Answering some of the questions raised.
Eric Lazenby wrote:
For example, would someone born within the last 25 years in a town that is now part of Greater Manchester but was once part of Cheshire for example be excluded from qualification?
As a result of the fact finding enquiry the situation is that people born in Greater Manchester before 1-Oct-1987 have dual â€œnationalityâ€. Those born afterwards have Greater Manchester â€œnationalityâ€. Please also remember that GM is about 62% ex-Lancashire 31% ex Cheshire and the remainder ex-Yorkshire and possibly bits of Derbyshire. Its is important to remember that with three counties we had good relations. Only with Lancashire did we have problems.
Paul Buswell wrote:but I am sure some qualification must have been added as taken literally it could be interpreted as making long-standing Mancunians ineligible for Lancs.
The rules state you are also eligible to play for a county if you are a member of a club affiliated to that county. So some clubs physically located in GM continued to be members of Lancashire. Players of these clubs were qualified to play for Lancashire. GM took the approach that it only wanted players to play for it who supported it. If you did not support GM you were welcome to play for the county you were loyal to. So GM did not object if a player from say Heywood played for Lancashire. That was how they got to play for Lancashire.
Roger de Coverley wrote:
It's probably not relevant, but has anyone else noticed just how few people are quoted as attending Lancashire AGMs.
It is also interesting that Lancashireâ€™s AGMâ€™s are held in Greater Manchester and all four attendees of the last AGM live in Greater Manchester. So I think that it is relevant how few people attended the AGM. It is of course very dangerous for me to comment on Lancashireâ€™s internal affairs even though I was their secretary for ten years. But maybe, just maybe if they did not have this fixation about Greater Manchester and held their meetings in the new Lancashire then they may get more interest and involvement in their meetings from those chess players within the current boundaries of Lancashire.