Let battle to avoid the drop commence!

20 Aug 2012

Without doubt, the Grand Shield is one of the most difficult contests to win and perhaps also the least-favourite of all contests for the top bands.  In recent years, several top bands have suffered the 'indignity' of a spell in the Shield, e.g. Leyland and Tredegar both won at the 5th attempt, Reg Vardy were successful on their 4th trip, and Whitburn is the latest former Open regular to experience the perennial delights of Blackpool with a third trip on the cards next year.

This year's and last year's placings will be added together and the two bands with the highest aggregates are likely to receive an invitation to next year's Grand Shield!  Here is the bottom end of the table, showing placings from last year, to which this year's placing will be added:

10  Leyland

11  Fairey

12  Rothwell Temperance

13  Reg Vardy

14  Co-operative Funeralcare

16  Kirkintilloch

Recent history suggests that no more than about 25 or 26 points will be needed to survive but it's not an exact science as demonstrated below (relegated bands each year shown in red).  Kirkintilloch is in the firing line again this year and they know only too well just how fickle the system can be having been relegated with 26 points in 2010 but survived with 28 points in 2002!

One or two 'name' bands will be hoping that they don't fall below the dreaded cut line and then face a tricky trip to Blackpool in the spring.


21  Virtuosi (GUS)

22  Leyland

25  Co-operative Funeralcare

30  Hepworth (Cookson Homes)

31  Tongwynlais Temperance


23  Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

25  Hepworth (Cookson Homes)

26  Virtuosi (GUS)

26  Kirkintilloch

32  Whitburn


26  Fairey

26  Whitburn

28  Hammonds Saltaire

30  BTM


22  Fairey

23  Kirkintilloch

25  Scottish Co-op

26  YBS

26  Rothwell Temperance

29  Flowers

plus Sellers International (defunct)


23  Brighouse & Rastrick

23  Rothwell Temperance

25  Kirkintilloch

30  Reg Vardy

31  Aveley & Newham


26  Reg Vardy

29  Sellers International

35  Ashton-under-Lyne

36  Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel


21  Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal)

22  Desford Colliery

23  Whitburn

35  Tredegar


26  Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel

27  Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal)

27  Tredegar

31  Cwmaman Institute

34  Carlton Main Frickley Colliery


21  Cwmaman Institute

23  Kirkintilloch

23  Ever Ready

25  Besses o' th' Barn

25  Leyland

32  Travelsphere Holidays


27  Travelsphere Holidays

27  Ever Ready

28  Kirkintilloch

31  CWS (Glasgow)

36  Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

38  Glossop Old

plus Todmorden Old (defunct)