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Arrowing in on old Darlaston pub shield found in garage

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

By Dan Shaw

Darlaston Darts League Challenge Shield

Darlaston Darts League Challenge Shield

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OUR recent stories on the Black Country pub darts scene in days gone by have attracted a lot of interest and many readers have contacted us to share their recollections.

This impressive shield was brought to us by Mr G. Venables of Wednesbury, known to his friends as "Pecker". The heavy copper and oak trophy was made by Vaughtons in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. The company was established in 1819 and is still trading today and is noted for making the med als for the 1908 London Olympics and all Football League medals since 1911.

It is the Darlaston Darts League Challenge Shield, inaugurated in 1938-39 and it was found in the garage of the Friar Park pub, more commonly known as the Cabin, which, incidentally, is the last of the victorious pubs recorded on the dozens of little shields around the edge.

The list of winners as follows:

1938-39 Star Music Hall; 1939-40 Barley Mow; 1941-42 Bull's Head; 1942-43 Why Not; 1943-44 King's Arms; 1944-45 Royal George; 1945-46 Labour Club; 1946-47 Royal George; 1948-49 Dog and Pheasant; 1949-50 Dog and Pheasant; 1950-51 Dog and Pheasant; 1951-52 Royal George; 1952-53 Sir Robert Peel; 1954-55 Oak Tree; 1955-56-57 Royal George; 1957-58 Duke of York; 1959-60 Oak Tree; 1960-61 Sir Robert Peel; 1961-62 Dog and Pheasant; 1962 Dog and Pheasant; 1963 Bird in Hand; 1964 Moxley Arms; 1967 Moxley Arms; 1968 Victoria; 1969 Nag's Head; 1970 Victoria; 1971 Victoria; 1972 Spring Head; 1973 Three Crowns; 1974 Spring Head; 1975 Spring Head; 1976 Three Crowns; 1977 Spring Head; 1978 Black Horse B; 1979 Black Horse B; 1980 Vine B-S; 1981 Spring Head; 1982-83 Swan, Moxley; 1983-84 Herberts Park Tavern; 1984-85 Free Gardeners; 1985-86 Victoria; 1988 Rising Sun; 1990 Green Dragon; 1991 Moxley Arms; 1994 Moxley Arms A; 1995 Market Tavern; 1996 Market Tavern; 1997 Moxley Arms; 1998 Park Inn; 1999 Park Inn A; 2000 Black Horse; 2001 The Lamp; 2002 Cabin; undated Royal Oak B.

As you can see, some years are missing, perhaps when the competition did not run, but this shield is still a fascinating record of the pubs and clubs there were in the Darlaston area.

We wonder how many of these pubs are still in business or, indeed, still standing.

Did you ever take part in the Darlaston Darts League Challenge Shield competition? Did you represent one of the pubs lists and have you any pictures of it or the darts team? Contact the editor at editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk

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