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A CHRONOLOGY OF DRAUGHTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS OF ENGLAND

1960

S.C. Osborne wins the Warwickshire Cup and the Kenilworth Cup.

S.C. Osborne

1961

Midland Championship. Final at Leicester: Charlie Warburton (wearing his black beret) beat Brian Lucas by 3-0, 0 draws.

British Counties Championship (Reynolds Cup) semi-final at Birmingham. Warwickshire lost to Lancashire by 2-9 and 13 draws.

Wins WARWICKSHIRE Draws LANCASHIRE Wins
0 Sid Hudson 1 Frank Gallagher 1
0 S. C. Osborne 2 A. Jones 0
0 Harold Pritchard 0 J. J. Rowe 2
0 W. Jones 1 F. Kitchen 1
0 W. H. Cooper 1 J. Jepson 1
0 A.E. Beck 2 A. Leach 0
0 Harold W. Elkington 2 J. Bramwell 0
1 Brian Lucas 1 Jack K. Bateson 0
0 E. Conway 1 M. Flanagan 1
1 R. Farquhar 1 Ron Bumby 0
0 Fred Tatler 1 C. E. Shaw 1
0 Len Birks 0 J. Gordon 2
2   13   9

Aug?  W.D. Harvey died. He started playing in the Birmingham League at the start of the century and was the first president of the Warwickshire county association in 1947. He had numerous problems published and was a keen postal player.

W. D. Harvey

W. D. Harvey

Sept? Warwickshire Championship Final: Harold Pritchard beat Brian Lucas by 1-0 and 3 draws.

1962

June? Kenilworth Cup Final: W.E. Hirst (Leicester) beat H. Pritchard.

Warwickshire Cup was won by Harold Pritchard.

Warwickshire Postal Cup was won by A. E. Beck.

Birmingham Championship (League) was won by L. H. Birks. League Handicap won by E. Conway.

Warwickshire DA officers were:
President - H. W. Elkington; Vice-president - Jack Quinn; Secretary - L.H. Birks; Treasurer - A. E. Beck; Auditor - R. M. Farquhar; Captain of county team - H. Pritchard; Captain of Postal "A" team - W. H. Cooper; Captain of Postal "B" team - J. Nash.
Committee: J. Nash, W. H. Cooper, H. Pritchard and E. Owen.
There were 19 club members.

1963

23 Feb. British Counties Championship (Reynolds Cup) . Warwickshire lost to Lancashire by 7-8 and 13 draws. 14-a-side by agreement.

Wins WARWICKSHIRE Draws LANCASHIRE Wins
1 Sid Hudson 1 H. Hinson 0
1 Harold Pritchard 1 A. Jones 0
0 W. Jones 2 G. G. Rowe 0
0 Brian Lucas 1 H. Bailey 1
0 A.E. Beck 1 F. Kitchen 1
0 Harold W. Elkington 1 J. Booth 1
0 A. Cosgrove 2 J. H. Smith 0
1 A. Lagan 1 A. Leach 0
0 Len Birks 1 Jack K. Bateson 2
1 S. Ager 1 J. Sloan 0
0 Fred Tatler 0 J. Gordon 2
1 H. Farquhar 1 J. Higgins 0
0 David Dunn 1 H. Harper 1
2 Jack Quinn 0 C. E. Shaw 0
7   13   8

Warwickshire Championship. 14 entries. Semi-finals: Harold Pritchard beat David Dunn or Tony Lagan; Stan Ager beat Len Birks. Final: Harold Pritchard beat Stan Ager.

Warwickshire Handicap. 16 entries. Final: W. H. Cooper beat Fred Tatler.

Birmingham Championship (League). 9 entrants. Played on 3-move openings. Won by Len Birks. L. H. Birks 22 points; Jimmy Nash 19; J. Quinn 18; Bill Cooper 18; A. Ager 16; H. W. Elkington 15; Tony Lagan 15, R. Hodges 11; E. Owen 11. Handicap winner: J. Nash

Kenilworth Cup was won by Harold Elkington.

22 June. Worcs and Staffs vs Warwickshire open-air friendly match. Warwickshire won by 7-3 and 4 draws.

Wins WORCS AND STAFFS Draws WARWICKSHIRE Wins
0 Fred Tatler 1 Harold Pritchard 1
0 David Dunn 0 Harold W. Elkington 2
1 T. R. Bevan 0 Len H. Birks 1
0 B. Emms 1 P. Robinson 1
1 R. Birks 0 E. Patrick 1
0 G. Diffley 1 J. Wilson 1
1 K. Gardner 1 Tatler 0
3   4   7

Sun 7 July at Pageant Gardens, Warwick. In an open-air friendly match The Midlands lost to The South by 9-11 and 6 draws. H. W. Elkington did well for the home side.

1964

11 Jan. Warwickshire DA AGM. Officers elected: President - H. W. Elkington; Vice president - J. Quinn; Secretary - L. H. Birks; Treasurer - W. H. Cooper; Auditor - R. M. Farquhur County team captain - H. Pritchard; Postal "A" team captain - W. H. Cooper; Postal "B" team captain - J. Nash.
Committee: J. Nash, W. H. Cooper, H. Pritchard, David Morrison and E. Owen.

Sid Hudson was made an honorary life member of Warwickshire DA.

29 Feb. British Counties Championship (Reynolds Cup) . Warwickshire lost to Lancashire by 9-13 and 8 draws.

Wins WARWICKSHIRE Draws LANCASHIRE Wins
1 Sid Hudson 0 H. Hinson 1
0 Harold Pritchard 1 A. Jones 1
0 A.E. Beck 2 J. Aldred 0
2 H. Buckler 0 J. R. Smith 0
1 A. Lagan 0 J. Jepson 1
1 Len Birks 1 F. Kitchen 0
1 T. Canavan 0 J. Sloan 1
0 David Dunn 2 J. Bull 0
1 Fred Tatler 0 J. Booth 1
0 R. Farquhar 0 A. Leach 2
0 Jack Quinn 1 H. Bailey 1
1 Harold W. Elkington 1 M. Flanagan 0
0 J. Playdon 0 J. Gordon 2
1 David Morrison 0 H. Harper 1
0 T. R. Bevan 0 Ron Bumby 2
9   8   13

Friendly at Pype Hayes Park, Birmingham. Warwickshire lost to Worcestershire and Staffordshire by 6-7 and 5 draws.

Birmingham Cup. 8 entrants. Semi-finals: B. Gough beat J. Quinn; L. H. Birks beat D. Morrison. Final: Len Birks beat Brian Gough.

Kenilworth Cup was won by Bill Cooper. A record of 18 entries.

Warwickshire Cup. 16 entries. Semi-finals: H. Pritchard beat D. Dunn; S. A. Ager beat A. Lagan.Final: Harold Pritchard beat Stan Ager by 1-0 and 3 draws..

Birmingham Handicap tourney was won by David Morrison.

1963-64 Postal Cup Final. J. Wilson (Coventry) beat W. Jones. 13 entrants.

Sat 26 Sept. The English Draughts Association AGM was held at Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham.

There were 33 members of Warwickshire DA in 1964.

1965

Sat 9 Jan. AGM of the Warwickshire DA. Secretary - W.H. Cooper was re-elected.

Sat 27 March. Counties "Sunday Citizen" Cup. Semi-final at Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham. Warwickshire lost to Yorkshire by 7-9 and 6 draws.

Wins WARWICKSHIRE Draws YORKSHIRE Wins
0 Harold Pritchard 1 Fred Bucklow 1
1 W. Jones 0 G.F. "Fred" Buckby 1
0 A.E. Beck 1 G.H. England 1
1 Stan Ager 1 W.H. Leggett 0
0 E.H. Hirst 1 T.W. Sledmore 1
1 J. Brown 0 J.J. Freeman 1
0 Arthur Butcher 1 G. Passmore 1
1 W. Cleaver 0 T.B. Wattam 1
1 C.W. Osborne 1 T.B. Padgett 0
1 R. Farquhar 0 H.W. Cavill 1
1 Jack Quinn 0 J. Appleton 1
7   6   9

Warwickshire Championship Final: Harold Pritchard beat W.H. Cooper by 3-0, 0 draws. Pritchard's 5th win in a row. There were 18 entries.

Kenilworth Cup: W.H. Ekington beat W.H. Cooper by 2-1 and 1 draw. (17 entries)

Birmingham Cup. 16 entries. Final. W.H. Cooper won vs Brian Gough after 12 games.

Warwickshire Postal. 17 entries. Holder was J. Wilson of Coventry.

There were 26 members of Warwickshire DA in 1965.

1966

Sat 29 Jan at Brook Vaults, Birmingham. Warwickshire DA AGM. Officers elected: Harold Elkington - president; Jack Quinn - Vice-president; Brian Gough - secretary, W.H.Cooper - treasurer. Committee: J. Nash, L. H. Birks, H. Pritchard and A. E. Beck.

Warwickshire Championship. 14 entries. Semi-final: W.H. Cooper (Pype Hayes) beat Harold Pritchard (Shirley) by 2-0 and 2 draws 0; Len Birks (Saltley) beat A.E. Beck (Kenilworth) by 2-1 and 3 draws.
Final : W.H. Cooper beat Len Birks by 1-0 and 3 draws.

Birmingham Championship. 12 entries. Final: Brian Gough beat Bill Cooper after being 3 times losing finalist.

June-Sept. Leamington Trades Hall open tourney. 12 entries. Semi-final: Brian Gough vs John Dowey; Arthur Butcher vs Jack Quinn or W.H. Cooper.

June. The committee decided to enter 4 teams in the EDA Postal League. Captains: W.H. Cooper, Len Birks, Harold Elkington and Brian Gough.
Final: Arthur Butcher beat Brian Gough by 2-0 and 1 draw.

Warwickshire Postal championship (begun in 1964). Final: Arthur Butcher beat J. Brown (Walsall) by 1-0 and 3 draws. 16 entries.

1966-7. Kenilworth Cup. 16 entries. Final: Harold Pritchard beat Arthur Butcher.

Dec. Leamington Trades Hall second 2-life invtation tourney of 8 players. The 3 remaining players were Arthur Butcher, Jack Quinn and J. Dowey.

Dec? Fred Tatler took over from Harold Elkington as EDA Postal League Secretary.

There were 22 members of Warwickshire DA in 1966.

1967

Sat 14 Jan. AGM at Brooks Vaults, Birmingham. Harold Elkington - President; Brian Gough - Secretary.

Warwickshire Postal Championship. 16 entries. Final. Arthur Butcher vs Jack Quinn.

March? C. W. Osborne of Kenilworth died, aged 87. He played in numerous British and English championship tournaments. Father of Stan Osborne.

Counties Cup. Gloucestershire lost to Warwickshire by 8-13 and 9 draws.

Wins GLOUCESTERSHIRE Draws WARWICKSHIRE Wins
0 David Hyde 2 Harold Pritchard 0
0 C. Sheppard 1 W.H. Cooper 1
2 F. Feakes 0 W. Jones 0
1 C.H. "Bill" Brewer 1 Stan Ager 0
1 C. James 0 Arthur Butcher 1
1 G. Lintern 0 Harold Elkington 1
1 R. Watts 0 W. Cleaver 1
0 F. Packer 1 Brian Gough 1
1 H. Boucher 1 E.H. Hirst 0
0 C. Hopkins 1 A.E. Beck 1
0 F. Carter 1 Fred Tatler 1
1 W. Whitfield 0 Len Birks 1
0 C. Hopewell 1 Jack Quinn 1
0 C. Hunter 0 Vic Sutton 2
0 C. Whitfield 0 R. Farquhar 2
8   9   13

Sat 1 April. Semi-final at the YMCA, Bolton. Both teams were under strength. Lancashire beat Warwickshire by 14-6 and 6 draws.

Wins LANCASHIRE Draws WARWICKSHIRE Wins
2 A. Jepson 0 Harold Pritchard 0
1 A. Jones 0 Brian Gough 1
1 J. Aldred 1 W. Jones 0
2 F. Kitchen 0 Len Birks 0
0 M. Flanagan 0 Arthur Butcher 2
1 H. Bailey 0 E.H. Hirst 1
1 J. Rowe 1 Harold Elkington 0
1 A.Leach 1 A.E. Beck 0
2 J. Bull 0 W. Cleaver 0
0 Rev C Shaw 2 Jack Quinn 0
2 R. Steer 0 Fred Tatler 0
1 J. Harper 0 R. Farquhar 1
0 W. Ball 1 Vic Sutton 1
14   6   6

Sat 20 May at the Trades Hall, Leamington. Two matches were played between Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire. Warwickshire won both, by 17-5 and 4 draws, then by 15-6 and 7 draws.

Warwickshire championship. 11 entries. Final: Harold Pritchard beat Arthur Butcher. The 6th time he'd won.

There were 24 members of Warwickshire DA in 1967.

1968

1967-8. Kenilworth Cup was won by Harold Pritchard.

Sat 6 Jan. AGM (21st). Officers re-elected en bloc, including Brian Gough as secretary and Harold Elkington as president.

Leamington Trades Hall tournament. Final: Bob Farquhar beat Bill Halsey by 2-1 and 1 draw.

9 Feb. at the Trades Hall, Leamington Spa. Counties Cup. Warwickshire beat Gloucestershire by 9-5 and 8 draws.

Wins WARWICKSHIRE Draws GLOUCESTERSHIRE Wins
0 Harold Pritchard 1 David Hyde 1
0 Arthur Butcher 2 H. Boucher 0
1 Len Birks 1 C.H. "Bill" Brewer 0
0 Brian Gough 0 C. Sheppard 2
1 A.E. Beck 1 C. James 0
0 W. Jones 2 H. Fry 0
1 Stan Ager 1 G. Lintern 0
2 Jack Quinn 0 R. Watts 0
1 W. Halsey 0 C. Hunter 1
1 Fred Tatler 0 F. Carter 1
2 Vic Sutton 0 W. Whitfield 0
9   8   5

Wed 14 Feb. Birmingham Championship 1967. Final: In his first year of serious draughts, Bill Halsey won the title by beating Bill Cooper 2-1 and 1 draw. He became the first holder of the Mackay Cup, donated by C.J. Mackay.

Sat 2 March at Leamington. Counties Cup Semi-final: Warwickshire lost to Yorkshire by 2-14 and 8 draws.

Wins WARWICKSHIRE Draws YORKSHIRE Wins
0 Harold Pritchard 1 Fred Bucklow 1
0 Arthur Butcher 0 G.F. "Fred" Buckby 2
0 Stan Ager 0 G.H. England 2
0 A.E. Beck 1 T. Brownrigg 1
0 W. Jones 1 W.H. Leggett 1
0 Len Birks 1 T.W. Sledmore 1
0 Brian Gough 1 C. Stone 1
0 W. Halsey 1 J. Hirst 1
2 Jack Quinn 0 J. Brind 0
0 Harold Elkington 1 J. Goane 1
0 R. Farquhar 0 P. Todd 2
0 Vic Sutton 1 T.B. Padgett 1
2   8   14

3 June. Warwick Open Air Tourney. 50 players. J. Dowey won.

(11 Jan 1969) Warwickshire Championship Final: Bill Jones (Nuneaton) beat Len Birks (Saltley) by 3-1, 0 draws. The first time Jones had won the title, but he'd been in 1947 final. He beat Harold Pritchard (holder) in the semi-final.

Leamington Trades Hall 2-life Invitational tournament. Players invited were Stan Ager, Bob Farquhar, A. E. Beck, Bill Halsey, Arthur Butcher, Brian Gough, Jack Quinn and Harold Elkington.
The competition was won by Harold Elkington.

Birmingham Cup won by Arthur Butcher.

Thurs 3 Oct. Bill Halsey was seriously injured in a car accident.

There were 26 members of Warwickshire DA in 1968.

1969

Sat 1 Feb at Bristol. Counties Cup. Gloucestershire lost to Warwickshire by 6-9 and 7 draws.

Wins GLOUCESTERSHIRE Draws WARWICKSHIRE Wins
2 David Hyde 0 W. Jones 0
0 C. Sheppard 0 Harold Pritchard 2
0 H. Boucher 1 Arthur Butcher 1
0 C.H. "Bill" Brewer 1 Stan Ager 1
2 F. Feakes 0 Jack Quinn 0
0 G. Lintern 2 Brian Gough 0
0 H. Fry 1 Len Birks 1
1 F. Carter 1 A.E. Beck 0
0 G. Drinkwater 0 Denis Nyland 2
0 C. James 1 R. Farquhar 1
1 E. Whitfield 0 Fred Tatler 1
6   7   9

Sat 8 March. Semi-final: Yorkshire beat Warwickshire by 9-4 and 11 draws.

Warwickshire Championship. 16 entries. Semi-final: H. Pritchard vs J. Quinn; B. Gough vs A.F. Butcher.
Final: B. Gough beat H. Pritchard by 3-1, 0 draws.

Birmingham Championship. 14 entries. Semi-final: H. Pritchard beat Bill Halsey; A. Butcher beat W. Cooper.
Final: Harold Pritchard beat Arthur Butcher.

26-30 May. The English Championship was held at Leamington with a record entry of 47. Bill Halsey won the handicap. His sister Joan was the first ever woman entrant.

 English Open, Leamington

Players and Officials at the English Open, Leamington
Bob Farquhar - back row, 3rd from left.
Bill Halsey (Birmingham) - back row, 5th from left.
Joan Halsey (later Caws) (Birmingham) - back row, 6th from left.
Stan Osborne (Kenilworth) - back row, 10th from left.
A.E. Beck (Kenilworth) back row, 12th from left, 5th from right.
John Dowey (Coventry) - back row, 15th from left, 3rd from right.
Fred Tatler (Stourbridge) - 2nd row, 7th from left.
Harold Pritchard (Shirley) - front row, 1st from left
Arthur Butcher (Redditch) - front row, 2nd from left.
Harold Elkington (Warwick)- front row, 4th from left.


Warwickshire Postal. Semi-final: Jack Quinn beat John Dowey by 1-0 and 3 draws [given later as Cooper]; Arthur Butcher drew with A E. Beck 0-0 and 4 draws. Final. Jack Quinn vs Arthur Butcher.

Arthur Butcher won the AEU union championship.

Leamington Spa. Warwickshire Giant Board Championship. Harold Elkington beat Bill Halsey by 1-0 and 3 draws.

1969-70. Harold Pritchard won the Kenilworth Cup for the third time in a row.

There were 24 members of Warwickshire DA in 1969.

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