• Co-op were Wednesday champs

    OVER the past few weeks the now-disppeared Wednesday Football League has been mentioned on a number of occasions. The latest letter is from Mr Gorden M. Peak, of Highgate, Hunger Hill, who played in the league for the Farnworth and Kearsley Co-op Society

  • Association on a high after trophy triumph

    THE Association's seven run victory over the Northern League could be the springboard to give the side their second triumph in the MEN inter-league competition. They now meet the Central Lancashire League at Atherton on August 11 and after their brilliant

  • Girl is rescued in ravine mud drama

    A 13-YEAR-OLD girl was pulled to safety by emergency crews after sliding 80 feet down an embankment and becoming trapped up to the waist in mud. A nine-year-old friend made a frantic 999 call on a mobile phone after the girl suffered leg injuries in the

  • Open pairs bowls

    LMRCA CLUB, Green Lane, Bolton 64 pairs at £12 per pair. Prize money £1150. 16 prizes. 1st prize £350. Dates of play: Sunday Sept 1 and 8; Tuesdays September 3, 17, 24; Thursday September 5,12 and 19. Sub finals: Thursday September 26; Sunday September

  • Albert's still cheeky at 75

    ON June 17 I printed a photograph of Chorley Road, Wingates, in 1938; it has brought a couple of letters. The first was from E Booth, of Bolton Road, Westhoughton, who says the boy on the right was Albert Booth, her husband, and they have been married

  • The Premiership: A to Z of clubs

    And here it is starting, with the champions, whose name just happens to begin with A! Arsenal Manager: Arsene Wenger Ground: Highbury Last season: 1st Players in: Players out: Key players: As last season showed, Arsenal rely on the team to perform well


    Walshaw won by 3 wkts Clifton G Griffiths c Cox b Faulkner...42 A Griffiths c Fielding b Lee...38 D Parkinson b Riley...19 C Moores c Harris b Fielding...15 D Hamilton c Harris b Faulknwe...13 I Morris not out...21 S McCune c Collins b Fielding...5 I

  • Bolton Summer Netball League

    RESULTS - Division One: CBs 22, Bolton Pianos 29; DB3 37, Barnstormers 9; Holy Cross 30, Sharples 23; Howcroft 29, Red Lion Ladies 12; Olympia 'A' 35, Tobutt Sports 11. Division Two: Dreams & Drapes 11, Chequers 36; Eagley Sports 13, BIHE 39; Gilnow

  • Not an election photo

    YOU may recall that last Thursday, I printed a "mystery" picture of a group of men with rosettes on and asked if anyone could date the photograph. I also wondered if it could have been taken at an election. The answer seems not. Mr William McCarthy of

  • Opening game sponsors deal

    SHAKERS are seeking corporate sponsors for their first game of the season against Cambridge United on Tuesday, August 13. The superb package, for 10 persons, includes car parking, Bucks Fizz reception, match programme, superb four course pre-match meal

  • Kenny's shock Bury exit

    BURY'S highly rated 'keeper Paddy Kenny has joined Sheffield United on a shock three-month loan deal with a view to a permanent signing writes Phil Thorp The Shakers custodian will be joining up with former boss Neil Warnock and goalkeeping coach Kevin

  • It'll be like New Year's Eve - every day!

    A TOTAL of 600 extra paramedic shifts will be needed to provide enough cover for the Commonwealth Games, according to Greater Manchester Ambulance Service. Fifteen ambulances will serve the event's 17 venues each day, providing emergency cover for the


    Westhoughton won by 9 wkts Farnworth S Marsh c Luntley b Preston...0 S Walsh c Patel b Khan...1 G Hyde c Luntley b Khan...2 Ahmed c Luntley b Crookson...27 M Axford c Gaskell b Patel...17 M McGuinness c Luntley b Khan...35 G Mather c Gaskell b Hart...17

  • Two cracking sports shops on Bradshawgate

    MY article on a local firm which made cricket bats seems to have aroused a lot of interest. Mrs Jean Salter, of Salter Sports, on Higher Market Street, Farnworth, writes to tell me that she well remembers Windett's shop and Albert Ward's sports outfitters

  • Amazing story of progress

    CAN you recognise which part of Bolton this aerial picture from 1970 shows? To view, click HERE and look for "LB Harwood aerial-may02". It was, in fact, Harwood-Bradshaw, and it told an amazing story of progress and development. Only a few years before

  • BFS Mixed Tennis League

    The third round of the Bolton Sports Federation Tennis Cecil Cup saw the last eight clubs competing for a place in the semi-finals. No real surprises as title holders Markland Hill 'A' won virtually every set to love against Hawkshaw 'D'. This earns them

  • Anthony flies in - then out!

    THE Bolton Sports Federation tennis championships got under way over the weekend with some excellent opening matches. Outstanding in the second round of the boys singles was Anthony Nolan, who is back in Bolton from his Florida base. He gave a hint of

  • Reserves open with Liverpool at Gigg

    WANDERERS reserves will open their new campaign in the FA Premier Reserve League against Liverpool on Monday, August 19. Now based at Gigg Lane, Bolton could face stars such as Nicky Barmby and Patrick Berger, who will struggle to find a place in Gerard

  • Lynx blown away

    CHORLEY Lynx failed to improve their Northern Ford Premiership record as they slipped to defeat at the hands of Oldham at Victory Park yesterday. The Lynx conceded 10 tries as they went down by a 52-10 margin.

  • It's Wanderers v Ronaldo!

    WANDERERS will be taking on the planet's greatest footballer later this month when they face Ronaldo and Inter Milan in a friendly on their Italian tour. The Whites will have to stop the World Cup winner - who grabbed the golden boot in Japan and Korea

  • Bolton's mixed fortunes

    THE Bolton Association pulled off a superb victory over the Northern League in the semi-finals of the MEN Lancashire Knockout writes Peter Mensforth But the hopes of an all-Bolton final ended when the League were surprisingly beaten by 24 runs by the

  • It'll be like New Year's Eve - every day!

    A TOTAL of 600 extra paramedic shifts will be needed to provide enough cover for the Commonwealth Games, according to Greater Manchester Ambulance Service. Fifteen ambulances will serve the event's 17 venues each day, providing emergency cover for the

  • Queally enjoys home comforts for golden shot

    "The Commonwealth Games are massive for me. I want to show people what I can do." NOW, the chance of competing in an international competition just a few miles down the road from where you live, is pretty convenient. That is the fortunate position Olympic

  • Fine bowls were made from the 'wood of life'

    MY article on when bowls were made in Bo lton seems to have created quite a lot of interest. Someone who says "my name is irrelevant" writes: "In the 1920s, as a boy, I lived at the bottom of Flitcroft Street, and Peter Boardman's "works" was in the backyard

  • Paying the price of school holidays

    Summer holidays can be a difficult and expensive time for working parents who have to find someone to look after their young children. Karen Stephen looks at the problem and what solutions are on offer in Bolton. THE sound of the school bell tolling the

  • Can you spot Barbara?

    This picture of the Blackrod Wesleyan School has been sent to me by Mrs Barbara Foster (nee Buckle), of Station Road, Blackrod. She tells me that in the 1940 class picture - click HERE and look for "LB blackrod wes.jpg" - she is the girl in a blazer on

  • Lennon specs are a case

    A PAIR of round glasses worn by Beatles legend John Lennon are due to be unveiled in his home city. The orange-tinted spectacles, valued at more than £1m, were worn by the musician between 1970 and 1973 and became part of his trademark image. The glasses


    Greenmount won by 8 wkts Horwich White c Morris b Stewart...23 S Woods c Chadwick b Morris...10 G Long c Morris b Stewart...0 W Harper c Willits b Stewart...5 J Partington c Morris b Stewart...9 N Woods c D Kay b Stewart...1 P Morris b Stewart...5 P Bannister


    Circle won by 8wkts Eagley S Woods c Walsh b Eckersley...13 Javed lbw Barrow...52 M Venn c Walsh b Rasheed...5 D Shuttleworth b Barrow...25 B Richards run ou...11 S Forster b Glover...0 C Massey b Glover...0 G Prendergast c&b Barrow...0 A Bishop b


    KEARSLEY v BLACKPOOL Kearsley won Kearsley S Davies not out...114 J Thornley run out...1 S Thomson c Sub b Pickles...57 T Whittle c & b Pickles...18 D Foy c Barrow b Sharp...37 S Mahboob not out...7 Extras...23 Total (for 4)...257 Bowling: O Newby


    Atherton won by 6 wkts Edgworth D Critchley b Mihir...1 J Mills c Nuttall b Mihir...7 D Thornton lbw Mihir...5 Fahim Ahmed lbw Mihir...3 N Barlow c Williamson b Nuttall...6 T Liversedge b Nuttall...11 R Dobie c Williamson b Nuttall...0 C Locke run out

  • Sky TV dates for Premiership

    SKY Sports have announced their TV soccer schedules for Premiership games. Here is the full list, courtesy of HERE August Sun 18 Arsenal v Birmingham City Fri 23 Chelsea v Manchester Utd Sat 24 Manchester City v Newcastle Wed 28 Fulham

  • Mayor goes for charity gold with businesses

    THE Mayor of Bolton is hoping to raise extra cash for his charity appeal this year with a new sponsorship deal for businesses. For the first time, Cllr John Walsh has introduced different levels of sponsorship to encourage more companies to invest in

  • Magpies make a flying start

    CHORLEY kicked off their pre-season friendly programme with an impressive 2-1 victory over Ilkeston Town at Victory Park. Second half goals from trialist Anthony Hogan and last season's leading scorer Andy Mason saw the Magpies record a morale-boosting

  • In memory of the orphans

    IT IS just a small corner of a graveyard . . . virtually forgotten for 61 years There was no indication of the sad stories of the 48 children from the local orphanage who are buried there. Their final resting place was an unmarked grave. No-one would

  • Two Monday TV dates for Wanderers

    SKY Sports have announced their TV soccer schedules - and Wanderers feature just twice before Christmas. Sunderland's visit to the Reebok has been switched to Monday, October 28, while the visit of Leeds has also been switched to a Monday - December 16


    Association won by 7 runs Bolton Association A Harris c Hetherington b Mercer...23 N Fawcett c Hetherington b Stephens...0 R Faulkner b Stephens...4 S Knowles c Wright b Cordingley...77 B Collins c Hetherington b Patel...0 A Kelly b Cordingley...35 P

  • It's Wanderers v Ronaldo!

    WANDERERS will be taking on the planet's greatest footballer later this month when they face Ronaldo and Inter Milan in a friendly on their Italian tour. The Whites will have to stop the World Cup winner - who grabbed the golden boot in Japan and Korea

  • Whatever happened to nursery assistant Jean McGovern?

    WHEN last Thursday I printed a photograph of members of the Anglican Young People's Association dancing at St James's, Waterloo Street, Bolton, in 1950, reader Mrs Marjorie Taylor spotted on it Jean McGovern, who was nursery assistant to Mrs Taylor when

  • We'll fight on to stop school closing

    CAMPAIGNERS battling to save Affetside Primary School have vowed to continue their fight after education bosses decided to close it. Members of Bury's Schools Organisation Committee met last night to hear arguments for and against the measure, aimed at

  • Heads welcome school cash boost

    HEADTEACHERS in Bolton have given the multi-billion pound investment in education a cautious welcome. Chancellor Gordon Brown announced an extra £15 billion-a-year for state education in yesterday's spending review with £50,000 per year earmarked for

  • Paying the price of school holidays

    Summer holidays can be a difficult and expensive time for working parents who have to find someone to look after their young children. Karen Stephen looks at the problem and what solutions are on offer in Bolton. THE sound of the school bell tolling the


    Central Lancs League won by 24 runs Central Lancs League P Wilcock b Stewart...0 M Gardner b Taylor...8 S Brierley st Evans b Halton...38 C Dearden c Evans b Rayment...46 B Cross b Taylor...21 J Henderson b Rayment...21 M Dawson not out...35 M Bux b Stewart

  • Duo on course for final showdown

    WALKDEN and Kearsley are on course to meet each other in the final of the Thwaites Lancashire Knockout. In the quarter finals, both hammered Northern League opposition, Walkden thumping Chorley at Windsor Park by 67 runs and Kearsley humbling Blackpool

  • Burnden Park lives on

    THE Reebok may be the home of the Wanderers nowadays, but Burnden Park will live in the hearts of many supporters as long as they live. Most of us remember it simply as a football ground, of course, but at one stage athletic and cycle meetings were also

  • Radcliffe Boro 1, Wanderers 1

    AN 85th minute goal from Mark Moran saved under-strength Premiership Wanderers' blushes as they drew 1-1 following Richard Landon's 53rd minute opener at Radcliffe Borough. Top keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen played in the first-half and Premiership hotshots

  • Do you know Thomas Banks?

    IS there a family still in Bolton with an ancestor Thomas Banks who was killed in action in the First World War? I ask because reader Lee Hewitson has contacted me to say that when his grandmother died some time ago, he found in her belongings a large


    Elton won by 15 runs Elton M Hall lbw Sarkar...5 P Kay c G Edwards b Knowles...1 C Reid b Knowles...0 Hall lbw b Sarkar...44 M Goddard c J Waddington b Sarkar...20 R Riaz b Sarkar...20 S Duxbury lbw b Sarkar...3 P Lomax c G Bennett b Sarkar...0 S Lomax


    Little Hulton won by 6 wkts Adlington M Taylor c&b A Sutherland...28 A Robinson b C Cooke...10 D Hitchen c D Platt b C Cooke...4 M Rawlings c P Craig b M Lee...61 M Halliwell c (wk) A Perry b C Cooke...15 E Haddon (c) lbw b M Lee...15 C Mulligan b


    Central Lancs League won by 24 runs Central Lancs League P Wilcock b Stewart 0 M Gardner b Taylor 8 S Brierley st Evans b Halton 38 C Dearden c Evans b Rayment 46 B Cross b Taylor 21 J Henderson b Rayment 21 M Dawson not out 35 M Bux b Stewart 0 N Avery

  • Wrestling hopes

    MAN and wife Tony and Ellen Morris will be Bolton's wrestling representatives at the Commonwealth Games as they fill administrative roles. Tony, former national level wrestler and international coach and team manager, will take on his first position as

  • Your chance to win tickets

    HERE'S your chance to get a taste of top Commonwealth Games action -- for free. The Commonwealth Games 2002 get under way next week -- and you could be a part of it, courtesy of Bolton Forum for Sport, the Health, Sport and Inclusion Team and the Bolton

  • Cover up for cycling

    SUNNY weather is predicted for the Commonwealth Games -- prompting a warning for spectators converging on Bolton for the cycling events to cover themselves up. According to experts, there could be a risk of sunstroke and dehydration among the 100,000-

  • Phil's Golden moment!

    THERE'S not much you can teach Barrie Kelly about the Commonwealth Games and he knows a thing or two about good ale, as well! The former Bury & Radcliffe AC international sprint star is free trade sales manager for Manchester brewers Joseph Holt and

  • Town Hall rally

    In 1880, the Town Hall Square was filled with Boltonians celebrating the centenary of the Nonconformist Sunday Schools in the town. The importance of Sunday Schools had been educational as well as religious, and most adult Boltonians who could read had

  • Seeds on top in bid for singles title glory

    THERE were no shocks in the singles events at the BSF Tennis Tournament. All the seeded players progressed through the second round without undue difficulty. Andy Livingstone, having survived a first round scare against teenager Anthony Nolan was again

  • Hymns from lion-hearted headmaster

    WHEN Miss I. Fogarty read Derek Birch's memories of the bygone Trinity Walks in Bolton last Friday in this column, it also brought back memories to her. Miss Fogarty, of Greenmount Court, Greenmount Lane, writes: "I remember Mr Smith, headmaster of St

  • Local band's charity gig

    LOCAL band Moco will be headlining a charity concert at the Mill at the Pier in Wigan on Saturday, July 27. The Wigan-based foursome has been together for two years and consists of singer Steve Jones, aged 22, lead guitarist Anthony Rigby, 25, bass guitarist

  • No excuses say League after shock semi defeat

    THE Bolton League offered no excuses for their shock exit from the MEN inter-league competition at the hands of the Central Lancs League. The local side were looked on as hot favourites to land a place in the final and set up a Bolton showdown with the

  • Latics turn to Murty

    STAND Athletic went back home to appoint their new boss following the departure of management team Nick Davis and Nick Woods. The Latics have turned to former Prestwich Heys manager Joe Murty to pull things together after the close season upheaval at

  • Helpers on the wards will ease nurse shortage

    THE Royal Bolton Hospital has been chosen to pilot a scheme which will see unqualified people looking after patients. It is hoped the initiative to bring local residents without professional qualifications on to wards as assistant practitioners will ease

  • Lucy, 13, tells of mud trap terror

    A SCHOOLGIRL today told how she thought she was going to sink to her death after tumbling 30ft into a muddy, drained and disused canal. The accident sparked a major rescue operation involving police, fire crews, paramedics and mountain rescue teams who

  • Lowry home up for auction

    THE former home of Salford artist LS Lowry is going up for auction after its initial asking price was halved. Owners of the house have cut the reserve price to £100,000 after it failed to sell at its first auction. It is due to go on sale at Haydock Park

  • Two quizzed over death fight

    TWO men are still being questioned by the police after a 41-year-old man died during a fight near a garage forecourt early yesterday morning. Police say Alan Yarwood became involved in a fight by a filling station forecourt on Stockport Road, Denton,

  • Angel is an all-round hit

    MEMOREX Leigh CC had to work hard to beat relegation threatened Lytham at Beech Walk but eventually recorded a convincing victory by 76 runs. Having been asked to bat first, Leigh made a disastrous start, losing both openers with only six runs on the

  • Whites' neighbourly gesture

    WANDERERS have bailed out their financially challenged neighbours at Bury FC by agreeing to play their reserve team fixtures at Gigg Lane. Manchester United left Shakers with a £35,000 hole in their already water tight budget when they withdrew their


    Kearsley won by 7wkts Astley Bridge P Stafford lbw Akbar...0 D Jadhav b Whittle...35 N Kernick b Akbar...1 M Siddique c Hamblett b Akbar...0 A Clegg lbw Akber...2 P Watkinson b Whittle...10 J Namajee lbw Whittle...4 W Halton not out...22 J Dakri b Whittle


    Little Lever won by 8wkts Heaton V Tripathi c Blinkhorn b DeSilva...0 D Jones c Waller b P Tonge...2 J Fearick c Lawson b N Tonge...47 M Greenhalgh c P Tonge b N Tonge...10 S Booth c Harrison b P Rayment...15 A Mohammed c Mooney b P Tonge...25 Hirwani


    Match drawn Bradshaw A Kerr c&b Ainsworth...0 M Ward b Luke...20 D Morris b Tye...2 C Evans c Luke b Cunliff...23 Dalugoda not out...58 N Johnson c Mahmood b Ainsworth...53 D Senior not out...5 Extras...32 Total (for 5)...193 Bowling: C Tye 14-6-41


    Lostock won by 4 wkts Daisy Hill M Bannister c Kaye b Hall...30 M Wood b Shah...35 H Brooks c & b Beswick...21 M Atherton c Kay b Hall...27 M Saiyed c Rayner b Shah...20 M Lilley lbw Shah...6 J Birch run out...3 D Brookes b Hall...1 M Buckley c Beswick


    Match drawn Tonge Nisar b Ingram...4 R Northrop c A Kay b J Smith...10 S Anderton c A Kay b D Smith...28 J Kerrigan c A Kay b Ingram...3 N Partington lbw Reidy...9 N Hallows lbw Reidy...4 D Taljard c A Keys b D Smith...71 M Martin b M Parkinson...0 I