1990s

SEASON 1990, A NEW DECADE.

FINES FOR LATE CARDS

Clubs in the Walkden and District Tennis League for 1990.
Astley, Bolton C.C. Bradshaw, Claremont, Ellesmere, Guildhall, J.& J. Hayes Kearsley, Leigh, Monton, Parrfold, St. Marks, Tyldesley, Vale House, Viaduct, ( New applied 1990) Walkers, Walmer, Winton.

At the beginning of the Decade, Walkden and District Tennis League was comprised of 18 Clubs fielding 45 teams which were arranged into 5 Divisions. Division 1 10 teams, Divisions 2,3,4 9 teams, Division 5 8 teams.
The elected Executive team were:-
Chairman Bernard Pennington Vice-Chairman David McCormick Secretary Position Vacant Treasurer John Robinson Knock-Out Secretary David Haycocks Junior Development Secretary Position Vacant Minute Secretary June Fielding Trophy Secretary Joan Matthews Auditors Derek Matthews and John Collier
1990 Presentation Dance Organising Club – Bolton Cricket. Chairman Bernard thanked Bradshaw for the excellent 1989 Dance.
Fees to remain the same at £4.00per team before the end of June, £5.00 thereafter.
A NEW RULE was passed at the A.G.M. “Clubs will be fined £1.00 per match if a Result Match Card arrives late (not being postmarked by the Friday following that week’s match).
Inclement weather conditions. Clubs were reminded that if a “Home” Captain is not contacted by the “Away” Captain prior to a match to decide whether to cancel it because of rain or if either of the teams just do not turn up when it is raining then the match can be claimed.
Another reminder to all the Clubs was that “A” team players should abide by the League Rules and not play on lower teams. A proved complaint would result in the non –offending team being awarded the match

League Championship Winners

Division 1Vale House A 
Division 2Ellesmere BAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division 3Monton BAlan Pickering Trophy
Division 4Claremont CDerek Smith Trophy
Division 5Walkers CJoan Matthews Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winners

Division 1 LadiesLeigh A 
Division 1 GentsVale House ATom Oldfield Trophy
Division 2 LadiesEllesmere BEileen & Derek Gee Trophy
Division 2 GentsWalkers A 
Division 3 LadiesMonton BJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division 3 GentsParrfold CBernard Pennington Trophy
Division 4 LadiesJ.&J. HayesWinston Spencer Trophy
Division 4 GentsJ.&J. HayesHarold Ainsworth Trophy
Division 5 LadiesEllesmere D 
Division 5 GentsAstley CRon Hemsley Trophy

Senior Individuals Tournament Winners

Ladies SinglesAileen Smith
Gents SinglesDerek Boston
Ladies DoublesNot played for
Gents DoublesR. Lane & I. Holland
Mixed DoublesAileen Smith & Bill Davies

Under 21’s Individuals Winners

Ladies SinglesSuzanne Marsh
Gents SinglesIan Long
Ladies DoublesNot played for
Gents DoublesNot played for

Handicapped Doubles Introduced into the Tournament for the First Time

GentsJ. Topping & C. Nash

Unfortunately, there were no Junior Tournaments in 1990

SEASON 1991 A NEW EXECUTIVE MEMBER FEES RISE !!
DOWN TO 4 DIVISIONS !!!

Chairman Bernard welcomed everyone to the A.G.M. and was delighted to report that Bill Davies had volunteered to take up the position of the Individuals Tournament Organiser. Bernard had been doing this job as well as the Chairman’s work and the work of the League Secretary when no one volunteered to fill the vacant positions.
Unfortunately, David Haycocks was unable to continue as Knock-Out Secretary. Fortunately, June Fielding volunteered to take up that Office as well as continuing as Minute Secretary. Bernard was happy. He did not have to take on that role as well. MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. More helpers mean the League will prosper. All the other officials were re-elected.
Following a loss of £117.00 in the meeting passed the 1990 suggestion that Subscriptions should rise by £1.00 to £5 before the end of June and £6 thereafter.

There were no new applications to join the League. Sadly Walkers C withdrew.
League formation for 1991. 43 teams were divided into 4 Divisions.
Divisions 1, 2, 3 11 teams in each Division 5 with 10 teams
Martyn Williamson was thanked for doing the 1991 fixture list and Claremont for the enjoyable 1991 Presentation Dance.
One Club wanted to know if a team was short of men, could ladies take their place. This was rejected by vote.
Bill Davies organised the Individuals Tournament to run throughout the season. Players were given about 2 weeks to arrange and play each match. The winners telephoned the result. The Finals were played on one day at the end of the Season.

League Championship Winner

Division 1Ellesmere AWalkden Shield
Division 2TyldesleyAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division 3Parrfold CAlan Pickering Trophy
Division 4Ellesmere DDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winners

Division 1LadiesParrfold A 
Division 1GentsClaremont ATom Oldfield Trophy
Division 2LadiesTyldesleyEileen & Derek Gee Trophy
Division 2GentsClaremont BEileen and Derek Gee Trophy
Division 3LadiesParrfold CJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division 3GentsParrfold CBernard Pennington Trophy
Division 4LadiesGuildhall DWinston Spencer Trophy
Division 4GentsBolton Cricket ClubHarold Ainsworth Trophy

Senior Individuals Tournament Winners

Ladies SinglesLouise Hopkinson
Gents SinglesDerek Boston
Ladies DoublesCaroline Hemmings & Jayne Lambert
Gents DoublesBill Davies & Rob Walmsley
Mixed DoublesLouise Hopkinson & Bill Davies

Under 21’s Individuals Winners

Gents Singles Simon Entwistle Gents Doubles Ian Tait & Mark Slater W.B.Penningon Trophy

New Competitions introduced into the Individuals Tournament
The Veterans think it’s time they joined in

Winners of the First Veterans Individuals Tournament

Ladies DoublesMarjorie McCormick & Joan Matthews
Gents SinglesIan Seddon
Gents DoublesDerek Gee & Derek Matthews
Mixed DoublesJean Pennington & Bernard Pennington

Handicapped Tournament

Gents DoublesMike Davies & Brian Richards

SEASON 1992 BETTER RETURN OF MATCH CARDS

Chairman Bernard welcomed everyone to a new season. He thought 1991 had been a good competitive season and complimented teams on returning the Match Cards more efficiently allowing the League Tables to be regularly updated. Bernard informed everyone it was his 45th year in the Walkden Tennis League and hoped it would be an enjoyable one.
The Treasurer reported a loss last season of £117.00 but match fees would remain at £5.00. Good news for everyone
Chairman Bernard was re-elected as were all the officials. Bernard was still doing the job of Secretary and appealed for someone to volunteer for the position.
Following the trial over the last two seasons of the suggested alternate order of play Bernard reported we would be returning to the original Rule 17. The alternate method had created a tense atmosphere when players had a genuine reason for late arrival. |Bernard stressed “We play for fellowship as well as competition.”
Format -39 teams were organised into 4 divisions:- Div. 1 -11 teams, Divs. 2&3- 10 teams, Div.4 -9 teams. During the Season an Executive Meeting was held to listen to the complaints about the court conditions of some Clubs. The matter was to be investigated.
The meeting listened to complaints about the playing of higher ranked players on lower teams and dealt with the offenders by awarding the match to the non-offending teams.
El lesmere organised the Presentation Dance at their Club. A great night! Lots of Dancing and fun.

League Championship Winners

Division 1Ellesmere A Walkden Shield
Division 2Parrfold BAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division 3J. & J. HayesAlan Pickering Trophy
Division 4Tyldesley BDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winners

Division 1 LadiesParrfold ACup
Division 1 MensEllesmere ATom Oldfield Trophy
Division 2 LadiesParrfold BEileen & Derek Gee Trophy
Division 2 MensWintonA John Collier Trophy
Division 3 LadiesSt. Marks AJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division 3 MensJ. & J. HayesBernard Pennington Trophy
Division 4 LadiesOakwoodWinston Spencer Trophy
Division 4 MensBolton BHarold Ainsworth Trophy

Senior Individuals Tournament Winners

Men’s SinglesDerek Boston
Ladies’ SinglesCarolyn Hemmings
Mixed DoublesRob Walmsley and Aileen Smith
Men’s DoublesStuart Barlow and John Bleakley
Ladies’ DoublesJanet Lambert and Carolyn Hemmings

Handicapped Doubles Winners

Ladies DoublesNot held
Gents DoublesSteven Hardy and Ken Nixon
Mixed DoublesGail Fairhurst and John Biggins

Veterans Individuals Winners First year to be held

Gents SinglesStuart Barlow
Gents DoublesKen Nixon and Trevor Henshaw
Ladies DoublesMaureen Taylor and Thelma Driver
Mixed DoublesJoan Matthews and Derek Matthews

Under 21’s Winners

Gents SinglesSimon Entwistle
Gents DoublesIan Tait and Mark Slater

SEASON 1993 A NEW SECRETARY GOOD NEWS!

Excellent News! Marjorie McCormick (Guildhall T.C. ) has agreed after shadowing Chairman Bernard over the last year to take on the Office of Secretary of the League. Marjorie has played for Guildhall T.C since 1963 and felt after enjoying 30 years of Walkden League Tennis she should put something back and keep the League successful for the players of the future. Having retired and married off her two daughters, Alison and Janette, Marjorie felt she needed a new challenge. Husband Dav, the League Vice Chairman and Chairman Bernard convinced her that this was just the job for her. Thank you, Marjorie and Good Luck. The League thanked Chairman Bernard for coping with the two roles over the last few years.
All the Officers were re-elected.
There were no new applications to join the League. Resignations were received from Ellesmere C and D teams.
Format for 1993 was 39 teams into 4 Divisions …. Divs. 1, 2 & 3 – 10 teams, Div. 4 -9 teams. Over the last few years, the number of players had dropped slightly and it was hoped this would not continue.
Alas, there was another loss over the year of £109.00 due to the cost of running the Individuals Tournaments (mainly Trophy expenses). A profit from the Dance of £50.00 had kept the loss down but the Treasurer felt he no choice but to raise the team subscriptions to £8.00 per team (£9.00 if paid late). The situation would be reviewed at the end of the season.
Guildhall Tennis Club (noted for its good catering at Club events) organised the Presentation Dance and decided to do food refreshments themselves (even catering for players with vegan requests) to try to boost attendance. British Legion Club was very helpful allowing the Club to do the catering and it worked. Attendance was up and a terrific evening was had by all a terrific evening was enjoyed by all.
League Championship Winners

Division 1Claremont AWalkden Shield
Division 2Winton AAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division 3Stand T.C.Alan Pickering Trophy
Division 4Guildhall CDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winners

Division 1 LadiesParrfold A 
Division 1 GentsClaremont ATom Oldfield Trophy
Division 2 LadiesAstley AEileen & Derek Gee Trophy
Division 2 GentsWalkers AJohn Collier Trophy
Division 3 LadiesMonton BJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division 3 GentsStand T.C.Bernard Pennington Trophy
Division 4 LadiesGuildhall CWinston Spencer Trophy
Division 4 GentsWalkers BHarold Ainsworth Trophy

Senior Individuals Tournament Winners

Ladies SinglesCarolyn Hemmings
Gents SinglesRob Walmsley
Ladies DoublesJanet Lambert and Carolyn Hemmings
Gents DoublesDerek Boston and Adrian Moores
Mixed DoublesAileen Smith and Rob Walmsley

Under 21’s Individuals Winner

Gents SinglesMichael Ledger

Veterans Individuals Winners

Gents SinglesStuart Barlow
Gents DoublesStuart Barlow and Frank Jordan
Ladies DoublesMaureen Taylor and Thelma Driver
Mixed DoublesJohn Biggins and Beryl Richards

SEASON  1994            LEAGUE     FEES     RAISED                                       

TOSS A COIN FOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS VENUE

   Chairman Bernard thanked all the officials for their hard work over last season. A special thanks was expressed to Marjorie on her first year as League Secretary which was so efficiently carried out.  A good season’s tennis had been enhanced by the keenness shown at the Veterans’ Individual Tournament. Looking forward to more of the same in 1994.

    Treasurer John reported that the overall League losses of the last few seasons had left him with no choice and team subscriptions would be increased to £8.009 (£9.00 if late). The situation would be reviewed at the end of the season.

   Bernard and Marjorie  hoped the new season’s results match cards would arrive by the Friday following a match or at the latest by the Monday  properly completed and legible.( Some were very puzzling !) Fines had been imposed on Clubs failing to send in cards following the last match of 1993.

 New cards would be with Clubs before the start of the season.   All old match cards must be destroyed.

   Knock –Out result cards must be sent by the HOME team   not by the winning team.

   There were no new applications to join the League and no  resignations.

   Two Clubs had changed their names :- Hindley had become Lowton and Oakwood had become Tyldesley.  Once more a 4 Division format was organised with Divs. 1,2 and 3 having10 teams and Div. 4 – 9 teams.

   The week of the Bolton Charity Tournament was left  free of matches for players who wanted to take part.

   The 1994 Presentation Dance was in the hands of  Lowton. T.C.

   It was suggested the Knock-out Finals be on a neutral ground to be agreed by the finalists. After discussion with 8 matches having to be played this was not practical. It was decided to let the Ladies and Gents finalist pairs of each Division arrange the date they would play on and toss a coin for which team would play at  “ Home.”

League Championship Winners

Division  1Guildhall  AWalkden Shield
Division  2Claremont  BAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division  3Kearsley  AAlan Pickering Trophy
Division  4St. Marks  ADerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winners

Division  1  Ladies            Parrfold   ACup
Division  1  Gents          Claremont   ATom Oldfield Trophy
Division  2  LadiesGuildhall  BEileen & Derek Gee Trophy
Division  2  GentsWalmerJohn Collier Trophy
Division  3  LadiesMonton  BJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division  3  GentsKearsley  ABernard Pennington Trophy
Division  4  LadiesSt. Marks  AWinston Spencer Trophy
Division  4  GentsBolton  BHarold Ainsworth Trophy

Senior Individuals Tournament Winners

Ladies SinglesCarolyn Hemmings
Gents SinglesIan Nutter
Ladies Doubles   Aileen Smith and  Joan Matthews
Gents DoublesDerek Boston and  Adrian Moores
Mixed Doubles      Louise Hopkinson and Bill Davies

Handicapped Doubles Winners   

Hcapped Ladies DblesGail Fairhurst and Fran Biggins
 Hcapped Gents. DblesBrian Green and Phil Green
Hcapped Mixed DblsSarah Davies and Bill Davies

Veterans  Individuals Winners     First year to be held

Vet. Gents SinglesStuart Barlow 
Vet. Gents DoublesKen Nixon and Brian Cain 
Vet. Ladies DoublesMaureen Taylor and Thelma Driver 
Vet. Mixed DoublesMarjorie Deakin and Frank Jordan 

Under 21’s Individuals Winners

U21’s Gents Singles    Simon Barlow
U21’s Gents DoublesGed Shepherd and Stuart Williamson 

SEASON  1995     TEAM  SUBSCRIPTIONS   TO   REMAIN   AT    £8.00 

   After Chairman Bernard had welcomed everyone and thanked the  League Officials for all their work he reported that once again we were looking forward to another enjoyable season. He hoped that as last year there would be fewer disputes and encouraged Clubs to get their players to read the League Rules.

 Secretary Marjorie reported that there  had been some difficulties at the beginning of the season as some Clubs had not informed all their players about the change of Venue of one Club and players went to the wrong Venue. Club Officials must pass on information sent to all Club Secretaries before the season started.

 A reminder was given that “ Home” team were responsible for sending  the Knock-Out  result not the Winning Team.  

  The Treasurer was delighted a small profit was shown on last year’s accounts. Team Subscriptions would remain at £8.00 (£9.00 if paid after the Dance.)

  Bill Davies requested all Individuals entering the League Tournament provide  correct names and addresses on the entry forms to make contact between them easier.

   There were no new teams wanting to join the League and only Tyldesley C  resigned.  Therefore the format for Divisions would be Divs. 1& 2 – 10teams, Divs. 3&4 – 9 teams.

   No matches during the Bolton Charity was requested and agreed.

   Kearsley Tennis Club would organise the 1995 presentation Dance

League Championship Winners

Division  1Claremont  AWalkden Shield
Division  2Astley  AAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division  3Astley  BAlan Pickering Trophy
Division  4Leigh  BDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winner

Division  1  Ladies            Claremont   ACup
Division  1  Gents          Claremont   ATom Oldfield Trophy
Division  2  GentsWalmerJohn Collier Trophy
Division  3  LadiesGuildhall  CJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division  3  GentsLowtonBernard Pennington Trophy
Division  4  LadiesLeigh  CWinston Spencer Trophy
Division  4  GentsLeigh  BHarold Ainsworth Trophy

 Senior Individuals Winners

 Ladies SinglesAileen Smith
 Gents SinglesRob Walmsley
 Ladies DoublesLouise Hopkinson and   Jane Bridges
Gents  DoublesDerek Boston and Adrian Moores
 Mixed DoublesAileen Smith and          Rob Walmsley  

Under 21’s Winner

U21’s  Gents SinglesGed Shepherd
U21’s  Gents DoublesChristopher Cain and  Jonathan Noblet

Veterans  Individuals Winners   

Vet. Ladies SinglesJoan Matthews 
Vet. Gents SinglesStuart Barlow 
Vet. Gents DoublesKen Nixon and Frank Jordan 
Vet. Ladies DoublesMarjorie Deakin and Kath Jordan 
Vet. Mixed DoublesMarjorie Deakin and  Frank Jordan 

Handicapped  Individuals Winners

Hcapped Ladies DoublesFran Biggins  and  Gail Fairhurst
Hcapped Gents DoublesRob Seddon and Brian Norris
Hcapped Mixed DoublesGail Fairhurst and John Biggins

SEASON  1996    NEW  SENIOR INDIVIDUALS ORGANISER  NEEDED

   Chairman Bernard welcomed everyone to a new season. He remarked that it had been a wonderful season for good weather and a record for the League when one team scored no points at all— this being his own team Parrfold B!!! He thanked all the officers for their hard work last year and the meeting duly elected all but one (Bill Davies) for another year.  Bill did not want to organise the Seniors Individuals Tournament this year but was prepared to continue organising the Under 21’s events.  Chairman Bernard thanked Bill for his work and remarked on the increase number of entries over the past few years. He asked for a volunteer to take over from Bill but there were no offers.

   Secretary Marjorie hoped for the better return of result cards this season. She was disappointed that so many teams did not take part in the 1995  K.O. Cup Competition on the first Friday night. In future the first round  would take place on a Wednesday night which would half the number of teams having to play on a Friday night the designated night for the K.O.Cup Competition matches.

  All matches must start at 6.30p.m.. No knocking up practice after 6.30p.m.  Regarding League Rule 17  “MAY” claim the first set at 6.45p.m. was changed to “MUST” claim the first set at 6.45p.m.    Court directions are sent to all Clubs before the start of the season.  “Got Lost” is not an excuse.

  League subscriptions to remain the same at £8.00.

   No applications for membership of the League and no resignations received. Format – as last year – 2 teams up and 2 teams down – Divs. 1&2 – 10 teams, Divs. 3& 4 – 9 teams.

   Leigh Tennis Club organised the Dance which was enjoyed by those who attended

League Championship Winners

Division  1Claremont  AWalkden Shield
Division  2Bolton  AAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division  3Tyldesley  BAlan Pickering Trophy
Division  4St. Marks  BDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winner

Division  1  Ladies            Tyldesley  ACup
Division  1  Gents          Tom Oldfield Trophy
Division  2  Ladies     Guildhall  BJohn Collier Trophy
Division  2 GentsWinton  A 
Division  3  LadiesTyldesley BJayne Gerrard Trophy
Division  3  GentsWalmerBernard Pennington Trophy
Division  4  LadiesGuildhall  DWinston Spencer Trophy
Division 4  GentsBolton  BHarold Ainsworth Trophy

 Senior Individuals Winners

 Ladies SinglesAileen Smith
 Gents SinglesRob Seddon
 Ladies DoublesAileen Smith and Joan Matthews
Gents  DoublesNot completed
 Mixed DoublesJane Bridges and Rob Seddon  

Under 21’s Winner

U21’s  Gents SinglesGed Shepherd
U21’s  Gents DoublesNo information

Veterans  Individuals Winners   

Vet. Ladies SinglesBarbara Cain
Vet. Gents SinglesStuart Barlow
Vet. Gents DoublesStuart Barlow and Brian Cain
Vet. Ladies DoublesMaureen Taylor and Barbara Cain
Vet. Mixed DoublesJ. Aherne  and  S. Roberts

Handicapped  Individuals Winners

Hcapped Ladies DoublesJ Aherne  and Christine Whittaker
Hcapped Gents DoublesRob Seddon and Brian Norris
Hcapped Mixed DoublesJ. Aherne  and  S. Roberts

SEASON   1997   NO VOLUNTEER FOR TOURNAMENT OFFICER

Chairman Bernard  had taken on the job as Tournament Organiser in season 1996 as no one came forward to do it. There had been a poor number of entries. Some matches were finals only. Chairman Bernard asked Club Secretaries to put the entry forms up earlier and encourage members to participate.

   Secretary Marjorie reported that the return of both League and Knock-Out Match Result Cards had improved last season.  Keep it up!  The first round of the 1997 Knock-Out Competition would be on a Wednesday and the following rounds on a Friday.

  Treasurer John reported that Team Subscriptions would remain at £8.00 in spite of a loss of £54.54 last season.

   League officers were all re-elected.

A resignation from Bolton  B team had been received and there were no new applications. There would be three Divisions of 10 and Division 4 would have 8 teams.

     Leigh had organised a successful Presentation Dance at the end of the 1996 season.   It  was Monton Tennis Club’s turn to organise the Presentation Dance at the end of the 1997 Season.

League Championship Winners

Division  1Claremont  AWalkden Shield
Division  2Walkers  AAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division  3St. Marks  AAlan Pickering Trophy
Division  4BradshawDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winner

Division 1 Ladies            Claremont ACup   
Division 1  Gents          Claremont  ATom Oldfield Trophy 
Division  2  Ladies     Tyldesley  BJohn Collier Trophy 
Division  2 GentsWalkers  A  
Division  3  LadiesSt Marks AJayne Gerrard Trophy 
Division  3  GentsWalkers  BBernard Pennington Trophy 
Division  4  LadiesGuildhall  CWinston Spencer Trophy 
Division 4  GentsGuildhall  CHarold Ainsworth Trophy 

 Senior Individuals Winners

 Ladies SinglesJ. Aherne 
 Gents SinglesRob Seddon 
 Ladies DoublesAlison Hodgkinson and Barbara Cain 
Gents  DoublesPhil Hollsworth and Rob Seddon 
 Mixed DoublesBarbara Cain and         Stuart Barlow   

Veterans  Individuals Winners   

Vet. Ladies SinglesJoan Matthews 
Vet. Gents SinglesStuart Barlow 
Vet. Gents DoublesKen Nixon and  Brian Cain 
Vet. Ladies DoublesMarjorie McCormick and Joan Matthews 
Vet. Mixed DoublesBarbara Cain and Stuart Barlow  

Handicapped  Individuals Winners

Hcapped Ladies DoublesJ Aherne  and Christine Whittaker 
Hcapped Gents DoublesS. Roberts and J. Ashcroft 
Hcapped Mixed DoublesJ. Aherne  and S. RobertsMarjorie & David  Trophy

SEASON 1998     TOURNAMENT ORGANISER JOB—– STILL OPEN !

   Chairman Bernard was pleased with the way matches had been played in the right spirit last year. He was looking forward to another good year. He welcomed all the Club representatives and thanked the League Officials for their work in 1997. Trish Brookes (Guildhall T.C.) volunteered to take on the the post of Trophy Secretary. The League still needed a volunteer to take over the post of IndividualsTournament Organiser.

  Secretary Marjorie complimented  the teams for the better return of League Match Cards. Unfortunately during the last few weeks of the season it wasn’t as good. Team Captains being away on holiday  was the most likely the reason. Please make sure any substitute Captains are aware of their responsibilities this season.  The return of  K.O. Match Cards still leaves much to be desired !  She pleaded with Clubs to find a volunteer to organise the Individuals Tournament Competition as it was not fair that the job fell onto Chairman Bernard as it had done last year.

  Team subscriptions to remain at £8.00 (£9.00 if late). A small profit of  £37.48 was made over 1997

   Clubs were asked to encourage team players to enter the Individuals Tournament and to make sure their entries names were put in the right section.

League Championship Winners

Division  1Tyldesley  AWalkden Shield
Division  2Guildhall  BAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division  3Walkers  BAlan Pickering Trophy
Division  4Bradshaw Derek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winner

Division 1 Ladies            Guildhall ACup   
Division 1  Gents          Parrfold  ATom Oldfield Trophy 
Division 2 Ladies     Astley  AJohn Collier Trophy 
Division 2 GentsClaremont B  
Division 3 LadiesWalkers BJayne Gerrard Trophy 
Division 3 GentsWalkers BBernard Pennington Trophy 
Division 4 LadiesBradshawWinston Spencer Trophy 
Division 4 GentsKearsley  BHarold Ainsworth Trophy 

 Senior Individuals Winners

 Ladies SinglesJ. Talbot 
 Gents SinglesRob Seddon 
 Ladies DoublesAnn Hodgkinson and  Barbara Cain 
Gents  DoublesNo information 
 Mixed DoublesNo Information 

Veterans  Individuals Winners   

Vet. Ladies SinglesJoan Matthews 
Vet. Gents SinglesStuart Barlow 
Vet. Gents DoublesKen Nixon and Brian Cain 
Vet. Ladies DoublesR. Davenport and M. Barrett 
Vet. Mixed DoublesBarbara Cain and Stuart Barlow 

Handicapped  Individuals Winners

Hcapped Ladies DoublesJ Aherne  and  A. Winder 
Hcapped Gents DoublesNo information 
Hcapped Mixed DoublesJ. Aherne  and  S. Roberts 

SEASON 1999  CHAIRMAN BERNARD TO BE MILLENNIUM MAYOR

   The Walkden and District Tennis League felt very proud when in June 1999, Chairman Bernard was invested as Mayor of Salford for the Millennium Year (1999 – 2000) and would be part of all the celebrations throughout the year.   He invited a few of the League Officers to the “ Mayor Making” ceremony which was very interesting and enjoyable.  Congratulations and good wishes were sent to Bernard and his wife and Mayoress Jean from the League. They both looked splendid and impressive in their Regalia and Chains of Office.

   Obviously the demand on Chairman Bernard ‘s time would be considerable, so at the A.G.M. he requested that a volunteer from the assembled Club Representatives would come forward to organise the Individuals Tournament which had been vacant for two or three years and which he had been forced to run. Alas, no one offered to do the job which was very disappointing. Vice-Chairman, David McCormick, who had been unable to attend the A.G.M. offered to take up the Office when he heard no one had volunteered to do it at the A.G. M.  It had been hoped that someone new would join the League Officials but it was not to be. WHY is the Question?   The Walkden Tennis League came into being for the benefit of the Clubs in the area providing the opportunity to play more tennis against different opponents, to challenge and improve skills, to reward effort and to develop fellowship. It does not organise itself and therefore needs members to give something back for that opportunity.                                                                 

 Let’s hope the dawn of a New Millennium invokes a revival of the spirit which inspired the Founding Clubs as we look forward to 2022 to celebrate the Centenary of the Walkden and District Tennis League.

   All the Other League Officials were re-elected.  
Format of the 1999 Season, following the acceptance of Lowton into the League and the resignation of Winton C,  Monton  B and Golborne, who withdrew at the last minute leaving  33 competing teams which were divided into 4 Divisions. Divs. 1 & 2 – 9 teams, Div. 3 – 8 teams, Div. 4 – 7 teams. Treasurer John’s said that Team Subscriptions would remain at £8.00 despite a loss over the year of £68.95 as the balance in the bank was £359.38. 
Marjorie reported Cup Result Cards MUST be returned promptly so that teams could be informed by the Secretary who their next opponent would be. It was decided that Clubs would be fined £5.00 for late return of Result Cards  St. Marks organised the Presentation Dance which was a success.

League Championship Winner

Division  1Claremont  AWalkden Shield
Division  2Monton  AAlbert Cooper Trophy
Division  3Guildhall  CAlan Pickering Trophy
Division  4LowtonDerek Smith Trophy

Knock – Out Trophy Winners

Division  1  Ladies            Guildhall  ACup   
Division  1  Gents          Claremont  A Tom Oldfield Trophy 
Division  2  Ladies     Astley  AJohn Collier Trophy 
Division  2 GentsWalkers  BEileen & Derek Gee Trophy 
Division  3  LadiesSt Marks BJayne Gerrard Trophy 
Division  3  GentsKearsley  ABernard Pennington Trophy 
Division  4  LadiesGuildhall  DWinston Spencer Trophy 
Division 4  GentsLowtonHarold Ainsworth Trophy 

 Senior Individuals Winners

 Ladies SinglesJ. Aherne 
 Gents SinglesR. Seddon 
 Ladies DoublesS. Crudden and Louise Hopkinson 
Gents  DoublesFrank Jordan and R. Hands 
 Mixed DoublesR.Hands  and J. McLaughlin 

Veterans  Individuals Winners

Vet. Ladies SinglesJoan Matthews 
Vet. Gents SinglesFrank Jordan 
Vet. Gents DoublesStuart Barlow and Frank Jordan 
Vet. Ladies DoublesM. McCullock and M. Barrett 
Vet. Mixed DoublesMaureen Taylor and  Frank Jordan 

Handicapped  Individuals Winners

Hcapped Ladies DoublesJ. Aherne  and Christine Whittaker 
Hcapped Gents DoublesKen Nixon  and  J. Nixon 
Hcapped Mixed DoublesMelanie Champion and J. Ashcroft