The Colts Competition was originally the idea of James Pegram, then Captain of Royal Liverpool (RLGC), who called a meeting of representatives of Formby, RLGC, Wallasey and West Lancashire (J Pegram, G B Farrar, T Purgold, H L Lawson, F B Stableford, H de Bels Adam & J D W Renison), in November 1933 which led to the competition starting in the Spring of 1934. Hand-written Minutes of these initial meetings are still in existence!
The rules they established stated that the competition for the Challenge Cup (presented by RLGC) would be between teams of 7 who were all to be under the age of 26 on 1st April that year. It was to be an “American Tournament” i.e. each team to play each other once in singles match play during the season. The season then ran until the end of July and the winners of each of 4 leagues played off in semi-finals and a final all on the same day. Invitations were dispatched to 21 Clubs which all had to be located within a 21 mile radius of Liverpool Town Hall. That year, only 8 entries were received from – Formby, Fulwood Park, Leasowe, RLGC, Wallasey, West Derby, West Lancashire and Woolton but numbers subsequently rose to 12 in 1939 (including 2 RLGC teams) when the War intervened. That year the trophy had been won by Fulwood Park and it was not until the competition re-started in 1958 that the trophy, which had been hidden under the floorboards of the Fawcett family home in Liverpool for safety reasons during the war, was found again!
In 1958, Gordon Beazley (then RLGC Captain) chaired the meeting which decided to restart it and those present included John Behrend, David Marsh, Frank Fawcett, Stuart Cookson, Peter Dutton and Bill Renison amongst others. There were 14 entries that year in teams of 7 but with an age limit of 30. This age limit was then reduced over the years to up to 27 but, given the recent reducing numbers in many Clubs’ Colts categories, returned to 30 years old in 2016. Teams have also been reduced to 5 players to help Clubs with fewer Colts to participate. For a while, a difficulty had been some Clubs struggled to field teams of a sufficient standard but, in recent years, this has improved considerably with most Clubs now producing teams fully within Category 1 handicaps and some teams even with an aggregate handicap in plus figures!
To reflect current times, both competitions are now mixed gender.