We had to wait a long time for our first 1976 LL1 match, but it was worth waiting for. Facing our perennial rivals Wimbledon we scored a massive win even though David Edward Fault made another unwelcome experience (the same culprit as in the previous match – he wouldn’t be selected for the next two matches). Admittedly, our opponents were not all that strong, but you can do no more than beat what’s put in front of you.
|27 January 1976||St Bride’s Institute|
|Richmond & Twickenham 1||Wimbledon 1|
|1||MF Stean 233||1:0||JG Brogden 197|
|2||AP Law 225||1:0||DJ Sewell 185|
|3||GH James 211||1:0||DC Williams 180|
|4||KI Norman 191||½:½||DA Curnow 176|
|5||MJ Franklin 192||1:0||W Broome –|
|6||MJ Lightfoot 183||1:0||AT McDonald –|
|7||Default||0:1||KO Ballard –|
|8||JC Benjamin 183||1:0||PR Archer 153|
|9||DM Andrew 182||1:0||J Wilcox 153|
|10||JM Hodgson 166||1:0||FC Manning 151|
|11||CD Carr 178||1:0||JC Womack 159|
|12||R James 174||1:0||DF Payne 144|
Wimbledon’s board 9 still plays for them, although now, unlike then, he uses his first initial: R John Wilcox. His current grade is 148, so he’s gone down just 5 points over the past 43 years.