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A CHRONOLOGY OF DRAUGHTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS OF ENGLAND


1920

Thurs 18 Nov at Brownhills. Members of the Brownhills West Institute connected with the Primitive Methodist Church played Bloxwich Institute at billiards and draughts. The visitors won at draughts by 12-7 and 9 draws.

Wins BROWNHILLS Draws BLOXWICH Wins
3 S. Key 2 J. Harley 4
3 T. Bailey 1 J. Yates 4
0 F. Arbridge 3 A. Birch 0
1 J. Lloyd 0 B. Shilrock 4
0 W. Preston 3 H. Butler 0
7   9   12

F.F. Smith reached the semi-final of the English Amateur Championship.

R.T. Ward won the English Championship at Liverpool without losing a game. He was born in Ross-on-Wye in 1878. Started playing in 1896.

1921

Feb. At Old Hill. Birmingham beat Stourbridge by 14-4 and 6 draws.

Wins BIRMINGHAM Draws STOURBRIDGE Wins
1 R. T. Ward 1 E. Evans 0
1 J. Alexander 0 A. Bate 0
1 H. P. Holloway 0 Billingham 0
0 T. Bird 1 A. Dunn 1
1 T. Gilbert 0 E. Parsons 0
2 E.Milliner 0 J.Cox 0
1 J. Hemming 0 A. Cook 1
2 J. Wiseman 0 B. Clews 0
2 A. Heath 0 W. Cox 0
2 W. Morris 0 A. Jones 0
0 W. Hill 1 T. Aldridge 0
0 W. Silverthorne 2 J. Whitehouse 0
1 J. Allen 0 R. Forrest 1
0 E. Odell 1 J. Cox 1
14   6   4

Fri 29 July at Brownhills Institute. Brownhills West Institute lost to Walsall Wood Primitive Methodist Institute in a 6-a-side match by 9-15.

1922

Sept at the Old Grammar School, Coventry. Third AGM of Coventry Church Institutes Billiard and Draughts League.

1923

Birmingham and District Championship Final: H.P. Holloway beat F.F. Smith.

Jan? Birmingham Handicap Tourney Semi-final: F. F. Smith beat H.P. Holloway by 1-0 and 7 draws. Final: F.F. Smith beat A. W. Heath by 4-0 and 1 draw.

1925

Jan.

Birmingham appeal

[From the Draughts Review Vol 1 No 3 Jan. 1925]


Sat 14 Feb. Coventry Church Institute current league table:

Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Cow Lane 7 7 0 0 14
Old Grammar School 9 6 0 3 12
Warwick Lane 8 5 0 3 10
Vine Street 9 3 2 4 8
All Saints 8 3 1 4 7
Paradise 8 3 0 5 6
Well Street 11 1 1 9 3

Sat 28 Feb at YMCA Club, Coventry. Coventry lost to Birmingham in a match of 21 a side by 0-34 and 8 draws. This was described as the strongest team which had ever represented Birmingham away from home, and included two internationals in Alexander and Ward.

Wins COVENTRY Draws BIRMINGHAM Wins
0 G. Johnson 0 J. Alexander 2
0 A. Cleaver 1 R. T. Ward 1
0 W. Lester 1 S.Hudson 1
0 W. Howkins 1 F.F. Smith 1
0 P. Woodruffe 2 T. Bird 0
0 E. Hewitt 0 H. P. Holloway 2
0 J. Canning 0 T. Gilbert 2
0 B. McDonnell 0 A. Endsor 2
0 W. Taylor 1 W. R. White 1
0 W. Cleaver 1 W. H. Pearson 1
0 H. Hughes 0 H. Curtis 2
0 A. Stubbs 0 J. Hemming 2
0 H.C. King 0 E. O'Dell 2
0 F.C. Gough 0 W. O. Morris 2
0 W. Lee 0 W. Deeley 2
0 F. Ward 1 W. H. Waller 1
0 A. Weaver 0 A. Silverthorne 2
0 W. Ivall 0 T. Buhicrosan 2
0 E. Johnson 0 A. J. Allen 2
0 C. Richardson 0 A.C. Neale 2
0 F. Shirley 0 D. A. Cole 2
0   8   34

11-13 April. R.T. Ward played for England vs Scotland. His score was 2-0 and 14 draws.

May. Ward, Smith, Pickering, W.H. Waller(Birmingham), J. Hemming(Birmingham) played for South v North.

26 Sept. F.F. Smith played for England vs Wales. His score was 2-0 and 2 draws.

1926

Fri, 2 April at Co-operative Hall, Birmingham. Railway Draughts Contest: North vs South, 19 a-side. North beat South by 25-9 and 4 draws.

April. R.T. Ward won the first British Championship at Sheffield, beating J. Hynd in the final by 1-0 and 7 draws. In total he won 5 games, lost one and drew 28. J. Hemming also played. 23 entries.

May. Draughts Review Problems 336 to 344 were by S.J. Pickering. He was the very first subscriber to DR magazine.

Nov. James Hemming was willing to act as promoter of the Birmingham and District Championship.

Hemming letter

[From Draughts Review Vol 2 No 12 Dec. 1926]

1927

28 Feb-10 March. R.T. Ward and John Alexander played for Great Britain v USA in New York. Ward won 2, lost 12 and drew 26 games; Alexander won 3, lost 4 and drew 33 games. The USA won by 96-20 and 364 draws.
Ward was described in the match book as "The largest man, physically, in the match, his good nature and good fellowship stood out just as prominently. Very popular with the players and fans, was the British champion." [punctuation as in book]

R. T. Ward J. Alexander

R.T. Ward and J. Alexander. [Taken from GB team photo in the match book]

April. R.T. Ward was runner-up to Sam Cohen in the English Championship at Leicester, losing by 0-1 and 5 draws in the final. F.F. Smith and J. Hemming also played.

May. Birmingham and District Championship was revived, the contest being open to all within 10 miles' radius of the city. Won by S. J. Pickering of Willenhall.
Semi-final: S.J. Pickering beat J. Hemming by 3-2 and 1 draw; F.F. Smith beat H.P. Holloway by 4-3 and 7 draws.
Final: S. J. Pickering beat F.F. Smith by 2-0 and 4 draws.

John Alexander was involved in the revision of Kear's Encyclopaedia.

1928

Jan. R.T. Ward was at the British Championship at Glasgow.

May. Birmingham Championship. 10 entries.
Round 1: H.P. Holloway beat J. Smart by 1-0 and 5 draws; T. Bird beat A.J Allen by 2-1 and 3 draws; S.J. Pickering beat W.H. Cole by 3-0 and 2 draws; F.F. Smith beat W. Goddard by 3-0 and 1 draw; W.H. Waller beat J. Hemming by 2-1 and 7 draws.
Round 2: Smith beat Pickering by 3-2 and 1 draw; Holloway beat Waller by 2-0 and 3 draws; Bird a bye.
Semi-final: Holloway beat Bird by 1-0 and 5 draws.
Final: H.P. Holloway beat F.F. Smith by 2-0 and 3 draws.



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