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  1. International Velo Federation

    Monday, August 16, 1880 - The leagues official name along with logo is introduced. The league is named the Royal Velo Association (RVA). Along with the release of the league logo is a logo for the first Title Match. The Title Match is the championship game for the league.
  2. International Velo Federation

    Friday, August 13, 1880 – The draft is held. The selections go as follows: #1 – Sullivan Kingston – to Brighton Beach #2 – Ike Herbertson – to Crystal Palace Sparrows #3 – Urien Judd – to Coventry C.C. #4 – Zeke Josephs – to London Athletic #5 – Stuart Preston – to London Athletic #6 – Grigor Rollins – to Coventry C.C. #7 – Amhlaidh Mathewson – to Crystal Palace Sparrows #8 – Nicky Christophers – Brighton Beach #9 – Dylan Regan – Brighton Beach #10 – Kieron Emmett – Crystal Palace Sparrows #11 – Donal Munro – Coventry C.C. #12 – Callum Senior – London Athletic #13 – Angel Duane – London Athletic #14 – Berry O’Meadhra – Coventry C.C. #15 – Tearlach Thorburn – Crystal Palace Sparrows #16 – Lennon Wardrobe – Brighton Beach #17 – Kieron Adkins – Brighton Beach #18 – Oscar Bryant – Crystal Palace Sparrows #19 – Gethin Beake – Coventry C.C. #20 – Andras Ainsworth – London Athletic #21 – Leary Abrahams – London Athletic #22 – Wesley Moore – Coventry C.C. #23 – Hiram Snyder – Crystal Palace Sparrows #24 – Clancy Bloxam – Brighton Beach
  3. International Velo Federation

    Tuesday, August 3, 1880 – George Lacy Hillier releases the schedule for the inaugural season. April 2, 1881 Brighton Beach @ Crystal Palace Sparrows Coventry C.C. @ London Athletic April 9, 1881 London Athletic @ Brighton Beach Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Coventry C.C. April 16, 1881 Crystal Palace Sparrows @ London Athletic Brighton Beach @ Coventry C.C. April 23, 1881 Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Brighton Beach London Athletic @ Coventry C.C. April 30, 1881 Brighton Beach @ London Athletic Coventry C.C. @ Crystal Palace Sparrows May 7, 1881 London Athletic @ Crystal Palace Sparrows Coventry C.C. @ Brighton Beach May 14, 1881 Title Match 1 @ Stamford Bridge in London, England
  4. International Velo Federation

    Monday, July 19, 1880 – George Lacy Hillier announces that he has hired four people to be the inaugural head coaches. Each team has been given a chance to interview each coach. The teams today selected who they wanted. The order of selection corresponds with the order in which each franchise was purchased. First to purchase a franchise gets the first pick for his franchise and so on. With the first pick Brighton selects Rearden Lane. With the second pick the Crystal Palace Sparrows select Goraidh Kimball. With the third pick Coventry selects Seosaidh Perkins. This all left the Stamford Bridge franchise with Heddwyn O’Sirideain as their coach. Friday, July 23, 1880 – George Lacy Hillier introduces the teams and their coaches to the 24 players who will be available for signing to each team’s roster. For this first year and the formation of the league, the league has scouted and presented the talent. In proceeding years each team will be responsible for finding their own players when spots become open on their roster. The names of each of the available players, their birth dates, and their hometowns are listed here (in alphabetical order): Leary Abrahams – December 15, 1853 – Dublin, Ireland Kieron Adkins – February 22, 1859 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Andras Ainsworth – July 20, 1857 – Port Talbot, Wales Gethin Beake – January 30, 1854 – Torfaen, Wales Clancy Bloxam – March 7, 1859 – County Tyron, Ireland Oscar Bryant – October 28, 1849 – Bedgrove, England Nicky Christophers – June 9, 1850 – Olney, England Angel Duane – June 2, 1861 – Newport Pagnell, England Kieron Emmett – January 14, 1850 – Dublin, Ireland Ike Herbertson – September 22, 1858 – Oxfordshire, England Zeke Josephs – July 17, 1855 – County Down, England Urien Judd – March 22, 1854 – Cardiff, Wales Sullivan Kingston – April 19, 1854 – Hove, England Amhlaidh Mathewson – April 22, 1851 – Kirkcaldy, Scotland Wesley Moore – March 21, 1860 – London, England Donal Munro – March 17, 1856 – Dublin, Ireland Berry O’Meadhra – July 1, 1852 – Cardiff, Wales Stuart Preston – November 3, 1853 – Aberdeen, Scotland Dylan Regan – February 10, 1858 – Llanelli, Wales Grigor Rollins – February 10, 1861 – Cardiff, Wales Callum Senior – January 21, 1857 – Dunfermline, Scotland Hiram Snyder – May 31, 1957 – Southend-on-Sea, England Tearlach Thornburn – November 30, 1860 – Aberdeenshire, England Lennon Wardrobe – May 15, 1859 – Cupar, Scotland Monday, August 2, 1880 – At a large press conference in London, the league unveils the names, logos, and uniforms of each team:
  5. International Velo Federation

    So I'm going to stop for a moment and talk about the Sparrows logo briefly. I tried to make something simplistic. Logos for sports teams were not actually that official back in the 1880's and of course they were not creating their logos with computer programs. So my thought was just a simple silhouette of a sparrow with a circle in the back ground. I wanted the whole thing one color as to not complicate things. What I fear however is that it does not look rough enough for its time and maybe even perhaps the red is to bold for the time. Just as a side note I am not a professional designer, clearly. There might be some obvious basic rule I am not following. Anyway more to come. I probably made a lot of the same mistakes on the other starting logos.
  6. International Velo Federation

    How it all began. Monday, February 9, 1880 – George Lacy Hillier publishes a pamphlet detailing the rules of a new cycling race game that he calls Velo. He also announces his intention to organize a professional league for the sport. He will institute himself as the Chairman of the league. He publicly announces that he will sale four franchises for the initial season of his league. Tuesday, March 23, 1880 – George Lacy Hillier announces he has negotiated five-year leases at four different venues. These will be the home venues of the franchises he sales. The venues are: Butts Stadium (in Coventry), Crystal Palace (in London), Preston Park Velodrome (in Brighton), and Stamford Bridge (in London). Wednesday, March 31, 1880 – Samuel Laing, a railroad administrator, purchases the first of the four franchises. George Lacy Hillier first approached Laing with the Crystal Palace franchise in mind however Laing told Hillier he was more interested in the Brighton franchise. Laing is now the official owner of the Brighton franchise. Monday, April 5, 1880 – The inventor Sir Henry Cole purchases the Crystal Palace franchise. Showing some sense of humor, he announces that the team will be called the Crystal Palace Sparrows. In the early days of the Crystal Palace the facility had issues with sparrows coming into the building. Tuesday, April 13, 1880 – John Kemp Starley a businessman and bicycle engineer, purchases the Coventry franchise. Thursday, June 24, 1880 – After the first three franchises sold very quickly George Lacy Hillier struggled to find a buyer for the fourth franchise. Finally, today it is announced that a newspaper man named Harry Marks will purchase the Stamford Bridge franchise. Marks currently resides in New York city in the United States. According the Marks this will not be a problem. He will run his franchise from New York city until he soon returns to the United Kingdom. Thursday, July 1, 1880 – Crystal Palace Sparrows become the first to unveil their logo.
  7. This is the story of the International Velo Federation (IVF). In this thread you will be able to follow from the very beginnings the history of how the IVF came to be and each and every event thereafter. In keeping with this being a thread on a design website the story is going to feature many logo, uniforms, and even stadium designs and changes. I welcome comments, opinions, and questions. Also, in keeping with this being a design website I will try my best to discuss what I was thinking as I created the designs you will see. As for the sport itself, Velo is a made-up bicycle racing game. The basic synopsis is this. Games are played in 3-5 races that are called sets. In a set each team has 3 riders competing, so altogether between the two competing teams 6 riders are on the track (Velodrome) per set. Only one team can score in a set. A point is scored by each rider who finishes before the first finisher on the losing team. So, in a given set the most a team can score is 3 points. If you sit and consider how this will work, that is why game lengths range from 3-5 sets. If by the third sets completion one team has 7 and the other had 0, the last two sets are not needed to be played because only 6 possible points remain on the board. Even if the trailing team got them all the final score would be 7-6 and they would still lose. This may become clearer as this thread plays out. I am going to post a detailed game sheet for every game ever played. Again, I welcome questions. They will help to clarify as this goes on. On a team’s roster there are 6 riders and a coach. A team may also have 1 or 2 assistant coaches. The players are listed on a roster by position; Leadoff (this is also the captain and most often fastest rider on the team), Middle, Cleanup, First Option, Second Option, and Third Option. The first three (Leadoff, Middle, and Cleanup) make up a team’s line or starters. They will be the players to race in the first set of games. The other three positions make up the bench or options. These are the players that may be rotated in for the later sets. At least one bench player will see action in the game because rules dictate that at least one change in lineup must be made one set to another and no rider may be in more then three consecutive sets of a game. There are exceptions to the rules laid out in this paragraph but as to not congest this initial post to much those can be explained in due time or through your encouraged questions. So, to begin allow me to give the quick back story set up and then end for tonight with the first logos and uniforms.