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The Sopwith statistics were started to record the results of postal Sopwith games. The first records were kept by Richard Morris. Before long he was asked to assign numbers to the games. Richard decided to call them 'Tweedy' numbers, after Tom Tweedy, who ran the first games in his zine Dib Dib Dib. In the third edition of the Sopwith Stats mini-zine, Richard says that this was in 'an attempt to cause the maximum possible embarrassment'. The real result is that Tom's name is more widely known than might otherwise be the case.
The first recorded game was started in August 1980 and finished in July 1982. There are 255 games in the files.
The post of Sopwith Statistician has changed a couple of times. Richard produced six issues of Sopwith Stats before passing the task on to Andy Murby, who also produced six issues. The next custodian was Dave Tant, who produced nineteen issues over a period of ten years. The reins have now come into my hands. There have only been three or four games started each year for the last few years, so I suspect that I may be overseeing the twilight of the stats, although there has been a revival of interest in the game through e-mail and web-based games.
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|© Keith Thomasson March 17th 2002|