Bootle & District Pensioners Bowling League


Bootle Vets League:
RULES for 2020
Division 1
Division 2
Green Locations

Local links:
Aughton League
Birkenhead & Wirral
Burscough League
Formby and District League
Garston & Aigburth League
Liverpool League
Maghull League
Ormskirk League
Southport Parks League
Southport Vets League
Westhead League

National Links:
BCGBA home page



Subject to the government route map being on schedule, we plan to start league bowling on Thursday June 24th. Two teams (Northern and a Litherland team) will not be playing this season. At the moment, we have 15 confirmed teams and one still awaited, so a maximum of 16 teams. We will thus have two divisions of 8 and 8, or 8 and 7. With this number, all teams in each division can play each other home and away, needing 14 weeks, ending on Thursday 23rd September. This gives us the option of a further two weeks to organise an end of season competition, say singles or pairs.

There will be no promotion or relegation. No fees are required, and no league prizes will be awarded.  For 2021 only, teams will be 10 a side.

Once we have the finalised list of teams playing, fixtures will be produced. An email copy (or on request a paper copy) of the fixtures (one sided) will be distributed to each captain, and we would ask them to make copies for their team. If this is a problem, please let us know.

Any fees paid in 2020 will now be held till 2022, or on request can be refunded now.

David Halewood, Hon Secretary

The league run two divisions playing on Thursday afternoons. The league is open to bowlers aged from 55 years. A particular welcome to Brooklands Bowling Club, Haigh Road, Waterloo, and BRNESC who  joined the league in 2020.  However, Netherton Park have resigned. 

As well as league games, a number of team and individual cup competitions are also run. Please scroll down for news and notices. 

Note also that Walnut B were renamed Crescent Wasps in 2020. Walnut A thus become Walnut.

Full details of season 2019 results and statistics can be seen via the ARCHIVES link at the top of this page.


Please note that the post code for the Brooklands green shown on the 2020 fixture card is incorrect. It should be L22 3XN.


Please note that the BCGBA Club Registration Form CR1/CR2 should be completed annually by 01 June each year  and returned  to your appropriate County Registrar (for most clubs in the Bootle Pensioners League, this will be to the Merseyside Registrar, Linda Howard). Please note that the CR1/CR2 form consists of two worksheets, “Club” and “Members”, and can be found through a link on the Merseyside County website. BOTH sheets must be completed and returned. Please also note that annual invoices from Merseyside County will not be sent out by post. They will appear on the Merseyside County website. Reminders will not be sent.

2019 AGM

The AGM was held on THURSDAY 31st October 2019 

The following proposals were tabled with results as indicated


  1. In ALL rules which state His or Him to be changed to His/her & Him/She. AGREED

     2. Rule 8.  The Player Registration fee of £2-00 per Player to be changed to a “one off” lump sum of £35-00 per team to register any number of players correctly registered. AGREED

     3. Rule 10A.   That the Three-Day qualification period for players to be eligible to play be removed and replaced with “players need to be registered by Midnight on the day before the Scheduled day of a game” Note Rule 11A the final date to register new players will remain 30th June. AGREED


From Litherland B C.

a) The Number of Players in each team be reduced from 11 to 10. DEFEATED

b)  All Cup Matches to be played on a 5 Home 5 Away Basis. DEFEATED

c)  That the Maximum Handicap difference in any Clare Cup match to be 50 points AGREED

d) All Games to start at 1-00 pm, given the number of players who play on a Thursday night. AGREED

From Freshfield B.C.

That the age for qualification should be reduced from 58 to 55 AGREED.

(it was also agreed that the two player restriction for under 60s is no longer to be applied)

Other matters arising

  • Walnut B to be renamed Crescent Wasps
  • Brooklands may enter a team next season.
  • Committee meeting to do cup draw etc Thurs 27th Feb 2020 at 11.00am (this is the last date for finalising teams for 2020).
  • Spring meeting Thurs 12th March 2020 at 11.00am.
  • Calendar broadly as last year, except Steele Cup and Tidman Pairs dates reversed back to as they were in 2018 season.  Start 2nd April (if 9 or 10 in div 2), 9th April for div 1. Last date Player of Season 1st October.



President: Eric Hoare Life Vice President: Austin Fleming

Chairman: George Campbell

Hon. Secretary: David Halewood 0151 924 8224 mob 07931 900775  

Hon. Assistant Secretary: Ken Buckley  01704 872834

Hon. Treasurer: Mike Truman 07890 047929

Committee Members: Gabriel Brittocoll, Ronnie McCann, Gordon Richards, Tony Wright, Keith Sandon

Scorecards are to be submitted to the Hon. Secretary and to reach him within 48 hours of match completion. IF SENT BY ELECTRONIC MEDIA, PLEASE RETAIN SCORECARD.

MERSEYSIDE COUNTY AGM - summary of main points from Jan 2020 AGM

·  There was a ‘Bowls for Health’ presentation, promoting Training & Coaching at Bowls Clubs throughout Merseyside as part of a Programme to improve health in all age groups and abilities with the aim to get more people playing Bowls initially at a Social level but ultimately to join clubs at a competitive level. Any Clubs interested should contact the MCCGBA Development Officer (details will soon be posted on MCCGBA Website) or by using Google “Bowls for Health”

·  Roy Cooke (07990 764143) is now the county Safeguarding OfficerThere is a D B S accreditation meeting on 2nd February at Heswall RBL, but nothing so far in our area (minimum 10 required).

·  Of 200 Merseyside clubs, about 20 have no Safeguarding Officer, and invoices for fines have been issued. Any Club not paying these fines and not providing details of a Safeguarding Officer would not be allowed to play Bowls under BCGBA. Leagues would be advised of clubs in the area being barred.

·  The County Treasurer said that she would publish on the Web Site invoices which Leagues and Clubs could either print off to send payment of fees due or just make payment by Direct Bank Transfer ensuring that League/Club name and registration number were quotedThere would be no reminders.

·  It is likely that sandals would not be allowed to be worn on greens without a medical certificate.

·  Ron Holt is now the County Web Master. He said he had plans to improve the site and would ensure that it was brought up to date quickly and notices would appear on a regular basis.


DH 24/1/2020








RULES 2020


Division 1

League winners: Litherland A; Runners up: Litherland B

Hawkyard Trophy winners: Walnut A; Runners up: Litherland A

Hawkyard Consolation winners: Freshfield A; Runners up: Formby Park A

Billy Nelson Trophy winner: John O'Connor (Walnut A); Runner up: Frank Southward (Litherland A)

Division 2

League winners: Aughton Institute; Runners up: Moorside Park

Arthur Hughes Trophy winner: Sue Moorcroft (Moorside Park); Runner up: Alan Dutch (Maghull Vets)

Clare Cup

Winners: Walnut B; Runners up: Sefton and Thornton

Clare Consolation Cup

Winners: Freshfield A; Runners up: Maghull Vets

Steele Cup

Winner: Harry Jones (Brooke Hotel A); Runner up: Norman Lee (Litherland A)

Tidman Pairs

Winners: Paul Carline and Ted Clayton (Formby Park A)

Runners up: George McGhee and Billy Halliwell (Litherland B)


(Monday 2 March 2020)


Requests for membership cards must be accompanied by a BCGBA Membership Application Form.  (Follow the links on

The current fee for a BCGBA Membership Cards is now £12 (£4 for replacement cards) and all cheques must be made payable to Merseyside CCGBA.

Send to: Linda Howard, 65 Prospect Vale, Wallasey, CH45 6TG.


(Monday 2 March 2020)


AUGHTON INSTITUTE          Bold Lane, Aughton L39 6SG

BROOKLANDS                       21A Haigh Road, Waterloo L22 3XN

BRNESC                                 Moss Lane, Bootle L20 0ED (entrance adjacent to no. 24)

BROWNMOOR BROOKE      9-11 Brownmoor Park, Crosby L23 0TL

CRESCENT WASPS               Moss Lane, Bootle L20 0ED (entrance adjacent to no. 24)

FORMBY PARK                      Duke Street, Formby L37 3LT

FRESHFIELD                         Timms Lane, Freshfield L37 7DN

LITHERLAND                        Hatton Hill Road, Litherland L21 9JN

MAGHULL VETS                    Oakhill Park, Liverpool Road, Lydiate L31 2NA

MOORSIDE PARK                 Moorside Road, Crosby L23 2RR

NORTHERN                          Moor Park, Elm Avenue, Crosby L23 2SX

SEFTON & THORNTON        Nags Head, Green Lane, Thornton L23 1TJ

WALNUT                            Orrell Lane, Bootle L20 6PG

(Monday 2 March 2020)


From BCGBA: All clubs must have a Safeguarding Official by 1st March 2019. If the official is a member of more than one club then they can cover all clubs they play for.  If not, such clubs will be subject to a £25 fine, increasing by a further £25 for each succeeding 3 months without such a person, with the ultimate sanction of being barred from playing.

Just to remind you all, the recommended Action Plan for Clubs is as follows:

1. Identify an individual

2. Arrange for a DBS application to be completed through the BCGBA

3. Show the certificate to the County Safeguarding Officer / Evidence Checker / Counter Signatory.

4. Advise Club Members who the nominated Safeguarding Officer is.  This can be done by printing a copy of the Safeguarding Policy from the Safeguarding Website, adding the name of your Safeguarding Officer and then posting it on your Club notice board.

5. Ensure your Safeguarding Officer has a place on your committee to feedback any updates in policy.

6. Let the Merseyside Registrar have full details of the Safeguarding Officer for your Club. (This must be done by 30/6/2019 to avoid a fine)

KB 7/3/2019


(Sunday 1 March 2020)

RULES 2020



Rules 8b, 10a, 10b, 12 and Clare Cup amended as underlined.

Also all references to male players have been modified to include female players.

1.             That the League be called ‘The Bootle & District Pensioners Bowling League.

2.             That the affairs of the League shall be vested in a committee consisting of a Chairman, Secretary/ Competition Secretary, Treasurer, Asst Secretary, and two members from the Clubs not represented by the elected officers.  The President and Vice president shall be ex-officio of the Committee.

3.             All Officers shall be elected at the Annual general Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election at the end of their term of office.  In the event of a vacancy occurring during the season the remaining officers have the power to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the season.

4.             The Committee shall meet in March and November and at other times when deemed necessary and shall deal with all matters and disputes arising between Clubs, all Competitions, Draws etc, and shall conduct any other business appertaining to the League.

5.             General Meeting of all Clubs representatives shall be held as and when necessary, but the Annual General Meeting shall be held in October/November.  THREE members of each Club may attend the Annual General Meeting but only ONE member of each team may vote.  At ordinary meetings the Secretary of each Club shall attend and be entitled to vote.

6.             At the Annual General Meeting reports from the Secretary and Treasurer shall be submitted and the election of Officers for the ensuing year shall take place.  Notices and motions of the suggested alterations to the rules must be made in writing and submitted to the League Secretary at least ONE MONTH before the Annual General Meeting. The Secretary will then issue the agenda for the A G M with details of all Proposals and Rule Changes a minimum of FOURTEEN DAYS before the A G M.

7.             No business may be transacted at a meeting unless a quorum of five members for a committee and thirteen members for a general meeting is present.

8.              Subcriptions, Players registration fees and  competition fees shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting.  Fees commencing on the 1st April in any year.

a.      Club Registration Fee                                £10.00 1st team          £5.00 for 2nd & 3rd teams.

b.      Players Registration Fee                           £35 per team, regardless of number of players.

c.       Clare Cup                                                  £ 5.00 per team

d.      League Cup                                               £ 5.00 per team

e.      League Plate (when played)                     £ 5.00 per team

f.        All other Competition Fees                       £ 2.00 per Player

g.      All fees must be paid at the March General Meeting together with players’ names for the ensuing season, subsequent registrations to be notified to the Secretary and confirmed in writing.    

9.             Clubs accepted for membership shall abide by the Rules laid down by the Committee in respect of all Competitions.

10.         A) The League is open to both men and women players. Only team members who have attained the age of 55 and have been registered by midnight prior to the scheduled date of their first match for the Club shall be eligible to play in any League match or Competition.  In the case of team competitions a player must have played in at least TWO league matches for the same team in that season in order to be able to play for that team in a semi final or THREE league matches for a final.

B) Members can only play when they have reached the date of their 55th birthday. Proof of date of birth must accompany player’s registration form.

11.         A player may only register for ONE team in the League, that being the one specified on the team Registration Form.

a.      New players can be registered up to the 30th June and Club Secretaries are required to submit a Registration form showing players details, including their date of birth, to the League Secretary.

b.      Transfers of players between Clubs will not be allowed.

c.       Clubs having two teams in the same division, may not use players in both teams.

d.      Clubs having two teams in different divisions, may allow players in second team, to play in the first team, but once having played FIVE times in the first team, will be deemed to be a first team player.  FIRST team players cannot play for second team. 

e.      Clubs having two teams in different divisions may not use players in both teams on the same day - or in a rearranged game which corresponds with a game that was played on its original (or also rearranged) date.

12.         All games shall be played under B.C.G.B.A. Rules and shall be played in the afternoons commencing at 1.00 pm with at least four standard jacks [as approved by the B.C.G.B.A.] provided by the Home team.  If the Captains agree a suitable alternative jack may be used.

If a team cannot provide four players at the time of 1.00 pm, the offending team shall forfeit 21 points in respect of each absentee and the game shall be deemed to have been played.

Any team not having sufficient players to keep the green fully occupied i.e. not less than four sets during the match, shall on appeal of the opposing Captain have the full number of points deducted.  Viz:- 21 points for every player absent.  If any player retires from the game for any reason whilst the green is open, such player shall forfeit the game and the opponents score made up to 21.  If a team has insufficient players then the score card should be marked absent. [Captains should not enter any player’s name].

13.                        a.  A League or Cup game can be postponed due to severe weather conditions. The decision must be made on site, with the home captain in a league game being responsible for making the final decision. In the case of a cup match on a neutral green, if possible, a representative of the host club should make the decision and advise the two teams accordingly.

b.    A League or Cup game may be postponed if the Funeral of a member of any team in the league is due to take place on a day scheduled for a game.

c.     Any game postponed MUST be played within 15 Days (Fifteen), and the League Secretary notified of the new date (Cup matches are to be played on same venue if possible, by agreement with host club. If the green is not available the Secretary is to be advised A S A P, for an alternative to be found)

d.    In all cases of a postponed game, completed games to count, uncompleted games to continue from point of abandonment (if both players available) all other games to be redrawn. No player with a completed card shall play again in the match. If a substitute player is required, they can take over the score of the previous player.

14.         In League matches the AWAY team only to be allowed sole use of the green for practise during the quarter of an hour immediately prior to commencement of the League match. The away team captain can practice on the green alongside the home team.

15.         Games shall be 21 up, each team to consist of 11 players.  Visitors will play the first jack in League matches.  On neutral greens and in Cup matches, Captains will toss for odd or even alternative lead off in each game.  In individual Competitions the referee will toss the coin.

16.         Check markers must be used.

17.         All home teams shall be responsible for sending in properly completed and signed result cards to the League Secretary by first post following the match.  A fine of 50p will be levied in the event of a result card being more than 7 days late, unless a satisfactory explanation is forthcoming.

18.         In the event of two or more teams having the same number of points for league prizes, relegation or promotion purposes, the placing of teams shall be decided as follows.

a.      Head to head results over the two matches, counting up league table points awarded in these two matches (so total number of individual winners plus aggregate win points).

b.      If this level, the highest total of individual winners in these two head to head matches.

c.       If still level, then the highest aggregate score over the two matches.

19.         The Championship Cups will be held by the winners for a period of 12 months.  Prizes in addition to the trophies will be decided by the Committee at the March meeting.

20.         Any team found playing ineligible player(s) will be penalised by the Committee with 21 - 0 score(s) being awarded to the opposing team in the offending games. 

21.         In League matches the scoring method will be as follows:-

·         One point is to be awarded to the winner of each game.

Points for the highest aggregate will be as follows:-

·         Three points for a team winning away from home. 

·         Two points for a team winning at home.

·         Two points for a team drawing away.

·         One point for a team drawing at home.

22.         All monies belonging to the League will be banked in the names of three trustees, any two shall sign cheques or forms of withdrawal. The Trustees shall be the Chairman; the Secretary and the Treasurer.

23.         Any Player or Official on the green must at all times wear at least a shirt.

24.         No Player is allowed to consume an alcoholic drink whilst playing a game.



25.         Subject to a committee decision when a new season’s league formation is known, this additional Plate competition may be played in any division having exactly eight teams.

26.         Each team in that league will play four games, two home and two away, against four of the seven other teams in the league.

27.         Subject to fixture arrangement constraints,  a team will play against one each of the 1st or 2nd, 3rd or 4th, 5th or 6th and 7th or 8th, where these positions are based on the final league tables for the preceding season. For division 1, the 7th and 8th placed are the two promoted teams from division 2, and for division 2, the 1st and 2nd teams are the two relegated from division 1.

28.         All games will be played to normal league game rules, with match points awarded accordingly (as per rule 21 above).

29.         In addition, a handicap system will be used. Thus based on the previous season’s final league table positions, and before any matches are played, teams will be awarded points in the Plate league table as follows:

·         + 15 for the 7th and 8th placed clubs

·         + 10 for the 5th and 6th

·         +5 for the 3rd and 4th

·         0 for the 1st and 2nd.

·         The winner(s) of the previous year’s Plate Competition (if held) will also have a further deduction of 5 in their initial handicap (Note. This will not be progressive if a team wins two or more years in succession).

30.                        a.  The League Plate winner is the team with the most points (including handicap points) in the league table after the four games have been played.

b.    If two or more teams finish on the same number of points, the positions will be decided by the higher aggregate score difference in the four games played.

31.         Each team will pay a £5 entry fee, with Prize money £25 to winners, £15 to runners up.




Prize Money is based on the amount of Entry Fees received for each Competition, and may be reviewed, as and when required when and if any change of Entry Fees are agreed.

All trophies shall remain the property of the league, held by winners for 12 months.

If any team fails to fulfil a fixture in any of the team knockout cup competitions, that team will forfeit any prize money they would have been entitled to in that competition in that year. They will also be fined £10-00 and disqualified from entering that competition the following year.


To be played during the season on neutral greens with a straight through draw made at the beginning of the season.

Entrance fee £5.00 per team.

Teams in Division 1 to play for the Hawkyard Trophy

Teams in Division 2 to play for the Ogilvy Trophy.

Each team to provide two jacks, mats and measuring equipment.

No practice on the green before start of play.

Winning team will send in the Result Card to the league secretary.

Club secretaries are to ensure that neutral greens are open and ready for play.

A team shall consist of 11 registered players (see Rule 10). A player must have played in at least TWO league matches for the same team in that season in order to be able to play for that team in a semi final or THREE league matches for a final.

A player is cup tied to the first team that he plays for in any given cup competition.

Each game will be 21 up.  The match result will be based on the aggregate score.  If the match results in a draw, then the team with the highest number of individual winners is the overall match winner.

All teams to play off scratch.

Winners will be handicapped 20 points in the following season in the cup competition that they played in.

The Prize money shall be:-

          Winners           £25 for each competition;      Runners up      £15 for each competition.


CLARE CUP.       

All teams comprising the two divisions of the League shall be entered.

The entrance fee will be £5.00 per team.   

The Competition will be a Handicap.   

All matches will be played on neutral greens selected by the Management Committee , whose decision is Final.

Each team to provide two jacks, mats and measuring equipment.

No practice on the green before start of play

Winning team will send in the Result Card to the league secretary.

Club secretaries are to ensure that neutral greens are open and ready for play.

A team shall consist of 11 registered players (see Rule 10). A player must have played in at least TWO league matches for the same team in that season in order to be able to play for that team in a semi final or THREE league matches for a final.

A player is cup tied to the first team that he plays for in any given cup competition.

Each game will be 21 up.  The match result will be based on the aggregate score.  If the match results in a draw, then the team with the highest number of individual winners is the overall match winner.

The teams shall be handicapped from -40 to a maximum of 70 points in annual stages of 5 points.

New entrants to the League will receive a handicap of 20 points to be reviewed by the Management Committee after the first season.

Winners will be deducted 30 points; Finalists by 20 points; Semi-finalists by 10 points.

The minimum handicap shall be -40.

In any event, the maximum handicap difference between two teams will be limited to 50.

The Prize money will be as follows:-

Winners                       £40;     Runners Up                 £25;     Losing Semi Finalists   £10.



Individual handicap Competition, open to all registered players.

Entrance fee £2.00 per player.

Games shall be 21 up. 

a.      The spread of handicaps to range from -4 to +6. (Thus players will start from any score from -4 to +6 on the card and play up to 21).

b.      Any new player in the league, or a player who has never previously entered the Steele Cup to play off Scratch the first time they enter the competition.

c.       A player who enters the competition and takes part in the preliminary rounds but fails to qualify for finals day (last 8) will have their handicap increased by +2.

d.      Players who take part in the finals day and are defeated in the Quarter Finals will have their handicaps increased by +1.

e.      The defeated Semi Finalists will have their handicaps reduced by -1.

f.        The defeated Finalist’s handicap will be reduced by -2.

g.      The Winner’s handicap will be reduced by -3.

Any adjustments in handicaps for following seasons will be subject to the Maximum and Minimum as in (a) above.


All matches to be played on greens selected by the Management Committee.

Host clubs are to provide jacks, mats and measuring equipment.

No practise before play.

The Prize money will be:-

Winner                        £40;                

Runner Up                   £25;    

Losing Semi Finalists   £10 each.



A Pairs Competition for all registered players.  Entrance Fee £2.00 per player.

Players must be of the same Club but not necessarily the same team.

Games shall be 21 up with 6 on the card.

Matches are to be played on greens selected by the Management Committee.

Host Clubs are to provide jacks, mats and measuring equipment.

No practice on the green before start of play.

The Prize money will be:-

          Winning pair                           £40 (£20 each);          

Runners up                              £20 (£10 each);

Losing Semi Finalists               £10 (£5 each) 



The players with the highest number of LEAGUE wins in each club to play in division 1 and division 2 finals on the same day at a green selected by the L.M.C.

Division 1 players play for the Billy Nelson Trophy.