History

“It’s hard to build a future if we don’t know about our past…”

 The New Kid on the Block (1950-54)   Almost, but not quite (1955-64)  Success and Recognition (1965-80)   The Wilderness Years (1981-89)    Fresh hope (1990-93)   The Slow Demise of Crown Green…? (1994-99) On the Up! (2000-05)Rocky Road (2006-10)New Generation (2011-17)   Full unabridged history of North Midlands Crown Green Association    Time line  

Time Line

  • 1950 – Request for County status turned down
  • 1951 – County Status granted
  • 1952 – County formally starts operating with election of W.H Wagstaff (President), T.R. Ryder (Hon. Sec.) and M.L. White (Treasurer)
  • 1952 – First match; versus North Wales (away)
  • 1952 – First win; versus North Wales (home)
  • 1956 – Bill Baldwin becomes first County player to reach All England finals
  • 1956 – First away win; versus Derbyshire
  • 1960 – County stages All England final for first time
  • 1961 – Reaches second County Championship final
  • 1963 – Coventry Works League accepts non-works teams
  • 1968 – Harry Weston becomes first County B.C G.A.B.A. President
  • 1968 – Reaches third County Championship final
  • 1969 – Stages All England final for second time
  • 1974 – Harry Weston stands down as President after 21 years
  • 1975 – Cliff Bordley becomes second player to reach All England Finals
  • 1977 – Harry Barratt becomes second County B.C G.A.B.A. President
  • 1977 – Stages All England final for third time
  • 1977 – Cliff Bordley wins ‘Champions of Champions’ at Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool
  • 1979 – Reg Harris becomes third County B.C G.A.B.A. President
  • 1980 – Mark Burdon becomes first County player to win the Junior Merit
  • 1982 – First County to organise a televised competition
  • 1987 – First 11 home game winning streak (started in 1984)
  • 1987 – Record three away games winning streak
  • 1987 – Stages All England final for fourth time
  • 1991 – Reaches fourth County Championship final
  • 1992 – Richard Burdett Mnr becomes second County player to win the Junior Merit
  • 1993 – Reaches fifth County Championship final
  • 1996 – Record 12 home game winning streak (started in 1993)
  • 1997 – Ladies permitted to play in Coventry & District Saturday League
  • 1998 – Stuart Perry becomes first County player to win the Senior Merit
  • 2001 – Reaches sixth County Championship final
  • 2002 – Bob Harrigan becomes fourth County B.C G.A.B.A. President
  • 2002 – Reaches seventh County Championship final, losing by 1 shot
  • 2002 – 50 years since the County was created
  • 2005 – Senior team wins County Cup for first time
  • 2012 – First Development Officer appointed
  • 2014 – Jordan Baddeley becomes third bowler to win Junior All England competition
  • 2014 – Reaches 8th Senior’s County Championship final
  • 2015 – Junior team wins Supplementary for first time
  • 2017 – In County’s 65th year, 9th Senior’s County Championship Final reached
  • 2017 – Darren Plenderlieth is second player to win Seniors All Britain Merits
  • 2017 – Junior team reach second Supplementary Finals
  • 2017 – Senior team beats Potters by 2 shots to win County Cup for second time