The Astor Cup Competition 1908
Shooting for the Nottinghamshire Astor Challenge Cup had started in 1904 and for the first three years the competition was dominated by Stanley Works (Newark) club. In 1907 they were finally beaten by Mapperley, who then hosted the 1908 match.
Our first report comes from the Nottingham Evening Post of Saturday, June 13th, and carries the scores recorded up until the time of going to press, with four later scores being reported in the Stop Press. Even then the match was still in progress and the final result appeared in the Monday, June 15th, edition.
Nottingham Evening Post, 13 June 1908
MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING.
NOTTS. ASTOR CUP.
TO-DAY'S SHOOT AT MAPPERLEY
The fifth annual competition for Astor Cup, open to N.R.A. clubs in the county of Notts, was shot for this afternoon on the range of the Mapperley R.C.. Fifteen clubs entered, but the Constitutional Club failed to come to the firing point not having raised a team. The conditions were seven shots and a sighter, at 25 yards and 50 yards on the new Bisley circular (invisible bull) target. The holders were Mapperley.
The officers for the day were Captain Rayner and Captain Newham (range officers), Mr. J.T. Radford and Mr. W.A. Barrow (deputy range officers), Quartermaster Briscoe (statistics officer), and Quartermaster Walton (marking), assistance being rendered by Mr. A.E. Mee (hon. Secretary of Mapperley), and others.
The weather was unfortunately very unpropitious, almost as bad as in last year's competition at Radcliffe. It was dull and cold at the start, and later rain fell heavily, while the wind was variable both in direction and force.
The scores in the competition so far as decided are:—
|T.F. Revell (captain)||30||29||59|
Nottingham Evening Post, Saturday, 13 June 1908
NOTTS. ASTOR CUP COMPETITION.
Newark Town: 25yds 206, 50yds 210, total 416.
Mansfield: 25yds 207, 50yds 201, total 408.
Radcliffe: 25yds 235, 50yds 230, total 465.
Retford: 25yds 235, 50yds 238, total 473.
The Monday, June 15th, Evening Post carried the final result of the Astor Cup competition. Mapperley Club, who had shot late in the day, made the best score beating Notts. Civilian club by three points. Jardine's were third only two points behind Notts. Civilian.
Mapperley qualified to shoot as Nottinghamshire's champion club in the final at Bisley and this year they had a go despite having no experience of long range shooting, the Astor final being at 200 and 500 yards.
Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 15 June 1908.
MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING
NOTTS. ASTOR CUP
MAPPERLEY AGAIN VICTORIOUS
The competition for the Notts. Astor Cup on the Mapperley R.C. range on Saturday was conducted with great smoothness and success. Despite the unpropitious weather the shooting was very creditable, and the competition was extremely close.
Mapperley, with a score of 492 out of a possible 560, won the cup for the second year in succession, but the interest was sustained throughout the afternoon, their's being the last shoot of the day. The victory, however, was a very narrow one, for Notts. Civilian, the runners-up, totalled 489, and Jardine's were but two points below that.
There were also some capital individual scores, the best being 66 by T. Caunt, captain of Mapperley, F. Houseley, of Carrington, and Elborne, of Notts. Civilians.
The scores were as follows:—
|Newark Stanley Works||218||238||456|
The Mapperley Miniature Rifle Club team went to Bisley to shoot in the Astor final. They had little experience of shooting at the longer ranges of the final match; but appear to have done themselves some credit, despite having to make a substitution late in the day.
Nottingham Daily Express, Saturday, 18 July 1908
MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING
THE ASTOR CUP
The individual scores of the Mapperley M.R.C. representatives in the Astor Cup Competition at Bisley reflect great credit on the riflemen, particularly as all of them were unaccustomed to long distance shooting. Mapperley were handicapped by the absence of Mr. A.E. Mee, who was prevented from attending by illness, his place being filled at the last moment by Mr. P. Winfield. The scores were:—
Transcripts from Nottingham Evening Post
and Nottingham Daily Express 1908
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