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NCCU  HISTORY
Part 3    1920-1939
The North East enters the fray

County Chess resumed after World War one with a continuation of the Roses battles and increased competition from the north-east. The Yorkshire team which defeated Lancashire in 1921 had F. D. Yates and H. E. Atkins on the top two boards. On board 23 in that match there were two names more famous later on, A. R. B. Thomas and C. R. Gurnhill, and when Lancashire failed to defeat Cheshire in 1922 the latter had W. A. Fairhurst on board 12. 1928 saw Alfred Milner’s first match as Lancashire’s captain. by 1931 Durham and Northumberland had been allowed to combine forces and gave a Lancashire team led by R. J. Broadbent and G. Abrahams (who both lost!) at tough match. this should not have been surprising as they had already defeated Yorkshire. In 1932 Lancashire’s defeat by the combined team lead to the BCM commenting “Members of the NCCU will consider that this event justifies, or does not justify, their policy in allowing two (apparently) weaker counties to join forces”. It is surprising in view of the close battles in the Northern matches that Lancashire were the only Northern County to achieve regular success in the national championship.  

Lancashire results 1920 - 1939 within the NCCU

 

v. Yorkshire

v. Cheshire

v.  North East

NCCU Champions

English Champions

1920

11-9

11-9

 

YORKSHIRE

 

1921

12-18

 

 

LANCASHIRE

YORKSHIRE

1922

12-9

7.5-7.5

 

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1923

10.5-9.5

9-6

 

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1924

14-16

 

 

YORKSHIRE

 

1925

14-16

 

 

YORKSHIRE

 

1926

20-10

8-8

 

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1927

11.5-18.5

 

12-3 D

YORKSHIRE

 

1928

17.7-12.5

8.5-6.5

 

LANCASHIRE

 

1929

15-15

 

 

YORKSHIRE

 

1930

17.5-12.5

 

11-5 D

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1931

 

20.5-9.5

11-9 D&N

LANCASHIRE

 

1932

11.5

 

6.5-9.5 D&N

DURHAM &
NORTHUMBLAND

 

1933

9-7

 

8-8 D&N

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1934

 

20-20 (lost)

 

NORTH-
UMBERLAND

 

1935

 

10.5-5.5

8.5-7.5 N

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1936

13.5-16.5

 

11.5-4.5 N

YORKSHIRE

 

1937

 

9-7

14-6 D

LANCASHIRE

 

1938

13.5-10.5

 

8-4 N

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

1939

9-7

 

11.5-4.5 D

LANCASHIRE

 

          D = Durham       N = Northumberland

  D&N = Durham and Northumberland combined team.

From 1926 tied matches were resolved by the elimination of bottom board.