2000s

SEASON 2000 THE START OF A NEW MILLENNIUM

Fourteen Clubs were members of the Walkden and District Tennis League at the start of the new Millennium :- Astley, Bolton Cricket Club, Claremont, Guildhall, Kearsley, Leogh, Lowton, Monton, Parrfold, St. Marks, Tyldesley, Walkers, and Winton.

What will the future hold for the Walkden and District Tennis League in the years to come ? Will it survive ? Will it go from strength to strength ? Only time will tell…….

Chairman Bernard missed the first Annual General Meeting of the new Millennium due to Mayoral Duties. The League Officers were returned en bloc. Alas… No new blood!!
A good sign for the new era was that subscriptions remained at £8.00 per team. Marvellous !
A proposal to impose a £5.00 fine for late match cards (a problem during the previous season) was carried. This worked and helped the Secretary considerably as well as swelling the Treasures’s funds to the tune of £60.00 during the season !!

A proposal was carried that all matches in the Individual’s Tournament must be completed before the date set for the Finals unless bad weather prevented this. Allowance would not be made for entrant’s holidays

Bradshaw Tennis Club and Parrfold “D” Team resigned from the League so the formation for 2000 was two Divisions of 10 and one Division of 9. Starting date Wednesday 19/04/2000. First round of the Cup on a Wednesday and the rest on Fridays stated….. What a fiasco the Cup Competition turned out to be!!! Clubs struggled to turn out teams on a Friday night Matches were conceded and one team got to the Final without playing a match !! Fortunately a proposal to play two Cup matches each round (home and away) had been thrown out at the A.G.M. Just imagine how farcical that would have been!!

Some Individual’s events,organised by Vice Chairman ,David in Chairman Bernard’s absence, were cancelled because there were less than three entrants. The Veterans events were well supported as usual (same old – sorry familiar- faces!!) They keep coming back for more. Everyone who played enjoyed the competition.

The Presentation Dance was in the capable hands of the Tyldesley Club and held at Leigh Rugby Club. A profit of
£25 00 was made. Fate threw a spanner in the works by way of a Petrol Crisis. Petrol had to be reserved for essential journeys and some winners could not afford the fuel to get to the venue. Others managed to share transport. The attendance was lower than usual but it did not mar the occasion. A great time was had and there was plenty of food!! Fortune favours the brave, the saying informs us and it really did that night.
On the way home to everyone’s delight the petrol station on the East Lancs. Road at Lowton had just got a delivery of petrol. The merry tennis revellers formed a lively queue and filled their cars up . FANTASTIC !!!!!

FINAL 200 LEAGUE RESULTS

Division 1
WINNERS…….Guildhall.A.
The Walkden Shield

Division 2
WINNERS…….Walkers B
Albert Cooper Trophy

Division 3
WINNERS…….Kearsley.A
Alan Pickering Trophy

CUP COMPETITION

Division 1
WINNERS Ladies..Leigh A
WINNERS..Men…..*******…..(Tom Oldfield Trophy)

Division 2
WINNERS Ladies..St.Marks.A..(Eileen & Derek Gee Trophy)
WINNERS Men…..**********..(John Collier Trophy)

Division 3
WINNERS Ladies..**********..(Jane Gerrard Trophy)
WINNERS Men…..Lowton……(Bernard Penning Trophy

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION WINNERS

Mixed Doubles…………F Jordan & L Baker

Handicapped Doubles……S. Roberts & J Aherne

Veteran Men’s Singles….F. Jordan

FINAL LEAGUE POSITIONS

Division 1
Pos..Pts…Team
1….44….Guildhall A
2….42….Claremont A
3….37….Leigh A
4….33….Ellesmere A
5)…26….Parrfold A
5)…26….Walkers A
7….21….Tyldesley A
8….13….Monton A
9….10….Guildhall B
10….4….Astley A

Division 2
Pos..Pts…Team
1….49….Walkers B
2….47….Bolton A
3….36….Leigh B
4….31….St. Marks A
5….25….Winton A
6….23….Claremont B
7….21….Parrfold B
8….15….St.Marks B
9….14….Guildhall C
10….2….Parrfold C

Division 3
Pos..Pts…Team
1….46….Kearsley A
2….42….Lowton
3….36….Leigh C
4….26….Leigh D
5….18….Winton B
6….15….Kearsley B
7….13….Guildhall D
8….12….Astley B
9…..6….Claremont C

 

SEASON 2001 CUP COMPETITION PROBLEMS

At the A.G.M. Chairman Bernard Pennington thanked the League Officers for their work in 2000 and pointed out that the League could not function without them. They were elected to serve for Season 2001 en bloc. Audited accounts were accepted and League Subscriptions remained at £8.00 thanks to the sum of £60.00 being fines for late match cards.
Parrfold C withdrew from the League and Tyldesley entered a second team so the number of teams remained the same (29).Because Clubs found it difficult to field teams on Friday nights which resulted in conceding matches it was decided to have four Divisions of 7,7,7 and 8 teams. Cup matches were played on Wednesday nights between League matches. Replays due to bad weather were played the following Friday. This was not popular with Clubs who were knocked out in the first round as they had no matched on the following Cup Competition Wednesdays. As the saying goes you can’t please all the people all the time. Hopefully the change has solved the Cup Competition problem.
Clubs were reminded that their best players must play in the higher teams.
Barbara Edge helped Bernard with the Individual’s Tournament.
Whoopee!! She volunteered. Thank you Barbara !!
Enthusiastic Veterans from a handful of Clubs had some hard fought matches and really enjoyed themselves. Trophy Secretary, Tricia collected the trophies early to check for damage and to obtain a quote for insurance after being valued.
The Presentation Dance hosted by Walkers at Farnworth Cricket Club was a great success. Lots of dancing, super food and plenty of fun. The event broke even. Well Done Walkers.

FINAL LEAGUE DIVISION
WINNERS…………………….RUNNERS-UP
Division 1….LEIGH A………..GUILDHALL A

WINNERS…………………….RUNNERS-UP
Division 2….MONTON…………BOLTON CRICKET CLUB

WINNERS…………………….RUNNERS-UP
Division 3….PARRFOLD B……..KEARSLEY A

WINNERS…………………….RUNNERS-UP
Division 4….LEIGH C………..LEIGH D

LEAGUE TABLES for SEASON 2001

Division 1
Pos..Pts…Team
1….34….Leigh A
2….28….Guildhall A
3….19….Ellesmere A
4)…13….Claremont A
4)…13….Parrfold A
6…..9….Tyldesley A
7…..7….Walkers A

Division 2
Pos..Pts…Team
1….29….Monton
2….27….Bolton
3….20….Leigh B
4)…16….Walkers B
4)…16….Astley A
6…..9….St.Marks A
7…..4….Guildhall B

Division 3
Pos..Pts…Team
1….35….Parrfold B
2….23….Kearsley A
3….20….Winton A
4….17….Guildhall C
5….13….Lowton
6….12….Claremont B
7…..9….St.Marks B

Division 4
Pos..Pts…Team
1….42….Leigh C (Won all their Matches Congratulations!!))
2….29….Leigh D
3….27….Winton B
4)…21….Guildhall D
4)…21….Kearsley B
6….15….Tyldesley B
7….10….Claremont C
8…..3….Astley B

CUP COMPETITION FINAL RESULTS

Division 1
WINNERS…Ladies…LEIGH A……..RUNNERS-UP…GUILDHALL A
WINNERS…Men……*******……..RUNNERS-UP…TYLDESLEY A

Division 2
WINNERS…Ladies…MONTON………RUNNERS-UP…WALKERS B
WINNERS…Men……WALKERS B……RUNNERS-UP…Astley A

Division 3
WINNERS…Ladies…PARRFOLD B…..RUNNERS-UP…GUILDHALL C
WINNERS…Men……WINTON A…….RUNNERS-UP…St.MARKS B

Division 4
WINNERS…Ladies…GUILDHALL D….RUNNERS-UP…GUILDHALL D
WINNERS…Men……WINTON B…….RUNNERS-UP…WINTON B

INDIVIDUAL’S COMPETITION

LEVEL.MATCHES………..WINNERS………..RUNNERS – UP

Men’s Singles………..R. SEDDON………S.EYNON
Ladies’Singles……….J.TALBOT……….J.ROBSON
Ladies’Doubles..B.CAIN & A.HODGKINSON…..A.BEECH & K.FINKILL
Men’s Doubles…F.JORDAN & G.FARRAGHER….S.EYNON & G SHEPHERD
Mixed Doubles…S.BARLOW & B.CAIN………L.SHARPLES & K.KAY

VETERAN’S …………..WINNERS………..RUNNERS – UP

Men’s Singles………..F.JORDAN……….S.BARLOW
Ladies Singles……….K. FINKILL……..K.JORDAN
Mixed Doubles….S.BARLOW 7 B.CAIN……..G.ROYAL & I.BAILEY
Men’s Doubles….S.BARLOW & F.JORDAN……I.LOWE & K.JORDAN
Ladies’ Doubles..K.FINKILL& J.RIDGWAY…M.McCORMICK&J.MATTHEWS

HANDICAP…………….WINNERS………..RUNNERS – UP

Men’s Doubles………..Not played
Ladies’ Doubles………Not played
Mixed Doubles…..J.AHERNE & S.ROBERTS…M.CHAMPION&J.ASHCROFT

 

SEASON 2002 INDIVIDUAL’S TOURNAMENT CANCELLED.

The Season started with 29 teams in four Divisions comprising 7,7,7 and 8 teams in each.The weather was not kind during the Season. Rain caused the cancellation of several matches with shale court Clubs suffering the most.
Chairman Bernard cancelled the Individual’s Tournament as there were only 2 entries. He tried hard to encourage Clubs and players to participate – even ringing round Clubs and individuals but to no avail. After the many entries last season it was very disappointing. He hoped members would take note and there would be more entries next year. He appealed for someone to come forward with some new ideas to take over the running of the Tournament. Thanks were expressed to Jean and Ged for their help last season.
The changes to the Cup Competition last season had resulted in no matches being conceded so the same plan was adopted for the 2001 season and again worked well. Cup Competition Organiser, June Fielding did a splendid job during the season remarking on t
Treasurer,John Robinson, did not attend the A.G.M. due to illness so auditor,Derek Matthews, drew up the Accounts for 2001 and presented the report. He remarked that John’s excellent organisation made the task easy. Finaces are in a healthy state and subscriptions will remain at £8.00 per team.
Derek continued doing the Treasurer’s job throughout 2002.
Junior coaching sessions run by the L.T.A. open to all Juniors in the league ran during the season at Monton.
Winton organised a super Presentation Dance at the venue. It was a pity that some Clubs did not support the event. It was thought that the attendance was down because the Individual’s Tournament had been cancelled and a decision was taken to only present The League and Cup Trophies to the winning teams. It was increasingly difficult to find acceptable prizes or small trophies from the limited amount of money provided from League Funds. No charge was ever made to enter any competition in order to encourage entries and the extra expense involved in providing these items for every participating winners would have to be ra

FINAL LEAGUE COMPETITION RESULT

DIVISION 1
WINNERS………LEIGH A

DIVISION 2
WINNERS………WALKERS A

DIVISION 3
WINNERS……..ST. MARKS A

DIVISION4
WINNERS……..CLAREMONT B

CUP COMPETITION

DIVISION 1
WINNERS….Ladies…..*******
WINNERS….Men……..*******

DIVISION 2
WINNERS….Ladies…..LEIGH B
WINNERS….Men……..ASTLEY A

DIVISION 3
WINNERS….Ladies…..GUILDHALL C
WINNERS….Men……..LEIGH C

DIVISION 4
WINNERS….Ladies…..********
WINNERS….Men……..********

INDIVIDUAL’S TOURNAMENT Not held

 

SEASON 2003 NEW BLOOD BUT ENTRIES DISAPPOINTING !!

At Last new blood for the League Committee. WONDERFUL!!!
Jean Wilson and Ged Shepherd, both from Guildhall T.C.offered to run the Individual’s Tournament.It was difficult to get players to enter.Personal contact was made with all the Clubs but only Guildhall and Monton Clubs responded and competed. There were some excellent matches thoroughly enjoyed by the particioants. Jean and Ged were disappointed that some sections had no entries and hoped that next year would be better.

At the A.G.M. the League Committee Officers were elected en bloc with the exception of the Treasurer. John Robinson still had health problems so Derek Matthews was elected to act temporarily as Treasurer. Alan Brookes replaced Derek as an auditor.

Four Divisions were formed with 28 teams. All matches both League and Cup to be played on Wednesday nights. Weather conditions were better throughout the season and fewer matches were “rained off” No fines were imposed although some teams came close to incurring the Secretary’s wrath !!!
Monton Club had difficulties raising a team each week y 10 matches were played by each team in Division 2. The Monton Men’s team,however was able to continue in the Cup Competition and won it !!

The Presentation Dance was held at the Astley venue and was a really good night. The members of Astley had worked hard to provide good food and lively music. Gordon and Rosemary Hassall,long standing members of the Astley Club and players in the Walkden League for many years, presented the Trophies.

LEAGUE COMPETITION FINAL RESULTS

DIVISION 1
WINNERS…….LEIGH A………RUNNERS-UP…..ELLESMERE A

DIVISION 2
WINNERS…….Tyldesley A…..RUNNERS-UP…..Astley A

DIVISION 3
WINNERS…….LEIGH C………RUNNERS-UP…..WINTON A

DIVISION 4
WINNERS…….LEIGH D………RUNNERS-UP…..TYLDESLEY B

CUP COMPETITION RESULTS

Division 1
WINNERS…..Ladies…..LEIGH A……RUNNERS-UP…..PARRFOLD A
WINNERS…..Men……..LEIGH A……RUNNERS-UP…..PARRFOLD A

Division 2
WINNERS…..Ladies…..TYLDESLEY A..RUNNERS-UP…..GUILDHALL B
WINNERS…..Men……..MONTON…….RUNNERS-UP…..BOLTON c.C.

Division 3
WINNERS…..Ladies…..LEIGH C……RUNNERS-UP…..WINTON B
WINNERS…..Men……..LEIGH C……RUNNERS-UP…..GUILDHALL C

Division 4
WINNERS…..Ladies…..LEIGH D……RUNNERS-UP…..ASTLEY B
WINNERS…..Men……..LEIGH D……RUNNERS-UP…..********

INDIVIDUAL’S TOURNAMENT RESULTS

………………..WINNERS………………RUNNERS-UP
Gent’s Singles……GED SHEPHERD………….J.TOBIN
Gents Doubles…B.HARRIS&GED SHEPHERD…A.HARRIS&J.PARKINSON
Ladies’ Doubles..J TALBOT&M.FALLON……M.BARRETT&J.McLAUGHLIN
Vets’Ladies Dbls.B.EDGE & J.WILSON……M.McCORMICK&J.MATTHEWS

 

2004

SEASON 2004 JUNE FIELDING RETIRES LEAGUE BACK TO 3 DIVISIONS !

It was good to see Treasurer, John Robinson, back at the helm for the A.G.M. fully recovered from his health problems. John thanked Derek for taking on the job in 2003.and preparing the accounts which were accepted. Subscriptions remain at £8.00.per team.

June Fielding, who had been the Cup Competition Secretary since 1991 (12 years) tendered her resignation by letter. June was spending more time away from home and felt that she could not give enough time to the job, which she had enjoyed doing. Chairman Bernard thanked June for her stalwart service and proposed that a letter of thanks be sent conveying our gratitude along with a gift. The meeting endorsed this proposal and League Secretary, Marjorie delivered the same to June personally. Yvonne Miller volunteered at the meeting to take on the job and was duly elected.
Marvellous that Yvonne offered her services so willingly – many, many thanks.
At the end of the season Yvonne said the June had been a hard act to follow but had endeavoured to ensure the draw was fair and that Clubs were kept up to date on the results of matches as soon as possible. She was pleased that all the matches had been played in the spirit of the game and thoroughly enjoyed.

Three teams had dropped out of the League:- Guildhall reduced to 3 teams, Kearsley to 1 team, Bolton Cricket Club resigned. The League formation went back to 3 Divisions of 9,8,8.
The season had just started when the Monton Club found it could not raise enough men to field a team in the League Competition and withdrew its team. However there were enough Ladies to take part in the Cup Competition and it was agreed that this be accepted. It was hoped that next season the Club would be able to rejoin in the League Competition. This left 3 Divisions of 8 teams each.
Four events were held in the Individual’s Tournament with 32 competitors who battled it out and had a great time. Everyone felt the Tournament was worth running for those who wanted to participate. It was a pity that so few events were held. And requested Club Secretaries to do more to promote the Competition .
Some problems arose when on a couple of occasions a higher team played short of players and the lower team played at full strength. On investigation this had proved to be unavoidable due to players not turning up. Clubs were reminded of the League Rule governing player selection.

Bolton Cricket Club were to have been the hosts for the Presentation Dance but resigned from the League at the start of the season . (Maybe the prospect of that task was too much!! ) Fortunately the Claremont Club came to the rescue and organised a “right good do” for us at their venue. A very long standing member of the League and a member of the Monton Club, Marjorie Deakin presented the prizes. A letter of thanks along with a plant was sent to Marjorie for doing the honours.
The 2004 Final Results

League Winners
Div. 1 Ellesmere A
Div. 2 Walkers A
Div. 3 St. Marks B

Cup Competition
Div.1 Ladies Leigh A Men
Div.2 Ladies Lowton Men Walkers A
Div.3 Ladies St. Marks B Men Tyldesley B

Individual Competition Winners Runners Up
Mixed Doubles S. Barlow & B.Cain

 

2005

SEASON 2005 THANKS AND GOODBYE TO YVONNE – HELLO CAROLINE !

The season started with some good and some not so good news. Chairman Bernard expressed how sad he was at the strength of tennis within the area. He felt that not enough was being done in schools. He pointed out the at one time there were five Divisions in the League – now we are down to three and many of the players were older rather than younger. He thought that other sports had taken their toll on tennis and courts were not as good as they used to be. He felt pressure should be on people to provide better facilities. Parrfold B, from Bernard’s own Club was withdrawing from the League due to shortage of players and just prior to start of matches Winton B withdrew also Fortunately Monton had acquired some men and would be able to compete in League matches.
The League Formation comprised three Division of 8 teams. Subscriptions remained at £8.00 per team. The weather was good and NO League matches were “rained off”. Must be a record!!!
Some Clubs telephoned Cup results in and were reminded that cards must be sent so that players could be checked and scores noted just like ordinary League matches. Yvonne Miller tended her resignation as Cup Secretary. She had enjoyed her time doing the job and thanks were expressed for her efforts. Another member of Claremont Club, Caroline Whelan, kindly volunteered to take on the organisation of the Cup Competition which pleased everyone. (A volunteer is worth two pressed persons ! ) and she did it well. It was suggested that the Cup Finals might be played earlier in the season or played at another venue if a two court club was the home team for the Final’s match as the darker nights at the end of the season made it difficult to play and conclude the match in the format of the Cup rules.
A better response was received for the Individual’s Tournment, which pleased Jean very much, She was able to organise the players from the 5 Clubs who entered into 7 events. The only difficulty being fitting the matches in when some individuals entered two or more events and working round players holidays. But all was sorted in the end producing good matches and the opportunity to play against some different opposition.
Tricia Brookes asked that trophies be returned as clean and polished as they had been presented.
The Ellesmere Club was in charge of the Presentation Dance at their venue where everyone there strutted their dancing skills to some very loud but good music. The food was excellent. A great night.

 

2006

SEASON 2006 “RAINED OFF”

League Officials appointed at the Annual General Meeting

Chairman -Bernard Pennington. Cup Competition Organiser- Caroline Whelan
Vice Chairman- David McCormick Individual’s Competition Organiser- Jean Wilson
Treasurer -John Robinson Trophy Secretary- Tricia Brookes
Secretary -Marjorie McCormick Minute Secretary- Joan Matthews
Auditors- Derek Matthews & John Collier
Membership

13 Tennis Clubs providing 24 teams split into 3 Divisions of 8

Astley, Claremont, Ellesmere, Guildhall, Kearsley, Leigh, Lowton, Monton, Parrfold,
St. Marks, Tyldesley, Walkers, Winton.

Season’s Report
Rain, Rain and more Rain. ! One of the wettest seasons on record with every team bar on being “Rained Off” for two, three, four and even five matches. Poor Walkers T.C. had a diabolical season with their shale courts unable to cope with the rain resulting in an all time high of cancelled matches – 5. For a team which usually finishes the season in the top part of
Division 1 it was heartbreaking ! Relegation to Division 2 may be happen next season. It’s a possibility. Only St Marks A team avoided any “Rained Off” matches and consequently won the 2nd Division.

The Presentation Dance was hosted by Guildhall T.C. at the British Legion. It was really well attended with several players bringing their families along to enloy the fun.

Final League Positions

League Competition Winners Runners – up

Division 1 LEIGH A ELLESMERE A

Division 2 ST. MARKS A ASTLEY A

Division 3 PARRFOLD B CLAREMONT B

FINAL LEAGUE POSITIONS

Division 1 Division 2 Division 3
1. Leigh A St. Marks A Parrfold B
2. Ellesmere A Astley A Claremont B
3. Guildhall A Lowton Guildhall C
4. Parrfold A Leigh C Tyldesley B
5. Tyldesley A Monton Astley B
6. Claremont A Guildhall B Kearsley A
7. Walkers Leigh D Winton A
8. Leigh B St Marks B Claremont C

Cup Competition Results

Division1 Winners Division 1 Runners up

Ladies LEIGH A Ladies GUILDHALL A

Men ELLESMERE A Men PARRFOLD A

Division 2 Winners Division 2 Runners up

Ladies ASTLEY A Ladies MONTON

Men ST. MARKS A Men LOWTON

Division 3 Winners Division 3 Runners up

Ladies GUILDHALL C Ladies PARRFOLD B

Men CLAREMONT B Men KEARSLEY A