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Bradford v Leeds, Woodhouse Cup, 1885

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Played on Saturday, 17th January 1885, at the County Restaurant, 7 New Ivegate, Bradford.

 

The first ever Woodhouse Cup match was played over the maximum of twenty boards.  The final score was 20½-15½ in favour of Bradford.  Two games were played on most boards, but only one game was played on four of the boards.

 

The Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of 24/01/1885 gave full results.  James White mentioned Bradford’s success was probably partly attributable to the coaching received in recent months by the Bradford players from Isidor Gunsberg.  White’s tendency, when his own club or county lost a match, was to slip into making excuses and/or recrimination.  On this occasion, he came up with the following, which seems critical of the Bradford players and captain:

 

We are puzzled a little to understand why some of the players known to be rapid players finished only one game, and a little further on some contestants who are slow in moving contrived to get through two games, and lose them too.  We fancy, too, we detect some good generalship in a few points in the arrangement of the home team.”

 

The truth would seem to be that Leeds were marginally stronger on the higher boards, but that Bradford had strength in depth.  White pointed out that Leeds scored two more points than Bradford over the top six boards.  However, the minimum number of boards, according to the rules, was eight, and over the top eight boards Bradford prevailed by 7 points to Leeds’s 6.  Over the top ten boards things were again even, at 8 points each.  On the second ten boards, Bradford scored 12½ to Leeds’s 7½, so winning the match.

 

The report of the result in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent Weekly Supplement of 24/01/1885 didn’t give board results, but described how at the close of the match:

 

Mr. James Rayner, of Leeds, addressed the meeting, and warmly congratulated the victors on their success; to which Herr Cassel replied in suitable terms, and after Herr Gunsberg had said a few words the proceedings terminated for that evening.

 

Below are board-by-board game results, with names as furnished by the Leeds Mercury, and the present writer’s view as to the players’ fuller names:

 

Fuller Name

Bradford

20½

 

15½

Leeds

Fuller Name

Robert McCheyne Macmaster

R M Macmaster

0-1

1

½-½

C G Bennett*

Charles George Bennett *

George Frederick Onions

G F Onions

0-1

2

½-½

A Bilbrough

Alfred Bilbrough

Thomas Spencer

T Spencer

1-0

3

Jas Rayner

James Rayner

John Edmund Hall

J E Hall

½-½

4

T Y Stokoe

Thomas Young Stokoe

George Edmund Mallett

G E Mallett

½-½

5

0-1

E B Hussey

Edward Bishop Hussey

Robert Whitaker

R Whitaker

½-½

6

A Howell

 

Samuel Moulding Cockin

S M Cockin

½-½

7

1-0

J W Stringer

John Wiliam Stringer

George Adolphus Schott

S A Schott [sic]

1-0

8

1-0

F Toothill

Frank Toothill

S Hudson

½-½

9

F C Shepard [sic]

Frederick Crosland Shepherd

Charles Ogden

C Ogden

0-1

10

½-½

M Wright

Murrell Wright

Peter Tarbet Macauley

P T Macaulay

1-0

11

1-0

S Taylor

Samuel Taylor

William Cole Ferrand

W C Ferrand

1-0

12

0-1

J Craven

John Craven

Thomas Fieldsend

T Fieldsend

1-0

13

1-0

A G Cowling

Arthur Goodyear Cowling

Hartwig Cassel

H Cassel

1-0

14

½-½

T Smith

 

Joseph Algernon Woollard

J Woollard

1-0

15

1-0

J Birkinshaw

 

Edward Billingsley Stead

E B Stead

1-0

16

0-1

J Musgrove

John Musgrove

Nathan Nachbar

N Nachbar

1-0

17

1-0

J L Bisbey

James Lilley Bisbey

Henry Glaser

H Glaser

1-0

18

0-1

E G Wacheux [sic]

Eugene Joseph Wacheux

Charles Augustus Müller

C Muller

0-1

19

0-1

T W Tate

Thomas William Tate

Henry Brady Priestman

H B Priestman

0-1

20

0-1

A G Burgoyne

 

* = captain

 

There were no unfinished games reported as having been adjudicated.

 

 

Created

09/07/2012

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Last Updated

30/07/2013