A 'wooden spoon' is a mock or real award, usually given to an individual or team which has come last in a competition, but sometimes also to runners-up. Examples range from the academic to sporting and more frivolous events.
The wooden spoon was associated with the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, and was a kind of booby prize awarded by the students to the person who achieved the lowest exam marks, but still earned a third-class degree. The Mathematical Tripos is the taught mathematics course at the University of Cambridge. The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University) located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the A booby prize is a Joke Prize usually given in recognition of a terrible performance or last-place finish The British undergraduate degree classification system is a grading scheme for Undergraduate degrees ( Bachelor's degrees and some Master's degrees In contrast, the highest-scoring student was named the senior wrangler. At the University of Cambridge, a Wrangler is a student who has completed the third year (called Part II) of the Mathematical Tripos with First-class
The custom dates back at least to the early 19th century, if not before, and continued until 1909. From 1910 onwards the results have been given in alphabetical rather than score order, and so it is now impossible to tell who has come last, unless there is only one person in the lowest class.
There were actual wooden spoons which became increasingly large, and in latter years measured up to 1. 5 metres long. By tradition they were dangled in a teasing way from the upstairs balcony in the Senate House in front of the lowest-ranked recipient when he came before the Vice Chancellor to receive his degree. The Senate House of the University of Cambridge in the centre of the city is used mainly for degree ceremonies and formerly for meetings of the Council of the Senate A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a University in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, New Zealand,
The last wooden spoon was awarded to Cuthbert Lempriere Holthouse, an oarsman of the Lady Margaret Boat Club of St. John's College, Cambridge in 1909 at the graduation ceremony in the University's Senate House. St John's College, an institution known formally as The Master Fellows and Scholars of the College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge is a The handle is shaped like an oar and inscribed with an epigram in Greek which may be translated as follows:
Alternatively: "This wooden object is the last souvenir of the competitive examinations in mathematics. Greek (el ελληνική γλώσσα or simply el ελληνικά — "Hellenic" is an Indo-European language, spoken today by 15-22 million people mainly Look upon it, and weep. "
One spoon is now in the possession of St. John's College, and another is kept at the Selwyn College, Cambridge library. Selwyn College is a College of the University of Cambridge. It was founded in memory of the Rt Revd George Augustus Selwyn (1809&ndash1878 the first
"Spoons" are awarded to Oxbridge college rowing crews who go down four (or more) places in a Bumps race, or to the boat finishing bottom of the river, something usually to be avoided. Oxbridge was originally a fictional composite of the University of '''Ox'''ford and the University of Cam'''bridge''' in England, and the term is now A bumps race is a form of rowing race in which a number of boats chase each other in single file each boat attempts to catch (" bump " the boat In theory, such a crew is allowed to paint a wooden spoon in their club colours and write their names on it as a trophy of their "achievement": this is rarely done but occasionally done by the less serious "beer boats" in the May (summer) Races.
How the Cambridge wooden spoon idea came to be used in rugby union is not exactly known, but in the early years of what is now the Six Nations Championship there were many Cambridge graduates playing, so they may have attempted to preserve the concept after the last one was awarded in 1909. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international It is certain, in any case, that the tradition first arose in Cambridge and rugby adopted and perpetuated the tradition.
The Wooden Spoon is awarded to the team who finishes at the bottom of the table in the RBS 6 Nations held every year between Wales, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and England. No physical wooden spoon exists or has ever existed in the case of rugby, however.
Such is the stigma of the award that the 'winners' will sometimes claim that the Wooden Spoon should only be held by those who win no games at all, but this achievement is properly known as a whitewash. This article is about the term when used in sports for other uses see Whitewash (disambiguation A whitewash is an informal term in sport describing
In 1983, a group of English rugby union supporters, while drinking in a Dublin bar and commiserating over England's award of the Wooden Spoon in the then Five nations championship for that year, decided to form a charity. It was named the Wooden Spoon Society and raises funds for disadvantaged children in the UK and Ireland. Today (2007) it is recognised as the official charity of British and Irish rugby. It has a small central office, over 40 voluntary regional committees, 11,000 social members, and has distributed over £12m.
The term is commonly used in Australian and New Zealand sporting competitions, most notably in the major football leagues (such as the NRL, Air New Zealand Cup, the AFL and the A-league) and the to refer to the club positioned last on the league table at the end of a season. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island The Air New Zealand Cup is New Zealand 's professional domestic Rugby union competition The Australian Football League (AFL is both the professional Australian national competition in the Sport of Australian Rules Football and its highest The A-League is the premier Australasian domestic Association football competition
In the war-time season of 1916, only four teams competed. Fitzroy finished last after the home-and-away season with a record of 2-9-1, and Richmond finished third with a record of 5-7-0. Fitzroy then won three consecutive finals games to claim the premiership, with Richmond shifting into overall last place as the lowest placed semi-final loser. There is hence some uncertainty regarding which team won the wooden spoon in that season.
One side of the debate says that since Fitzroy performed most poorly during the bulk of the season, they deserved the ignominy of the spoon. Conversely, official AFL rankings today will order teams according to their finals finishing order when considering the allocation of draft picks - had a draft existed in 1916, Richmond would have been officially recorded as the overall bottom team, and received the first pick as consolation.
The other consideration is the final winning records. After the finals had finished, Fitzroy's final record was 5-9-1 from fifteen games, with a winning percentage of 36. 7%, and Richmond's final record was 5-8-0 from thirteen games, with a winning percentage of 38. 4%. So, Fitzroy won more games, and Richmond had a better winning percentage.
The VFL/AFL has never sanctioned a wooden spoon award, so there is no way to categorically state which team "officially" won it. There is an argument to state that both teams lay claim to the 1916 spoon, and this is reflected in the table below. The entire confusing situation is now a regular Melburnian trivia night question.
In a 2005 AFL game, Collingwood cheer squad leader Jeff Corfe - "Joffa" - brought in an oversized wooden spoon into the ground at a game between his side Collingwood, and fellow wooden spoon contenders Carlton . The Australian Football League (AFL is both the professional Australian national competition in the Sport of Australian Rules Football and its highest Collingwood Football Club, officially nicknamed The Magpies is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League. Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football Joffa planned to bring this spoon out when it looked like Carlton were going to lose the match. Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football Unfortunately, this plan backfired, and Carlton were comfortable winners (although they still did win the wooden spoon in 2005). Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football In a 2006 AFL game against Carlton, Joffa again brought the oversized wooden spoon. This time Collingwood triumphed and walked out 44 point winners against the Blues, who won the wooden spoon for the second time in a row. The spoon was confiscated as Joffa took it out two minutes early.
On the 1979 Grand Final day, a group of stars from the ABC's Countdown took to the field to entertain the crowd with a frivolous exhibition of football. A Grand Final is a predominantly Australian sporting term used to describe a final that decides a league champion The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly abbreviated to the 'ABC' is Australia's national public broadcaster. Countdown was a long-running popular weekly Australian music Television show broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from late Each star ran out in the Guernsey of the team he supported, and keen Saints fan Ian "Molly" Meldrum carried with him a large wooden spoon, as the Saints had won by a clear three games that year. The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian Football League club based in Melbourne Victoria Australia Ian Alexander "Molly" Meldrum OAM (born 29 January 1946 in Orbost, Victoria) is an Australian Popular music The incident was recently shown on music/comedy show Spicks and Specks. Spicks and Specks is an Australian music-themed television quiz show with a humorous streak
|1||St Kilda||26||1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1909, 1910, 1920, 1924, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 2000|
|2||North Melbourne||13||1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1940, 1956, 1961, 1968, 1970, 1972|
|3||Hawthorn||11||1925, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1965|
|3||South Melbourne / Sydney Swans||11||1903, 1922, 1938, 1939, 1962, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1992, 1993, 1994|
|5||Melbourne||10||1905, 1906, 1919, 1923, 1951, 1969, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1997|
|6||Fitzroy||8*||(1916*), 1936, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1980, 1995, 1996|
|7||Richmond||7*||(1916*), 1917, 1960, 1987, 1989, 2004, 2007|
|8||Geelong||5||1908, 1915, 1944, 1957, 1958|
|9||University||4||1911, 1912, 1913, 1914|
|9||Footscray / Western Bulldogs||4||1959, 1967, 1982, 2003|
|9||Essendon||4||1907, 1918, 1921, 1933|
|12||Carlton||3||2002, 2005, 2006|
|12||Brisbane Lions/Bears||3||1990, 1991, 1998|
|16||West Coast Eagles||None|
(*) See explanation of 1916 wooden spoon above. The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian Football League club based in Melbourne Victoria Australia North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Kangaroos, is an Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League. Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL founded in 1902 The Sydney Swans is an Australian Football League (AFL club based in Sydney, New South Wales. This article is about the Australian rules club for the Football (soccer club see Melbourne Victory FC. Fitzroy Football Club, most recently nicknamed The Lions, is an Australian rules football club formed in 1883 to represent the inner Melbourne Richmond Football Club, nicknamed The Tigers, competes in the Australian Football League. Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong. Melbourne University Football Club &ndash often known simply as "University" &ndash is an Australian rules football club The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL club based at the Whitten Oval in Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club and is part of the Australian Football League. Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane Collingwood Football Club, officially nicknamed The Magpies is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League. Fremantle Football Club, unofficially nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as "Freo" is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL Port Adelaide Football Club, often referred to as simply Port or the Power is an Australian rules football club based in Adelaide, South Australia This page is for the Australian Rules Football Club in Adelaide West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League.
|1||Western Suburbs Magpies||17||1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1953, 1955, 1971, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1998, 1999|
|2||Parramatta Eels||11||1947, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1972|
|3||University||10||1921, 1923, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937|
|4||North Sydney Bears||9||1915, 1917, 1919, 1932, 1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1979|
|5||Newtown Jets||8||1924, 1925, 1928, 1939, 1968, 1976, 1977, 1978|
|6||South Sydney Rabbitohs||8||1945, 1946, 1962, 1975, 1990, 2003, 2004, 2006|
|7||Bulldogs||4||1943, 1944, 1964, 2002*|
|7||Balmain Tigers||4||1911, 1974, 1981, 1994|
|7||Sydney Roosters||4||1949, 1963, 1965, 1966|
|7||Penrith Panthers||4||1973, 1980, 2001, 2007|
|11||Gold Coast Chargers||4||1988, 1991, 1992, 1993|
|11||Annandale||3||1914, 1918, 1920|
|11||North Queensland Cowboys||3||1995, 1997 (SL), 2000|
|11||Illawarra Steelers||3||1985, 1986, 1989|
|11||St. George Dragons||3||1922, 1926, 1938|
|16||South Queensland Crushers||2||1996, 1997|
|16||Cronulla Sharks||2||1967, 1969|
|21||Gold Coast Titans||0|
|21||St George Illawarra Dragons||0|
|21||New Zealand Warriors||0|
|21||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||0|
The wooden spoon has also become a tradition amongst the supporters of British ice hockey. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice.
The tradition began in 1999 after a less than successful inaugural season for the London Knights, who had collected just ten wins and finished comfortably bottom of the Superleague. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Ice Hockey Superleague (known as the Sekonda Ice Hockey Superleague from 1998&ndash99 due to sponsorship rights was the top-level Professional Ice hockey A group of London fans subsequently purchased a large wooden spoon in order to mark this fact which was proudly displayed amongst their supporters at the Play-Off Finals weekend in Manchester.
Twelve months later the spoon returned to the Finals weekend, when it was given to a supporter of the Newcastle Riverkings, who had won just eleven times in forty-two games and had finished bottom of the Superleague by sixteen points. The tradition was born, each year at the Finals weekend the spoon is presented by the previous recipient to a supporter of the club which finished bottom of the league. That supporter is then entrusted with its safe keeping for the following twelve months and must bring it to the following Finals weekend in order to pass it on to a fan of the next club to have the 'honour' of receiving the reward. The tradition continued after the Superleague disbanded and was replaced by the Elite Ice Hockey League in 2003. The Elite Ice Hockey League (also known for sponsorship reasons as the Bmibaby Elite League) is a Professional Ice hockey league in the United Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
The Wooden Spoon is almost entirely a tradition amongst fans, though in 2005, Basingstoke Bison head coach Mark Bernard accepted it on behalf of his team. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Club Roster 08/09 Players as of October 2, 2008 Honoured members Basingstoke have only retired the number of one player that being The Spoon has had engraved onto it the name of each of its recipient clubs and remarkably has never been lost or misplaced and found its way back to the Finals weekend every year.
Rather ominously, only three of the eight recipient clubs so far continue to exist and only the two most recent 'winners' continue to play ice hockey in the country's highest league.
The BBC's cookery gameshow Ready Steady Cook gives a decorated wooden spoon to its losing participants (there are two contestants on each show). Ready Steady Cook is a BBC daytime TV Cooking programme first aired in 24 October, 1994.