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HISTORY

1990's

1990 - Smethwick Cricket & Athletic Club handbook details the following Broomfield bowlers as Vice Presidents of the main club: Wilf Robins, Sid Overfield, Roy Freeman, Bill Adams, Arthur Woodward, Bob Evetts, Janice Freeman, Barry Griffiths, Malcolm Spencer, Bert Wilkinson.
1990 – Peter Darby is Chairman of parent club, Roy Freeman Treasurer with Barry Griffiths, Bob Evetts and Arthur Woodward also sitting on the general committee.
1990 – Membership: 48
1990 – Bowls Bonanza run by Mick Jones.
1990 – (21/03/90) Mark Atkins joins Broomfield.
1990 – Club Captain: Peter Nichols.
1990 – (09/04/90) Letter of resignation received from Norman Robertson.
1990 – Paul Freeman and Mick Jones win the Oldbury League Gerald J Wilson Pairs.
1990 – Paul Freeman wins the Oldbury League Individual Merit.
1990 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions.
1990 – West Bromwich ‘A’ Division 1 Champions for the first time. Captained by Bob Evetts, Vice Captain Peter Darby.
1990 – Oldbury ‘A’ Consolation Cup Winners, captained by Ian Tew.
1990 – (29/09/90) Broomfield host the W&W Cup Final between Kings Heath Park and the Foden.

1991 – Bowls Bonanza run by Tonia Hadley.
1991 – (06/02/91) Applications for membership received from S.Davenport, M.Worral and R.Griffiths.

1991 – (04/06/91) Brian Heaselgrave’s membership is terminated after he published a newsletter to members titled “The Petticoat Revolution” in which elected officers were publically criticised and defamed.
1991 – Club Captain Peter Nichols wins the Oldbury League Individual Merit.
1991 – Mark Atkins is named “Young Player Of The Year” in the Oldbury League.
1991 – Ian Tew is the last winner of the Neale (Tennis) Trophy having also won the competition in 1990.
1991 - Oldbury League tables show that the ‘A’ side finished 5th in Division 1 and the ‘B’ side 11th in Division 3.
1991 – Oldbury ‘A’ Cup Winners beating the George in the final, captained by Ian Tew.

1991 – (August) Roy Freeman is treated for a mild heart attack after collapsing during a fixture at Broomfield.
1991 - (18/08/91) Smethwick ‘A’ Cup Winners beating the Gate in the final by 2 shots at W.B.F.S.C. – captained by Roy Freeman.
1991 – (06/09/91) Death of Roy Freeman aged 55, died at home after suffering a heart attack.

1992 – Janice Freeman is named as the first President of Broomfield B.C.
1992 – Marc Hadley Jnr’s first season for Broomfield.
1992 – Robert Aldred becomes the first winner of the Roy Freeman Memorial Cup beating Nigel Freeman in the final.
1992 – Final season for Wilf Robins who joined in 1949 (44 seasons).
1992 – Joe Russell’s W&W Alliance squad includes Warley Rugby Club members Nigel Bellmore, Paul Gaynham and Des Tarte.
1992 – W&W Premier Division 3 Champions, captained by Peter Nichols.
1992 – Death of Alf Mitchell.

1993 – Club Captain: Chris Price.
1993 – Roger Seeley joins the club from Moor Lane B.C.
1993 – Frank and Paul Newman return to Broomfield having played for The Gate, Rood End since 1987.
1993 – W&W County game at Broomfield for the first time since 1988. 238-216 vs Merseyside.
1993 – Nigel Berridge wins the Club Championship in his only season for Broomfield.
1993 – Keith Underhill wins the Roy Freeman Memorial Cup.
1993 - Oldbury League tables show that the ‘A’ side finished 5th in Division 1 and the ‘B’ side 9th in Division 4.
1993 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Runners Up and Cup Winners, captained by Darren Griffiths.

1994 – Membership: 52
1994 – (AGM 14/02/94) Rule change that handicaps only apply to the Club Handicap and all other club competitions are played off scratch.
1994 – Club Captain: Darren Griffiths who also wins the Club Handicap.
1994 – Barry Griffiths leaves the club after a disagreement over team selection. He had been Chairman since 1989.
1994 – Malcolm Spencer wins the Roy Freeman Memorial Cup.
1994 – The “Arse Of The Year” is started, the trophy made from a timber toilet seat. First won by Jackie Rose (now Jackie Newman).
1994 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions, captained by Mark Hadley.

1995 – Chris Price’s first term as Chairman.
1995 – Jonathan Blakeman’s first season registered for Broomfield.
1995 – Ollie Newman joins Broomfield from the George B.C. having played for the club 1981-1987.
1995 – Adrian Tudor joins Broomfield from the Pheasant B.C.
1995 – Dave Jones joins Broomfield from the George B.C.
1995 – Ollie Newman wins the Roy Freeman Memorial Cup beating Peter Nichols in the final. The following season the trophy would be merged with the Club Championship to form the “Roy Freeman Club Championship”.
1995 – Peter Nichols wins both the Club Championship and Club Handicap and is runner up in the Roy Freeman Memorial Cup.
1995 – First life members are announced: Bill Adams, Sid Overfield, Arthur Woodward, Joe Russell, Janice Freeman and Jack Howell.
1995 – Ian Tew wins the Smethwick Ex’s Open.
1995 – Free Press Cup Winners beating the Cock Inn ‘A’ by 7 shots at Handsworth Victoria B.C.
1995 – W&W Premier Division 2 Runners Up, captained by Paul Newman – gaining promotion to Premier Division 1 having started in Division 11 in 1978.
1995 – Malcolm Spencer wins the W&W Alliance Division 3 league averages.
1995 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions for the third consecutive season, captained by Steve Blakeman.
1995 – Peter Nichols reaches the semi finals of the George Masters (furthest by a Broomfield bowler).
1995 – (December) Bass, Mitchells & Butlers grant a loan in excess of £30,000 to Smethwick Cricket & Athletic Club.

1996 – Membership: 60
1996 – Bowls Bonanza run by Lynda Tew.
1996 – Enter a ‘C’ team in the West Bromwich Midweek Bowling League – fielding a record 5 midweek teams.
1996 – New members include Peter Dandy, John Egan, A.Briggs, Carol Jones and Terry Jones.
1996 – (February) Highest attendance at an AGM: 45
1996 – Ollie Newman wins the Smethwick Ex’s Open.
1996 – Darren Griffiths wins the West Bromwich League Champion Of Champions.
1996 – Frank Newman and Denise Newman win the Oldbury League Roy Freeman Mixed Pairs.
1996 – W&W Alliance Cup Winners for the first time.
1996 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions for the fourth consecutive season, captained by Steve Blakeman.
1996 – First season in W&W Premier Division 1, Broomfield finish 6th, level points with 4th place.
1996 – (01/09/96) Second Crosfield Cup Final at Broomfield. W&W lose the home leg by 31 shots to Staffordshire. Alan Powell (W&W) 21-5, Craig Barker (Staffs) 21-4.

1997 – Roger Seeley’s only year as Chairman.
1997 – Ollie Newman creates the Bonus Ball Fundraiser which replaces the Bowls Bonanza.
1997 – Barney Coleman and Denise Killion join Broomfield.
1997 – Ian Tew resigns as Oldbury ‘A’ Captain, replaced by Ollie Newman.
1997 – Oldbury Cup Final vs WBFSC played at the Royal Oak B.C.
1997 – Smethwick ‘A’ League and Cup double, captained by Steve Blakeman. Division 1 Champions for the fifth consecutive season. Won the league by 12 clear points and an aggregate of 618.
1997 – W&W Alliance Division 2 Champions, captained by Dave Jones – gaining promotion to Division 1 for the first time. Chris Mullis wins the league averages.
1997 – Second season in W&W Premier Division 1, Broomfield finish 5th.
1997 – W&W Premier Cup Semi Finals losing to Kings Heath Park by 9 shots (208-217)
1997 - Super Cup last eight.
1997 – W&W Arthur Mitchell Cup Runners Up, losing by 70 shots (168-238) to Kings Heath Park, played at The Towers B.C. Great Barr. Wins for Paul Newman 21-11, Paul Freeman 21-19 and Ian Tew 21-20.
1997 – Free Press Cup Runners Up, final played at Coombswood where we lost to the George ‘A’.
1997 – West Bromwich ‘A’ Cup Winners, captained by Keith Underhill.
1997 – (09/09/97) Paul Ashbery receives a lifetime ban from Smethwick Cricket & Athletic Club.

1998 – After 28 seasons playing cricket for Smethwick CC, Peter Rose takes up the game of bowls for Broomfield BC.
1998 – Mick, Matt, Steve and Darren Barnwell join Broomfield from the George B.C.
1998 – John Hardman joins Broomfield from the Pheasant B.C.
1998 – Jonathan Blakeman becomes the youngest Broomfield captain aged 13 (West Bromwich ‘B’).
1998 – (26/03/1998) Death of Ray Law who had turned out for Broomfield as early as 1979 in the W&W. Cricket groundsman in the 1990’s. The Broomfield B.C. Club Person Of The Year trophy was presented in his memory.
1998 – W&W County match at Broomfield. W&W beat Derbyshire by 8 shots (217-209).
1998 – (31/08/98) Broomfield Centenary Classic with £2000 in prize money. Steve Carter beat Steve Freer 21-17 in the final.
1998 – Final season for the West Bromwich ‘B’ team after 17 seasons (1982-1998) and the West Bromwich ‘C’ team after 3 seasons (1996-1998).
1998 – Darren Griffiths’ third Club Handicap win in 5 years (1994, 1996, 1998).
1998 – Highest ever finish in the W&W – 3rd place in Premier Division 1, captained by Paul Newman.
1998 – Paul Freeman +131 finishes 5th in the W&W Premier 1 league averages, Ollie Newman +111 (8th).
1998 – W&W Alliance Cup Winners beating the George on the Gate, Rood End & Alliance Division 1 Runners Up, captained by Dave Jones.
1998 – Smethwick ‘A’ Division 1 Champions for the sixth consecutive season, captained by Steve Blakeman.
1998 – Oldbury ‘A’ League and Cup double, captained by Ollie Newman. Division 1 Champions for the first time since 1976.
1998 – The West Bromwich ‘B’ team beat the West Bromwich ‘A’ in the final of the Handicap Shield.
1998 – (October) Ian Tew wins the Mitchells & Butlers Deers Leap Open beating Darren Chatwin 31-29 in the quarter finals, Ray Broadfield 31-27 in the semi final and Chris Marshman 31-23 in the final.
1998 – Final season for Joe Russell who joined in 1973 and Peter Nichols (1980).

 

1999 – Dane Hopwood’s one and only season for Broomfield.
1999 – (16/05/99) First appearance in the Midlands Teams Championships vs Chadsmoor.
1999 – (June) Midlands Reserve Inter County Championship: W&W vs Staffordshire (Ollie Newman 21-13).
1999 – (07/07/99) Jim Watkin joins the club.
1999 – The “Club Person Of The Year” trophy in memory of Ray Law, first awarded to Darren Griffiths.
1999 – W&W Alliance Cup Winners and 3rd place in Alliance Division 1, captained by Dave Jones.
1999 – Fourth season in W&W Premier Division 1 finishing 6th, level points with 4th place.
1999 – Smethwick ‘A’ League and Cup double, captained by Steve Blakeman. Division 1 Champions for the seventh consecutive season. (+539)
1999 – Free Press Cup Runners Up, losing to the George ‘A’ in the final played at the Royal Oak B.C.
1999 – West Bromwich ‘A’ Cup Winners beating W.B.F.S.C. in the final, captained by Lynda Tew.
1999 – (29/11/99) Presentation at Stourport Manor.