So did I Silvers, I co founded Leighton Rovers with David so we could fish in the Luton league, Northampton league and Angling times winter league. Which matches did you fish in, I still have all the old results.Groomy was a hell of an angler too ... fished a few matches with him for "Leighton Rovers" in the late 80s.
Flightliner. Alan Wright, fishing for Derby Railway, won that match on the Witham in 1973. He was drawn at Langrick, which was the furthest section away from the HQ at Woodall Spa. I was fishing that day for Long Eaton Fed. I drew the Tattershall Bridge section and my mate Langrick. A few things I well remember, the coaches taking anglers to their venues were escorted off the HQ by police motorcyclists. Much to the amusement of the company, an over zealous rider dropped his machine smashing all the fairing, causing one angler to remark "You'll not get that out we TeCut". Being drawn at Tattershall, my coach was one of the first back and a fellow member of LE Fed, not fishing, had turned up with his caravan and his Lady was doing us all hot dogs and coffee so we LE lads and the Leicester Likely Lads, who were standing with us, had a bite to eat and took note of the results as the coaches returned. The front runner was Dave Downs, he had weighed 41lb 7oz of bream on the swingtip (not too sure about the ozs). He was the front runner and was being interviewed by the ITV News Team. It was a stinking hot day and not being a fan of coffee, when Ale is available, I legged it to the beer tent and slaked my thirst. I then got two pints on a tray and made my way to the Coach Park to meet my mate coming back from Langrick, as I knew he would be gagging. I asked how he'd gone and he said "OK, but Alan Wright in my section has had 41lbs 12oz of bream on stick float. When this news filtered back, one of the LE Team, Frank Barlow, ever the diplomat, went up to Dave and said words to the effect " Downsy you Pr*tt . You fished it all wrong, should have used the stick float" But Frank being Frank, he was a tad more explicit than that. Pete.Jack,
I,m sure you'll be right with the venue you mention.I was thinking of the year but I thought the venue was the Witham and the winner was a chap from Derby who had been drawn at Landgrick or therabouts.
Stange how the years play tricks like that.
I was only speaking of the match the other day and names like Dave Parkes, Mick peverly and the likes from the Rotherham squad cropped up. Top men on fenland in the day.
Bracket, as a young match angler It was a dream of mine to fish for one of the two Sheffield squads in that match---- sadly not.. For me however most of the inherent "Magic of the All England" was lost forever, salad days never to return. Pete.