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HISTORY

1980's

1980 – Struggling with a hip problem, Roy Freeman turns his attention to Warwick & Worcester bowls of a Saturday after 27 seasons of Birmingham League Cricket for Smethwick CC.
1980 – Enter one team in the West Bromwich Midweek Bowling League, captained by Brian Brownhill.
1980 – Enter a ‘B’ team in the Smethwick & District Sunday Morning Bowling League – captained by John Hammerton.
1980 – The Warwick & Worcester team is strengthened with the addition of Ray Fletcher, George Garbett and former county player Harold Hooper.
1980 – Peter Darby, Peter Nichols and Barry Griffiths join Broomfield.
1980 – (03/08/80) Second W&W County game at Broomfield vs Greater Manchster (219-205).
1980 – (07/08/80) Death of Arthur “Pep” Peabody – record 5 time Club Champion, brother-in-law to Fred Freeman.
1980 – (16/08/80) Courtesy of two 21-0 walkovers, Broomfield record a +177 victory at home to Alum Rock (W&W Senior Division 10). Best card: Joe Russell 21-1. Match score 252-75.
1980 – Smethwick League Consolation Cup Winners.
1980 – Warwick & Worcester Senior Division 10 Champions.
1980 – Relegated from Oldbury Division 1 finishing the season in 10th position.
1980 – Broomfield bowler Fred Freeman retires from scoring for Smethwick Cricket Club after 35 years service.
1980 – (06/11/80) Miss Nicky Garbett becomes Broomfield’s first female bowls member (13 votes for, 10 against).
1980 – Bowler Of The Year award introduced – first winner: Roy Freeman who had won the Club Championship for the third year running and the Club Handicap for the 4th time.

1981 – Membership: 57
1981 – First competitive season for 12 year old Paul Freeman.
1981 – Mark Hadley, Ollie Newman, Paul Newman and John Bailey join Broomfield.
1981 – The Neale Tennis Trophy from the defunct Tennis Section is given to Broomfield B.C. by the Neale family.
1981 – Enter an Alliance team in the Warwick & Worcester, captained by Barry Griffiths.
1981 – (May) Third W&W County game at Broomfield vs North Midlands (220-194).
1981 – Death of Jack Wray and George Noake.
1981 – (22/08/81) Peter Gwilt is the founder of the “failed club” as the only loser of 24 Broomfield bowlers (11 winners W&W Premier away vs Haven, 12 winners W&W Alliance home vs GKN)
1981 – Ray Fletcher and George Garbett are runners up in the Pheasant Invitation Aggregate Pairs.
1981 – W&W Premier Division 9 Champions (+960) and Alliance Division 8 Runners Up.
1981 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Keith Lawlor.

1982 – (01/01/82) New Years Day – Death of Brian Sidney Hope aged 38.
1982 – Enter a ‘B’ side in the West Bromwich Midweek Bowling League.
1982 – Further additions to the W&W Premier team including Gary Clewer, Keith Lawlor and Alan Braznall.
1982 – (14/05/82) W&W County Representative side vs Sports Argus Superstars played at Broomfield.
1982 – (June) Fourth W&W County game at Broomfield vs Cheshire (226-217).
1982 – George Garbett wins the Club Championship.
1982 – W&W Premier Division 8 (+677) and Alliance Division 7 Champions (+753).
1982 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Gary Clewer who had also won the Club Handicap.

1983 – Membership: 52
1983 – (18/02/83) Death of George Brown.
1983 – Joe Russell makes changes to the first team as Frank Newman, Peter Hargrave, Peter Nichols and Nigel Francis all make their W&W Premier debuts for Broomfield.
1983 – Roy Freeman wins the Club Championship for the 4th time. 0-7 in the final but goes on to beat Malcolm Spencer 21-7.
1983 – (September) Crosfield Cup Final at Broomfield. W&W vs South Yorkshire (207-199).
1983 – W&W Premier Division 7 Champions (+571) and Joe Russell’s final season as Club Captain having held the position since 1978. W&W Alliance Division 6 Champions (+832).
1983 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Peter Gwilt. Became the first player to win all five club competitions after winning the first Neale (Tennis) Trophy (Handicap ’76, Pairs ’77, Championship ’81, Chairmans Sheid ’82, Neale ’83)
1983 – At the end of the season Keith Lawlor, Gary Clewer and Norman Roberston leave the club.

1984 – (15/01/84) Paul Jackson is accepted as a member.
1984 – (29/01/84) Chris Price puts forward the idea of a fundraising scheme called the “Broomfield Summer Bowls Bonanza”. Run by Peter Hargrave.
1984 – (29/01/84) Bill Withers accepted as a member, joining us from the George B.C.
1984 – (21/02/84) Roy Freeman is elected Chairman of the Oldbury & District Bowling League.
1984 – Peter Wassall joins from the Barn Social B.C.
1984 – (06/05/84) Sixth W&W County game at Broomfield vs Cumbria (249-165) former Broomfield player Brian Male the only loser.
1984 – Chris Price wins the Club Championship. Since 1973 the Club Championship had always been won by players that were part of the successful Division 1 Oldbury team of the mid 1970’s
1984 – Finish 3rd in W&W Premier Division 6, one point behind champions Yardley Wood Social Club.
1984 – Death of Mr C Hayes
1984 – Bob and Pat Evetts accepted as members without interview – agreed by the committee.
1984 – Smethwick ‘A’ Consolation Cup Runners Up (Lento Trophy). Won by the George.
1984 – (25/11/84) Keith Underhill joins Broomfield from Smethwick Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
1984 – (25/11/84) Applications for membership also accepted for Reg Thompson, Stephen Bedford (Junior Member) and Miss Debra Rose (Junior Member).
1984 – Bill Adams’ final year as Chairman having held the position since 1976.

1984 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Malcolm Spencer.

 

1985 – Membership: 47
1985 – Arthur Woodward’s only year as Chairman.
1985 – First competitive season for 11 year old Nigel Freeman.
1985 – (18/02/85) Brian Heaselgrave accepted as a member.
1985 – (26/08/85) As in 1984 and now aged 49, Broomfield bowler Roy Freeman turns out for the Smethwick Cricket Club 2nd XI in a Bank Holiday Monday fixture in the Birmingham League. At Broomfield against Kidderminster he top scores with 34 and keeps wicket taking one stumping.
1985 – Frank Newman wins his only singles Club Competition for Broomfield – the Club Handicap, beating Peter Hargrave in the final.
1985 – Free Press Cup Final played at Broomfield – W.B.F.S.C. ‘A’ beat the Gate, Rood End
1985 – W&W Premier Division 6 Runners Up (+649).
1985 – Green not used by the W&W Senior County for the first time since 1979 when it was first chosen.
1985 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Paul Freeman.
1985 – (18/12/85) Steve Blakeman joins Broomfield from the Barn Social B.C. At the same committee meeting Karen Braznell is also accepted as a member.

1986 – Smethwick Cricket & Athletic Club handbook details the following Broomfield bowlers as Vice Presidents of the main club: Fred Freeman, Roy Freeman, Arthur Woodward.
1986 – Death of Fred Freeman.
1986 – Agreed to discuss plans of building a second green.
1986 - Seventh W&W County game at Broomfield vs Wales (235-188)
1986 – Frank and Paul Newman leave the club.
1986 – Chris Price is runner up in the Smethwick Individual Merit.
1986 – W&W Premier Division 5 Champions (+552), captained by Roy Freeman. Average winner Paul Freeman +104.
1986 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions for the first time, captained by Peter Wassall.
1986 – (10/12/86) Death of Ray Fletcher.

1987 – Application for membership from Chris Mullis was rejected.
1987 – (01/05/87) Death of Peter Hargrave aged 55 who was dancing in the function room at Broomfield with Janice Freeman.
1987 – Ian Tew, Darren Griffiths and Keith Richardson join Broomfield from the Old Chapel B.C. (25/11/1987)
1987 – Arthur Hadley wins the Club Championship.
1987 – Roy Freeman’s final season as Club Captain having taken over from Joe Russell after the 1983 season.
1987 – (27/10/87) Roy Freeman passes his BCGBA Referees exam (Grade ‘A’)
1987 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Mark Hadley.

1988 – Membership: 52
1988 – Bob Evetts’ only year as Chairman, Chris Price’s only year as Secretary, Steve Blakeman’s first as Treasurer and Mark Hadley’s first as Club Captain.
1988 – Ollie Newman joins the George B.C.
1988 – (07/05/88) Peter Wassall aged 44 suffers a fatal heart attack on the Broomfield green during a W&W Premier Division 4 fixture against the Olde House At Home. Remains a club record goalscorer for Kidderminster Harriers F.C. (433 goals in 621 appearances).
1988 - Eighth W&W County game at Broomfield vs Cheshire (223-208)
1988 – Ian Tew wins the Club Championship and Club Handicap in his first season for the club.
1988 – Final season for George Garbett who joined c.1973.
1988 – Roy Freeman and Peter Nichols win the Oldbury League Gerald J Wilson Pairs.
1988 – W&W Alliance Division 4 Champions, captained by Joe Russell.
1988 – Oldbury ‘A’ Division 1 Runners Up, captained by Chris Price – best finish since winning the league in 1976.
1988 – Bowler Of The Year Award: Paul Freeman (final year this trophy was awarded).

1989 – Membership: 49
1989 – Bowls Bonanza run by Peter Nichols.
1989 – (13/03/89) The “Rabbit Hat” tradition was abandoned due to bad feeling expressed by some members.
1989 – Death of Albert Brazier who joined Broomfield c.1960.
1989 – Tonia Hadley’s first season playing for Broomfield.
1989 – Roy Freeman’s last appearance in a Club Competition final aged 53, runner up to Peter Nichols in the Ken Wharton Club Handicap.
1989 – (22/07/89) Broomfield bring to an end the Barn Social’s 11 year unbeaten run at home. Broomfield won by 12 shots, Chris Price 21-12, Nigel Francis 21-12 in a W&W Premier 4 marathon which took 5 hours to complete due to a lightning fast green.
1989 – (03/08/89) Paul Freeman beats Brian Duncan 21-17 on Broomfield in the Bass Challenge.
1989 – Ian Tew and Chris Price win the Oldbury League Gerald J Wilson Pairs.
1989 – W&W Premier Division 4 Champions, captained by Chris Price.
1989 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions, captained by Peter Nichols.
1989 – Paul Freeman and Mark Hadley win the Smethwick Charity Doubles.
1989 – (08/10/89) Smethwick League Individual Merit Final played at Broomfield.
1989 – Oldbury League tables show that the ‘A’ side finished 4th in Division 1 and the ‘B’ side 8th in Division 3.

1989 – Runners Up in 5 cup finals: Free Press, Smethwick, Oldbury, West Bromwich and Dudley Seniors.