BDCL Clubs  
  Thanks to  Alan F. Brookes. (Bulletin Editor 1968-74) for THE FIRST SEVENTY FIVE YEARS 1897-1972……….. I will try to add the rest, don’t hold your Breath.  
  Clubs that may have been affiliated and then went out of existance between 1905 & 1914 may not be recorded due to the dearth of information.   
  Errors may exist as with most epitomes which have been carried out in retrospect. If you can correct any let me know.   
  Clubs Affiliated Played Notes  
  610 1977 Formerly Perrystanding from 1932-1948 then Kingstanding 1948-1969 then Great Barr 1969-1977 then 610  
   
  Acocks Green 1910 1910-14 Champions 1911  
   
  Aldridge-Brownhills N.A.L.G.O. 1969 Entered joint team with Sutton Coldfield Corporation , functions taken over by West Midlands Municipal  
   
  Aldridge & District 1981 1981-09 Formerly Birlec, Aldridge & District disbanded in 2009, The remaining players Joined Boldmere St Michaels  
   
  Assay Office 1921 1921-39  
   
  Aston Chain & Hook 1960 1960-62  
   
  Aston Consevatives 1914 1914-15 Most of the members killed in the First World War, club disbanded 1918  
   
  Aston Old Edwardians 1932 1932-34 Formed in 1892  
   
  Aston University 1966 1966-68 1971-81 Champions 1971 & 1972 Formerly College of Technology   
   
  Austin Motors 1947 1947-63 Played from the Longbridge factory, Champions 1953  
   
  Avery 1953 1953-56  
   
  Bakerlite 1963 1963-83  
   
  Bearwood Baptists 1932 1932-34 Champions 1934 Formerly Smethwick played for two years as Bearwood Baptists then reverted to Smethwick in 1935,  
   
  B.I.P. Chemicals 1962 1962-69  
   
  Birlec 1970 1970-81 Became Aldridge & District in 1981 when the works closed  
   
  Birmingham 1899 1899-01 1920-39 1949-2019 One of the oldest chess Clubs formed 23rd October 1851 League ❶ Champions 10 times. Player A.(Tony)J.Miles became Britains First UK born Grand Master 1976.  
   
  Birmingham Central 1897 1897-1900 Founder Members 1897, know to have existed prior 1897  
   
  Birmingham Checkmates 2010 2010-13 Formed out of a Junior Saturday Chess club, Shared the Warley Quinbourne venue  
   
  Birmingham City Police 1970 1970-74 Became West Midlands Police in 1974  
   
  Birmingham Gas 1954 1954-57  
   
  Birminhgam International Centre 1956 1956-58  
   
  Birmingham Post & Mail 1935 1935-37  
   
  Birmingham Settlement 2004 2004-2006 see Lucas (North)  
   
  Birmingham Small Arms 1921 1921-22 1945-63 Known as B.S.A. Played from the Armory Works Small Heath  
   
  Birmingham Telephone Area 1968 1968-86 Champions 1972, 1970  
   
  Bohemians 1898 1898-1931 Formed 1897 played 1898-1931, Secretary P. Allender was also Joint BDCL General Secretary for 6 years. Bohemians shared venue with City and YMCA Dale End, before moving to the Cobden Hotel, League ❶ Champions a Record 12 times 1929 being the last W.R.Morry originally played for them and won his Individual 2 title 1928-29 before joining Erdington  
   
  Boldmere 2002 2019 See Oscott  
   
  Booths 1945 1945-46  
   
  Bordesley Liberals 1897 1897-98 Founder Members 1897, know to have existed in 1894  
   
  Bournville 1921 1921-34 1936-37 1948-61 Played from the Cadburys Factory, Champions1951, 1955,  Champions 1950 Winners of Terrill Trophy 1957  
   
  Brierley Hill 1900 1900-01 1904-05  
   
  Britannic 1948 1948-55  
   
  Bromsgrove 1976 1976  
   
  Brook Oil 1949 1949-50 1951-56 Known as Brooks  
   
  Burmans 1949 1949-50 Played from Bartley Green factory  
   
  Bushbury 1962 1962-65 1976-to-date Bushbury formed 1962. played BDCL two seasons 1964-66 then from 1976-onwards,  Former Head teacher Phil Staley was Secretary for over 50 years.League Champions 5 times  
   
  Camp Hill Old Edwardians 1905 1905-06 1933-34 1936-39 Known to have existed in 1893  
   
  Chance & Hunt 1946 1946-55  
   
  Chapel Street 1962 1962-63 Champions 1963 Changed name after one season to Handsworth Wood.  
   
  Chrysler (UK) 1968 1968-71 Known as Rootes Motors until 1970, Double winners 1970, Champions & Townshend Trophy.  
   
  Circle 1956 1956-59 Champions 1952  
   
  City 1904 1904-49 1950-62 League Champions 4 times, Sometimes known as City of Birmingham. had no conection with Birmingham Corporation H.W.Clark secretary of City & W.H.Dry secretary of Erdington were also joint BDCL secretaries for 20 years 1919-39, City , Joined Erdington 1962-66   
   
  City & Erdington 1962 1962-66 Formed as an amalgamation of City and the Erdington Club. Champions 1964, Winners of Terrill Trophy 1963, 1966  
   
  City Architects 1967 1967-68 Incorporated into West Midlands Municipal 1970  
   
  City Transport 1949 1949 Played half a season and withdrew  
   
  Cival Service 1933 1933-34 played one season  
   
  Colebrook Shirley 1996 1996-2000 formerly Solihull Lodge now playing from the Colebrook public house   
   
  College of Technology 1958 1958-66 Champions 1965, Became Aston University in 1966  
   
  Cosmopolitans Unkown Between 1905-1914 Champions 1912  
   
  Coventry 1904 1904-05 1926-36 League Champions 1932, Sometimes known as Coventry Three Spires. Known to have existed in 1893  
   
  Coventry St Osburgs 1924 1924-27  
   
  Deaf & Dumb Association 1924 1924-25  
   
  District Iron & Steel 1973  
   
  Docker Brothers 1964 1964-70 Champions 1965, Ladywood, Birmingham 16 Became Pinchin Johnson in 1970  
   
  Dudley 1897 1897-00 1910-14 1947-51 1966-96 Founder Members 1897, & the First BDCL League Campions 1897-98 season.  know to have existed in 1894  
   
  Dunlop 1926 1926-63 Champions 1912, 1933, Champions 1933, 1936,  First Club to raise seven teams 1932  
   
  East Birmingham 1952 1967-92 Known as New road 1952-57 then Handsworth 1957-67 joined Solihull 1992  
   
  Edgbaston 1950 1950-52  
   
  Edgbaston Unity 1923 1923-25  
   
  Ellisons 1968 1968- x Otherwise known as George Ellisons Ltd  
   
  Erdington 1899 1899-02 1908-49 1953-62 League Champions 5 times Erdington formed 1899 -1962, W.R.Morry Joined in 1929-66 and won 5 individual and 6 Division 1 titles, became City and Erdington 1962-66,  
   
  Erdington & Handsworth 1919-20 A joint team made of reserve players from Erdington & Handsworth second teams, This practice has since been banned.  
   
  Evening Dispatch 1937 1937-38 1948-49  
   
  Fisher & Ludlow 1951 1951-57  
   
  Friends Institute 1901 Formerly Wesleyan & General reverted back to its original name after 1901.  
   
  General Electric Company 1933 1933-72 Champions 1934 Known as Magnet from 1933-38 Townshend winners 1969.  
   
  Golden Hillock 1960 1960-77 Started in 1960 by Head teacher D.L.A.Nicolle, Known as Golden Hillock & St Michaels from 1966-1972. First Team to be promoted from Div to Div 1960-71, P.C.Robertson won 5 Indy titles   
   
  Goodyear 1949 1949-52  
   
  Great Barr 1969 1969-1977 known as Perrystanding from 1932-1948 then Kingstanding 1948-1969 then Great Barr 1969-1977 then 610  
   
  Greenlands 2005 2005-2020 Greenlands formerly St James 2020 become Longbridge  
   
  Halesowen  
   
  Handsworth (New Road) 1952 1952-67 Known as New Road 1952-56 and Handsworth from 1956-67 then became East Birmingham  
   
  Handsworth Wood 1963 1963-81 1989-2006 Playing from Chapel Street Methodist Church, Champions 1962 in their first season, moved to Cherry Orchard Hall Hampsted Hill became Handsworth Wood 1963, after another venue changes became The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, (R.A.O.B) 1981, then Holly Lane 1988 and then reverted back to Handsworth Wood 1989-2006.  
   
  Handsworth Y.M.C.A. 1897 1897-01 1902-04 1914-23 Founder Members 1897,   
   
  Harborne 1920 1920-34 Known to have existed in 1897. Champions 1921,  
   
  Harborne Red Triangle 1922 1922-25 Champions 1923,  
   
  Harrisons 1932 1932-39 Champions 1935   
   
  Hockley  
   
  Hodge Hill  
   
  Hopes  
   
  Hoskins & Sewell  
   
  Holly Lane 1988 1988-89 Handsworth Wood, payed as Holly Lane for one season 1988 after being The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, (R.A.O.B),  
   
  H. Samuels  
   
  Induction 1921 1921 Works Team from Wellhead Lane Perry Barr  
   
  Insurance Institute  
   
  John Thompson  
   
  Kings Norton 1922 1922- After one Season in Northfield they Played from the Friends Meeting Hall Cotteridge,  
   
  Kingstanding  
   
  Kingstanding North Birmingham 1998 1998-2002 See Oscott  
   
  Kynoch 1937 1937-to-date Originated from europes biggest ammunition factory Witton, League ❶ Champions 9 times  
   
  Lichfield 1971 1971-to-date Joined in 1971 League Champions 3 times being on the fringes, Their Players probably cover the most miles to complete a seasons fixtures,  
   
  Longbridge 2020 Formerly Greenlands  
   
  Lozells Street Hall 1946 1946-47 See Oscott  
   
  Lozells 1947 1947-78 See Oscott  
   
  Lucas (Lucas North) 1945 1945-96 see Saint Georges  
   
  Lucas Birmingham Settlement 2004 1996-04 see Saint Georges  
   
  Lucas South (Automotive) 1967 1967-02 Champions 1989. Champions 1991. Champions 1996. after Factory Closure 2002 Joined Shirley to be known as Shirley Lucas.  
   
  Magnet Works 1933 1933-38 Champions 1934, became General Eletric Company 1938  
   
  Mercia 1971 1971-82 1990-to-date Champions 2010. Champions 1982. Champions 1991. Competed in other leagues prior to 1971.  
   
  Midlands Electricity Board 1956 1956-x Champions 1971.  
   
  Midland Insitue Birmingham have played under this name being members of both was once a condition of Birminghams membership.   
   
  Midland Project Group 1964 1964-72 Champions 1969, Champions 1967  
   
  Ministry of Works 1959 1959-60  
   
  Morris Commercial 1959 1959-60  
   
  Morris  Motors 1937 1937-39  
   
  Moseley 1900 1900-01 Known to have existed in 1896  
   
  Moss Gear 1949 1949-55  
   
  Municipal 1921 1921-23  
   
  Muntz Metal 1922 1922-24  
   
  Mutual Circle 1923 1923-to-date Formed by T.W.Bladon 1920 League Champions 5 times, 2nd Longest running Club without a Break in the League The name came from a Circle of Friends taking it in turns to play at each others houses  
   
  New Road 1952 1952-56 The New Road club formed in 1952-57 then became Handsworth 1957-67 then East Birmingham 1967-92 Champions 1954,  
   
  Newhall 1900 1900-02 1903-04  
   
  North Birmingham (Original) 1921 1921-37 Played from the Burlington Hall, Aston.  No connection to the following Club with the same name.  
   
  North Birmingham 1977 1977-98 See Oscott  
   
  Northfield 1948 1948-57  
   
  Northfield Checkmates 2002 2002-09 Splintered from Lucas Birmingham Settlement, 2002, Rejoined St George's 2009,  still exists outside the league until (2016)  
   
  North Worcestershire 1938 1938-39 1946-48  
   
  Nuffield (Metal Products) 1946 1946-49 Nuffield (Metal Products) in Common Lane was the original name before becoming Wolseley Cars and Later Leyland Daf  
   
  Old Nortonians  
   
  Olton 1945 1945-to-date 15 Championships and over 25 Individual Trophies. Believed not to be connected to the 1893 club of the same name  
   
  Oratory 1899 1899-04 Champions 1902,  
   
  Oscott 2019 2019-to-date Venues change names. West Birmingham 1932-46, became Lozells Street Hall 1946 then Lozells 1947-78, amalgamated with Tucker Fastners 1978-98, became North Birmingham, (No connection to the 1921 club) amalgamated with Kingstanding to be Kingstanding North B'ham 1998-02, Moved and became Boldmere 2002. moved again and became Oscott 2019-20   
   
  Osram  
   
  Parkinsons 1932 1932-54 Known as Parkinson-Monitor in 1948  
   
  Perrystanding 1932 1932-48 Became Kingstanding in 1948, then Great Barr in 1969 then 610 in 1967 then back to 19  
   
  Pheasey 1945 1945-48 Old Barn, Pheasey Estate, Birmingham  
   
  Pinchin Johnson 1970 1970-76 Known as dockers until 1970 Ladywood, Birmingham 16  
   
  Pineapple Estate 1929 1929-31 Pineapple Estate existed in Kings Heath, Birmingham  
   
  Post Office 1912 1912-29 1930-35 Champions 1913, Champions 1926, Champions 1931  
   
  Quinborne 1950 1950-1978 Promoted in their first season from to ❷, Champions 1972, Merged with Warley 1978 to be Warley Quinborne  
   
  R.A.O.B. 1981 1981-88 See Handsworth Wood  
   
  Redditch (Liberals) 1900 1900-03 1921-to-date Although not continuously Redditch can be traced back to 1900 in the BDCL when they won Div on board count 51½ - 47 over Erdington  
   
  Rootes Motors 1968 1968-70 Became Chrysler in 1970  
   
  Rover 1962 1962-65  
   
  Rushall 1982 1982-2009 2015-to-date Champions 2016  
   
  Severn Valley 1929 1929-32  
   
  Shirley 2000 2000-02 see Shirley Wythall  
   
  Shirley Lucas 2002 2002-11 see Shirley Wythall  
   
  Shirley Wythall 2011 to-date Solihull Lodge Became Colebrook Shirley in 1996 after the Public House venue, In 2000 after moving  just Shirley, In 2002 they Amalgamated with Lucas Automotive to be Shirley Lucas., In 2011 they Amalgamated and moved to Wythall Chess Club to become Shirley Wythall  
   
  Siviter Smith 1952 1952-53  
   
  Small Heath 1903 1903-05 Known to have existed in 1895  
   
  Smethwick 1897 1897-1903 1921-22 1935-1966 Founder Members 1897, played for six years then faded until revived in 1921 played one season and faded until revived again in 1932 as Bearwood Baptists, played 1932-34 as Bearwood Baptists, reverted in 1935 back to Smethwick, played 1935-66. Changed name to Warley in 1966 then in 1978 amalgamated with Quinborne to be Warley Quinborne.  
   
  Soho Hill Old Edwardians 1920 1920-26 Champions 1922  
   
  Solihull 1948 1948-to-date Solihull  joined the League in 1948 amalgamated with West Warwickshire in 1990 to be West Warwickshire Solihull, Joined by East Birmingham 1992, reverted back to Solihull 1994-95  
   
  Solihull Lodge 1970 1970-96 see Shirley Wythall  
   
  Solihull Youth Solihull Youth Chess Club were formed from Solihull following no concessions being offered at that venue/time to the juniors Solihull Youth Chess Club.  
   
  South Birmingham 1945 1945-to-date League ❶ Champions 9 times since the millenium, 8 teams across all Divisions 2008, 2017 & 2022 seasons, Only club to have fielded four teams in Division 1 2016-17  
   
  Sparkbrook Assosiation  1970 1970-x Not to be confused with the original Sparkbrook Club of 1895  
   
  Sparkhill 1897 1897-02 1904-14 Founder Members 1897, League Champions 1909, Champions 1910. Known to have existed in 1896.  
   
  St Georges 1897 1887-1913 Founder Members 1897, League Champions 4 consecutive Seasons 1899, 1900. 1901, 1902.  
   
  Saint Georges 2006 2006-to-date Factory Closure forcing venue change, became Lucas Birmingham Settlement. In 2004 amalgamation with West Midlands Municipal, became just Birmingham Settlement, moved again in 2006 became Saint George's.  
   
  St James 1973 2005 Started in 1973 from St James Church Rednal, following the Fischer vs Spassky World Championships, fielded 7 teams in a season, Became Greenlands 2005 after venue change    
   
  St Laurence 1948 1948-53 played from the ... Northfield Pastoral Centre  
   
  St Peters College 1961 1961-67 Champions 1965  
   
  St Vincents 1932 1932-33 1938-39  
   
  Stewart & Lloyds 1963 1963-67 Champions 1967, Champions 1966  
   
  Stourbridge 1897 1897-99 1904-05 1926-29  Founder Members 1897, League Champions 1977,  1978, 15 Championships. Known to have existed in 1896.  
   
  Sutton Coldfield 1942 1942-to-date League ❶ Champions 10 times,  7 teams in one season, 1967-68, Started as YMCA (Sutton) 1937-42, B.H.Wood Secretary, Sutton Coldfield 1942, B.H.Wood won 8½ Individual 1 Titles and Founder of CHESS (Monthly) Magazine 1935. Sutton Coldfield have curently won the most BDCL Honours.  
   
  Sutton Coldfield Corporation  
   
  Tame & Rea  
   
  Tamworth (District) -2014  
   
  Temperence Institute 1899  
   
  Thomas Baldwin  
   
  Thompsons See John Thompsons  
   
  Town Clerks Dept 1958 1958-59  
   
  Tubes 1938 1938-39 1953-68 Champions 1961,   
   
  Tucker Fastners 1888 Manufacturing eyelets for leather boots then Pop rivets,  merged with Lozells to become North Birmingham. Not connected to the Original N.B. 1921 Club.  
   
  T.I. Export  
   
  University Birmingham 1920 1920-39 1947-05 2012-to-date League Champions 4 times in a row,  five clubs have achieved this, known as just University untill Aston University came along in 1966, 28 Championships in total   
   
  Walsall 1897 1897-1924 Founder Members 1897, Champions 1908, 1915, 1920, Champions 1914. known to have existed in 1893  
   
  Walsall Kipping 1932 1932-34 1936-to-date Formed 1932. Cyril Stanley Kipping was the Head Master at Wednesbury High School and a leading problem composer. Over 6000 of these were published, League Champions 5 times,   
   
  Warley 1966 1966-78 Champions 1972, Formerly Smethwick & Bearwood Baptists, amalgamated with Quinborne 1978.  
   
  Warley Quinborne 1978 1978-to-date  
   
  Wednesbury 1903 1903-04 1924-26  
   
  West Birmingham 1932 1932-33 1934-37 1938-39 1946-47 Existed in 1894 as a Draughts Club. Became Lozells in 1947 after one season as Lozells Street Hall. still playing after several name changes now as Oscott  
   
  West Bromwich  1900 1900-03 1911-to-date The Longest running team in the BDCL without a break (106, 2017) League Champions 1950  
   
  West Midlands Municipal 1970 1970-2004 Champions 1972. An amalgamation of the Municipal Chess Clubs in the area Sutton Coldfield Corporation, Birmingham City Architects and Aldridge-Brownhills NALGO. Revives the functions of the earlier Municipal club.  In 2004 Municipal Joined Lucas Birmingham Settlement to be known as just Birmingham Settlement.  
   
  West Midlands Police 1974 1974-to-date Formerly Birmingham City Police  
   
  Westminster  1899 1899-1907-14? Sometimes known as Westminster Guild Champions 1903. 1904, 1907 no connection to the following club  
   
  Westminster (Lady) 1999 1999-to-date Started as Lady Westminster 1999 after Bob Trevis's pub where they were formed which was a Bank. Guess which one, dropped the Lady after a venue Change  
   
  Wesleyan & General 1899 1899-1904 1950-1989 Champions 1971. Known from 1901-04 as Friends Institute. Took over the fuctions of former Wesley House Club 1888  
   
  Wilmot Breeden 1938 1938-49 1951-52  
   
  Wolseley 1949 1949-53 1972-2010 Wolseley Chess Club 1949-2010, former car makers, was Known as Nuffield pre 1949 Wolseley joined Westminster in 2010  
   
  Wolverhampton 1899 1899-1900 1901-14 1921-57 Formed 1899 Before the First World War also Known as Wolverhampton Y.M.C.A. To confuse the issue Angus also played under this name during the 1924-25 seasonLeague Champions 5 times  
   
  Wolverhampton Y.M.C.A. 1970-71 1976-to-date  
   
  Wolverhampton Angus 1924 1924-26 Champions 1925, Known as Wolverhampton Y.M.C.A. in 1925-26  
   
  Wolverhampton Kipping 1945 1945-1980 League Champions 5 times, became Rock Kipping 1978-79 then withdrew from the League at the end of 1979-80  
   
  Woodville 1947 1947-1955 from 1947-50 known as Central:  Chamged name so not to be confused with the original Central Club of 1896  
   
  Wythall 1984 1984-2000 Played from Wythall House 52 Silver Street, Wythall,  
   
  Y.M.C.A. (Dale End) 1899 1899-1900 1901-30 League Champions 1914 know to have existed in 1893 Shared the Dale End venue with Bohemians and City clubs  
   
  Y.M.C.A. Sutton Coldfield 1937 1937-42 Became Sutton Coldfield during WW2  
   
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