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Members of the League (1945-2014)

The original membership of 8 clubs gradually increased to a peak of about 30 in 1976-77. Since then numbers have declined. The table below lists all the clubs, which have been accepted as members during this period, together with the dates of its membership. In a few exceptional cases though, some clubs do not appear to have entered teams e.g. Dudley 1947. A number of clubs also changed their names during membership. In those cases, the club has a listing under each of its names, e.g. Blanford Mere/Kingswinford has two entries. The exception is John Thompson, which despite several name changes was always commonly known as Thompsons. The table also shows that some clubs left the League at some point and were readmitted later. In such cases the Dates column shows two separate periods e.g. Chubb & Sons.

[Key:- Names in italics = club listed elsewhere in the table; aka =also known as; 1978 or -78=year; 78/79= season; 78? or -73-78? =doubt about date]

History
Club Dates
Bayliss Jones & Bayliss 1950-55
Bilston College 1969-70/71
Binks Bullows 1977-78?
Birmingham 2014-
Birmingham Settlement (formerly Lucas & Birmingham Settlement); renamed St Georges 2006 2004-6
Blanford Mere (1976-renamed Kingswinford) 1973-76
Boldmere St Michaels (formerly Kingstanding) 2003-
Boulton & Paul 1946-58
Bradley & Foster 1966-68
Brewood Chess Circle (aka Brewood) 1981-
Brinsford Lodge (aka Co-op) 1950-54
British Steel Corporation (formerly Stewart & Lloyds; 1971- renamed Springvale) 1970-71
Burntwood 1977-83
Bushbury (aka Bushbury Central; inc. in 1964-65, the teams Bushbury Bishops & Bushbury Knights) 1963-
Cannock (Chase) 1945-51/52
Cannock (aka Cannock Chase in 1973-74) 1973-88/89
Cannock (aka St Mary's 1998-2003 and Bridgtown Social Chess 2010-11) 2013
Chase Terrace 1977-78
Chubb & Sons 1953-54/55; 1957-58/59
Connaught (formerly Newhampton) 1997-98
Crown Chess Club 1972-(75-77?)
Drayton Bassett (1984-renamed Old Draytonians) 1981-84
Dudley 1947; 1959-99
Dudley & Dowell (formerly Old Hill) 1978-82
Dudley College 1972-(73-77?)
Dudley Training College 1961-(65-67?)
E.C.C. 1968-69/70
English Electric (Stafford); (formerly Stafford; 1965-renamed Stafford Chess Council) 1961-62; 1963-65
Fallings Park 1948-50
G.E.C. ( Stafford) 1979-(80?)
G.K.N.(from amalgamation of G.K.N.(Lab) with G.K.N.(Machines)) 1969-(85-87?)
G.K.N.(Lab) (1969-amalgamated with G.K.N.(Machines) to form G.K.N.) 1968-69
G.K.N.(Machines) (1969-amalgamated with G.K.N.(Lab) to form G.K.N.} 1968-69
Goodyear 1948-59; 1974-2000
Halesowen 2002-
Harris & Sheldon 1974-80
Hobsons 1954-64; 1967-71
Hotels Chess 2000-01
Hungarian Chess Club 1953-63
John A.Smith 1951-56/57
John Thompson (aka Thompsons; NEI Thompson (1990-91); RR Thompson (1991-)) 1949-99
Kidderminster 1981-
Kingstanding (2002-renamed Boldmere St Michaels) 1997-2000
Kingswinford (formerly Blanford Mere) 1976-80
Lichfield 1972-
Lichfield & District 1977-83/84
Lucas & Birmingham Settlement (2004-renamed [Birmingham Settlement) 1992-2004
Marston Excelsior 1945-51; 1955-59
Mercia 1969-
Municipal Secondary School (Wolverhampton); (aka Secondary School) 1945-46
Newhampton (1997-renamed Connaught) 1996-97
Northfield Checkmates (2008-amalgamated with St Georges) 2006-08
Old Draytonians (formerly Drayton Bassett) 1984-87
Old Hill (aka B.R.S. Oldhill;1978- renamed Dudley & Dowell)) 1976-78
Pale Meadow Social Club, Bridgnorth (aka Henry Meadows) 1945-46/47
Penkridge 1983-97
Penn British Legion 1971-78
Perton 1981-82
R.A.F.Cosford (aka Cosford) 1970-78/79; 2000-05
Richard Thomas & Baldwin 1949-50/51
Rock Chess Club (1978-amalgamated with Wolverhampton Kipping to form Rock Kipping) 1972-78
Rock Kipping (from amalgamation of Rock Chess Club & Wolverhampton Kipping) 1978-83/84
Rough Hills 1974-75?
Rubery Owen 1945-76/77
Rubery Owen Apprentices 1960-61
Rugeley 1969-
Rushall 1982-
Sankeys (Wellington) 1979-84/85
Shifnal & Telford (from amalgamation of Telford with Shifnal-2000), reverted to Telford (2013) 2000-2012
Shrewsbury 1972-74
Springvale (formerly British Steel Corporation) 1971-79
St Georges (formerly Birmingham Settlement) 2006-16
St.John Parish Church [Junior Chess Club-affiliated but non-playing] 2005-7
St Marys (Cannock) 1998-2003
Stafford (1961:re-entry as English Electric; 1971-formerly Stafford Chess Council) 1947-51; 1971-
Stafford Chess Council (formerly English Electric; 1971-renamed Stafford) 1965-71
Staley Chess Club (associated offshoot of Bushbury) 1977-79
Stewarts & Lloyds (1970-renamed British Steel Corporation) 1958-70
Stourbridge 1969-
Sutton Hill (1975-renamed Telford) 1972-75
Sutton- N.A.L.G.O. (aka Sutton Corporation) 1969-70
Telford (formerly Sutton Hill; 2000-amalgamated with Shifnal to become Shifnal & Telford and revert to just Telford in 2013 but only played one game) 1975-2000 ; 2013; 2014-
Tipton (1956-reformed as Tipton Alexandra) 1945-55
Tipton Alexander (formerly Tipton) 1956-63
Ukrainians 1955-58
Union Locks 1977-94
Walsall Kipping 1945-50; 1954-
Warley Quinborne 2005-
Wellman Crane 1976-78
West Bromwich 1968-
West Bromwich Central 1963-69
West Midland Municipal 1973-74?
West Midland Police 1980-97
Woden Works 1957-63
Wolverhampton 1952-
Wolverhampton Kipping (1978-amalgamated with Rock Chess Club to form Rock Kipping) 1945-78
Wolverhampton N.A.L.G.O. 1962-64/65
Wolverhampton Polytechnic 1988-90