Urmston & District Veterans Bowling League

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Minutes and accounts
Direct entry of match results

The Urmston Vets Bowling League operates two divisions in an area mainly consisting of Urmston, Stretford and south-west Salford. We operate two divisions, playing on Wednesday afternoons. Teams are of ten players, over 55 years of age.

The league is run from day to day by its management committee:

  • Chairman: Allan Cowie
  • Vice-chairman: Jack Taylor
  • Secretary: Mike Mulchrone
  • Treasurer:
  • Fixture secretary: Ross Kavanagh
  • Committee members:
    Ian Blythe


2020 Season


Presentation Day

Substitutions in Division 2

Direct entry of match results



Social bowling can now involve up to six people on and around the green at a time. However we are still some way off the conditions where a competitive match could be played.

The committee has therefore decided to cancel the 2020 season.

No fees will be charged for this season. Cash paid at the March pre-season meeting will be returned, and cheques destroyed.

All being well, we will meet again at an AGM in November ready to plan a comeback for 2021.

(Sunday 7 June 2020)

2020 Season

The Patricroft Park green is now closed. The players will now play at Golden Hill Park in Urmston (behind the police station).

The management committee met on 6 January and approved the programme for 2020. All league and cup matches (except the semi-finals) are on Wednesdays.

  • Wed 22 January: general and delegates' meeting: discussion of rule changes and distribution of provisional registration lists
  • Wed 4 March: payment of fees, distribution of fixture cards, entry forms, match sheets etc
  • Mon 1 June: Merit qualifying
  • Fri 5 June: Merit final
  • Wed 8 July: KO cups Round 1
  • Mon 3 August: Joe Rigby Pairs qualifying
  • Wed 5 August: KO cups Round 2
  • Fri 7 August: Joe Rigby Pairs final
  • Mon 31 August: KO cups Semi-finals
  • Wed 16 September: KO cups Finals
  • Wed 23 September: Salford v Trafford and Presentations

The dates when greens are required for these various events are shown on the Green rota page.

(Thursday 23 January 2020)


Some significant decisions were taken at the AGM on 13 November 2019:

  • The fee per team is increased by £10. This includes fees for entering the Merit and Joe Rigby competitions, which are now free to individual players.
  • The rule allowing one player to play again if a team is short now applies in the first division as well as the second division.
  • Handicaps for the knock-out cups will now be calculated on the basis of average chalks scored per match, rather than relative positions in the league.
  • The “average prize” will go to the player with the most wins. Ties will be decided on their averages (chalks scored minus chalks conceded, divided by games played). Previously players were ranked by their average chalks scored.

(Wednesday 13 November 2019)

Presentation Day

The Presentation Day, sponsored by Paul Tonge of the Motor Corner, was held on Wednesday 25 September at Flixton Ex-servicemen's Club. Recent matches had been quite close (last year Trafford won by two chalks without the handicap), so neither team had a start this year.

The match was followed by presentation of the various trophies and prize moneys for the 2019 season.


Trafford Salford
Trevor Gray Flixton CC 21 2 Jack Kelly Winton Social 19  
Steve Clarke Roebuck 20   Howard Hawes Irlam Vets 21 1
Dave Hope Flixton Cons 21 10 George Thornley Irlam Vets 11  
Jeff Dean Linden 16   Keith Hodgkinson Patricroft Park 21 5
Neville Rowles United Services 21 2 Sam Hamer Winton Social 19  
Jean Bateson Flixton Ex-serv 21 9 Bob Helps Chandos 12  
John Briggs Walton Park 21 7 Peter Dowson Chandos 14  
Ken Stewart Partington 20   Roger Flitcroft Monton 21 1
Tony Noyes Metro Sports 11   Stuart Metcalf Newtown Park 21 10
Kevin Kenrick Urmston Mens 21 11 Nick Binns Monton 10  
TOTAL 193 41 TOTAL 169 17

(Wednesday 25 September 2019)

Substitutions in Division 2

At the 2015 AGM delegates asked the management committee to review the bye-law allowing division 2 teams to use a player twice. After much discussion, the committee decided to keep the rule in its present form, but to limit its use to ten occasions per team in each season.

Also the opponent of the player playing again may have a four-end rollover before his game.

A further refinement was introduced at the 2016 AGM: if both teams are short then neither side can have a player playing twice. In other words, the purpose of a player playing again is to allow someone on the other team to get a game where he otherwise wouldn't.

The rules have now been updated to show this.

(Thursday 3 November 2016)

Direct entry of match results

For the 2014 season we are trying out a new system where team captains can enter match results directly on the web site. This will produce instant updates of the league tables.

See the user guide for full details.

(Tuesday 1 April 2014)


The 2012 to 2014 seasons have now been copied to the archives. There is a link at the top of every page to take you there.

In the archives you can search for records of leagues, teams and players, across all the leagues on this site.

The 2011 season is now included as well, although we don't have detailed match scores.

(Wednesday 19 December 2012)