London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Daryl Taylor » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:11 am

Kevin,

Welcome to the wonderful world of football statistics.

Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Bradford City
24 September 1988

The Tractor Boys beat Citeh 1-0 in the next home match on 8 October.

Didn't you once tell me you were at school with Trevor Brooking?

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Reunion: June 16th 2012

Post by John Upham » Thu May 10, 2012 1:20 pm

Thanks to Nevil Chan :D and Bob Kane we have a venue and confirmed date for the reunion:

Saturday, June 16th 2012
Start: Mid-day
Finish: Mid-night or later
The Plough Public House, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH
We will organise a Blitz tournament to punctuate the drinking and eating
We hope to have photographs to show from the good old days.

Attendees include Mike Wills, Andrew Martin, Ian Watson, Dominique Conterno, Bob Kane, Mike Cresswell, John Upham plus more to be announced.

Please let anyone you know who might be interested

For more details contact: John Upham, +44(0)1252 514372, john.upham@zen.co.uk

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Re: Reunion: June 16th 2012

Post by Daryl Taylor » Thu May 10, 2012 5:07 pm

John Upham wrote:The Plough Public House, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH
An old Centymca Chess Club watering hole - especially in summer. The place where I first heard Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street.

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Simon Brown » Thu May 10, 2012 5:19 pm

Such an old watering hole that I think it was the venue for my first of many under age drinks in the 1970s. I'll try to be there at some stage during the day.

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Malcolm Clarke » Thu May 10, 2012 6:46 pm

If the weather stays as it is and the cricket is rained off there is very much possibility I could make it, although on Saturday we were one of the few teams to play, and one of the opponents scored what could prove to be a world record individual score of 330 not out off 50 overs.

I did manage to find some old photographs, although not to the standard of today's technology. These featured Mohammed Elsherif (who I believe was once Mike Wills's lodger), Sasha Kennway, Mike Wills, Gary Stevens, John Rusz, Bob Collins, David Futter, David Farndon and also a simulraneous with Sandys Dickinson and Paul Lamford in the background, and I believe Aaron Rose and Ian Lloyd Thomas playing.

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Paul McKeown » Fri May 11, 2012 5:05 pm

Malcolm Clarke wrote:one of the opponents scored what could prove to be a world record individual score of 330 not out off 50 overs.
An individual scored 330 n.o. off 50 overs! Blimey! How many balls did he face? At least a score of sixes, I imagine??? Do you have the match card?

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Malcolm Clarke » Fri May 11, 2012 6:32 pm

The cricketer whose name is David Taylor made his 330 from 160 balls, and his innings consisted of 31 6's, 19 4's, 15 2's. 35 1's and a 3.

If you type in Totton and Eling Trojans Cricket Archive it should bring up Totton and Eling Second XI v Trojans in 2012 where you can view the full match details. Let me know if you attempt this without success.

I am in fact scorer for Trojans so as you can see it was a difficult afternoon for our bowlers. With his score 247 he was caught off a no ball, which was signalled due to the number of players in the ring.

Hope this is not too boring for other people to read.

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by John Upham » Sat May 19, 2012 12:16 pm

Organisation for the June 16th reunion is now well underway. As a memory jogger I have scanned two pages from "The CentYMCA Story" by Jimmy Adams with a part membership list in case we can track down more ex-members. Tried OCRing the pages but the quality was awful. I'll type all the names in by hand shortly.

Anyway, here we are:
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CentYMCA membership list (part one) circa 1976
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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Daryl Taylor » Sat May 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Captain of the Centymca Wolves in the 1976 National Club Championship?

That brings back the very faint memory of an away match on a fine summer afternoon in Sutton (Surrey).

Interesting to see Bill Holden on the list. He is definitely still going strong as of last summer, when he was a regular at the Streatham Library afternoons. I'm sure he will be only too happy to turn up at the reunion.

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Re: Reunion: June 16th 2012

Post by JustinHorton » Sat May 19, 2012 2:19 pm

Daryl Taylor wrote:
John Upham wrote:The Plough Public House, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH
An old Centymca Chess Club watering hole - especially in summer. The place where I first heard Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street.
My great-aunt lived round the corner, in Little Russell Street, for (I believe) more than fifty years.
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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Malcolm Clarke » Sun May 20, 2012 12:24 am

I did come across the list of 215 players that we registered for the London League at the start of the 1984/85 season, about 30 of which also appeared on the 1976 list, and I also still have the majority of the list of about 120 players that we registered with the British Chess Federation for that season.

I also have other items arising from about the same time including details of an EGM held that season, as well as London League results and tables for season 1987/88.

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by John Upham » Mon May 21, 2012 5:33 pm

A small update: William Watson and Michael Brown are now attending.

Anyone got contact details for Jon Ady, Neil Carr, Gary Kenworthy or Sue Caldwell?
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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Malcolm Clarke » Mon May 21, 2012 6:38 pm

If it is any help there is an address, telephone number and email address for Gary Kenworthy in the 2012 ECF yearbook (Page 35). The only information I have on the other two is fairly limited.

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by Richard James » Mon May 21, 2012 7:26 pm

I notice that Neil Carr has played a few games for Writtle this year so Ivor Smith or someone out that way should have contact details for him

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Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Post by John Upham » Mon May 21, 2012 8:32 pm

Richard James wrote:I notice that Neil Carr has played a few games for Writtle this year so Ivor Smith or someone out that way should have contact details for him
Thanks. Do you know if Trevor and Sue Carr are still on the chess scene? They were very active between 1978-83 as I recall.

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