April 1910

The last issue for the year covers the recent All England and much other information. The opening notes refer to the closing of the season and players will be putting racquets away for the summer – many finding tennis racquets as a replacement.
Regret is expressed at the resignation of Mr. C. Dudfield Willis as Honorary Secretary of the Badminton Association.

The exclusion of Miss Muriel Lucas from the England team has caused severe criticism, as she is regarded by many as the best all-round lady player at present.

AE 1910The recent All England Championships are reported in detail and the move to the Royal Horticultural Hall is described as an emphatic success – this note concludes ‘Of course, in the end, one looks forward to the time when the B.A., will have a hall of its own’!
The championships included 12 events, as handicap and veterans’ events were included. Add to this, two international matches, England v Ireland, and Ireland v Scotland all played over 4 days. It is not surprising that the referee comes in for special mention – Mr W. Littlejohn, described as when the meeting commenced, he was personally a stranger to the majority of the competitors; and his kindness in coming all the way from Aberdeen to referee, was very keenly appreciated.

A proposal to abolish setting in singles was not approved by the Badminton Association AGM - the meeting taking place during the All England Championships!

A selection of 8 photographs are included, and we have chosen to reproduce a view of the final of the Men’s Singles to show the tremendous advances made in promoting the All England Championships over the last 100 years.

This was the last magazine issued for the 1909/1910 season, and hopefully we will continue to look back 100 years in October as the next issue to be produced was in October 1910.