The Merseyside Gundog Club was the brainchild
of three men back in 1950.
They were Ed Corteen, Jack Corrin and Les Gibson and they were the club’s
first chairman, secretary and treasurer, respectively.
up with the longtime Chairman Ed Corteen,
President T Watkinson, with judge Ms A B Nicholson, Oct 1982
It was the wish
of its founders that the Merseyside Gundog Club should
be truly democratic and it was with this in mind that they adopted a
revolutionary constitution. They decided that there would be officers
but no committee. Instead, the members themselves would run the
club at regular, monthly meetings and the affairs of the club continued
to be administered in this way for the next 40 years.
In its first year, the Merseyside Gundog Club held five field trials
and two shows and despite the demise or the working section in 1951,
continued to hold shows, ultimately being awarded championship status
by the Kennel Club. The first championship show was held appropriately
in Liverpool at Woolton Park in 1986 and was followed by a series of
such shows held annually at various venues throughout the region until
when, as a result of restructuring and re-organisation
by the Kennel Club, championship status was withdrawn.
Ann Moss, Chairman David Tobin & President Molly Hall
at Championship show at G. Mex, Manchester in the early 1990's
In 1990, as a
result of the change in status, it was felt that some element of
confidentiality should be introduced into the club’s affairs when
certain matters and the club’s constitution was changed. So we
came to the end of an era, with some sadness as far as some members
In the following year,1991, a sub-committee was formed to restore the
working section and an inaugural working test was held in the September
that year. Over the next few years, various tests were held, catering
all the gundog breeds, until the loss of the ground and the re-location
of the then field trial secretary forced the scaling down of activities.
Currently the emphasis of the club is on the show
scene and two
open shows are held each year at Sutton Leisure Centre in St Helens.
In keeping with its original constitution, the club continues to strive
to meet the requirements of its members and details of services and
functions available may be found on the events page.