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Archive Summary

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How to Use the Archive
Fixtures and Results
News & Views
Tables
Individual
Question Setters' Trophy
Rules

Archive Summary

This page gives details of what archive material we currently have, and how much is missing.

Alan Gilday and Graham Bailey recently unearthed a wealth of material dating from the years 1988 to 1995. This goes right back to the earliest times for which we have anything like a complete archive, and has filled a number of significant gaps.

If you have anything from before 1999 that isn't mentioned here, or is listed as missing, please let me know!

Please note that for the years prior to 2017, the website archive includes only the final League and Individual tables from each season, and not the weekly tables.

Thanks to Andy Johnson, Robin Morrell, Tim Findlow, Alan Gilday and Graham Bailey, who have provided information so far – and of course Mark Watson, the custodian of the official League archive.

How to Use the Archive

There is an Archive section in the main menu at the top of every page in the site. As well as sections for Fixtures & Results, Tables, etc., this includes an Archive Menu. From the menu you can access a further menu for each year, as well as direct links to the latest updates and a summary of the history of the League (detailing changes made year by year).

Overview

For details, please refer to the following sections.

League Fixtures and Results Complete from 1999; early 1990s virtually complete, but some gaps in the late 90s. Very little before 1991
Cup and Plate Fixtures and Results Virtually complete from 1991, but with some gaps (especially finals, and other rounds in the late 1990s)
League Tables Virtually complete from 1986-7
Individual Tables Complete from 1992-3. A few earlier tables are available
Question Setters' Trophy Complete from 1992-3. A few earlier details are available

Fixtures and Results

All the results (and fixtures) that we have are now online.

League

The League records are complete from the 1999–2000 season onwards. The years from 1991 to 1995 are virtually complete, but for the late 1990s there are quite a few gaps - see below for details. Before 1991 we have only a few results.

If you can fill in any of the gaps, please let us know!

1998–9 Weeks 4, 8, 9, 12 and 13 (total five weeks) are missing
1997–8 Weeks 9, 12, 13 and 16 (total four weeks) are missing
1996–7 Weeks 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 15 and 17 (total seven weeks) are missing
1995–6 Weeks 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 and 17 (total six weeks) are missing
1994–5 Complete (Week 8 has been derived from other figures; no individual scores available for this week)
1993–4 Complete (Week 12 has been derived from other figures; no individual scores available for this week)
1992–3 Complete (Weeks 2, 5 and 7 have been derived from other figures)
1991–2 Weeks 14, 15 and 18 (total three weeks) are missing
1990–1 Week 18 only
1989–90 Week 18 only
1988–9 Weeks 1, 5, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 (total nine weeks) are missing
1987–8 Week 18 only
1986–7 We have full fixture lists, but no results except for Week 18 (and one late result from Week 17!)
1985–6 Week 18 only
1984–5 We have full fixture lists, and League rules, but no results
1983–4 We have fixture lists for Group B (there were either two or three groups), but no results
1982–3 We have full fixture lists, but no results

Knockout Competitions

The Cup and Plate results are not as complete as those for the League. In particular the results of the finals are often lost as they have never been reported in the normal way (coming after the end of the League season). In due course I will determine what we are missing and publish the details.

The Early Years

We have no fixtures or results from before the 1982–3 season. We have rules for a season that began in January 1982, but no fixtures or results. We have no record at all of the League being in existence before January 1982, although a knockout tournament was first held in 1981. We have a record of the winners of the latter (they're on the Cup!), but no other details prior to 1987.

News & Views

These normally come with the results, so where we have the results we should have any News & Views that were provided at the time. Everything we have is now online. (For seasons from around 1999 onwards, some information and comments have been added in the course of compiling the archive.)

Tables

Final League tables are now online for 1986–7 and all later seasons, except 1988–9 and 1991–2. For these last two seasons we have the tables as they stood after Week 16 (i.e. with two rounds of matches to go).

Individual

Full final individual tables are now online for 1992–3 and all later seasons.

Final individual top tens are online for seasons 1985–6, 1986–7, 1988–9 and 1991–2. For the last two of those seasons, the full half–way scores are also online, but not the final tables.

Question Setters' Trophy

Final tables are now online for every season from 1992–3 onwards.

The only details we have prior to the 1992–3 season are the winner for 1985–6, the final table from 1986–7, and the half–way table for 1988–9.

(The winner from 1985–6 was announced with the results of the final matches from that season, and is also in the Honours Board.)

Rules

Among the material unearthed by Alan and Graham were some League rules going back as far as 1982, which I have put online. This would appear to be the earliest documentation we have relating to the League. The rules for seasons 1982, 1984–5, 1985–6 and 1987–8 are now online, with changes from the previous set (of those we have) highlighted.

Haydn Thompson

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