BROOMFIELD BOWLS CLUB
Portland Road, Birmingham, B17 8LS
SEASON BY SEASON RECORD (SINCE 2005)
TEAM AVERAGE WINNER & CLUB COMPETITIONS
POSITIONS HELD & CAPTAINCY
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012
MISC AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
21/01/15 - Birthday congratulations are in order for Frank Newman who turns 75 today.
Available records suggest that Frank was with Broomfield as far back as 1979 having previously played for Smethwick Labour B.C. in the Midland Works & Business Houses League. During his first spell with Broomfield he picked up the Smethwick ‘B’ averages in 1982. Although he made no W&W Premier appearances that season he does appear on first team scorecards in the Free Press Consolation Cup. He made his W&W Premier debut for Broomfield in the opening fixture of the 1983 season. In Premier Division 7 away at the Dolphin (Warwick Road, Acocks Green) Frank beat M.Kington 21-14. An unfortunate piece of trivia for Frank is that he was the first Broomfield player to score nil in the W&W Premier – a match he can still recall today that took place on the Raven in 1983. In 1985 Frank won his only individual club competition when he defeated Peter Hargrave in the final of the Ken Wharton Club Handicap. Part way through the 1986 season Frank along with son Paul moved to the Gate B.C. Rood End.
Frank's W&W Premier debut 30/04/1983 and his unfortunate piece of "history" in June of the same year.
Frank enjoyed six full seasons at the Gate all of which were in W&W Premier Division 2 and he returned to Broomfield in 1993. Broomfield were now in Division 2 for the first time in their history whilst the Gate had slipped into Division 3. His son Paul also returned in 1993 followed by Ollie in 1995 and daughter Denise in 1997.
1995 saw “Spike” take on the position of Secretary, a role he would fulfil for four straight seasons until 1998. In 1995 he won the William Purcell Club Pairs with Paul Gaynham and also shared the Arse Of The Year trophy. Partnered by daughter Denise in 1996 he won the Oldbury League Roy Freeman Mixed Doubles. He closed out the 1990’s winning the Smethwick ‘B’ averages in 1998 and 1999. The 1990’s were a fruitful period for Broomfield and Frank was part of the successful team that maintained a W&W Premier Division 1 status between 1996 and 2000. In 1998 he was part of the Oldbury League and Cup winning team and in 2000 played in the Free Press Cup final victory over Woodfield at Churchfield Tavern B.C.
Turning 60 in 2000 he showed no signs of slowing down and took on the Oldbury ‘A’ captaincy for four seasons, leading Broomfield’s top eight to a Division 1 runners up spot on two occasions. With daughter-in-law Karen he lost in the final of the Club Pairs in 2000. The Ray Law Club Person Of The Year was awarded to Frank in 2002. The Smethwick ‘B’ averages were again secured in 2002 and 2003.
The Oldbury Seniors team received a wakeup call when straight talking Spike joined the team in 2005. Winning the averages in 2005 and 2006, his first season deserves a mention with 16 wins from 17 games and a plus of 186. Broomfield’s last season with a seniors team was 2008 and the records show F.Newman Snr as (2005-2008) Played 71, Won 54, +446. During this period Broomfield achieved another Oldbury League double – Division 1 Champions and Cup Winners in 2007, a first for the Seniors.
In 2006 Frank again took on the role of Secretary in addition to the West Bromwich captaincy for the first time. A second Club Pairs was won in 2006 with Nigel Freeman, with 30 entries it remains the best turnout in a club competition in recent history. For active service over many years Frank was made a Life Member in October 2007. That season his roles included Secretary, Club Captain and head green keeper. 2012 was Frank’s last term as Secretary and when he resigned from the position it signalled the end of 22 years in which only he and Mark Hadley had held the role. 2012 also served as his final year on committee having completed more than 15 terms since 1994.
In addition to his playing achievements and administrative responsibilities Frank along with his wife Sheila have put endless hours into the upkeep of the surrounds at both Broomfield and Portland Road. From the mid 1990’s to 2006 he helped Steve Blakeman by cutting the green in the week and as recent as the All England preparations in the summer of 2013 he was still putting the hours in around the green. On a comic note he has held the Arse Of The Year award a record four times (1995, 2003, 2010, 2012) – most recently after purchasing a “Sister” card by mistake for Sheila’s birthday.
In March 2013 Frank and Sheila celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and at a surprise meal attended by Broomfield bowlers he was more than chuffed to see former player Peter Gwilt amongst the guests. At the end of the 2013 season it was decided to rename the Club Pairs after Frank and Sheila as a mark of thanks for their many years of active service at Broomfield. The new trophy was presented to them at the 2013 prize presentation at the Edgbaston Palace.
At 75 “Spike” still plays his part at Broomfield and has clocked up 410 games in the last ten seasons. His record at Portland Road stands at 36 wins from 66 games. An estimated c.345 appearances for the W&W Premier team places him 6th on the all time list with sons Ollie (c.400) and Paul (c.350) both above him.
Many happy returns "Spike" from your many friends at Broomfield B.C.