Badminton racquet with a story to tell!

Badminton racquet with a story to tell!

programmeRecent acquisition in the museum is a racquet with a history, donated by Colin Williams of Lancashire.  The racquet was used by Erland Kops during a match between Denmark and England played on Monday 22nd March 1965 in Blackburn which was won by Denmark 4-3.

The museum copy of that match tells us that after the singles Denmark were 2-1 up.  Denmark then took the top men's doubles and also the ladies' doubles so that the score stoood at 4-1 to Denmark, already a winning position.  Then came the 2nd men's doubles between Roger Mills and D. Horton against Erland Kops and K. Nielsen - The Badminton Gazette records - Against Kops and Nielsen, D.O. Horton playing in his first international, showed traces of initial nervousness, but steadily improved and with Mills in great form, keeping the game tight and prodding the shuttle to Kops's body, forced the latter into an increasing number of errors.  A first game deficet of 7-10 was converted to an 18-14 win.  In the second set the English pair led throughout and with Horton getting better all the time and putting in a spell of outstanding good low servinc ran out worthy winners.

Following this match Kops smashed his racquet over his knee in disgust and discarded it so that it landed at the feet of Colin Williams, linesman.  Colin attempted to return the racquet to Erland Kops, but was told to keep the ............. thing.  Colin had a new shaft fitted and played with it for a while.   It has now come out of the attic and found a good home in the National Badminton Museum.

The racquet is marked World Cup 7, specially made for Kops, Denmark and has his name as the logo on it, but the manufacturer's name is not apparent.