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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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

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Cool thread, defenately something I will follow.

 

As someone with family in the East Midlands, hoping for a Derby or Chesterfield team:D

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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.w7egjJW.png

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The first week of games for the first season:

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Standings after week 1 of season 1:

Brighton Beach - 1&0

Coventry C.C. - 1&0

Crystal Palace Sparrows - 0&1

London Athletic - 0&1

 

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Standings April 9, 1881

 

Brighton Beach – 2&0

Coventry C.C. – 2&0

Crystal Palace Sparrows - 0&2

London Athletic – 0&2

 

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Standings as of week 3 (halfway through the first regular season)

 

---April 16

            Brighton Beach – 3&0

            Coventry C.C. – 2&1

            Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&2

            London Athletic – 0&3

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Standings

---April 23

            Brighton Beach – 4&0

            Coventry C.C. – 3&1

            Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&3

            London Athletic – 0&4

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Standings 

---April 30

            Brighton Beach – 5&0

            Coventry C.C. – 4&1

            Crystal Palace Sparrows – 1&4

            London Athletic – 0&5

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Final Standings

---May 7

            Brighton Beach – 6&0

            Coventry C.C. – 4&2

            Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&4

            London Athletic – 0&6

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---Monday, May 23

Just a little more then the first season having completed itself the RVA releases the schedule for the second season (1882).

            ---April 1

                        Brighton Beach @ Coventry C.C.

                        Crystal Palace Sparrows @ London Athletic

            ---April 8

                        London Athletic @ Brighton Beach

                        Coventry C.C. @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

            ---April 15

                        Coventry C.C. @ London Athletic

                        Brighton Beach @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

            ---April 22

                        Coventry C.C. @ Brighton Beach

                        London Athletic @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

            ---April 29

                        Brighton Beach @ London Athletic

                        Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Coventry C.C.

            ---May 6

                        London Athletic @ Coventry C.C.

                        Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Brighton Beach

            ---May 13

                        Title Match 2 @ Preston Park Velodrome in Brighton, England

 

---Tuesday, May 24

The logo for the second Title Match is released.

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---Monday, May 30

Cuts begin.  Offseason moves are very organized and structured in the RVA.  Cuts are a part of this organized process.  Each team has an assigned date to make decisions regarding their coach and pending free agents.  The champion has their cut date first and the other teams each take their turn in order of which they finished in the standings.  Once cuts are completed the process turns around and each team has a signing day.  These are the days that each team can sign free agents to their open roster spots.  These dates go from worst to first (or the reverse of the cut dates).  In between the cut dates and signing dates however is an open period in which each team that has no coach is to sign a new head coach.

 

So today was the first cut date and it of course belonged to the champion Brighton Beach.  Brighton had no qualms about resigning their head coach Rearden Lane.  Once he was assured of his return Lane went about dealing with the team’s free agents.  He had a quick decision regarding Clancy Bloxam and that was to let Bloxam go.  The team did however want to resign Dylan Regan.  Regan however decided that he wanted to go to free agency.  Regan had been speaking with Seosaidh Perkins, the head coach of Coventry C.C.  Regan believes that Coventry is a team on the rise and he wants to be a part of that.  So, Regan informed Brighton that he too would enter free agency.  Upon entering free agency Regan signed a Letter of Intent with Coventry.  In the RVA Letter’s of Intent are non-binding agreements made between free agents and teams.  While they officially declare an intention for a free agent to sign with a certain team, they are non-binding and either side of the agreement can change their mind. 

 

---Tuesday, May 31

Cut day for Coventry C.C.  Like Brighton a day ago Coventry was quick to resign their head coach for another year.  Seosaidh Perkins also needed little time to make up his mind regarding his pending free agents.  He released both Gethin Beake and Wesley Moore to free agency.  One of their spots is expected to be filled by Dylan Regan.  Regan who played with Brighton last season, is a free agent and has a Letter of Intent signed with Coventry.

 

---Wednesday, June 1

Cut day for Crystal Palace Sparrows.  Despite their lackluster performance in the previous season, Crystal Palace has resigned their coach Goraidh Kimball.  Kimball however was not so generous towards his pending free agents.  He let both, Oscar Bryant and Hiram Snyder, go. 

 

---Thursday, June 2

Cut day for London Athletic.  London was even worse then Crystal Palace last season.  Despite this fact they too are bringing back their head coach for another campaign.  Team owner Harry Marks explained his decision to resign Heddwyn O’Sirideain like this “Right now I have a lot more to be concerned with in my life, so I am going to let the coach manage my interests in the sport.  Also, there are rather limited possible candidates to replace him, isn’t there.”  So, with his job secured for another year O’Sirideain set about dealing with his pending free agents.  Like all three other teams, he released both his free agents; Andrus Ainsworth and Leary Abrahams.  In an effort to ease some tensions between the team and Zeke Josephs, changes towards position assignments were also made today.  Zeke Josephs was moved down to the Cleanup spot.  The Leadoff spot was left open.

 

---Friday, June 3

No team has an open coaching position, so the league president George Lacy Hillier announced today that signing days will begin on Monday.

 

---Monday, June 6

London Athletic signs no one on their signing day.  They will introduce two rookies that they have scouted onto their roster.

 

---Tuesday, June 7

Like London Athletic yesterday, Crystal Palace Sparrows sign no one on their signing day.  They too will introduce two rookies that they have scouted.

 

---Wednesday, June 8

The first free agent signing took place today.  Honoring their Letter of Intent, Dylan Regan signs with Coventry C.C.  He has been assigned to the Second Option position.  The team will fill their other open roster spot with a rookie that they have scouted.

 

---Thursday, June 9

Brighton Beach is the last to their signing day.  They sign no one.  They will fill their open roster spots with rookies that they have scouted.

 

---Friday, June 10

The league has a last call for singing of free agents.  All teams decline.

 

---Tuesday, June 14

Clancy Bloxam and Andrus Ainsworth each sign with Brighton Beach as assistant coaches.  Gethin Beake and Leary Abrahams each sign with Coventry C.C. as assistant coaches.  Wesley Moore signs as an assistant coach with London Athletic. 

 

---Wednesday, June 15

Both Oscar Bryant and Hiram Snyder announce their retirement from Velo.

 

---Monday, July 11

The rookies are introduced. 

Cecil Dick – from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – to London Athletic

Ivor Johnson – from Dublin, Ireland – to Crystal Palace Sparrows

Ike Lewis – from Leicestershire, England – to Brighton Beach

Ffransis McNeill – from Carmarthenshire, Wales – to London Athletic

Wiley Nichols – from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – to Coventry C.C.

Gareth O’hAnnagain – from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – to Brighton Beach

Todd Perkins – from Solihull, West Midlands, England – to Crystal Palace Sparrows

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