Urmston & District Veterans Bowling League

Green rota
Honours board
Minutes and accounts
Direct entry of match results

Merit 2012
Rigby Pairs 2012

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

Merit 2019

2019 Season


Presentation Day

Team Knockouts

Substitutions in Division 2

Direct entry of match results


Merit 2019

We received 19 entries for the Merit. Subsequently, three of these withdrew. The competition was therefore started as a one-day event on Friday 7 June.

Eleven entrants turned up. Four games were played before heavy rain stopped play.

The competition will be completed on Friday 21 June, starting at 1pm at Flixton Cons.

Games are 21-up, off 6.

The remaining entrants are shown in bold on the Merit page.

(Friday 07 June 2019)

2019 Season

Since the 2018 season, two teams have resigned - Sale Cons and Victoria Park. We have accepted an application from Metro Sports to reinstate their second team. This means there are now twelve teams in both divisions.

Clifton have changed their name to Newtown Vets - same squad, playing at the same venue.

The management committee met on 7 January and approved the programme for 2019. All league and cup matches (except the semi-finals) are on Wednesdays.

  • Wed 30 January: general and delegates' meeting: discussion of rule changes and distribution of provisional registration lists
  • Wed 6 March: payment of fees, distribution of fixture cards, entry forms, match sheets etc
  • Mon 3 June: Merit qualifying
  • Fri 7 June: Merit final
  • Wed 10 July: KO cups Round 1
  • Wed 31 July: KO cups Round 2
  • Mon 5 August: Joe Rigby Pairs qualifying
  • Fri 9 August: Joe Rigby Pairs final
  • Mon 2 September: KO cups Semi-finals
  • Wed 18 September: KO cups Finals
  • Wed 25 September: Trafford v Salford and Presentations

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

(Monday 07 January 2019)


Some significant decisions were taken at the AGM on 7 November 2018:

  • The word "Mens" has been removed from the league title, and the league is now open to both men and women.
  • The rule on starred players has been dropped. Clubs with more than one team can now select any player for any league match.
  • Qualification for cup matches: from Round 2 onwards players must have played three league matches before the Round 2 date. Note that there is no change for Round 1 (three league matches required). Also if a club has two or more teams, players are cup-tied to the first team they play for.

(Thursday 08 November 2018)

Presentation Day

The Presentation Day, sponsored by Paul Tonge of the Motor Corner, was held on Wednesday 26 September at Winton Social Club. In the Memorial match Salford had eight winners to Trafford's four, but the match was won by Trafford by 2 chalks, plus their 19 start.

The match was followed by presentation of the various trophies and prize moneys for the 2018 season.


Salford Trafford
Bob Berry Winton Social 21 1 Trevor Gray Flixton CC 20  
Bob Fowler Winton Social 14   Brian Cox Sale Cons 21 7
Sid Swindells Irlam Vets 15   Mike Nuttall Flixton Cons 21 6
Derek Hanson Winton Social 21 3 Tom Allison United Services 18  
Eddie Mann Irlam Vets 21 6 Neil Hindley Flixton Ex-servicemens 15  
Keith Hodgkinson Patricroft Park 13   Ross Kavanagh Roebuck 21 8
Sam Hamer Winton Social 21 1 Derek Holt Metro Social 20  
Brian Johnson Chandos 21 5 Bill Parker Victoria Park 16  
Roy Gilbert Monton 21 7 Lew Palmer Linden 14  
Chris Massey Clifton 21 2 Chris Ogden Urmston Mens 19  
Thomas Malam Chandos 10   John Briggs Walton Park 21 11
Pat Shortall Monton 21 5 Bob Smith Partington 16  
      Handicap 19 19
TOTAL 220 30 TOTAL 241 51

(Wednesday 26 September 2018)

Team Knockouts

Handicaps have been calculated for the team knockouts following the matches on 27 June. The handicaps are based on the following principles:

  • Leading team in the division on scratch
  • An additional five points for each succeeding place
  • Two points deducted for each occasion when the team played short (or had a player disqualified)
  • Metro Sports and Urmston Mans B have an additional penalty for fielding an ineligible player last year

The handicaps are as follows:

Division 1 Division 2
Clifton 10   Chandos A 13
Flixton CC 5   Chandos B 31
Flixton Cons A 19   Flixton Cons B 32
Flixton Ex-Servicemens 51   Irlam Vets B 5
Irlam Vets A 13   Monton B 45
Linden 33   Partington 39
Metro Sports 19   Patricroft Park 8
Monton A 40   Roebuck 0
United Services 20   Sale Cons 23
Urmston Mens A 30   Urmston Mens B 41
Winton Social A 0   Victoria Park 38
Winton Social B 45   Walton Park 18
      Winton Social C 30

This year, cup match results can be entered on the web site, as for league matches.

(Friday 29 June 2018)

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 03 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 01 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)