ECAA Summer League

1955 - 2015

 

Congratulations 60 years and still going strong

 

League Secretaries:

1955 – 1956 H McSweeney
1956 – 1961 P Falcon-Uff
1961 – 1964 EW Butler
1964 – 1967 Mrs A Bradley
1967 – 1971 K Francombe
1971 – 1977 B Ray
1977 – 1983 Mrs B Huxtable
1983 – to date Mrs M Hutchins

 

The first official rules of the League were formulated by a Committee of ten plus a Chairman on 2nd November 1958 and approved by the Executive of the ECAA on 12th December 1958.

Over the past sixty years, league clubs have decided how they would like the league to be run and, with ratification from County, changes made comprise the Rules we have today. The present day rules have to be an improvement on the original idea as I cannot see clubs shooting a minimum of ten matches!

Obviously there were not very many open tournaments in those days, in fact, it seems there were just five (Wicken Bonhunt was just for Coaches).   The 1955 Fixture List which, at first glance, seems very complicated, lists the Open Tournaments.   The 1958 Fixture List doesn’t appear to be much easier to understand but now there were seven Open Tournaments listed and two Inter County matches.  

On the 1955 Fixture List the first league season comprised one Division of nine clubs, Pilgrim, East Ham, Marconi, Southend, Latton, Woodman, Braintree, Ardleigh, Grays.  

After this first year Latton and Braintree withdrew and in 1956 Plessey joined but East Ham retired.

By 1958 there was still one Division but now there were ten clubs with the inclusion of Colchester, Ilford, and Woodford.

1956 saw Southend the top team with an average score of 2871, 2nd Pilgrim 2588, 3rd Grays 2582, 4th Marconi 2409, 5th Ardleigh 2327, 6th Woodman 1996, 7th Plessey 1498, 8th East Ham 1454.   Early in the following season, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams of the previous year shot on the Grays ground (in Grays) for a trophy donated by Grays and named The Grays Oak.   This match continued annually for many years.

There is not any actual information as to when the suggestion of a Short Western round, made at the formation of the League, was changed to an Albion, however, original League Rules state, "The round to be shot shall be decided by the Executive Committee" and League Rules for 1961 state, "The round to be shot shall be an Albion" so it could have been either of those years.   The number of Divisions has increased and waned over the years with the highest ever being six in 1992,  but that was for just one season.  

Below there are copies of the previously mentioned 1955 and 1958 Fixture Lists.   I hope you will find them interesting.

Marlene Hutchins