The North East enters the fray

County Chess resumed after World War one with a continuation of the Roses battles and increased competition from the north-east. The Yorkshire team which defeated Lancashire in 1921 had F. D. Yates and H. E. Atkins on the top two boards. On board 23 in that match there were two names more famous later on, A. R. B. Thomas and C. R. Gurnhill, and when Lancashire failed to defeat Cheshire in 1922 the latter had W. A. Fairhurst on board 12. 1928 saw Alfred Milner’s first match as Lancashire’s captain. by 1931 Durham and Northumberland had been allowed to combine forces and gave a Lancashire team led by R. J. Broadbent and G. Abrahams (who both lost!) at tough match. this should not have been surprising as they had already defeated Yorkshire. In 1932 Lancashire’s defeat by the combined team lead to the BCM commenting “Members of the NCCU will consider that this event justifies, or does not justify, their policy in allowing two (apparently) weaker counties to join forces”. It is surprising in view of the close battles in the Northern matches that Lancashire were the only Northern County to achieve regular success in the national championship.

YearNCCU ChampionsEnglish Champions
1939Lancashire
1938LancashireLancashire
1937Lancashire
1936Yorkshire
1935LancashireLancashire
1934Northumberland
1933LancashireLancashire
1932Durham & Northumberland
1931Lancashire
1930LancashireLancashire
1929Yorkshire
1928Lancashire
1927Yorkshire
1926Lancashire
1925Yorkshire
1924Yorkshire
1923LancashireLancashire
1922LancashireLancashire
1921LancashireYorkshire
1920Yorkshire