Nationals Championship of Great Britain 2003
Introduction and 4BR Prediction
We let you you know who we think will take home with them the big
silver cup on their band bus on Saturday night, plus our rather
strange reasons why......
When was the last time a rank outsider won the National Finals?
Given that the British Open has always had the propensity to throw
up one or two long odds winners (Marple and City of Coventry come
to mind), you would have thought the Nationals may have done the
same from time to time. However, a closer look at the record books
shows that the last time the banding equivalent of Foinavon romped
home was perhaps in 1990 when CWS (Glasgow) upset the bookies when
they won on the rather inappropriately titled “English Heritage”.
Given that the Nationals is rarely contested by all the top ranked
bands in the country, you would have thought it would have happened
more regularly - but no. Before the first Scottish win, you may
have had to go back to the first Cory win in 1974, whilst before
that it really takes some finding. The Nationals it seems is the
preserve of the favourites, and even though there are three of the
top 10 4BR ranked bands absent this time – YBS, Grimethorpe
and Whitburn - you can get the feeling that come results time the
bookies will be happy as sandboys as one of the short priced runners
takes home with them the big silver cup.
So, who will it be then? We have left our learned prediction to
the last moment as we took note of the hundreds (and we mean hundreds)
of entries for our Nationals Competition. When it comes to making
predictions, it seems that most people will always go with the tried
and tested, and so, even with a few well known bands sat at home
fiddling with their thumbs, not too many people have stuck their
necks out and thought that 2003 could well be another 1990. No.
Most people think it’s going to a toss up between a repeat
of 2002 and Fairey FP (Music), 2001 and Black Dyke or 2000 and BAYV
Cory. Given that nearly everyone else has plumbed for another Fodens
or Brighouse the bookmakers will be happy chappies for another year
at least it seems.
Just for the record though (and to approach our own prediction
at a slightly obscure angle of deliberation), Fairey have never,
ever retained a National title, Black Dyke have never won the National
when there has been a 3 in the year and BAYV Cory have yet to regain
their title after losing it in the same decade they first won it.
Fodens last three National wins span half a century and Brighouse
last won the title in the previous Millennium. That should rule
all of them out then!
So if it isn’t going to be any of these big five, who could
There are many fine bands here, but it would be a major upset indeed
if the likes of Scottish Co-op, Flowers, Ransomes, Ever Ready or
Tredegar took home the trophy, and whilst you would never discount
Leyland or Desford, their records of late count against them winning.
As for Redbridge, EYMS, Camborne, Burry Port, Alliance, Stocksbridge,
Kirkintilloch and Haydock? Fine bands, but not ones you would put
next months mortgage payment on to become National Champions 2003.
No – despite their awful records (if you do look at it in
such a cock-eyed way) the winners are more than likely to come from
those five bands we mentioned first. They certainly all have the
players, and all have more than capable MD’s, whilst they
all have the added bonus of knowing just what it takes in recent
years to walk away with the trophy. That’s why we think this
year – like just about every other one here at the Albert
Hall – the winner will come from the traditional heavyweights
of the contesting scene.
That’s why with all our scientific research and planning
we have gone for a close run fight between those five, with a couple
of dark horses thrown in for good measure to keep the bookies guessing.
And that’s why we have plumbed for Black Dyke to win by a
very short head from BAYV Cory, Brighouse and Rastrick, Fairey FP
(Music) and Fodens Richardson, with Flowers making up the top six
and Leyland as our Dark Horse.
Dyke are due a big win and in recent times at the Majors they have
only been a few costly clips away from doing it, whilst if they
are to triumph they will have to beat BAYV Cory, the most consistently
brilliant contesting band around at the moment. Only one Childs
can come out on top this weekend, and we think it could well be
the younger sibling by a very narrow margin.
After theat we have a strong feeling that Brighouse are nearing
the time when another Major may come their way – under Major
McElligott they are performing to an amazing level of consistency
each time they take to the stage, whilst Fairey FP (Music) could
either be so brilliant to win be a proverbial mile, or be struck
dead with a furlong to go like they were at the Open. It may well
be a Devon Lock year though this time. Fodens will always be there
or thereabouts, but we have a real inkling for Flowers who are well
overdue to play to the form here that they display on such a regular
basis against the same bands at the Masters. Our dark horse though
could well be Leyland and Garry Cutt – not a great record
here over the past few years, out of the Open, but on their day,
more than capable of beating just about anyone.
1. Black Dyke
2. BAYV Cory
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Fairey FP (Music)
5. Fodens Richardson
Dark Horse: Leyland
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