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- Doug Bates John Bradbury Freda Freeman Philip Hartley Jenks Brian Maltby Sue Orwin Peter Richardson Philip Robinson José Sutton David Thornley and last, but not least, my wife and son; My Wife for reading the final draft and suggesting alterations, as necessary and some typing, and my son for the majority of the typing and the use of his PC. The success of our League is due to its members - from the keen competitor to the conscientious official.

However, without the countless hours volunteered by the latter in the shape of Secretaries, Organisers, Executive members and other positions, there would be no League.

Part 2 - 1997 to Date Part 3 - Roll of Honour, Divisional Champions Part 4 - Roll of Honour, Tournament Winners Taken from the SDBL Handbook :- "The Stockport & District Badminton League (SDBL) is an organisation set up to provide and promote competitive badminton on the League principle for clubs in the neighbourhood of Stockport, (Cheshire, England), and to arrange matches, tournaments and all other events connected therewith" This document has been created to capture the SDBL history, starting with its formation in 1947 but also to allow updates as future events require.

Part 1 is, as far as is practicable, transcribed directly from the booklet produced in 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the League.

Finally,l hope all those who read this history will enjoy it, whether they go back personally to 1947 or have just joined a club in the League. Season 1949/50 saw the introduction of ladies’ and mens' doubles into the match format of play that we know now.

A meeting to form the League was held on 4th August 1947 . In season 1947/48 there was just one division, two the following season and three in season 1950/51.

A consensus of opinion suggests it is most likely that the meeting was held at St. There is no record-of any minutes being taken at this meeting, which has not helped with my research. The number of divisions remained at three until season 1964/65, when a fourth division was added.

The meeting was attended by representatives from clubs who used to meet in friendly matches. Another founder member who could have been at the meeting was Maurice Watson. In 1992, when I was doing some research into the history of the League, I concluded that the following clubs were represented at the meeting . Marks, Christ Church, Edgeley, Hatherlow, Marple, Romiley Methodists and St. However, during recent talks with Jose and Philip, they are both unable to confirm that Christ Church and Romiley Methodists were actually represented. Then over the next ten seasons the League expanded to eleven divisions.

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The main trouble I had was deciphering some of the handwriting in the earlier minute books (my own included), For a number of years these have been typed, so the person who does the history for 1997 to 2047 should have an easier job. I have been told that Hatherlow was an all men club so they had to open their membership to ladies in order to take part.Some, however, find themselves pressganged in or even volunteer! I'm quite certain that it is not for the feeling of power, there is nothing to suggest that this is the case, It is more likely to be that they have a love of the game over and above playing it or, in some cases have become administrators when their playing days are over, Some of us really love the work, and I would miss the incoming phone calls during mealtimes, late at night and before breakfast. Every season the handbook contains the names of those people who have won something. you too could become one of the few doing so much for the many' signed, A. From season 1995/96 the A and B sections of divisions three, four and five were abolished.