 J. Alexander 0
0 Major Billingham 0 R.T. Ward 1
0 Matt Moore 1 Sid Hudson 0
* A. Bate 0 H.P. Holloway 0
1 R. Homer 0 F.F. Smith 0
0 A. Dunn 0 W. Milliner 1
0 A. Cooke 0 W.H. Waller 2
0 B. Clews 0 G. Manders 1
0 A. Wright 0 J. Hemming 2
0 J. Perks 0 F.W. Innocent 2
0 J. Billingham 0 W. Silverthorne 2
0 E. Billingham 0 G. Butters 2
1   3   13

* To be adjudicated.

July. Coventry Championship Final. A. Cleaver beat H. Wikinson by 2-0 and 1 draw.

July. Coventry Handicap Final. A. Cleaver beat J. Cook by 2-0 and 1 draw.

July. Coventry Draughts League AGM at Cow Lane Rooms.Medals presented to members of Kingfields DC, who had won the League three times in succession: Johnson, Cook, Stacey, Payne, Dunn, Rae, Hodges and Stebbings.

Wed 10 Sept. AGM of Birmingham DC. Elections: President H.P. Holloway; Secretary J. Hemming; Captain R.T. Ward. The club was to run two or three teams in the Birmingham League. Pearson had moved to Dudley. According to the BWP: "perhaps...he will be able to stir the dry bones in that district."

Nov. Meeting of the Birmingham and District League to arrange the new season's fixtures. There were 5 teams: Forward, Moseley Road Baths, Handsworth St James's, Birmingham A and Birmingham B.
Unattached players were invited to join:
Birmingham, at the Central Brotherhood, Ryder Street (its new HQ).
Moseley Road Baths, Coventry Road.
Forward, at City Coffee House, Spiceal Street.
St James's, at the social club in Crocketts Road, Handsworth.

1914

Jan. At Leicester? Leicester lost to Birmingham by 2-3 and 9 draws. 7-a-side.

Wed 7 Jan at City Coffee House. A big match in the Birmingham and District League. Forward drew with St Jame's, 2-2 and 3 draws.

Wins FORWARD Draws ST JAMES'S Wins
0 Sid Hudson 1 J. Alexander 0
1 F. Pinfield 1 T. Bird 0
1 W. Hobson 0 G. Manders 0
0 F.W. Innocent 1 J. Vaughan 0
0 Caddick 0 Ferneyhough 2
0 A. Pinfield ? Taylor 0
2   3   2

Sat 7 March. According to the BWP, "Messrs Mealsham and A. Small, of the Birmingham DC, are contesting a little mach of twelve games for the 'championship of the Market Hall'.''

March. Handsworth St James's were Birmingham and District League Champions.

Sept. The Birmingham Club opened their season at new headquarters - 155 Bromsgrove Street.

Oct. Birmingham and District League meeting. The Birmingham Weekly Post Cup was presented to Handsworth St James's. Waller was elected President and J. Alexander Secretary/Treasurer.

Wed 2 Dec. First matches of the season in the Birmingham and District League. Teams were: Forward, Cradley, Birmingham and Handsworth.

Dec. Cradley lost to Forward by 1-5 and 3 draws.

Wins CRADLEY Draws FORWARD Wins
0 Major Billingham 1 R.T. Ward 0
0 A.H. Dunn 1 J.C. Atkins 0
1 E. Evans 0 W. Kelly 1
0 S. Rock 1 G. Turner 0
0 B. Clews 0 W. Hobson 2
0 H.B. Dunn 0 A. Pinfield 2
1   3   5

1915

Jan. Birmingham and District League. Birmingham beat Forward by 3-2 and 3 draws.

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws FORWARD Wins
0 F.F. Smith 1 R.T. Ward 1
0 H.P. Holloway 1 J.C. Atkins 0
0 J. Greenup 1 W.A. Waller 0
0 R.A. Hadley 0 J. Kelly 1
1 W. Silverthorne 0 J. Turner 0
2 J. Hemming 0 W. Hobson 0
3   3   2

Handsworth beat Cradley by 5-3 and 2 draws.

Wins HANDSWORTH Draws CRADLEY Wins
2 J. Alexander 0 A.H. Dunn 0
0 T. Bird 1 M. Billingham 1
0 Manders 0 Evans 1
0 Ferneyhough 1 S. Rock 1
2 Vaughan 0 Griffiths 0
1 Price 0 H.B. Dunn 0
5   2   3

Sat 13 Feb. The Birmingham Weekly Post reported that Sid Hudson - now a soldier in World War 1 - was in hospital at the front, but was anxious to return to the machine gun he was working.

March. The big match in the Birmingham and District League. Forward beat Birmingham by 4-1 and 1 draw.

Wins FORWARD Draws BIRMINGHAM Wins
  R.T. Ward * H.P. Holloway  
0 J.C. Atkins 1 F.F. Smith 0
1 W. Kelly 0 J. Greenup 0
1 W.H. Waller 0 R.A. Hadley 0
1 F. Pinfield 0 S. Cruse 0
1 J. Turner 0 J. Hemming 1
4   1   1
* Yet to play

March. There were only four entries for the Stourbridge and District Championship. It was made an all-play-all competition.

April. Birmingham and District League Final table.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Forward 6 5 0 1 10
Birmingham 6 4 0 2 8
Handsworth St James's 5 2 0 3 4
Cradley 5 2 0 3 4

This was the second time that Forward had won the league.

May. The Stourbridge Championship. Evans won for the second time, with Dunn runner-up.

[Which Evans and which Dunn?]

Sat 9 Oct. Birmingham DC AGM. J. Hemming elected President; R.T. Ward Captain; H.P. Holloway re-elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Nov. The Birmingham and District League was due to start with four teams: Cradley, Handsworth, Birmingham DC and Forward DC. However, the start was delayed a few weeks as there was "some difficulty raising teams".

Dec. Parkhurst, IOW. The 3rd Royal Warwickshire Regiment stationed there held a draughts tournament with over 60 competitors. Final: Private W.H. Gray beat Lance-Corporal Darke.

1916

Jan at Daimler Works, Coventry. Daimler beat Deasy in a 12-a-side match by 12-9 and 3 draws.

Sat 19 Feb. This seems to be the last appearance in the Birmingham Weekly Post of the draughts column by "Denny" (alias John Alexander). Alexander had been writing the column since Feb 1905.

1918

Feb in the canteen of Siddeley-Deasy Motor Company, Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy beat Daimler in a match of 20-a-side by 23-16 and 1 draw.

Tue 12 March in the club-room of Siddeley-Deasy Motor Company, Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy beat Ordnance in a match of 23-a-side by 30-12 and 4 draws.

April in the Daimler canteen, Coventry. The visiting Siddeley-Deasy team won a match of 18-a-side by 21-10 and 4 draws.

Early May in the canteen of Siddeley-Deasy Motor Company, Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy beat Coventry Liberal Club in a closely contested match by 15-12 and 4 draws. Some of the best players in Coventry took part.

May in the canteen of Siddeley-Deasy Motor Company, Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy DC beat Standard Works DC by 15-7 and 3 draws.

June in Coventry. Standard-Canley DC beat Siddeley-Deasy DC in a 17-a-side return match by 15-13 and 5 draws.

Thurs 3 Oct in the canteen of Siddeley-Deasy Motor Company, Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy DC beat White and Poppe in a 9-a-side match by 15-3. [0 draws?]

Early Nov in Coventry. Inter-Works draughts match in the canteen of Siddeley-Deasy company. Siddeley-Deasy DC beat Standard-Canley DC in a 10-a-side match by 8-6 and 5 draws.

Late Nov in Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy beat Coventry Liberal Club in a 12-a-side match by 12-8 and 3 draws.
Siddeley-Deasy beat White and Poppe in a 10-a-side match by 14-4 and 2 draws.

Dec in Coventry. Standard Motor Co. (Cash's Lane) beat White and Poppe's in a 7-a-side match by 7-6 and 1 draw.

Dec in Coventry. Siddeley-Deasy beat Coventry Chain Co. in a 6-a-side match by 10-1 and 1 draw.

1919

Jan. At YMCA, Coventry. Coventry YMCA lost to Standard by 4-6.

May. J. Greenup was a delegate to the NUT Conference , being headmaster at a school near Birmingham. He was a leading player in the Birmingham Draughts League.

July. Coventry Draughts and Chess Club occupied spacious rooms in Smithford Street. Meeting arranged for 11 July to form a league.

Sept. Coventry Church Insitutes decided to form a draughts league.

Dec. Coventry Church Insitutes League results:
Warwick Lane 5, Well Street 2
Cow Lane 7, Broad Street 1
All Saints 3, Warwick Road 5
Queen's Road 7, Paradise 0
YMCA 5, West Orchard 2


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