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Six Days Of Christmas . . . An Historical Countdown

posted Dec 23, 2016, 9:28 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
Mid Shropshire's first ever triumph in the Shropshire inter-league was a big breakthrough for the League in its FIFTH season of 1937.

The county association had launched the 12 home-12 away competition for the John Bowers Cup in 1935 and it took Mid Shropshire three years to win it.

Mid Shropshire's best run in the inter-league championship in this format saw them win it five years in a row from 1959 to 1963.

The 1960 final on Saturday 23 July was against 'old rivals from over the river' the Shrewsbury League with victory by 11 overall after legs at Pontesbury and Wrockwardine Wood.

Johnny Hancocks (John Madocks) - of Wolves football fame - was the 21-3 star in a home leg victory by 29 chalks (224-193) while E. Addison (Hadley USC) and A Plimmer (Wrockwardine Wood) were 21-9 heroes to keep the deficit down to just 18 away (220-202).

Wrockwardine Wood's green was the key to victory in the 1961 final against the Whitchurch League on Saturday 12 August, E. Meredith (Donnington Wood) winning 21-5 there in a huge home win.

The last triumph in the five-a-row run came on Saturday 7 September 1963 against Shrewsbury and was a home and away success at legs John Maddocks and Monkmoor.

J. Martin (Donnington Wood) delivered the only single figure card of the game at the Oakengates club, winning 21-9 in a 26 shot success (224-198).

And it was Martin's clubmate, Graham Gaut - now living in New Zealand and still following action in the League through this website - who won 21-6 in Salop as a fantastic eight winners recorded an 11 shot victory, 217-206, to clinch victory by 37 overall.