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Standings

---Saturday, April 1

                Brighton Beach – 1&0

                Crystal Palace – 1&0

                Coventry C.C. – 0&1

                London Athletic – 0&1

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Standings 

---Saturday, April 8

                Brighton Beach – 2&0

                Coventry C.C. – 1&1

                Crystal Palace – 1&1

                London Athletic – 0&1

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Standings 

---Saturday, April 15

                Brighton Beach – 3&0

                Coventry C.C. – 2&1

                Crystal Palace – 1&2

                London Athletic – 0&3

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---Tuesday, April 18                                                                             

News today of the passing of one of the leagues members.  Sir Henry Cole, the owner and founder of Crystal Palace, passed away today following a short illness.  Beyond his involvement as a franchise owner in the Royal Velo Association, Mr. Cole was a man of literature.  Perhaps one of his most note worthy accomplishments was the creation of the Christmas Card.  He also dedicated time to the establishment of museums.  One other development Mr. Cole was involved with was the Crystal Palace’s construction.  When George Lacy Hillier struggled to find a taker to purchase the Velo franchise that was to play in the Crystal Palace, Sir Cole put those struggles to an end.  With a sense of humor Cole named his new team the Crystal Palace Sparrows.  The name was an ironic nod to the fact that Sparrows often invaded and became pests in the Crystal Palace.  Sir Cole was the first to put together an identity for his team, both logo and uniforms.  In the season and a half that he oversaw the team they had little success.  In his will he has left the team to the son-in-law of one of his mentors.  That mentor being Thomas Love Peacock whose son-in-law being George Meredith.  As per the leagues official policy towards change of ownership, Meredith will not officially be recognized as the owner of the club until January 1, 1883.  During the offseason however, Meredith can begin to function as the team’s owner. 

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Standings:

---Saturday, April 22

                Brighton Beach – 4&0

                Coventry C.C. – 2&2

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&2

                London Athletic – 0&4

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Standings:

---Saturday, April 29

                Brighton Beach – 4&1

                Coventry C.C. – 3&2

                Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&3

                London Athletic – 1&4

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Standings:

 

---Saturday, May 6

Brighton Beach – 4&1&1

Coventry C.C. – 4&2

Crystal Palace Sparrows – 2&3&1

London Athletic – 1&5

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, redowl said:

Hen will expansion sides happen?

Thanks for asking.  I am presently getting ready an expansion of sorts.  The Royal Velo Association is not adding an expansion team just yet.  That won't happen until 1885.  What is just around the corner however is the first of Velo leagues in other places.  The story of the New York Velo League is just about to break.  All of this will eventually lead to the formation of the International Velo Federation, a world governing body of the sport. 

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---Monday, May 15 – Manhattan, New York

William Kissam Vanderbilt announces that he wants to bring Velo to New York.  The announcement comes alongside the announcement that P.T. Barnum has already invested in the new league to be called the New York Velo League (NYVL).  The NYVL will be modeled after the RVL and will share nearly all the same customs and practices.  P.T. Barnum has purchased the first of four franchises that will play in the NYVL.  He also has secured a 10-year lease to operate out of Madison Square Garden, a facility owned by William Kissam Vanderbilt.  Barnum declares that his team will be named the New York Jumbos.  The name is inspired by the prized elephant he purchased and brought to America.

 

---Monday, May 22 – Saratoga Springs, New York

The NYVL announces today that a second franchise has been sold.  William R. Travers has a 5-year lease to run a team at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Travers, whose team will play at a horse racing facility, announced that he intends on naming his team the Saratoga Jockeys.

 

---Wednesday, May 24 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey

William Kissam Vanderbilt announces that he has acquired a 3-year lease for someone to run a team in his NYVL out of Freehold Raceway in Freehold Borough, New Jersey.  This team becomes the second to operate out of a horse racing facility.

 

---Friday, May 26 – London, England

The RVA releases their schedule for their third season, 1883.

---April 7---

Brighton Beach @ Coventry C.C.

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ London Athletic

---April 14---

London Athletic @ Brighton Beach

Coventry C.C. @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

---April 21---

Coventry C.C. @ London Athletic

Brighton Beach @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

---April 28---

Coventry C.C. @ Brighton Beach

London Athletic @ Crystal Palace Sparrows

---May 5---

Brighton Beach @ London Athletic

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Coventry C.C.

---May 12---

London Athletic @ Coventry C.C.

Crystal Palace Sparrows @ Brighton Beach

---May 19---

Title Match III

at: Preston Park Velodrome

in: Brighton, England

 

---Wednesday, May 31 – Bronx, New York

A group of investors come forward to announce they have formed a partnership and will purchase the fourth franchise in the NYVL.  The group is headed by William Collins Whitney.  Whitney will be the majority and controlling partner.  He holds 40% interest in the team.  His partners are James R. Keene and Leonard Jerome.  Each of these men hold 30% of the team.  The team will be the third to operate out of horse racing facility.  This time it is Jerome Park Racetrack, a facility operated by one of the partners who own this franchise, Leonard Jerome.  It is announced that the team will be named the Fordham Cycling Club.  Just like the Coventry Cycling Club in the RVA, Fordham will use the abbreviated name of Fordham C.C.

 

---Thursday, June 1 – Brighton, England

Cut day for Brighton Beach.  Rearden Lane will return as the club’s coach.  The pending free agents were Nicky Christophers and Kieron Adkins.  Coach Lane talked Christophers into re-signing, but he released Adkins to free agency.  Gareth O’hAnnagain was moved up to the Middle position on the rosters.  Nicky Christophers was sent down to the Cleanup spot. 

 

---Friday, June 2 – Coventry, England

Cut day for Coventry C.C.  Things did not go smoothly in the offices of Coventry C.C. today.  John Kemp Stanley the owner of the team was not happy with the singing of Dylan Regan last offseason.  He felt the deal was a bad move for the club.  He felt that Coach Seosaidh Perkins should have opened two roster spots for rookies last year.  Perkin’s was not fully in disagreement.  He too felt last offseason was handled poorly.  While he would not go so far as to say Regan was not worthy of signing he did say he now feels it might not have been the best move for the club.  Stanley vowed that the same mistake would not be committed again this offseason.  He ordered Coach Perkins to let both pending free agents, Grigor Rollins and Berry O’Meadhra, go and to fill the roster spots they leave open with rookies. Perkins argued to his boss that while that should have been the course of action for the team last offseason, it did not fit this year’s situation.  Coach Perkins wanted to let Berry O’Meadhra go to free agency, but he wanted to resign Grigor Rollins.  Stanley ordered Coach Perkins to do as he said.   Perkins was unwilling and had not yet signed a new year’s contract with the team.  Instead he decided to leave.  He became a free agent coach.  As soon as he had left the job, John Kemp Stanley informed both Grigor Rollins and Berry O’Meadhra they would be released to free agency. 

 

---Monday, June 5 – London, England

Cut day for Crystal Palace Sparrows.  Due to the passing of their founder Henry Cole, today brought the first instances of the new ownership, George Meredith.  Meredith came in, resigned Goraidh Kimball as the head coach and then informed Kimball he did not have any interest in what Kimball would decide to do with the team.  Meredith in fact told Kimball that he has no interest in owning this team that he has inherited.  He announced to the league and the rest of the world for that matter that the Crystal Palace Sparrows are hereby up for sale.  As for the teams pending free agents, Amhlaidh Mathewson and Tearlach Thorburn, Coach Kimball let both go. 

                Manhattan, New York

The NYVL league releases their first schedule as well as their official league logo and the logo for their first Title Match of New York.

---April 7---

New York Jumbos @ Saratoga Jockeys

Fordham C.C. @ New Jersey

---April 14---

New Jersey @ New York Jumbos

Saratoga Jockeys @ Fordham C.C.

---April 21---

Saratoga Jockeys @ New Jersey

New York Jumbos @ Fordham C.C.

---April 28---

Saratoga Jockeys @ New York Jumbos

New Jersey @ Fordham C.C.

---May 5---

New York Jumbos @ New Jersey

Fordham C.C. @ New York Jockeys

---May 12---

New Jersey @ Saratoga Jockeys

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---May 19---

Title Match of New York 1

at: Madison Square Garden

in: Manhattan, New York

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---Tuesday, June 6 – London, England

Cut day for London Athletic.  After two failed seasons Harry Marks informed Coach Heddwyn O’Sirideain that he will not be brought back for another year to coach the team.  The team then let pending free agent Angel Duane know that he too was not going to be resigned by the club.  In a somewhat surprise move the team did resign Zeke Josephs.  Josephs, who was the Leadoff for London Athletic, in the first season did have some issues with the club.  Those troubles now appear to be behind him however.  Stuart Preston was moved up to the Leadoff spot.  Zeke Josephs was moved to the Middle and Cecil Dick was dropped down to be the Cleanup.

 

---Wednesday, June 7 – London, England

Coaches week opens and right away London Athletic announces that they have reached an agreement with Wesley Moore to be their next head coach.  Moore had spent the last season as an assistant coach with London Athletic. 

                Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Coaches week is now upon us and the New Jersey franchise in the NYVL still is without an owner.  William Kissiam Vanderbilt, the leagues President, announced today that the league will operate the New Jersey franchise for at least this initial season.  He announces that the team will be called the Jersey Pedal Club and will go by the moniker Jersey P.C.  The league hopes to have an owner for the franchise by next season.  Moving ahead in the meanwhile allows for the franchise to hire a coach during coaches’ week. 

 

---Thursday, June 8 – Coventry, England

Coventry C.C. owner announces that Gethin Beake has been named as his clubs next head coach.  Beake had previously been an assistant with Coventry.

                Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Jersey P.C. introduces Heddwyn O’Sirideain as their first head coach.  O’Sirideain of course had spent the last two seasons as the head coach of London Athletic.

 

---Friday, June 9 – Bronx, New York

William Collins Whitney introduces the man that will become Fordham C.C.’s first head coach.  That man is Leary Abrahams who last season had been an assistant with Coventry C.C.

 

---Monday, June 12 – Saratoga Springs, New York

The Saratoga Jockeys hire Clancy Bloxam as their first head coach.  Bloxam had been an assistant on Brighton Beach.

 

---Friday, June 16 – Manhattan, New York

Not sure what he was waiting on as this was the last available head coaching job, but Seosaidh Perkins finally signed to become the head coach of the New York Jumbos.

 

---Saturday, June 17 – Manhattan, New York

The NYVL holds an event where they unveil the logos and uniforms of their four inaugural teams.

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---Monday, June 19 – Freehold Borough, New Jersey

As a brand-new start up league the New York Velo League (NYVL) holds a collective singing day.  Jersey P.C. signs one rider, Berry O’Meadhra formerly of Coventry C.C.  They sign him to a three-year deal and assign him to the Middle position.

                Bronx, New York

Fordham C.C. signed just one player as well.  They signed Angel Duane formerly of London Athletic.  They give him a two-year deal and assign him to the Middle position.

                Saratoga Springs, New York

As their part in the NYVL collective signing day the Saratoga Jockeys signed just one rider as well.  They made Amhlaidh Mathewson a part of their team.  Mathewson comes to them via the Crystal Palace Sparrows.  Mathewson signed a two-year deal with Saratoga.  He likewise was assigned to the Middle position.

                Manhattan, New York

The New York Jumbos also signed just a single rider on the leagues startup signing day and they just like everyone else assigned that rider to the Middle position.  For them the rider as Grigor Rollins who previously rode for Coventry C.C.  He was signed to a two-year deal.

 

---Tuesday, June 20 – London, England

Signing day for London Athletic.  They pass.  They will fill their open roster spot with a rookie.

 

---Wednesday, June 21 – London, England

Signing day for Crystal Palace Sparrows.  They too pass.  They will fill two open roster spots with rookies.

 

---Thursday, June 22 – Coventry, England

Coventry, like both teams in London, passes on their signing day.  They will fill two open roster spots with rookies.  This was after all what owner John Kemp Starley wanted. 

 

---Friday, June 23 – Brighton, England

Brighton has one open roster spot.  They like everyone else in the RVA have decided to fill it with a rookie.

 

---Monday, June 26

Both leagues have an official last call for signing of free agents.  Nobody makes any moves however and this brings last call to an end.

 

---Wednesday, June 28 – London, England

Tearlach Thorburn signs on as an assistant coach with the Crystal Palace Sparrows.  He previously had been a rider for the same team.

                Brighton, England

Kieron Adkins signed as an assistant coach with Brighton Beach today.  Adkins had previously been a rider for the same team.

 

---Monday, July 17

The rookies are announced:

                Brighton Beach:

Padrig Paterson – from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales – assigned to Third Option position

                Coventry C.C.:

Ed Lincoln – from Birmingham, West Midlands, England – assigned to First Option position

Grigor O’Dubhghaill – from Denbighshire, Wales – assigned to Second Option position

                Crystal Palace Sparrows:

Graeme Radclyffe – from Aberdeenshire, Scotland – assigned to First Option position

Ewart McAfee – from Shropshire, England – assigned to Third Option position

                London Athletic

Fearghas McWilliam – from Glasgow, Scotland – assigned to Second Option position

                New York Jumbos

Edison Hennessy – from Langley Park, Maryland – assigned to Leadoff position – 3 years

Boyce Durant – from Saint Petersburg, Florida – assigned to Cleanup position – 3 years

Lon Kingsley – from Washington, D.C. – assigned to First Option position – 2 years

Larrie Kelsey – from Perth, Western Australia, Australia – assigned to Second Option position – 2 years

Greg Dickman – from Grand Island, Nebraska – assigned to Third Option position – 1 year

                Saratoga Jockeys

Shelley Salmon – from Downey, California – assigned to Leadoff position – 3 years

Vere Bryson – from Charlotte, North Carolina – assigned to Cleanup position – 3 years

Cat Christophers – from Horsham, West Sussex, England – assigned to First Option position – 2 years

Stanley Stacy – from Grinnell, Iowa – assigned to Second Option position – 1 year

Waylon Harvey – from Carson, California – assigned to Third Option position – 1 year

                Fordham C.C.

Hamilton Pope – from San Antonio, Texas – assigned to Leadoff position – 3 years

Trace Buchanan – from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – assigned to Cleanup position – 3 years

Leo Hayden – from Colorado Springs, Colorado – assigned to First Option position – 2 years

Cleve Woods – from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England – assigned to Second Option position – 2 years

Jimi MacLean – from New York, New York – assigned to Third Option – 1 year

                Jersey P.C.

Zeph Jack – from Belfast, Ireland – assigned to Leadoff position – 3 years

Greg Revie – from Waverly, Michigan – assigned to Cleanup position – 2 years

Donny Neville – from Los Angeles, California – assigned to First Option position – 2 years

Cam Bull – from Canton, Michigan – assigned to Second Option position – 1 year

Rabbie Southgate – from Aberdeenshire, Scotland – assigned to Third Option position – 1 year

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