It wasn’t the proverbial match of two halves for Lichfield. Instead it was an astonishing season of two halves.
At Christmas no fewer than six teams were in serious danger of relegation, none more so than the club’s first teams, propping up the top divisions of the Birmingham and Derby Leagues.
Yet in the event, only the club’s third team playing in the Wolverhampton League were demoted, and that narrowly.
The arrival of Rich Westwood, grade 190, signalled the turning point for the first teams, with the Derby 1 team actually finishing third.
To cap the club’s resurgence the only consistently successful team, Birmingham 5, were promoted and Lichfield won the eight-board Pittaway Cup for the 15th time, crushing Mercia by four points despite the visitors’ 2.25 pt handicap start.