November 1910


One hundred years ago and the Badminton Gazette cost 2d.and contained 44 pages.  The first article concerned ‘Dummy Entries’ – the Badminton Association had taken action to prohibit the inclusion of dummy entries in the draw at any open meeting.  It is explained that the practice of inserting fictitious entries had grown considerably and was open to grave objections, and often had the effect of giving one or two players or pairs an unfair advantage if they happened to draw a bye followed by a dummy entry which had also been withdrawn, and it has been cited where the result of an important championship has been largely influenced by the practice.


The Tournament season will open on December 2nd with the West Hants Championships.  At the Alexandra Palace Open Tournament handicap events will be divided into two classes to encourage players who do not feel strong enough to play against the crack players.  Changes to the London League will do away with the cup tie lines of last year and a return to a proper league system.


An article on the value of small open tournaments takes up a full page and the object of the article is to try and extend tournament to areas where the game is popular but the standard of play is low.


Two profiles are included, Mr. F.Chesterton and Miss A. Gownlock, both include a photograph and cover two and one full page respectively.


An article on tactics in mixed doubles relates that the back and front formation has had considerable success when compared with the side by side formation still adopted by some pairs. 


Last year a new formation, a sort of hybrid has sprung from the other two.  The article draws attention to the weaknesses of the back and front formation and also the sides formation in mixed doubles and is to be concluded!