The 1960 season opened with the Chairman Mr W.J. Spencer Mr Pickering for his hard work in changing the format of the League to 3 Divisions and the successful way it had been run in 1959. It was to be the same for the new season. After two resignations Bolton Railway from Division 1 and Kearsley Vale from Division 2 along with the acceptance of a 2nd Swinton Team into the League there were 3 Divisions each with 8 teams.
Oakwood was promoted to Division 1. Winton was relegated to Division 2. Monton B and Guildhall B were promoted to Division 2. Swinton B was put in Division 3.
The officers were all re-elected and the Chairman of the Council asked to be the President for the year.
The usual Five Individual Tournaments were held (entry 2/- per event). The Knock Out Competition was held (entry fee 8/- per team for those who took part.)
Duplicated lists sent to all Clubs with addresses of Club Secretaries and Treasurers along with the fixtures helped communication between Clubs.
Over several meetings the Executive Committee revised and clarified te Rules. It was planned to duplicate a copy for all the Clubs.
Mr Pickering was allocated the job of purchasing a Trophy for the 3rd Division to the value of £12.00!!!

Individual Tournament Winners

Men’s Singles Derek Gee

Ladies’ Singles Marjorie Cochrane

Mixed Doubles E. H. Tipton and Jane Gerrard

Men’s Doubles L. G. Guy and A. J. Ratcliffe

Ladies Doubles No record found

1960 League Tables

Division 1 Winner Darley Park

Division 2 Winner ?

Division 3 Winner De Havilland

No record to hand showing the full Tables



The last recorded minutes in the Minute Book used since the revival of the League in 1948 recorded information about the Annual General Meeting held on the 3rd March 1961
All the Officials of the previous year were re-elected. The Treasure Bernard Pennington reported a happy financial state of affairs. Therefore League Subscription would remain at £1.00 per Team, Knock Out entry at 8/-, and Individual Tournament entry at 2/-.
It was unanimously agreed that in future years Vice – Presidents should each be asked in alphabetical order to stand as President of the League for 1 year.
The resignation of Darley Park, Winton and De Havilland were accepted with regret .
The application to rejoin the League from Bolton Railway was accepted and the Team would be put in the 2nd. Division.
The death of Mr Tootill was noted and a letter of condolence sent to his wife Jean.
More match cards had to be printed.
Weatherwise the season had been poor. A lot of matches were “washed out”. Even attempts to replay them suffered from wet conditions. It was clarified that teams in an unassailable position when “rained off” would be deemed to have won the match. Those needing to be replayed would be on the “home “ Teams stated night. Only completed sets would stand. If the replay was also “rained off” the teams would share the points.

No other meetings in 1961 are recorded.

1961 Individual Tournament Winners

Men’s Singles Derek Gee

Ladies’ Singles Alice Smethurst

Mixed Doubles A. J. Ratcliffe and P. Lawton

Men’s Doubles Derek Gee and A. J. Ratcliffe

Ladies’ Doubles No record available

1961 League Winners

Division 1 De Havilland A This ended the run of Darley Park
who had won Division 1 for 5 consecutive years

Division 2 St. Mary’s Park A

Division 3 St. Mary’s Park B



1962 SEASON A New Minute Book… but… Missing Records

A new Minute Book was started but there are no minutes of any meetings in 1962. Water damage appears to have resulted in those minutes being removed. The winners of the Individual Tournament and the League have been gleaned from the trophies,

1962 Individual Tournament Winners

Men’s Singles Derek Gee

Ladies’ Singles Marjorie Deakin

Mixed Doubles F. Smethurst and A. Smethurst

Men’s Doubles F. Smethurst and N. Lowe

Ladies’s Doubles No record

1962 League Winners

Division 1 De Havilland

Division 2 Worsley N.A.L.G.O.

Division 3 No record



1963 SEASON Chairman Retires

The League Chairman Mr W. J. Spencer resigned from office as he was moving to Derbyshire.
Mr F Hall was elected as the new Chairman. He thanked Mr Spencer for the hard work and service he had done for the League in 1948 when the League was revived after World War 1 and as Chairman since 1949.

Due to the water damage the A.G.M. Minutes are difficult to read. Monton B and St Marks A were relegated to Division 2. N.A.L.G,O. A and Chloride were promoted to Division 1. Mr Pickering retired as Secretary. Unfortunately the position was not filled.

It was carried unanimously that matches should be played through the Bolton Holiday fortnight to avoid playing into September when light began to fade rather early. (At last after many years of being discussed and rejected common sense prevailed !!)

It appears that the League format reverted to two Divisions of 10 for the 1963 season as there were only 20 teams.

Only one Executive meeting took place which was called to fix the dates for the season’s events:- the Individual Tournament. The Knock Out Competition and League dates.

1963 Individual Tournament Winners

Men’s Singles Stephen Denner

Ladies’s Singles Marjorie Deakin

Mixed Doubles E. H. Tipton and Jane Gerrard

Men’s Doubles F Smethurst and A. Heath

Ladies’s Doubles Marjorie Deakin and Jayne Gerrard

1962 League Winners

Division 1 Monton A

Division 2 Minton B

1963 League Tables

1963 League Tables

Division 1

Pos. Pts. Team

1. 52 Monton A
2. 48 De Havilland A
3. 40 Walkden Moor A
4. 33 Oakwood
5.) 22 Parrfold A
5.) 22 Chloride
7. 16 St. Mary’s A
8. 15 Darley Park
9. 12 Swinton A
10. 7 N.A.L.G.O. A

Division 2

1. 54 Monton B
2. 48 Monton C
3. – Walkden Moor
4. – N.A.L.G.O. B
5. – Parrfold Park B
6. – St. Mary’s B
7. – Bolton Railway
8. – Swinton B
9. – St’ Marks
10. – M.E.L.

Knock Out Competition Winners

Division 1 Monton A

Division 2 Walkden Moor B




At the 1964 A.G.M. the League Officers were re-elected. The position of Secretary remained unfilled. Mr Pickering kindly continued to record the A.G.M. and Executive Meeting Minutes.
Monton applied to enter a 4th Team into the League. Obviously the success of Monton A winning the 1st Division Trophy and Monton B and Monton C being top of Division 2 and both teams being promoted to Division 1 had attracted new members to the Club. The application was accepted.
Three more new teams were welcomed into the League :- Kearsley, Swinton B, and St Mary’s. As there was already a Team from St Mary’s in the League the new team changed its name to Worsley Road at the request of the Committee.
De Havilland changed its name th Hawkwer Siddeley.
M.E.L. resigned from the League.
Swinton A and N.A.L.G.O. B were relegated to Division 2.

Stamped Match cards were provided in the hope that they would be returned completed with results immediately after the matches making the Match Secretary’s job easier.

The question of having umpires (Rule 22) was raised again but no change was made.

Following all the changes the season started with two Divisions of 10 teams.

Division 1
Monton A
Hawker Siddeley
Walkden Moor A
Parrfold A
St. Mary’s A
Darley Park
Monton B
Monton C

Division 2
Swinton A
Guildhall A
Walkden Moor B
Guildhall B
Parrfold B
St. Mary’s B
St Mark’s
Worsley Road
Monton D

1964 League Winners

Division 1 Hawker Siddeley A

Division 2 Guildhall A

Individual Tournament Winners

Men’s Singles Derek Gee

Ladies’ Singles Record missing

Mixed Doubles F. Smethurst and A. Smethurst

Men’s Doubles F. Smethurst and A.Heath

Ladies’ Doubles Record missing







At the A.G.M. Mr Fred Hall resigned as Chairman and Mr F. Pickering was elected . Someone we know very well today was elected as Vice Chairman…. W. Bernard Pennington ! Jayne Gerrard agreed to take the Minutes of the meeting in the absence of a Secretary. Mr Hudson became the new Match Secretary. All the other officials were re-elected.

Darley Park resigned from the 1st Division. Winton and Ambrose Barlow were accepted into the League.

Again with 19 teams the League format was two Divisions.
Swinton A and Guildhall A were promoted to Division 1.
Chloride was relegated.
At the Executive Meeting in April St. Mary’s B team resigned from the League and Kearsley application to enter a second team into the League was accepted. The Walkden Moor Club changed its name to St Andrew’s as Walkden Moor, the Wesleyan Church, was uniting with the Walkden Primitive Church, and the new Church was to be known as St. Andrew’s Methodist Church.

Division 1 Division 2
Hawker Siddeley Chloride
Monton A St Andrew’s B (Walkden Moor)
St Andrew’s (Walkden Moor) Monton D
Oakwood Kearsley A
Monton B Ambrose Barlow
Monton C Guildhall B
Parrfold Parrfold B
St. Mary’s A St. Marks
Guildhall A Kearsley B

Individual Tournament Winners

Men’s Singles Tony Kirkbright

Ladies’ Singles Record missing

Mixed Doubles F. Smethurst and A Smethurst

Men’s Doubles Derek Gee and Arthur Ratcliffe

Ladies’ Doubles Record missing

1965 League Winners

Division 1 Monton A

Division 2 Chloride