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Monday, June 2 – Brighton, England

Wasting no time as the new off season begins, George Lacy Hillier meet today with the owner of Brighton Beach, Samuel Laing.  The meeting was hostile.  Hillier told Laing that Brighton’s dominance is no good for the sport.  He ordered Laing to break apart Brighton at their cut day by either releasing Gareth O’hAnnagain to free agency or by trading either Sullivan Kingston or Padrig Paterson.

 

Tuesday, June 3 – Brighton, England

Following yesterday’s hostile meeting Samuel Laing meet today with his coach Rearden Lane to discuss their plan of action going forward. 

 

Thursday, June 12 – London, England

The RVA wants to start cut days soon so they asked Laing for a commitment to do as they ordered.  Instead Laing came to the league offices today and meet again with George Lacy Hillier.  He laid out for Hillier his terms should he break apart his mighty team.  Laing wants more control in the league for the owners.  He wants the league to be governed going forward by a board made up of at least one owner from each team, if a team is owned by a group then one who is deemed the controlling owner of that team will sit on the board.  The board will hire a league commissioner.  The commissioner is to carry out their will for the league.  The board will be headed by a chairman.  The chairman will be elected by the board from amongst its own members.  That chairman will retain their position as such until they either are no longer on the board (i.e. death, sale their team, amongst various other reasons), or the board losses confidence in them and votes them out of that position with a vote of no confidence by a simple majority.  Laing wants this to take effect for the next season and purposes that he be made the initial Chairman of the Board and he is willing to also name Hillier as the first Commissioner.  Stunningly Hillier agreed to these terms. 

 

Monday, June 23 – Brighton, England

Cut day for Brighton Beach.  It is also the day they must break their mighty team apart.  Before they could even begin some stunners came down.  First, Coach Rearden Lane announced he was leaving the team as well.  He has been offered the job to Coach the New York Jumbos.  Yes, the New York Jumbos.  He put his name into free agency and signed a letter of intent with the Jumbos.  Then it was revealed that to break up the mighty team they have traded Padrig Paterson to none other then the New York Jumbos.  In exchange Brighton gets the poor performing Edison Hennessy.  Things did not end there however.  Gareth O’hAnnagain informed the team that he too would be going to free agency.  Upon hitting the open market, he signed a letter of intent with the Crystal Palace Sparrows.  Brighton assistant coach Andrus Ainsworth has been rumored to be the leading candidate to coach the Sparrows next season.  With O’hAnnagain going to free agency Brighton looked to resign their other pending free agent Ike Lewis.  They did.  Nicky Christophers was moved up to Middle, Ike Lewis was moved up to Cleanup, Russ Garner was moved up to First Option, and Edison Hennessy was assigned to Third Option.  The Second Option and Head Coach positions remain open.

 

Tuesday, June 24 – London, England

London Athletic has their cut day and it is not nearly as exciting as Brighton’s yesterday.  Wesley Moore was brought back as the team’s head coach.  Cecil Dick and Ffransis McNeill were the pending free agents.  The team resigned Dick and released McNeill to free agency.  Yale Foster was moved down on the roster to the Third Option position.  The Second Option position was left open.  The team says they hope to get a player about the caliber of Graeme Radclyffe in free agency.  However, they fear that with O’hAnnagain coming to sign with Crystal Palace, Radclyffe will resign with the team as well. 

                London, England

In other news the RVA released their schedule for 1885.  Due to the extended length of it created by the addition of the expansion team in Erfurt, the start date has been moved back to January 3.  The league is somewhat concerned about the outdoor venues in the wintertime. 

---January 3---

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Coventry C.C.

---January 10---

Brighton Beach @ London Athletic

Coventry C.C. @ Erfurt

---January 17---

Erfurt @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

---January 24---

Brighton Beach @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

London Athletic @ Coventry C.C.

---January 31---

Brighton Beach @ Coventry C.C.

London Athletic @ Erfurt

---February 7---

Erfurt @ Brighton Beach

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ London Athletic

---February 14---

Coventry C.C. @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

---February 21---

London Athletic @ Brighton Beach

Erfurt @ Coventry C.C.

---February 28---

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Erfurt

---March 7---

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Brighton Beach

Coventry C.C. @ London Athletic

---March 14---

Coventry C.C. @ Brighton Beach

Erfurt @ London Athletic

---March 21---

Brighton Beach @ Erfurt

London Athletic @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

---March 28---

Title Match 5

at: Preston Park Velodrome

in: Brighton, England

---April 11---

World Match 2

at: Preston Park Velodrome

in: Brighton, England

 

Wednesday, June 25 – London, England

Cut day for the Crystal Palace Sparrows and its basically a whole new team.  Gone is owner George Meredith.  He sold the team and today the new ownership group lead by James Henry Greatland took over control.  Their first act was to dismiss Goraidh Kimball as head coach.  They then proceeded to let both pending free agents also go.  Those players were Todd Perkins and Ivor Johnson.  Ike Herbertson was moved down to the Middle position, Graeme Radclyffe was moved down to the Cleanup position, Alwyn Attaway was moved up to the First Option position, and Ewart McAfee was moved down to the Second Option position.  The third option position was left open.  The Leadoff position was also left open it is expected to be filled by Gareth O’hAnnagain who has a letter of intent signed with the Sparrows. 

 

Thursday, June 26 – Coventry, England

Coventry C.C. holds their cut day.  Gethin Beake is returning as the head coach.  The pending free agents he had to deal with were Dylan Regan and Wiley Nichols.  The team knew they were going to release Nichols to free agency.  They informed him of this early in the morning.  Dylan Regan however was another subject.  Regan of course came to Coventry in the first offseason.  He was essentially the first major free agency move.  However, his signing was early on seen as unnecessary and started the sequence of events that lead to the departure of coach Seosaidh Perkins and rider Urien Judd.  Team owner John Kemp Starley was said to have never liked Regan.  He wanted Coach Gething Beake to release Regan to free agency.  Coach Beake however attempted to talk Starley out of it.  He believed Regan was not a long-term solution to the teams needs but he could serve a purpose this year.  Beake suggested that they sign Regan and then try and trade him next offseason.  Starley considered it.  By late afternoon when no decision had come his way Regan informed the team he was going to make the choice for them.  He decided to declare himself a free agent.  He said ultimately if the team had to think that long about it they really didn’t want him, and he didn’t want to be a part of something like that.  Marc MacCionaodha was moved up to Leadoff, Donal Munro was moved down to Cleanup, Ed Lincoln was moved down to First Option, and Grigor O’Dubhghaill was moved down to Third Option.

 

Friday, June 27 – Bronx, New York

Cut day for Fordham C.C.  Leary Abrahams remains the coach.  He had free agents Cleve Woods and Leo Hayden to deal with.  The team knew they were going to let Hayden go to free agency.  What caught them off guard however was that Cleve Woods decided to make himself a free agent as well.  Usually when top level free agents like him become available they already have a team to go to in mind and they sign a letter of intent with that team as soon as they become free agents.  This was not the case for Woods.  He told reporters that he will either sign with Saratoga or Erfurt.  With his departure no team has more then a single top speed rider.  In the past years Brighton and Fordham have been stacked so deep in comparison to their competition that it was almost a given from the start that they would win the championships.  This coming year however things look like all but one team (who ever does not get Cleve Woods) will be competitive for the championship.  With Woods departure some changes were made to Fordham’s depth chart.  Urien Judd was moved up to Middle and Trace Buchanan was moved up to Cleanup.

                Manhattan, New York

The New York Velo League released their schedule for 1885:

---February 14---

Fordham C.C. @ Jersey P.C.

Saratoga Jockeys @ New York Jumbos

---February 21---

New York Jumbos @ Fordham C.C.

Jersey P.C. @ Saratoga Jockeys

---February 28---

Jersey P.C. @ New York Jumbos

Fordham C.C. @ Saratoga Jockeys

---March 7---

Jersey P.C. @ Fordham C.C.

New York Jumbos @ Saratoga Jockeys

---Mach 14---

Fordham C.C. @ New York Jumbos

Saratoga Jockeys @ Jersey P.C.

---March 21---

New York Jumbos @ Jersey P.C.

Saratoga Jockeys @ Fordham C.C.

---March 28---

Title Match of New York III

at: Jerome Park Racetrack

in: Bronx, New York

---April 11---

World Match 2

at: Preston Park Velodrome

in: Brighton, England

 

Monday, June 30 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Cut day for the Jersey P.C.   All riders are coming back with very little adjustment to the roster.  In order to do this the team let Coach Heddwyn O’Sirideain go.  The move is troubling to O’Sirideain.  The coach started his career with London Athletic and found little success there.  He was hired by the NYVL to coach the Jersey P.C. before that team even had an owner.  In that time, he discovered star rider Zeph Jack and built Jersey into a true contender.  He felt he had resurrected his career here, but the new ownership has decided they want to find a coach who is their choosing.  The move also allowed the ownership to resign both free agents Greg Revie and Donny Neville.  Neville was moved up to the Cleanup position, Berry O’Meadhra was moved up to the First Option position, and Forbes Ellery was moved down to the First Option position.  The team did have some brief talks with the Saratoga Jockeys about a possible trade of Berry O’Meadhra, but nothing came of those talks.

 

Tuesday, July 1 – Saratoga Springs, New York

Cut day for the Saratoga Jockeys.  Coach Clancy Bloxam was brought back but he was tasked with two things keeping Cat Christophers on the team and getting Cleve Woods to commit to coming to Saratoga.  Neither happened.  Christophers and Amhlaidh Mathewson were the pending free agents.  The team wanted to resign Christophers and let Mathewson go to make room for the coming of Cleve Woods but if Christophers would not resign then they wanted to retain Mathewson.  So, most of the morning was talks with Christophers.  Trouble was they were not the only ones talking to him.  London Athletic had sent Coach Wesley Moore to New York to try and convince him to come join their team.  Christophers considered both and then decided he was going to become a free agent.  Upon hitting the market, he signed a letter of intent with London Athletic.  Had he stayed many felt a starting lineup of him, Cleve Woods, and Shelly Salmon could have been a championship contender.  Once he had formally left the team negotiated with and resigned Amhlaidh Mathewson.  They then proceeded to try and convince Cleve Woods to sign a letter of intent with them.  He would not say he is going to keep his options of either Saratoga or Erfurt intact.  The Saratoga Jockeys however decided to move ahead as if he is coming.  For that reason, they moved Shelley Salmon down to the Middle position to leave the Leadoff position open in anticipation of Cleve Woods arrival.

 

Wednesday, July 2 – Manhattan, New York

Cut day for the New York Jumbos.  First order of business for owner P.T. Barnum was to inform Coach Tearlach Thorburn he would not be asked to return.  The move was no surprise to anyone.  What did surprise folks was that as soon as he became a free agent, Coach Thorburn signed a letter of intent with Erfurt.  The next move for the team was to welcome Padrig Paterson who they acquired in a trade with Brighton Beach.  They assigned him to the Leadoff position right away.  They then dealt with pending free agents Lon Kingsley and Larrie Kelsey.  Kelsey was released to free agency without discussion.  The team however was willing to resign Lon Kingsley and they did.  Boyce Durant was moved down to the Middle Position, Grigor Rollins was moved down to the Cleanup position, Greg Dickman was moved down to the First Option position, and Lon Kinsley was moved down to the Second Option position.  The Third Option Position remains open.

 

Thursday, July 3 – Erfurt, Germany

The first day of Coaching week is action packed.  Tearlach Thorburn becomes the first to sign with Erfurt as he becomes their first head coach. 

                London, England

It had long been rumored that Brighton assistant coach Andrus Ainsworth was the front runner to become the next head coach of the Crystal Palace Sparrows.  Today those rumors were verified as he signed on with the Sparrows.

                Manhattan, New York

In what is not much of a surprise Rearden Lane signed as the head coach of the New York Jumbos today.  Lane had had a letter of intent with them.  Lane comes to a team that has never won a game, while in his career he has only 1 single loss.  Can he turn this poor franchise around without damaging his own legacy? 

                Freehold Borough, New Jersey

In the biggest surprise of the night Kieron Adkins signed as the head coach of the Jersey P.C.  Adkins was the first American to ride in the RVA.  A native of Philadelphia he has spent the last four years with Brighton Beach, three as an assistant coach.  He now comes back to the states to run the team nearest his home town.  Brighton Beach had had him in mind to run their team but once again this offseason they seem to lose out.

 

Friday, July 4 – Brighton, England

Today Samuel Laing, owner of Brighton Beach, meet with two candidates for his team’s head coaching job.  The first was Kieron Emmett an assistant coach with Crystal Palace Sparrows and the second was Heddwyn O’Sirideain the former head coach of Jersey P.C.  

 

Monday, July 7 – Brighton, England

Today Brighton Beach officially hired Heddwyn O’Sirideain as their next head coach.

 

Tuesday, July 8 – Erfurt, Germany

Today was the first signing day, expansion signing day, for Erfurt.  Before they got to that business however their owner, Carl Thieme, released the name, logo, and uniforms for the team.  The team will be called the Erfurt Velo Team or Eurfurt Velo Mannschaft in German.  The logo and uniforms are shown below.  The logo features beech and oak leaves wrapping around two circles, one large and one small.  The large circle on the bottom has the words Erfurt Velo Mannschaft inscribed across it.  While the smaller circle on top features the Wheel of Mainz a symbol of Erfurt that has presence on the cities coat of arms.  Beech and Oak leaves were chosen because they are trees commonly found in the woods surrounding Erfurt.  As for signing day, the team signed three players; Ffransis McNeill formerly of London Athletic, Todd Perkins formerly of Crystal Palace Sparrows, and Ivor Johnson also formerly of Crystal Palace Sparrows.  McNeill and Perkins were given 1-year contracts each.  Johnson was given a 2-year contract.  McNeill was assigned to the First Option position, Perkins was assigned to the Second Option position, and Johnson was assigned to the Third Option position. 

 

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Wednesday, July 9 – Manhattan, New York

The New York Jumbos have their signing day.  They only have one open roster spot (Third Option) and they have decided to take a rider at the first draft out of Aberdeen Academy to fill that spot.

 

Thursday, July 10 – Saratoga Springs, New York

Today, on their signing day, the Saratoga Jockeys got their man.  They were able to sign on Cleve Woods.  Woods will be their Leadoff and with him really the NYVL is for the taking.  Any one of the four teams in the league could win it this year.

 

Friday, July 11 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Jersey P.C. has a complete roster, so they have no use for their signing day today.

 

Monday, July 14 – Bronx, New York

Fordham C.C. holds their signing day.  They brought in Dylan Regan, formerly with Coventry.  They still have one other open roster spot (Third Option) that they will likely fill at the first draft.

 

Tuesday, July 15 – Coventry, England

Today was an eventful day for Coventry on their signing day.  In the morning the set out to try and lure Cat Christophers to sign with them instead of London Athletic.  Christophers would not budge.  When that plan fell apart the decided they will draft a player to fill their Middle position.  As for their Second Option position, they meet with both Leo Hayden and Larrie Kelsey.  In the end they offered Hayden the contract and he accepted.

 

Wednesday, July 16 – London, England

Signing day for the new look Crystal Palace Sparrows.  Gareth O’hAnnagain wants to try his luck at leading a franchise.  So, he signed today with the Crystal Palace Sparrows to be their Leadoff.  The team still has an opening at Third Option.  They intend to fill it at the draft.

 

Thursday, July 17 – London, England

London Athletic held their signing day today and they made official their letter of intent that they had signed with Cat Christophers.  With his signing London has a full roster.

 

Friday, July 18 – Brighton, England

Last signing day belongs to Brighton Beach.  They have one open roster spot at Second Option.  They have decided to fill it at the draft as opposed to signing any free agents.

 

Saturday, July 19 – London, England

Today is declared last call.  If no one signs a free agent by midnight the offseason will move into the next phase of preparing for the draft.

 

Monday, July 21 – Manhattan, New York

The former head coach of Crystal Palace Sparrows signed on as an assistant coach with the New York Jumbos today.  He will now work under the direction of his former rival Rearden Lane.  Another person who became an assistant with this team today was Larrie Kelsey.  He is a former rider with the team who did not find anyone willing to sign him in free agency.

                Coventry, England

Having not signed on with another team in free agency Wiley Nichols signed with his former team, Coventry C.C., today as an assistant coach.

 

Tuesday, July 22 – Aberdeen, Scotland

The first draft out of the Aberdeen Academy will be held on Monday, August 11 in Aberdeen.  The draft order is as follows

                #1 Pick – Erfurt V.T.

                #2 Pick – New York Jumbos

                #3 Pick – Fordham C.C.

                #4 Pick – Coventry C.C.

                #5 Pick – Crystal Palace Sparrows

                #6 Pick – Brighton Beach

                #7 Pick – Erfurt V.T.

                #8 Pick – Erfurt V.T.

The riders who have signed contracts to accept the terms of the draft and therefore are eligible to be drafted are:

Declan Colquhoun

Meirion Good

Aidan Hambledon

Garnet Hull

Jocky Hunter

Roland Kingston

Callahan Lacy

Fife MacCarthy

Shelby Mottershead

Raghnall Stark

 

Monday, August 11 – Aberdeen, Scotland

The first ever draft is held.  The picks go as follows:

                #1 – Roland Kingston – to Erfurt V.T.

                #2 – Garnet Hull – to New York Jumbos

                #3 – Raghnall Stark – to Fordham C.C.

                #4 – Shelby Mottershead – to Coventry C.C.

                #5 – Meirion Good – to Crystal Palace Sparrows

                #6 – Declan Colquhoun – to Brighton Beach

                #7 – Callahan Lacy – to Erfurt V.T.

                #8 – Aidan Hambledon – to Erfurt V.T.

The riders who entered but were not selected were Jocky Hunter and Fife MacCarthy.  The leagues also used this time to unveil the logos for the coming Title Match, Title Match of New York, and World Match. 

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Saturday, January 3 – RVA

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&0

                Brighton Beach – 0&0

                London Athletic – 0&0

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&0

                Coventry C.C. – 0&1

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Saturday, January 10 – RVA

                London Athletic – 1&0

               Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&0

                Coventry C.C. – 1&1

                Brighton Beach – 0&1

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&1

 

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Saturday, January 17 – RVA

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&0

                London Athletic – 1&0

                Coventry C.C. – 1&1

                Brighton Beach – 0&1

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&2

 

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Saturday, January 24 – RVA

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 3&0

                London Athletic – 2&0

                Coventry C.C. – 2&1

                Brighton Beach – 0&2

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&2

 

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Monday, January 26 – London, England

In a rather early announcement the Crystal Palace Sparrows unveil new uniforms that they will begin wearing in the 1886 season.  They become the first team to feature a home and away set.  The away set is not new at all it is the current uniform they are wearing.  The home set is the same design with the jersey just having reversed colors and the pants being a dark gray.

 

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Saturday, January 31 – RVA

                London Athletic – 3&0

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 3&0

                Brighton Beach – 1&2

                Coventry C.C. – 1&3

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&3

 

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Saturday, February 7 – RVA

                London Athletic – 4&0

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 3&1

                Brighton Beach – 2&2

                Coventry C.C. – 1&4

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&4

 

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Saturday, February 14 – RVA

                London Athletic – 4&0

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 4&1

                Brighton Beach – 2&2

                Coventry C.C. – 1&4

                Erfurt V.T. – 0&4

                NYVL

                Fordham C.C. – 1&0

                Saratoga Jockeys – 1&0

                Jersey P.C. – 0&1

                New York Jumbos – 0&1

 

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Monday, February 16 – Aberdeen, Scotland

Seosaid Perkins held a conference today to make a very big announcement.  The first part of the announcement is that after just two years the Aberdeen Academy will be closing.  That is not however because it failed in its mission to develop talent for the league.  It is closing because a whole new development organization and system is being created to replace it.  That organization will be called the International Velo Federation (IVF).  Below you can see the logo for the organization.  The IVF will become the governing body for amateur international velo talent development.  Seosaidh Perkins will head the organization as commissioner.  In the inaugural year, 1886, there will be six-member nations; Australia, Canada, German Empire, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States of America.  Each nation will have a team.  They will compete on for the Cycle Cup.  The Cycle Cup will be awarded every three years.  The championship game to earn the Cycle Cup will be the Cycle Cup Match.  Each three-year period will be called a cycle.  In the first two years of the cycle teams will play one another on a predetermined schedule.  The results of those games and standings from them will formulate a bracket tournament placement in the third year that will lead to the Cycle Cup Match.  These teams will be amateur riders.  At the end of every year some of them may be drafted into the pro leagues.  Unveiled at the conference as well were the logos and uniforms for the inaugural season of the IVF.

 

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I'm going to offer some constructive suggestions for this thread that I honestly think apply to many threads in the Sports Fan Fiction forum. Given that 90% of the posts are your own narrative, I think there are some ways that you could restructure the way you run this to gain more of a following and improve generally. I think that what separates a lot of the really popular topics in this forum from the others is that they are heavily design-centric. I'm not really suggesting that this thread does not have a lot of designs, but I think that you should initiate the narrative by really developing (and explaining this process) the designs and logos in this production before just jumping into the narrative. From an outside perspective, a lot of the information in this thread is overloaded to the point that it would be difficult to track back to the beginning of the thread and follow. I think there are a few areas for improvement that could definitely help you with this issue. First,  I would omit any irrelevant information. This is a sports forum, and I perceive most interest in these threads to be centered around scores, etc. I don't think that information on every single player is useful or relevant. Obviously some of the more popular threads include player information, but often after they have already gained somewhat of a following or have forefronted their thread with a lot of logo/design elements. I also think that there are some ways you could reshuffle how you present information. It's great that you can write in depth paragraphs, but I can't honestly see anyone going back through to read all of them. I would instead include somewhat more general overviews about trends/themes in the league, etc. (while also still including specific games and scores). The last thing that I really think would improve this thread would be to slow down. One way to mitigate the information overload is to develop things thoroughly and over time. Don't hear me as saying I really dislike your thread (which I don't), but I think there are some ways you could structure it to improve and make it more accessible to others.

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