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North Staffordshire Golf Club. (1890s)

Little is known of the North Staffordshire Golf Club which first appeared in the 1890s. 

Below is a rare mention of the North Staffordshire Club in 1896.


North Staffordshire Golf Club. Rare mention in a newspaper report from February 1896.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner Thursday 13 February 1896. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


From 1896 Kelly's Directory - "North Staffs Golf Club House, P Bates (hon. sec.), Longport, Wolstanton, Stoke." 

Thanks to Dixon Pickup for the image below and for the following text regarding regarding this elusive club. “Despite exhaustive efforts by the leading research luminaries, namely John Llewellyn (‘Golf’s Missing Link's web-site), Rex Butler and Howard Ripley, no club with this title has been traced. The back mark however maybe the clue to the hoped for recognition. The button, a player’s jacket example is of the finest quality gilt, a burnished rim, lined ground, the usual weaponry, Knot Simpliciter and the four letters. The back mark sponsor was William Bates, Burslem, at this time c1905, he was the third generation head of Burslem’s leading gentlemen’s tailors and outfitters, occupying premises at 23 Market Place. The business had been founded in 1820 by J F Bates, William’s grandfather. The present Burslem Golf Club was opened in 1907 as a 9-hole course and has remained so. Whether Bates and other gentlemen wished the club to be named ‘North Staffordshire’ is a matter of pure conjecture, but Bates felt confident enough to order up some buttons. This item appeared in the North Star and Farmers’ Chronicle of 27 April 1911, “The Grand Duke Michael of Russia has presented to the Newcastle, Staffordshire, Golf Club, of which he is president, a silver cup, to be called the Coronation Challenge Cup.’  Newcastle Golf Club had been formed in Staffordshire in 1908; could this be another contender for this intriguing button?”


North Staffordshire Golf Club. Rare player's jacket button for  NSGC.

Image courtesy of Dixon Pickup.


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