Sunday 8th May 2022 – Spring League No.6 – Whitehall Pool, Rushwick

Another pleasant morning greeted Malvern Anglers to their final Spring League match at the new venue of Whitehall pool near Rushwick. On one side of the pool, Steve Thomas used light pole whip tackle with maggot and caster bait to catch two or three nice sized bream amongst many other smaller fish for his weight of 11-0-0. However, this was not quite enough to prevent Ian Goddard on the other side of the pool from winning with a net of 11-14-0 composed of various silver fish but boosted by a carp of over two pounds that he caught on pole fished maggots at the start of the match. In the next peg, Frank Edwards persisted with leger tactics that were eventually rewarded with a single bream of over 5 pounds that took third place with a net of 5-10-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 11-14-0
  2. Steve Thomas 11-0-0
  3. Frank Edwards 5-10-0
  4. John Shaw 5-7-0
  5. Mick Perks 1-3-0

Steve Thomas

Ian G




Sunday 24th April 2022 – Spring League No.5 – Grebe Pool, Top Barn Fishery.

Another bright, sunny day but with a keen North Easterly wind welcomed Malvern Anglers to the Grebe pool of Top Barn fishery for their fifth Spring league match. Unlike on previous matches at this venue, big carp did not feature significantly in the weights but rather Ian Ga few nice bream and silver fish were caught. In the more sheltered end of the pool, Ian Goddard managed to catch a couple of bream over two pounds and a smaller one on pole fished maggot which, together with some smaller fish made up his winning weight of 10-6-0. In contrast, Chris Loveridge caught a tench of over two pounds and a carp of over five pounds on legered sweetcorn to feature in his second place weight of 9-2-0. Although Graham Rees started off well by catching a bream of about three pounds on pole fished maggot in the first few minutes, he had to wait until near the end of the match to catch another bream to add to a number of smaller silver fish for his third place weight of 8-10-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 10-6-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 9-2-0
  3. Graham Rees 8-10-0
  4. John Shaw 6-15-0
  5. Ken Yates 3-8-0
  6. Frank Edwards 2-15-0
  7. Mick Perks 0-1-0

Sunday 10th April 2022 – Spring League No.4 – The Stock Pond, Court Farm Fishery, Malvern.

Another bright, frosty morning greeted Malvern Anglers at Court Farm to their fourth Spring League match. However, unlike the previous two matches at with frosty starts, the fish in the new pool at this venue were almost completely put off by these conditions as some anglers failed to get a bite or just had the occasional fish. Nevertheless, in form Ian Goddard got off to a flying start by catching several small carp on pole fished maggot at the start of the match before his peg went dead but still ended up with a winning weight of 8-9-0. At the other end of the pool, John Shaw was starting to pack up when he was surprised to get a bite on his last cast of legered sweetcorn and landed a carp of over four pounds in the last second of the match that was enough for second place, just ahead of Dave Stretton who managed to find three small carp for a third place of 3-15-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 8-9-0
  2. John Shaw 4-5-0
  3. Dave Stretton 3-15-0
  4. Ken Yates 3-7-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 1-12-0
  6. Mick Perks 1-3-0

Sunday 3rd April 2022 – Spring League No.3 – Hartleton Pool, Upton Bishop. 

A frosty morning with bright sunshine greeted Malvern Ian GAnglers for their third Spring League match at Hartleton pool. Although these conditions often signify poor catches, in fact the fishing was much better than feared as there were plenty of fish of all types caught throughout the match. One again, leading the way, was Ian Goddard who switched from swimfeeder tactics to pole with maggot bait to catch several nice sized bream as well as many smaller skimmers and roach to make up his winning weight to 23-4-0. In contrast, Ken Yates persisted with swimfeeder and maggot bait to catch a slightly smaller weight of fish for his second place weight of 18-12-0. Meanwhile, having persisted with swimfeeder for the first part of the match with little success, third place John Shaw switched to a short pole to catch a variety of fish close in for a weight of 17-4-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 23-4-0
  2. Ken Yates 18-12-0
  3. John Shaw 17-4-0
  4. John Bolton 12-13-0
  5. Frank Edwards 11-4-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 9-13-0
  7. Steve Thomas 8-3-0
  8. Steve Williams 7-4-0
  9. Steve Davis 5-5-0
  10. Mick Perks 2-15-0

Sunday 27th March 2022 – Spring League No.2 – Bill’s Pool, Broadacres Fishery. 

After a cool start, a day of pleasantly mild weather welcomed Ian GMalvern Anglers for their second Spring league match on Bill’s pool at Broadacres fisheries. All anglers enjoyed bites from the start with plenty of silver fish being caught for a change, together with some small carp, that led to very close match results. Indeed, Ian Goddard’s winning weight of 19-6-0 consisted mainly of many skimmer bream and roach with a few small carp caught on a variety of methods and baits. Close behind, Ken Yates switched later in the match to swim feeder with maggot bait to catch some slightly bigger carp to make up his second place weight to 18-12-0. Meanwhile, Chris Loveridge used conventional rod and waggler float tactics to finish third with 16-7-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 19-6-0
  2. Ken Yates 18-12-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 16-7-0
  4. John Shaw 16-1-0
  5. Steve Williams 13-8-0
  6. Mick Perks 5-13-0

Sunday 20th March 2022 – Spring League No.1 – Hawthorn Lake, Bowbrook Farm, Drake’s Broughton

After an overnight frost, bright sunshine greeted Malvern Anglers for their first Spring league match on the new venue of Hawthorne pool near Drakes  Broughton. However, a keen Easterly wind made conditions somewhat cold for most anglers out of the Ken Yatessunshine and was blamed for the disappointingly poor catches from this picturesque venue. Indeed, only occasional fish were caught and some failed to catch or have any bites. The winning weights were decided by individual carp with Ken Yates having a single carp of 7-4-0 caught on legered pellet to win just ahead of Steve Williams with a single carp of 6-14-0 caught on legered maggots. Pegged between these two, Mick Perks was lucky enough to catch two smaller carp for his third place weight of 4-9-0.


1. Ken Yates 7-6-0
2. Steve Williams 6-14-0
3. Mick Perks 4-9-0
4. Ian Goddard 3-13-0
5. (tied) Ben Strong 2-4-0
5. (tied) Frank Edwards 2-4-0
7. John Shaw 0-1-0


Sunday 27th February 2022 – Winter League No.6 – Willow Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

In contrast to the wet and windy weather of the previous match, bright sunshine after a early morning frost greeted Malvern Anglers for their final Winter league match on the Willow pool at Broadheath fisheries. While anglers on one side of the pool enjoyed basking in the sunshine, others on the opposite shady side of the pool were somewhat cold, especially as a chill wind was blowing along the pool. Given the conditions, the larger fish were somewhat reluctant to Ian Gfeed although some small roach provided anglers with some consolation. However, taking advantage of being drawn in a corner peg, Ian Goddard managed to tempt a carp of about six pounds on pole fished maggot which, together with a couple of smaller carp and some silver fish, made up his winning weight of 17-5-0. On the opposite side of the pool, near the end of the match, Mick Perks had two nice sized carp in quick succession to make up his second place weight of 11-6-0. Meanwhile, Ben Strong had a number of smaller carp in his third place weight of 8-7-0. Consequently, after taking the best four results from the series of five matches, Ian Goddard was the overall winner of the Winter League with 36 points, just ahead of Ben Strong with 34 points.


  1. Ian Goddard 17-5-0
  2. Mick Perks 11-6-0
  3. Ben Strong 8-7-0
  4. Steve Thomas 7-4-0
  5. Graham Rees 6-7-0
  6. Frank Edwards 5-4-0
  7. John Shaw 3-8-0
  8. Steve Williams 2-7-0

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Winter League No.5 – Ash Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

Persistent rain and a strong wind made conditions unpleasant for Malvern Anglers penultimate Winter league match on the Ash pool of Broadheath fisheries. However, the worst of the conditions were avoided by pegging just the one side of the pool that offered some Benrespite from the wind. Although the temperature was not very cold, the fishing was somewhat patchy as most anglers struggled for a few fish except in two pegs at one end of the pool where the bigger carp were caught. In the end peg, Ben Strong used pole fished maggots to catch five good sized carp which, along with some smaller bream and roach, produced a winning weight of 30-0-0. In the next peg, using similar tactics, Dave Stretton had two big carp that with some bream and small roach made up his second place weight of 24-0-0. Some way behind, in third place, Ian Goddard had a couple of smaller carp and some silver fish in his weight of 8-1–0.


  1. Ben Strong 30-0-0
  2. Dave Stretton 24-0-0
  3. Ian Goddard 8-10-0
  4. Mick Perks 6-9-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 5-5-0
  6. Frank Edwards 3-1-0
  7. Steve Williams 2-8-0
  8. John Shaw 0-7-0

Sunday 30th January 2022 – Knock-Up Match, River Severn, Holdfast

A new match record of 119lb 2 oz was taken by Steve Davis on peg 6 at the knock up match at Holdfast. Steve set up with swim feeder and maggot on the tip catching bream and skimmers throughout. We’ll done to Steve. Steve Williams took second spot with 32lb 3oz (still a good weight for the river), other angers caught only a few odd fish as they seemed to be tightly shoaled.

Steve Davis


Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Winter League No.4 – Old Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

The old pool at Broadheath fisheries was the venue for Malvern Anglers first match of the new year and a continuation of their Winter league series. Fortunately, although it was a cold day, there had been no overnight frost and this allowed the ice that had formed on the pool earlier in the week to melt. Although prospects for fish feeding in such conditions were not optimistic, the weights were surprising good in a few parts of the pool but very poor in other parts as several Iananglers failed to catch or had only a single fish. Right from the start and steadily throughout the match, Ian Goddard caught good sized carp using pole tactics with sweetcorn bait to finish as the runaway winner with a weight of 56-3-0. On the opposite side of the pool, using pole fished maggots, Graham Rees had a few carp including one over ten pounds to finish second with a weight of 26-5-0. Meanwhile, in a peg next to the winner, Dave Stretton failed to catch with the pole but resorted to swimfeeder with maggot to catch just two carp for his third place weight of 16-5-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 56-3-0
  2. Graham Rees 26-5-0
  3. Dave Stretton 16-5-0
  4. Mick Perks 12-5-0
  5. John Shaw 8-7-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 1-3-0
  7. Steve Williams 0-9-0

Sunday 12th December 2021 – Fur & Feather – Willow Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

An exceptionally mild day greeted Malvern Anglers for their annual Fur & Feather match on the Willow pool of Broadheath fisheries. However, the fish were somewhat slower to respond than hoped, as the water temperature remained cold after a frosty week. Nevertheless, there were a some carp caught to make up the bulk of the weights, including some big ones. Leading the way, Ian Goddard used a mixture of baits with pole and ledger methods to catch six carp up to about eight pounds to finish with a winning weight of 32-8-0. Second place Ben Strong waited patiently with legered bread to catch just two carp weighing 23-10-0 with one of them being over fifteen pounds. Meanwhile, Steve Thomas used pole fished maggots to catch a mixture of smaller carp and silver fish to finish third with a weight of 13-13-0, just a few ounces ahead of Mick Perks.


  1. Ian Goddard 32-8-0
  2. Ben Strong 23-10-0
  3. Steve Thomas 13-13-0
  4. Mick Perks 13-5-0
  5. Steve Williams 8-2-0
  6. Chris Loveridge 7-8-0
  7. Frank Edwards 7-7-0
  8. Graham Rees 4-10-0
  9. John Shaw 0-10-0

Ben Xmas

Ian Xmas


Sunday 28th November 2021 – Winter League No.3 – Sycamore Pool, The Jam Factory Fishery, Lower Broadheath

Following a severe storm with snow the previous day,  it was a relief to have a clear and calm morning for Malvern Anglers third Winter league match on Sycamore pool at Broadheath. However, the overnight frost was not a good prospect for the fishing and indeed all anglers found bites few and far between. In spite of this, Frank Edwards got off to a flying start by immediately catching a carp of about five pounds on sweet corn, soon followed by another smaller carp but then nothing more for the rest of the match. Nevertheless, these two carp were enough to easily win Frankthe match for Frank with a total weight of 7-11-0. Chris Loveridge had a carp of about 3 pounds and some small silver fish to make up his second place weight of 3-12-0 although he was frustrated to have lost a much bigger carp that would have been enough for him to win. Meanwhile, other weights were made up of the occasional small carp, skimmer bream and small roach.


  1. Frank Edwards 7-11-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 3-12-0
  3. Mick Perks 1-8-0
  4. Ian Goddard 1-4-0
  5. Ben Strong 1-2-0
  6. Steve Williams 1-1-0
  7. Graham Rees 0-4-0
  8. John Shaw 0-2-0

Sunday 14th November 2021 – Winter League No.2 – Court Farm Fishery, Deblin’s Green

A cool, calm and bright morning greeted Malvern Anglers at Court Farm pool for the first of their Winter series matches. Although fishing may have been considered a little below par for this previously prolific venue,  there were plenty of fish caught in various places all around the pool that made for a good contest. Fishing the Benpool for the first time, Ben Strong made the most of a favoured corner peg draw and caught carp steadily throughout the match on ledgered “wafter” pellets to win with a weight of 57-10-0. In the middle of one side of the pool, Chris Loveridge found ledgered sweet corn was the most successful bait to catch carp for his second place weight of 49-0-0. Meanwhile, in the first peg from the car park, Ian Goddard used pole fished pellets for his third place weight of 41-5-0.


  1. Ben Strong 57-10-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 49-9-0
  3. Ian Goddard 41-5-0
  4. John Wagstaff 33-4-0
  5. Ken Yates 30-8-0
  6. Frank Edwards 29-8-0
  7. Mick Perks 24-8-0
  8. Steve Thomas 18-8-0
  9. Graham Rees 15-8-0
  10. John Shaw 12-1-0

Sunday 7th November 2021 – “Knock-Up” match – River Severn, Holdfast

Eleven anglers participated in the knock-up match which was organised following the postponement of the previous match in the match calendar. The river Severn at Holdfast was running high and after a couple of hours into the match rose even higher as a consequence of the tidal change. Despite the difficult conditions the river fished well and it certainly didn’t upset the fishing too much for John Bolton who set up his stall at the lower end of the the MUAA water at Peg No.1 and steadily caught bream throughout the match to finish with 46lb 3oz. In second place was Chris Loveridge fishing from Peg No.3 who ended the match with 21lb 11oz and which included a specimen bream of 8lb 8oz. In 3rd was Dave Green with 16lb 5oz who was also fishing the lower end of the water on Peg No.4. He finished just ahead of Steve Williams who was the top performer on the higher stretch of the water weighing in 15lb 2oz.


Sunday 10th October 2021 – River Series No.6 – River Severn, Holdfast

With the river running down after extra water the previous week and a weather forecast of a fine day, there was optimism for good catches with hopes of the better sized bream showing after being absent from catches in all previous matches on the river Severn at Holdfast when the river level was very low this season. Indeed, this optimism was well founded, as weights from this last contest in Malvern Anglers river series were by far the best of the season. Once again, topping the weights was in-form Ian Goddard, who was drawn on a favoured downstream peg and managed to catch several bream up to about four pounds on swim-feeder with caster bait to finish with a winning weight of 27-1-0. At the other end of the stretch, rival Chris Loveridge also had some nice bream, including one of about 5 pounds caught on maggot and worm to make up his second place weight of 23-7-0. Ian GMeanwhile, in a peg in the middle of the stretch, young Ben Strong included a couple of bream of over four pounds with some other smaller bream to finish third with 18-8-0. Remarkably, after the five matches in the river series, both Ian Goddard and Chris Loveridge finished on exactly the same number of points, so the tie was decided on total weight for the series which Ian won by a substantial margin.  


  1. Ian Goddard 27-1-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 23-7-0
  3. Ben Strong 18-8-0
  4. Mick Perks 13-12-0
  5. Steve Thomas 7-15-0
  6. Steve Williams 4-12-0
  7. John Shaw 3-11-0
  8. John Wagstaff 3-0-0
  9. John Bolton 2-5-0
  10. Frank Edwards 1-7-0

Sunday 3rd October 2021 – River Series No.5 – River Severn, Holdfast

The River Severn was around 1m higher than usual levels, coloured and flowing fast after the recent rain when ten anglers prepared to fish the 5th match in the MUAA river series which took place at Holdfast. While the open end feeder fished using a quiver tip to detect bites was the preferred technique for most anglers, heavier gear was needed to hold bottom compared to previous weeks. Ian Goddard drew peg 18 at the upper end of the MUAA water and fished a Ian Ggroundbait feeder with a maggot and caster combination on the hook to tempt several bream to weigh in 14-10-0 after the final whistle. In 2nd place fishing from peg 13 was Chris Loveridge who used similar tactics to land 11-7-0 of bream. In 3rd place was Mick Perks fishing from peg 3 on the lower end of the stretch who weighed in 5-10-0 of fish.


1. Ian Goddard: 14-10-0
2. Chris Loveridge: 11-7-0
3. Mick Perks: 5-10-0
4. Ben Strong: 4-10-0
5. Dave Green: 1-9-0
6. Graham Rees: 0-14-0
7. Steve Williams: 0-8-0
8. John Bolton: 0-5-0
9. Frank Edwards: 0-4-0


Sunday 26th September 2021 –  Richard Webster Memorial – River Severn, Red Roof Farm.

A pleasantly warm and sunny day greeted Malvern Anglers for their Richard Webster memorial match at Red Roof farm on the middle reaches of the river Severn below Stourport. Richard, who sadly died almost two years ago, loved to fish at this picturesque venue. Dave GreenHowever, after a summer with almost no substantial rain, the river Severn was in a very low and clear condition that meant prospects for big catches were pessimistic and indeed all anglers struggled to catch a few smaller fish, with no sign of the a bigger barbel, chub or bream. Having missed the last match to get married, Dave Green came back to fish this match with renewed vigour to catch about thirty small perch, roach and gudgeon on float fished maggot to finish with a winning weight of just 1-10-0. In contrast, Mick Perks fished the far bank with maggot feeder to catch a few small chub to make up his second place weight of 1-8-0, although he rued missing his keepnet with a chub that would have been more than big enough for his catch to overtake the winners weight. Meanwhile, third place Ian Goddard caught a mixture of various smaller fish on float fished maggot to finish third with 1-6-0. 


  1. Dave Green 1-10-0
  2. Mick Perks 1-8-0
  3. Ian Goddard 1-6-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 1-0-0
  5. Graham Rees 0-13-0
  6. Steve Williams 0-11-0
  7. Frank Edwards 0-9-0
  8. Steve Thomas 0-8-0
  9. Ben Strong 0-7-0
  10. John Shaw 0-5-0

Sunday 19th September 2021 –  River Series No.4 – River Severn, Holdfast

With still no significant rain over recent weeks, the river Severn at Holdfast was in a desperately low and clear state for the fourth of Malvern anglers river series match. Although prospects for big weights of large bream did not bode well,  useful numbers of the smaller skimmer bream were caught all Steve Walong the stretch. During his first season with the club, Steve Williams has now learnt to master conditions of the river by scoring another win with a nice net of 8-8-0 of skimmer bream caught on swim-feeder with maggots bait. Similar fish featured in other weights that were very close for other places, with Frank Edward’s 7-9-0 just beating young Ben Strong by an ounce for second place.


  1. Steve Williams 8-8-0
  2. Frank Edwards 7-9-0
  3. Ben Strong 7-8-0
  4. Ian Goddard 7-6-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 6-2-0
  6. Graham Rees 4-10-0
  7. John Bolton 4-0-0
  8. Stewart Gardiner 3-15-0
  9. John Wagstaff 3-12-0
  10. John Shaw 1-0-0

Sunday 12th September 2021 –  Derek Evans Cup – River Avon, Birlingham

Although the weather was pleasantly warm for the Derek Evans float-only match at Birlingham, the river Avon there was in desperate need of much rain, as there was no colour and practically no flow. Consequently, prospects for this match were somewhat pessimistic and indeed catches were low as all anglers struggled to catch anything other than a few small perch, roach and occasional small skimmer bream. However, this resulted in a very close match, with only an ounce between the first three places. Fishing a peg in the middle of the stretch, John Shaw managed to catch several small perch, roach and skimmer bream on worm bait to finish with a John Shawwinning weight of 2-5-0. In the next peg, John Bolton had a similar net of fish but weighed in an ounce less but regretted missing his keepnet with two small fish that may have more than made up the difference. Meanwhile, in an upstream peg, Paul Lane had the same weight of small fish to claim joint second place. The biggest fish of the day was a perch of about a pound that was included in Martin Elston’s fourth place weight of 2-1-0


  1. John Shaw 2-5-0
  2. John Bolton 2-4-0
  3. Paul Lane 2-4-0
  4. Martin Elston 2-1-0
  5. Ian Goddard 1-7-0
  6. Steve Williams 1-4-0
  7. Mick Perks 1-1-0
  8. Chris Loveridge 0-13-0
  9. Graham Rees 0-12-0
  10. Steve Davis 0-12-0

Sunday 5th September 2021 –  River Series No.3 – River Severn, Holdfast

With the river Severn at Holdfast being lower than ever this season and a hot sunny day forecast, prospects for big catches looked poor for the second of Malvern Anglers river series match. While most anglers caught a few perch and skimmer bream early on, progress slowed in the second half of the match as the sunshine got more intense and boat traffic became hectic at times. Although the final results were substantially lower than the last match, there was a very close finish with Steve Wjust a few ounces between the places. Leading the field this time, Steve Williams caught a number of perch and skimmers in a downstream peg to finish with a winning weight of 5-0-0. In the next peg, Stuart Gardener had a similar net of fish to finish second with 4-11-0 while newcomer Ben Stokes was pleased with his third place weight of 4-4-0 from an upstream peg.


  1. Steve Williams 5-0-0
  2. Stuart Gardener 4-11-0
  3. Ben Strong 4-4-0
  4. Steve Thomas 4-1-0
  5. Mick Perks 3-13-0
  6. John Shaw 3-2-0

Sunday 22nd August 2021 –  Roy Bouston Shield – River Severn, Holdfast

After heavy rain the previous day, a fine morning greeted Malvern Anglers for their Roy Bouston match at Holdfast but, despite the earlier rain, the river Severn remained as low as it has been all season. However, at this stage in the season, overall catches showed substantial improvement from those earlier in the season, with double figure weights being recorded for the first time. Fishing a downstream peg,  Ian Goddard Ian Gused swimfeeder with maggots and worm baits to catch several nice sized skimmers and bream up about three pounds to make up the bulk of his winning weight of 22-8-0. In the middle of the section, Steve Davis also found some bream for his second place weight of 14-4-0 whilst in the end upstream peg, Frank Edwards fell just short of double figures with his third place weight of 9-5-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 22-8-0
  2. Steve Davis 14-4-0
  3. Frank Edwards 9-5-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 8-3-0
  5. Dave Green 7-4-0
  6. Stuart Gardener 6-5-0
  7. John Shaw 4-9-0
  8. Graham Rees 3-6-0
  9. Steve Williams 3-2-0
  10. Steve Thomas 2-7-0

Sunday 15th August 2021 –  River Series No.1 – River Severn, Holdfast

The first of the river series contests was fished at Holdfast on a cool, mainly cloudy day. Although such weather conditions were promising for fishing, the river level remained very low, as it has done all season. Nevertheless, most competitors found plenty of bites at the start of the contest, mainly from small skimmer bream, roach and perch but with the occasional better sized bream being found. However, Steve Davisthe fish seemed to suddenly stop feeding in the second half of the contest, not helped by the increased numbers of speeding boats. Although there were no big weights, the results of the contest were very close, with the first three positions being just a few ounces apart. Leading the way, Steve Davis included a good number of perch in his mixed bag of smaller fish to win with 7-14-0. Second place Steve Thomas was just four ounces behind with a similar mixed bag of fish while Chris Loveridge included some better sized bream in his third place weight of 7-3-0.


  1. Steve Davis 7-14-0
  2. Steve Thomas 7-10-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 7-3-0
  4. Ian Goddard 5-13-0
  5. Graham Rees 5-4-0
  6. John Shaw 5-4-0
  7. Stuart Gardener 4-14-0
  8. Pete Roberts 4-8-0
  9. Frank Edwards 3-11-0
  10. John Wagstaff 2-1-0

Sunday 31st July 2021 –  Ron Thomas Cup – River Severn, Holdfast

In contrast to the hot sunshine of the previous match at Holdfast, cooler weather with rain at the start greeted Malvern Anglers competing for the Ron Thomas Cup. As in previous matches, the river level remained very low and the bigger bream failed to show, with mainly perch and smaller fish making Dave Greenup most angler’s catches. However, fishing a peg just upstream of the car park, Dave Green managed to catch a few nice sized skimmer bream of about a pound each using swim feeder with double maggot bait to make up his winning weight of 8-14-0. A few nice sized skimmers also featured in Chris Loveridge’s and Steve Thomas’ second and third  place catches of  6-8-0 and 5-15-0 respectively.


  1. Dave Green 8-14-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 6-8-0
  3. Steve Thomas 5-15-0
  4. Ian Goddard 5-5-0
  5. Tony Miesner 3-15-0
  6. Steve Davis 3-14-0
  7. John Wagstaff 3-13-0
  8. John Bolton 3-8-0
  9. John Shaw 3-1-0
  10. Steve Williams 1-11-0

Sunday 18th July 2021 –  Dick Oakley Shield – River Severn, Holdfast

A boiling hot sunny day with very low water on the river Severn at Holdfast was the daunting prospect for the Malvern Anglers coming to fish for the Dick Oakley shield, where methods were limited to ledger only. Surprisingly, most anglers found plenty of bites from perch, roach and skimmers Ian Gat the start of the match but, inevitably, the bites soon died  later in the match as the temperature rose towards 30 degrees and the boat traffic increased. However, fishing a peg near the car park, Ian Goddard was able to include a few nice sized perch and skimmer bream in his winning weight of 6-12-0. Meanwhile, the competition was close for the other places with Frank Edward’s 3-9-0 just ahead of John Shaw’s 3-7-0 and Chris Loveridge’s 3-6-0. To everyone’s delight, Dick Oakley was brought by his son to see the end of the match and was able to congratulate the winner as well as enjoying some of his usual banter with other old members.


  1. Ian Goddard 6-12-0
  2. Frank Edwards 3-9-0
  3. John Shaw 3-7-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 3-6-0
  5. Chris Johnson 2-3-0
  6. John Wagstaff 2-3-0
  7. Martin Elston 1-10-0
  8. Steve Williams 0-10-0

Ian and Dick


Sunday 11th July 2021 –  River Series No.1 – River Avon, Nafford

The first of the river series matches was held on the Smiths river Avon stretch at Nafford. Although the weather conditions were reasonably good, the river level was very low and somewhat clear and this inevitably meant that fish were not very willing to feed as indeed most anglers struggled to catch other than occasional small fish. However, John Bolton was drawn on a good looking peg on the right angled bend of the river and he managed to tempt a large bream of exactly 5 pounds on ledgered worm and caster that, in addition to a number of smaller fish, boosted his winning weight to 8-1-0. Unfortunately, the rest of the John Boltonfield were not able to find any such bigger fish and the remaining weights were mainly made up of small perch and roach.


  1. John Bolton 8-1-0
  2. Chris Loveridge 2-14-0
  3. Ian Goddard 2-5-0
  4. Graham Rees 2-1-0
  5. Steve Davis 1-14-0
  6. Pete Roberts 1-10-0
  7. Dave Green 1-10-0
  8. Martin Elston 1-6-0
  9. Frank Edwards 0-10-0

Sunday 4th July 2021 –  John Perks Memorial Shield – Holdfast

After earlier heavy rain and a subsequently humid and showery day, Malvern Anglers fished their John Perks Memorial Shield match at Holdfast. Although good catches had been reported earlier in the week, the subsequent unsettled weather and very low river level may have been responsible for the low weights on this contest, as all anglers struggled to catch. It was predominantly small perch and occasional skimmer Pete Robertsbream that made up most of the weights, with the anticipated big bream still elusive. On this occasion, Pete Roberts did manage to catch a nice sized skimmer bream of over a pound which together with a few nice sized perch and a couple of small fish made up his winning weight of 3-8-0. Second place Paul Lane resorted to bleak tactics to add a few ounces to his earlier catch of some perch and a skimmer to finish second with 2-11-0, just ahead of John Wagstaff’s perch catch of 2-8-0.


  1. Pete Roberts 3-8-0
  2. Paul Lane 2-11-0
  3. John Wagstaff 2-8-0
  4. Ian Goddard 2-2-0
  5. Tony Miessner 2-1-0
  6. Dave Green 1-12-0
  7. John Bolton 1-8-0
  8. John Shaw 1-7-0
  9. Stuart Gardener 1-6-0
  10. Chris Loveridge 0-7-0

Sunday 20th June 2021 –  Newtown Shield – Holdfast

After promising catches were reported by individuals who fished at the start of the river Severn season earlier in the week at Holdfast, much was expected for the Malvern Anglers opening match for the Newtown Shield. Although a cloudy sky and occasional light drizzle seemed to be a welcome change for fishing conditions from the sizzling hot, sunny weather the previous week, it was a cold day that John Wmay have caused the fish to lose their appetite as all anglers struggled for a few bites. Indeed, rather than the large bream that were expected, it was several nice sized perch that dominated the winning weight of just 5-2-0 that were caught by veteran angler John Wagstaff. Ian Goddard managed to tempt a couple of descent skimmer bream to make up the bulk of his second place weight of 4-5-0, while Chris Loveridge included a few smaller skimmer bream in his third place weight of 3-3-0.


  1. John Wagstaff 5-2-0
  2. Ian Goddard 4-5-0
  3. Chris Loveridge 3-3-0
  4. Pete Roberts 2-10-0
  5. Dave Green 2-6-0
  6. Paul Lane 2-3-0
  7. Steve Davis 1-8-0
  8. Mick Perks 1-1-0
  9. Graham Rees 0-10-0

Sunday 23rd May 2021 – Fitzwater Cup – Hartleton Pool, Upton Bishop

With a terrible weather forecast of heavy rain and wind for the match day, initial prospects for the Fitzwater cup match at Hartleton pool were pessimistic. Fortunately, the heavy rain was delayed until the end of the match, but a cutting wind made conditions somewhat difficult for this float only match limited to rod and line tackle. Nevertheless, catches turned out to be better than expected with good numbers of skimmer bream and a few bigger bream making up the bulk of the weights. Leading the way, Chris Loveridge switched between maggot and worm baits to finish with a nice net of such bream weighing 15-5-0, just ahead of second placeChris Ken Yates with a similar net of fish weighing 14-3-0. Best fish of the day were two bream of over 3 pounds featuring in Steve Williams catch of 12-8-0.


  1. Chris Loveridge 15-5-0
  2. Ken Yates 14-3-0
  3. Ian Goddard 13-11-0
  4. Steve Williams 12-8-0
  5. Graham Rees 9-11-0
  6. Martin Elston 8-1-0
  7. Mick Perks 4-7-0
  8. John Shaw 4-4-0
  9. Frank Edwards 0-13-0

Sunday 8th May 2021 – Spring League No.6 Broadacres Fishery, Hanbury

The final match of the foreshortened Spring League series was held on the Stock Pool at Broadacres fishery. Fortunately, the heavy rain of the previous day had cleared, leaving a fine but somewhat windy day for the match. Drawn on at peg at the far end of the pool, after trying pole tactics without much success, Ian Goddard switched to feeder tactics with maggot bait to find a number of carp near the pipes at the end of the pool to finish with a winning weight of 43-2-0. Conversely, in the next peg, John Shaw started with some success using feeder tactics up to the small island, but after catching a couple of carp, he eventually found more success using short pole tactics with bread bait near the inside edge to finish second with 28-12-0. Meanwhile, Frank Edwards stuck to his usual method feeder to catch several carp to finish third with a weight of 26-13-0. Consequently, after this series of three available matches, both Ian Goddard and Frank Edwards finished with 26 points each, so the net winner of the Spring League was decided on overall weight – giving Frank Edwards the advantage with a total weight of 118-15-0 compared to 109-13-0.


  1. Ian Goddard 43-2-0
  2. John Shaw 28-10-0
  3. Frank Edwards 26-13-0
  4. Chris Loveridge 25-10-0
  5. Ken Yates 24-9-0
  6. Graham Rees 21-9-0
  7. Mick Perks 16-14-0
  8. Steve Williams 7-13-0

Sunday 18th April 2021 – Spring League No.5 – Court Farm Fishery, Deblins Green, Malvern

After a cool frosty start, a fine sunny day welcomed Malvern Anglers for their Spring League match at Court Farm. Although fishing was patchy at the start, fish started to feed Dave Sin most places by the afternoon, in particular in the margins of the reedy pegs. Taking most benefit from these conditions were the three anglers in the reedy pegs in the far corner of the pool who were in a close finish for the top three places. In the middle of these three, Dave Stretton just nosed ahead of the others with a 76 pound winning weight of carp caught on pole fished worm and sweetcorn baits, just one or two fish ahead of second place Paul Lane and third place Frank Edwards.


  1. Dave Stretton 76-0-0
  2. Paul Lane 71-15-0
  3. Frank Edwards 67-10-0
  4. Ian Goddard 56-5-0
  5. Chris Loveridge 31-8-0
  6. Mick Perks 27-9-0
  7. John Wagstaff 19-14-0
  8. Graham Rees 19-6-0
  9. John Shaw 18-15-0
  10. Steve Williams 2-8-0