Saturday, 30 December 2017

Haslingden Sport - Pigeon Fanciers and Pigeon Racing etc

Haslingden Borough Flying Club (Pigeon racing) Cup presentation Event

from L to R: Danny and Mary Weston, June and Jack Duckworth (RIP), Joe Haworth, Frank Ashworth, Joe Atherton, Bill Hodgkinson, Gordon Lyth with the young chaps at the front Ian Duckworth and Leon Harris
The Club were based at the Regent Hotel, Regent Street
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Haslingden Flying Club (Pigeons)
Frank Ashworth receiving trophy

Alan Johnson (Jud) from Grane with his prized pigeon

Haslingden and Helmshore British Legion

Haslingden Royal British Legion Officials with old and new standards
Contributed names include: Albert Woods, Joe Manning, Jimmy Barker, Donald Butterworth and George Rawcliffe.
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher.

British Legion Flag Bearers
includes 2nd and 3rd from left Mr. Norman Knight and Mr. Healey
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

  Haslingden Royal British Legion contingent on Armistice
passing Greenfield Street on way to Memorial Gardens
Includes: Tommy Caine, George Rawcliffe, Jack Hilton, George Gillam, Frank Jackson, Tom Jopson, Frank ?, Billy McGee, David Parr,Geoff Kershaw.
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Helmshore Royal British Legion Committee (Click over to enlarge)
Back row from l t r: Alan Woods, Mick Burrell, John Bedford
Middle row from l to r: Brian Kirk, John Pyrah, Steve Nuttall, Benny Thorpe.
Front Row l to r: Jack Davies, Jean Haslam (RIP), John Gray, Caroline Harrowell, Sue Anderson.

Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

 Rawtenstall Armistice
Shows Bill Horridge with all the medals on, Percy Till and Dr and Mrs. Ramsden
With Bill Jennings at the front who will be playing the large Bass Drum.

 Haslingden Armistice Party and fronted by Graham Woodcock, also Mr. Jopson

Haslingden Armistice Parade marching up Deardengate


Haslingden Sport - Darts and Dominoes

Finalist from all over Haslingden at competition held at the Haslingden WMC
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Darts Event - Could be Forresters!
Arthur Sedgewick (RIP), Colin Nuttall, Roy ?, Bob Warburton (front), Mick Machell (RIP) in front of board, Franny Doody, Dave McGinty, ?

Haslingden and Helmshore Darts Presentation
L to R: Ernie Walton, Norman Thompson, ?, ?, Peter Gavin, ?,?,Colin Fletcher, Eddie Duckworth, Richard Holden, Taffy Jones, Colin Nuttall, ?, Aiden Kenyon
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Helmshore Royal British Legion "A" Darts Team Champions (Click over to enlarge)
Back L to R: Billy Bentley, Charlie Robinson, Richard Holden, John Bill Horrocks, John Molineaux (steward)
Front L to R: Dave Malvern, Arthur Taffy Jones (with cup) and Mick Berry
Photo: thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing

Clarence Hotel Darts Team (Click over to enlarge)
L to R: David Hollindrake, Trevor Bowes, Sam Blakeley, George Peel, Bruce Johnson, Bob Torrance, ?,?, Harry Gorton, ?.
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Bridge Inn, Ewood Bridge Darts Team (Click over to enlarge)
from L to R: Jim Pilling (with pipe), Tommy Rowe, Michael Murnagh, Colin Bottoms, Fred Barker, John Castley, David Murnagh, ?, ?, Colin Slack.
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us

Haslingden Darts Presentation photo
L to R: Syd (wrestler - Griffin), ?, Mick Machell (RIP), Dave Harrison, Joe Armer and Malcolm Durham.
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Haslingden and Helmshore Darts League Individual and pairs KO
Back: Walter Lythegoe, Derek Elsen (RIP), Colin Slack, Jeff King, Colin Fletcher, Sid (glasses on - wrestler - Griffin), Tommy O'Reilly, Dave Cronshaw, Bob Lewis, Chris Doody.
Front: ?, Terry Cole, Keith Entwistle, Eddie Duckworth
Photo: Shared by Peter Fisher.

Haslingden Darts Competition Finals held at the Haslingden W.M.C.
L to R: Peter Heyworth, Bob Lewis, Ray (from Accrington), Arthur Sedgewick, John Castley, Alan Collinson, Mick Machell (RIP), Billy Whitcombe, Digger, Tony Morley, 

Jim Pilling at back, John Pritchard, Steve Gordon, John Bedford
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Untitled "Darts" photo
Thought to be Griffin - Hud Rake
shows: back: Ernie Walton, Frank Steele, and Colin Holden (Landlord)
Front: Francis Holden (Landlady), Squadron Leader Dew-Parry, ?, Sid (wrestler), Miss Patton


Haslingden Sport - Snooker, Billiards and Pool

Haslingden & Dist Snooker League Fixture Handbook 1958-1959

It was a thriving snooker league back in the 1950s and 1960s and thankfully I was able to attend some of the Workers (Haslingden Workingmens Club) matches whilst supporting my dad's team.......

In email conversation only this week we have been privileged to receive several photo contributions from Geoffrey Heap who I personally can remember from when he was with the St. Peter's Scouts. But I also mentioned to him that I thought I could remember his dad playing for the St. Peters Church Snooker team, at times playing against my dad on the opposite team.  

He confirmed back that this was the case and memories came flooding back for me and obviously for Geoff as well.

I am not sure how old I was but would have thought perhaps about 12 or 13 and although I wasn't allowed to go to the Clubs that sold alcohol, my dad did used to take me along to watch and support the Workers when they played at alcohol free clubs such as: The Liberal Club on Park Street, and St. Peter's in one of the schoolrooms at the back of the Church, and rarely we would catch the bus to Rawtenstall and then another bus over to Townsendfold Social Club (with this last one! was I supposed to be there or not!! - alcohol or non alcohol?)

They were cracking nights watching my dad (the team Captain), and his mate Jimmy Collinge, Bob Fisher, Jimmy Heald (who also played the piano at the Workers), Joe Clarkson, George Garnett, Danny Trainor and uncle George Yorke amongst others.  I think they were a pretty good team and always did well in the league as I remember.

At the Liberal Club I remember some of their players which included Josh Knowles (Brian's dad), Mr. Duxbury (the Auctioneer) and later his son (also Auctioneer), Veril Riley, and one guy who stood out to me, he seemed a great player and ever so young for that team and that was Ernie Taylor (carpets etc)  at St. Peter's I can only just about remember Mr. Heap, but remember better a really tall chap with glasses who was another friend of my dad's in snooker and that was Frank Riley (lived on Townsend Street)

It was great to hear a couple of stories from Geoffrey about when he also used to go and watch his dad playing with the St. Peters Snooker team.  I have printed the tales here for all to enjoy....

The following tales are submitted by Geoffrey Heap:

Yes my dad was captain of St. Peter's Church Institute snooker team and I also used to go with him to watch the team play, when aged 13 and 14.  I then played for the team when I was 15 and 16 and yes a Frank Riley played for the team.

I have a couple of vivid memories of those days - I remember us playing an away match against The Irish Democratic League, a game the team needed to win to finish top. My dad and I arrived at the club early and the only other person there was the Steward, who happened to be playing the one armed bandit, which was one of the old tic tac toe machines.  As usual dad wanted a drink and the steward had to leave the bandit in order to serve him. At most matches, my dad used to let me have a few tanners to 'lose' on the bandits and this night was no exception; as soon as the steward walked away from the machine, I began to feed it with tanners, three or four coins later the jackpot dropped, well ten bob in tanners did, the rest of the £5 had to be collected from the bar.  I walked quickly towards the bar, with a broad grin on my face, to be met by a stony faced steward who very ungraciously paid me the £4.10s.  I then asked my dad what I should do with the pocket full of tanners and he suggested that he would keep hold of them until our next away match.  I agreed but asked to keep a few back as I had not had much of a play on the machine.  By this time the IDL team had arrived and we could see the steward in deep conversation with them, no doubt expressing his annoyance at having to be pulled from the bandit to serve my dad and by rights the jackpot should have been his.

I walked back to the bandit and proceeded to try my luck again, fully expecting to quickly lose the lot, unbelievably I hit the jackpot again, this time I dispensed with the broad grin and sheepishly asked the steward for my winnings, if looks would kill I was lucky to leave the club alive, needless to say I remained at dad's side for the rest of the evening.  To cap it all we won the match, thus denying the IDL the title.  By the end of the evening the atmosphere felt quite tense and we thought about asking for a police escort when we left the Club!

A match against Loveclough Printworks is also etched in my memory.  This club used an old set of snooker balls, the colours of which were very faded, green and blue looked the same colour, the reds all looked like pinks and so on.  Dad was in the middle of a nice break when he nominated "blue" and potted it; to our amazement the referee called 'foul stroke five away', dad asked why and the ref, pointed out that the green ball had been potted.  Dad lost his temper and eventually had to go outside to calm down and have a fag.  

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A Haslingden Pool Event (Click over to enlarge)
from L to R: Sean Moden, John Farrer (RIP), ?, Noel Hughes (Landlord of Thorn), ?, John Flynn, Lee Janusz, John Castley, Mick McKenna.

Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher. 

Commercial Pool Team around the 1980 - photo taken in Pool room at Foresters
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher
L to R: Raymond Halstead, Martin Morley, Paul Lee, Paul Jackson (centre front), Paul Bottoms, Kenny Halstead, Steve Parkinson (RIP)

Rossendale Rosebowl Snooker Event organised by Tony Dyson who is shown holding the trophy. Steven Gerrard on the left with beard (beaten semi finalist), Nigel Higson (beaten finalist), Tony Dyson, Taylor on the right was the winner
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us 

Black Bull Pool Team who won league in 1979 (Click over to enlarge)
Names contributed are from L to R:  Melvyn Riley, Sean McKenna, Frank Cooper, Mick Kenny, ?, Fred Uttley, ?,?,Phillip Haworth (fritz), Stephen Duckworth, Steven Almond, ?
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Haslingden and District Snooker League "Pairs Finals"
held at the Sunnybank Social Club, Helmshore.
Finalist L to R: James Machell, Richard Holden, George Heys and Bryan Webster
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Jim Machell of Haslingden B.L. wins the Individuals
Cutting kindly shared to us by Jackie Ramsbottom

Haslingden Snooker or Pool Event
L to R: Roy Butterworth, Brian Jopson, Tony Couch, David Woodburn and Brian Gavin
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

 Haslingden Pool Team players
from l t r: Jim Mead (RIP), Brian Gavin, David Woodburn (RIP), Joe Dowd, Alan Cliffe, Brian Jopson,?,?, Tommy Almond.  John Flynn with cue
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us