The Edward Rayne Trophy

The fourth national competition run by the SBU was a teams of four, to be played for our most valuable silver trophy. This was donated by Edward Rayne after he won the Teams at both Scottish Congresses in 1948.

It was originally a knockout aggregate teams, differentiated from the Scottish Cup by the fact that it was a Pivot Teams, where the Captain played one third of the boards with each of his team-mates. So that the captain could play equally with each of his team-mates, the final consisted of 96 boards rather than the 100 of the Scottish Cup. It evolved into a Multiple Teams, with qualifying rounds in the Clubs, and semi-finals in the Districts.

Most Wins

10 Les Steel 88; 94; 95; 98; 06; 07; 12; 13; 16; 18
9 Jack Paterson 68; 69; 70; 71; 72; 76; 79; 09; 15
     
8 John MacLaren 69; 70; 71; 72; 76; 81; 84; 88
  Dave Walker 94; 95; 98; 06; 07; 12; 13; 16
  Roy Bennett 80; 88; 94; 95; 02; 03; 04; 17
     
7 Ian Morrison 69; 70; 71; 72; 76; 79; 84
  Brian Short 78; 82; 09; 12; 13; 16; 18
     
6 John Matheson 69; 70; 74; 09; 12; 13
  Alex Adamson 93; 02; 03; 04; 14; 17
     
5 Ken Baxter 71; 72; 76; 79; 93
  Tom Culbertson 74; 75; 78; 81; 84
  Hugh Kelsey 74; 75; 78; 80; 81
  John McMonagle 80; 97; 02; 03; 04
     
4 Albert Benjamin 50; 51; 54; 56
  David Frew 68; 89; 91; 05
  David Liggat 79; 89; 91; 05
  Harry Smith 02; 03; 04; 17
     
3 Sol Barnett 50; 51; 61
  Harry Barnett 53; 61; 87
  Richard Benstead 92; 99; 00
  Tom Culbertson 98; 06; 07
  Donald Denoon 85; 96; 05
  Sandy Duncan 68; 78; 84
  Joe Gerber 52; 54; 61
  Richard Jarvis 92; 99; 00
  David Landa 52; 54; 58
  Jim McGeorge 93; 06; 07
  Louis Mitchell 50; 51; 56
  Kish Srinivasan 92; 99; 00
  Gordon Wellington 89; 91; 05
  Archie Winetrobe 52; 54; 61

 

 

Sir Edward Rayne

19 August 1922 – 7 February 1992

Edward Rayne was born on 19th August 1922 in London. His father was the owner of the shoe manufacturing company founded in 1889, H&R Rayne and his mother was American.

He was educated at Harrow and entered his father’s business to learn the trade. H&R Rayne were no back-street cobblers but designed and manufactured high fashion quality shoes mainly for the theatre. In 1920 they opened a shop in Bond Street, which became highly successful.

He joined the family firm in 1940. In 1951 at the age of 29, following the death of his father; Rayne became director of the business. It rapidly grew into an international concern and gained three royal warrants. His most prestigious commission was to supply shoes for the then Princess Elizabeth to wear at her wedding in 1947. He was knighted in 1988.

He faced probable blindness. Unable to fight in World War II, he developed a talent for bridge and won a major competition in London at the age of 20. An operation saved his sight, and in 1948 in Copenhagen he helped Britain win the first post-war European Championship. At 25, he was one of the youngest ever to win that title.

He always preserved his love of bridge, and served for many years as chairman of London's Portland Club. He let some fresh air into the staid portals of that venerable institution by arranging for the admission of some expert players. Just a week before his death he finished second in a Portland event that would be unusual in any other club: a team contest with the squads decided by lot. The field included many internationally known stars. Rayne's partner proved to be Zia Mahmood.

Edward Rayne and his team won the teams at both Scottish congresses in 1948. This prompted him to donate that Edward Rayne Trophy, SBU’s most valuable silver trophy. It was won in 1949 by Albert Benjamin, Louis Mitchell, Hyme and Sol Barnett.

He died on 7 February 1992 aged 69 when a television set in his home in Bexhill, went on fire causing a blaze that he did not survive.

AF

2017-18 Mike Ash, Alan Goodman, Brian Short, Les Steel
2016-17 Harry Smith, Roy Bennett, Mike McGinley, Alex Adamson
2015-16 Brian Short, Alan Goodman, Les Steel, Dave Walker
2014-15 Derek Sanders, Jack Paterson, Sam Punch, Stephen Peterkin
2013-14 Finlay Marshall, Alex Adamson, Malcolm Cuthbertson, Douglas Piper
2012-13 Brian Short, Les Steel, John Mathieson, Dave Walker
2011-12 Brian Short, Dave Walker, John Matheson, Les Steel
2010-11 Sandy Anderson, Stewart Duguid, Ian Burn, Sam Malkani
2009-10 Veronica Guy, Sam Punch, Stephen Peterkin, Mike Ash
2008-09 Brian Short, Jack Paterson, John Matheson, Liz McGowan
2007-08 Veronica Guy, Sam Punch, Alan Goodman, Ian (Dee) Harley
2006-07 Les Steel, James McGeorge, Malcolm Cuthbertson, Dave Walker
2005-06 Les Steel, James McGeorge, Malcolm Cuthbertson, Dave Walker
2004-05 David Frew, David Liggat, Donald Denoon, Gordon Wellington
2003-04 Harry Smith, Alex Adamson, Roy Bennett, John McMonagle
2002-03 Harry Smith, Alex Adamson, Roy Bennett, John McMonagle
2001-02 Harry Smith, Alex Adamson, Roy Bennett, John McMonagle
2000-01 Douglas Mitchell, David Weir, Iain McIntyre, Paul Maiolani
1999-00 Richard Jarvis, Richard Benstead, Kish Srinivasan, Mike Green
1998-99 Richard Jarvis, Richard Benstead, Kish Srinivasan, Mike Green
1997-98 Douglas Piper, Les Steel, Malcolm Cuthbertson, Dave Walker
1996-97 Charles & Vi Outred, John McMonagle, Jim McMenemy
1995-96 Miro Dragic, Ken Rae, Donald Denoon, Derek Sanders
1994-95 Les Steel, James Forbes, Roy Bennett, Dave Walker
1993-94 Les Steel, James Forbes, Roy Bennett, Dave Walker
1992-93 Ken Baxter, Liz McGowan, Alex Adamson, James McGeorge
1991-92 Richard Jarvis, Richard Edwards, Richard Benstead, Kish Srinivasan
1990-91 David Frew, David Liggat, Moore McVeigh, Gordon Wellington
1989-90 David Gerrard, Jim Kippen, Catherine Gerrard, Jack Silverstone
1988-89 David Frew, David Liggat, Moore McVeigh, Gordon Wellington
1987-88 John MacLaren, Bill Mitchell, Les Steel, Roy Bennett
1986-87 Morag Malcolm, Harry Barnett, Joyce Benson, Barbara Kay
1985-86 Robert Grubb, Max Blodwell, David Gerrard, Catherine Thomson (Gerrard)
1984-85 Donald Denoon, Ross Woodburn, Ian Howie, John Murdoch
1983-84 Tom Culbertson, John MacLaren, Sandy Duncan, Ian Morrison
1982-83 George Anderson, Dave Ratcliffe, Norman McGeagh, John Osborne
1981-82 Tom Culbertson, John MacLaren, Hugh Kelsey, Brian Short
1980-81 Hamish & Muriel Smith, Stuart & Anne Staveley
1979-80 Roy Bennett, Bill Mitchell, Hugh Kelsey, John McMonagle
1978-79 Ken Baxter, Jack Paterson, David Liggat, Ian Morrison
1977-78 Tom Culbertson, Hugh Kelsey, Sandy Duncan, Brian Short
1976-77 Eric Steel, Jenny Steel, Harry Leach, Stewart Dagger
1975-76 John MacLaren, Ian Morrison, Ken Baxter, Jack Paterson
1974-75 Tom Culbertson, Hugh Kelsey, Jimmy Allan, Patrick Jourdain
1973-74 Tom Culbertson, Hugh Kelsey, Victor Goldberg, John Matheson
1972-73 Victor Silverstone, David Landa, Gerald Haase, Michael Rosenberg
1971-72 John MacLaren, Ian Morrison, Ken Baxter, Jack Paterson
1970-71 John MacLaren, Ian Morrison, Ken Baxter, Jack Paterson
1969-70 John MacLaren, Ian Morrison, John Matheson, Jack Paterson
1968-69 John MacLaren, Ian Morrison, John Matheson, Jack Paterson
1967-68 Sandy Duncan, Nigel Guthrie, Jack Paterson, David Frew
1966-67 Jimmy Gray, Dominic Devine, Robin Constable, Patrick Constable
1965-66 Ronald Manson, Jean Macnair, Jimmy Allan, Galloway Shearer
1964-65 Milton Miller, Isaac Mendelsohn, Alex Evsovitch, Morrie Shroot
1963-64 Ray Lewis, Margaret Burgess, Alec Anderson, Alec McDonald
1962-63 Hugh Fraser, John Stevenson, Isobel Davidson, Arthur MacAloon
1961-62 Jack & Etta Farquharson, Matt & Ina Pillans
1960-61 Harry & Sol Barnett, Joe Gerber, Archie Winetrobe
1959 Ronald Manson, Jean Macnair, Jim Fergusson, Bobby Allan
1958 Bill & Agnes Johnston, Freda Hayes, May Wilkie
1957 Len & Louis Shenkin, David Landa, Sammy Stein
1956 Ken Gray, Jim B Cunningham, Angus Cameron, Harry Robb
1955 Albert Benjamin, Louis Mitchell, Victor Goldberg, George Jesner
1954 Alec Fell, Sonny Balarski, Jack Hymans, Danny Caplan
1953 Joe Gerber, David Landa, Albert Benjamin, Archie Winetrobe
1952 Judy Benjamin, Harry Barnett, Danny Tait, Morrie Luckner
1951 Joe Gerber, David Landa, Louis Rose, Archie Winetrobe
1950 Albert Benjamin, Louis Mitchell, Hymie & Sol Barnett
1949 Albert Benjamin, Louis Mitchell, Hymie & Sol Barnett

(from Liz McGowan's SBU 75th Anniversary book)