Richardson Cup 1956-1957

Main Tournament

A year of major change for the Richardson Cup. Firstly the number of teams is increased to 12, with both Spens finalists promoted as an ongoing event. To increase the numbers, for the inaugural season the losing Spens semi-finalists are also promoted. Both perform abysmally and return whence they came.
The draw is changed to NOT be pre-set at the start of the tournament but is drawn as each round's teams are known. The previous years semifinalists are given byes into round 2 - but bizarrely don't neccessarily avoid each other in the pairings from then on.

Polytechnic CC claim their second win of the Richardson Cup, inflicting another final defeat on Bon Accord. Bohemians take huff and default the semi-final replay after drawing with Bon-Accord and 'winning' on elimination. But the SCA point out that the rules demand a replay. Bohemians consider the travelling is too much - even to a neutral venue - for a second game.

Round 1 Round 2 Semi Final Final
Bon Accord Bon Accord 4 Bon Accord *w/o Bon Accord
Central (PF)
Dundee Wardie Residents 3
Wardie Residents
Ayr (PF) Ayr (PF) 2 Bohemians (S) *scr
Griffin (PSF) ½
  Bohemians (S) 5
  Glasgow (H) 4 Glasgow (H) 3 Polytechnic (S)
  Edinburgh (S) 3
Stirling (PSF) 1 Civil Service (R) 3 Polytechnic (S) 4
Civil Service (R) 6
  Polytechnic (S) 4

(PF) - Promoted from the previous season's Spens Cup as finalists
(PSF) - Promoted from the previous season's Spens Cup as semi-finalists
(H) - Holders
(S) - Other Seeeded teams
(R) - Retained in tournament despite being relegated due to increase in team numbers
* - After a 3½:3½ draw

The final was played at the Station Hotel, Perth, on Saturday, 13 April. Both clubs had their strongest teams. Polytechnic included Aird Thomson, a former Scottish champion who, by this time, lived and worked in London. Thomson and George McGowan, as well as Ian Middleton of Bon Accord, had all played for Scotland in the Moscow Olympiad 1956.

Polytechnic (Glasgow)
Bon Accord
1. G. McGowan
Dr R.C. Nairn
2. A.A. Thomson
I. Middleton
3. I. Morton
Dr N. Uri
4. D. Kinsler
Lt.-Col. W.G. Irvine-Fortescue
5. D.H. Beattie
G.D. Campbell
6. J. Aitchison
C.C. Jackson
7. R. McCleneghen
J.E. Bothwell








A.A. Thomson - I. Middleton - Richardson Cup Final, 1957
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.Nb3 a6 7.Be2 b5 8.Be3 Bb7 9.f3 Rc8 10.a3 g6 11.Qd2 h5 12.0-0 Bg7 13.Rfc1 Ne5 14.Nd1 Nc4 15.Bxc4 bxc4 16.Nd4 d5 17.e5 Nd7 18.e6 Nc5 19.exf7+ Kxf7 20.b4 Na4 21.c3 e5 22.Ne2 Rc6 23.f4 exf4 24.Bxf4 Re6 25.Nd4 Bxd4+ 26.cxd4 Qf6 27.Nc3 Nxc3 28.Rxc3 Rhe8 29.Rf1 Kg8 30.Be5 Qh4 31.Qh6 Rxe5 32.Qxg6+ Kh8 33.Qh6+ Kg8 34.Rg3+ 1-0

Source for final teams lists and game: Glasgow Herald, 15 and 19 April, 1957.

Relegation Tournament

Round 1 Relegated
Central (PF) Stirling (PSF)
Stirling (PSF)
Dundee 6 Griffin (PSF)
Griffin (PSF) 1