We Were the Champions (7)

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
10½:1½

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.