History

The League can be traced back to 1923 when the following clubs got together to form a Billiards League, the clubs were Fulshaws Men's Club, Belmont Men's Club, Handforth Comrades, Literary Institute Wilmslow, Styal Village Club, Alderley Edge Union Club and Chelford Billiards Club ( Dixon Arms), in those formative years players used bicycles to get to venues, cars being a luxury few could afford,

In 1934 snooker started to be played on alternate weeks with billiards this was because by this time billiards was losing its appeal and in the 1946/47 season billiards lost out when the league became snooker only this has continued to the present date.

 

The League over the years has seen many excellent players participate in it, from old stalwarts like the brothers Jack and Bill Pickles who were members of an outstanding Ashton Conservative Club team, a player of distinction was Chris Wallworth noted for his consistency who represented Denton Liberal Club for many years, another player of note is Fred Joyce a consistent high break specialist representing Didsbury Conservative Club until its closure, he is still playing today off Heaton Mersey Conservative Club.

 

The modern era heralded two outstanding players, Andy Worthington who represented Poynton Workmens' Club for many years, his record stands up against any who have played in the league. The League recently made a presentation of the George Kinna Trophy for him to keep for the outstanding achievement of having won it on no less than 7 occasions.

Andy was also a consistent winner of the best average and highest break prizes, however Nigel Bardsley from Heaton Mersey Conservative Club, made league history having the distinction of being the first player to make a century break  in the League 110 in the 1977/78 season, since then Andy Worthington has made the highest break yet in our league of 127 in 1996/97 season, Lee Norcross from Cheadle Conservative Club made a 111 break in the 2007/07 season. The current 2010/11 season has seen Neil Jenkins, also from Cheadle Conservatives, make a 101 break in the Stan Tyrer Cup competition.

The modern high playing standards which has improved out of all recognition to past levels, means that century breaks be become more regular.

It must be remembered that players of the past did not have the benefit of the modern balls and equipment available to present day players and there achievements are no less worthy, and who knows what they too may have been able to achieve in the modern game.

 

A mention here must be given to those unsung people the League Officials, past and present, without who we would not be able to participate in the organised competitions we play in every week of the season. Some of these Officials have given 25 or more years service to the league and deserve our thanks.