Record-breaking Herrington Workmens’ demise a sad blow to Swan Cup

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FIXTURES for the fast-looming outdoor leagues have been released.

The Swan Cup has reverted back to a two-tier format, with holders Houghton Dairy Lane opening their defence at home to Barnes Park on May 6.

One notable omission from the Swan Cup is Herrington Workmen’s. For two decades, they dominated the Swan Cup, winning it an unprecedented 25 years in a row, however, over recent years, the club has hit hard times as their membership dropped and sadly a club that witnessed the mastery of the late Willie Watson, the Irwin brothers and Lloyd Whitworth have sadly dropped out of the leagues.

The Earl Cup format retains three divisions, with holders Silksworth starting their search for a fourth consecutive league title with a home game against South Hylton on May 11.

The Harold Howey Trophy has changed from three divisions to two. Holders Silksworth will entertain Wearmouth on Thursday, April 30.

The Storey Bowl remains a nine-team league, with defending champions Hetton Workmen travelling to Hylton CW on Saturday, April 25.

One of the oldest clubs in the city have also called time as Mowbray have succumbed to a lack of members, while Lumley have also dropped out of the leagues, though they remain a member of the Sunderland and District Bowling Association.