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Just For The Record: A closer look at the form over the last 5 years for the competing bands at the forthcoming British Open CHampionships


Every bandsman will tell you the best results that they have achieved over the years won’t they? They tend to have an acute attack of Alzheimer’s when it comes to the times they just don’t make it into the frame, so we have printed off a table to show everyone just where the competing bands at this year’s British Open have come during the past five years.

We choose five years, as we believe it gives the most accurate indication of who are the most consistent bands at the contest and can cancel out any one year when things go belly up and a band comes 18th after a run of good results. One bad year may be seen to be unlucky, but a run of three or more in five years really shows how good a band is.

Remember – As Bill Shankly used to say, “Form is temporary, class is permanent.”

BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 1996 -2000

 

YEAR AND POSITION

BAND

CONDUCTOR

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Black Dyke

Nicholas Childs

14

dnc

8

2

2

Brighouse and Rastrick

Allan Withington

20

10

3

4

12

Buy As You View Cory

Robert Childs

19

7

13

6

1

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

John Hinckley

14

9

CWS Glasgow

James Gourlay

8

3

12

9

11

Desford Colliery

Major Peter Parkes

15

15

16

13

20

DUT Yorkshire Imperial Rothwell

David Evans

22

14

19

15

18

Ever Ready

Ray Farr

Flowers

Phillip Harper

14

19

19

Fodens

Bramwell Tovey

5

9

2

5

5

Glossop Old

Gareth Pritchard

14

Grimethorpe Colliery UK Coal

Garry Cutt

7

5

4

18

3

Kirkintilloch

Allan Ramsey

Leyland

Brian Grant

3

8

6

8

10

Marple

Duncan Beckley

1

11

5

12

22

Todmorden Old

Dennis Hadfield

15

Travelsphere Holidays

Frank Renton

16

17

21

10

7

Tredegar

Steve Bastable

2

6

7

7

8

Whitburn

Philip McCann

17

13

20

11

17

Williams Fairey

Howard Snell

4

2

1

3

4

Yorkshire Building Society

David King

6

1

10

1

6

NOTE: Black Dyke Mills did not compete in 1997, due to change of date of contest

Therefore from our table, you can see that the most consistent band over the past five years at the Open is Williams Fairey, followed by YBS and Fodens. Tredegar show why they are a band to look out for with a set of consistent results that indicate they may not just have enough to win the contest, but will always be a threat and Leyland are always sniffing around the top spots as well.

On form it may indicate that BAYV Cory will continue to improve and Black Dyke should be in the frame, whilst you can never discount Grimethorpe, who had a disastrous 1999 result that spoilt their record of admirable consistency.

The most consistent Bands:
(Average position over past 5 years)

1. Williams Fairey = 2.8
2. Yorkshire Building Society = 4.8
3. Fodens = 5.2
4. Tredegar = 6.0
5. Leyland = 7.0
6. Grimethorpe = 7.4
7. CWS (Glasgow) = 8.6
8. BAYV Cory = 9.2
9. Brighouse and Rastrick = 9.8
10. Marple = 10.2
11. Travelsphere Holidays = 14.2
12. Whitburn = 15.6
13. Desford Colliery = 15.8
14. DUT Yorkshire Imperial = 17.6

Black Dyke has participated in four of the last five contests and has an average placing of 6.5.

The bands that appear to be under most threat of relegation from the Open to the Grand Shield on the basis of the result of 2000 and 2001 could be Marple (22nd in 2000), Desford (20th), Flowers (19th), Yorkshire Imps (18th) and Whitburn (16th).

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