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Week 1 W/E 13th September


League secretary Anthony Cross has already staked a claim for performance of the season. Ant played for 3 different Fleetwood teams on 3 consecutive nights and won 8 games in each match!

Division 1
Kingfisher A won 20-4 against their B team who were promoted last season.
Adrian Greenwood and Luke Bennett with 8 whilst Rachel Dewhurst managed 3 ladies and a mixed to win half her games.

Poulton won away to Pilling A thanks to a dominant display from their ladies who won 6-0 whilst the men’s was evenly contested at 3-3. Poulton then won the mixed 10-2 for a 19-5 victory. Nikki Wilford won 8 and Michelle Skinner and Dawn Whitby won 7.

Last season’s Division 2 champions Hesketh A met the current champions Fleetwood A and were quickly reminded of the gulf between the divisions as they went down 24-0. Statistically, Caroline Andrew was POTM.

Division 2
Lids A entertained newly promoted Kirkham Charter A and ran out comfortable winners 18-6 as Dan Cooper won 8 and Jane Allen won a creditable 4 games for KC.

Pilling B showed why they could be favourites for promotion with a 15-9 away victory at Project 12. The visitors edged ahead after the levels by winning the ladies 4-2 and splitting the men’s 3-3. The mixed were hard fought with Pilling winning 8-4. Tim Shipway won 7 for the victors and John Wright won 5 games for Project.

Unbeaten Division 3 champions Hesketh B May find life in Division 2 a lot tougher as they went down 18-6 at home to Fleetwood B. Angela Fletcher and Mark Crosbie won 3 for Hesketh but Fleetwood’s veteran Ant Cross was the star with a maximum 8.

Division 3
Kirkham Charter B were soundly beaten 20-4 by Lids B despite splitting the mens 3-3. Lids won the ladies 6-0 and the mixed 11-1. Dave Mackay won 3 for KC but Won Desmond and Ceri Smith-Jaynes were too strong and won all 8 for Lids who look a good bet for a quick return to Division 2.

Stanley A predictably cruised to victory against their B team for the loss of only 2 games. They had 4 players who won 8 games but it was Wendy Rutter who had the best points difference.

Another derby match pitted Ribby Hall A against their B team. The A proved too strong in the end with Fred Driscoll winning 7 whilst Julie Lalouette and mixed partner Iain McLean managed to win 4 games for the B.

New club Bloomfield were handed a tough first fixture against visiting Fleetwood and were duly beaten 15-1. Ant Cross and Josh Garrett won all 8 whilst Phil Hough and Eddie Choudhury won Bloomfield’s consolation game.

The other new club to join the league were Broughton who also started with a difficult game against Project 12. The visitors comfortably winning by 13-3 with John Wright POTM and having a great week! Swati Sonwalker had a good Blackpool debut and was involved in all of Broughton’s wins.

Last season’s champions Warton A got off to a flying start when they overwhelmed their own B team 15-1. Nathan Bunting and Jeremy Cara won all their 8 games. Jenish Prajapatti and Giles Uppard with the B team’s only game.

Brian Oakes


2019-2020 Preview


We welcome two new clubs in Bloomfield and Broughton who have entered one team each into the Levels division - Good luck to both teams! In addition, Warton have also entered a new C team in the Levels division.

These three new teams have offset the loss of Lids C and Albany Levels so that the new league structure now consists of 7 teams in each of the 3 Mixed divisions whilst the Levels division now has 8 teams.

Division 1
When Fleetwood last failed to win the league 24 years ago, Roger Federer was still in school and Manchester United were really good ! It is rumoured however, that some teams have strengthened their sides for this season - so could this be the season that their domination ends?
At the opposite end of the table, newly promoted Hesketh A and Kingfisher B will once again attempt to stay in the division. Amazingly, for the previous four seasons, they have either been promoted together or relegated together ! Both teams will be hoping that this sequence changes.

Division 2
It's the same story for Albany B as they have also experienced two relegations and two promotions in four years ! On that basis they must be amongst the favourites to go up along with Lids and Pilling. The league's only unbeaten team last season were Division 3 champions Hesketh B whilst Kirkham Charter A finished runners up. Both teams will fight hard to stay in a division which is difficult to predict.

Division 3
Stanley A were relegated in their final match of last season and will be hoping for a quick return to division 2. They will be considered favourites together with Ribby Hall A who narrowly missed out on promotion. Bottom team Kingfisher C showed some fighting qualities which could help them improve on last season.

Levels Division
Warton A were last seasons champions by virtue of winning 6 more games than Project 12. Both teams will no doubt be fighting for top spot again, however new teams Bloomfield and Broughton are both unknown and could provide an upset or two.

The season starts on Monday 9th with
Div 1 Pilling A v Poulton
Div 1 Kingfisher A v Kingfisher B
Div 3 Kirkham Charter B v Lids B

Best wishes and good luck to all clubs, teams, and players.

Brian Oakes


Town Team Bolton v Blackpool


It was a title decider as Blackpool won a closely contested match 8-7 against their nearest challengers. Luke Bennett was the only singles winner as Blackpool trailed 1-2 going into the level doubles matches. Whilst the mens ended 2-2, the ladies won 3-1 with Cath Bagley and Hannah Parr winning both their games to put Blackpool in front 6-5. The mixed finished 2-2 and was evenly contested as all 4 matches went to 3 sets. Emma Gilfoyle & Rob Oakes and Lynne Williams & Dan Nixon won their games to give Blackpool a narrow but deserved victory.
Many thanks to all the players for turning out on a Saturday night !

This result together with comfortable wins earlier in the season of 11-4 v Blackburn and 12-3 v Southport meant Blackpool had successfully won Lancashire Inter League Division 3 !

Congratulations to all the players who represented Blackpool but a special thank you to Cath Bagley and Hannah Parr who played in all this seasons 3 matches.

Appearances 2018-19
Cath Bagley 3 (Fleetwood)
Hannah Parr 3 (Lids)
Sian Meakin 2 (Albany)
Serena Hindle 2 (Albany)
Rob Oakes 2 (Albany) Captain
Gee-Him Sue 2 (Lids)
Luke Bennett 2 (Kingfisher)
Jack Needham 2 (Poulton)
Emma Gilfoyle 1 (Kirkham)
Lynne Williams 1 (Kingfisher)
Amit Mistry 1 (Albany)
Ant Forrest 1 (Poulton)
Dan Cooper 1 (Lids)
Dan Nixon 1 (Pilling)


Levels League


The championship ended in close battle between 2 experienced teams - Warton A and Project 12 with Warton winning by only 6 extra games over the unlucky Project 12 who at least had the consolation of the division’s best player in Jon Jackson. It was encouraging to see the other 4 teams giving a chance to both young and inexperienced players, whilst Albany fielded an all ladies team in 1 match.

Best players (Playing a minimum of 50% )
Jon Jackson Project 12 83.3%
Nathan Bunting Warton A 80.6%
Jeremy Cara Warton A 79.7%


Blackpool Badminton League Cup Finals


Gazette Trophy Fleetwood A v Poulton A +25

A fitting end to the season as two of the strongest teams in the league met on Tuesday. Fleetwood were attempting to do the double having already cruised to another Division 1 title, whilst Poulton were trying to retain the trophy, something that hadn't been achieved for over 20 years! Both teams were at full strength and as expected, the ladies proved to be a titanic battle, with Fleetwood restricting Poulton's very strong ladies to just 20 points, as every game was evenly contested. The mens proved to be very different however, as Fleetwood were simply too strong, ending with a huge 58 points advantage. This meant the Champions already had a 13 point lead going into the mixed, a lead they never looked like relinquishing. After the first half of the mixed, Fleetwood's lead had increased to 34 points and their second trophy was almost in sight. In the final 3 sets Fleetwood maintained the pressure, gaining another 29 points for a very comfortable 63 point victory. Tim Vickers was POTM for his 8 games and +69 points with James Lester close behind on +66 and Andy Wisemen +31. It was, however, Fleetwood's ladies of Caroline Andrew, daughter Elizabeth, and the experienced Cath Bagley that produced the best performances as they withstood the pressure from the league's best ladies. Special mention to youngster Elizabeth who played extremely well and is undoubtedly a Blackpool star of the future.

Bridgewood Trophy Lids C v Kirkham Charter B +80
Teams from two different divisions contested the Bridgewood Trophy with Kirkham from Division 3 having an 80 point start over Lids from Division 2. Both teams had struggled this year in their respective divisions, so this final was a season end bonus. Kirkham were the reigning cup holders and hoping to become the first team ever to retain the Bridgewood Trophy! In the ladies, Kirkham, against the odds, actually gained 3 points and although the Lids men won by 23 points this meant that Lids had only pulled back 20 points at the half way stage. Needing to make up 60 points Lids needed a good start in the mixed games but Kirkham fought well and in the next 3 sets only yielded 10 points to take Lids to +30 but still a massive 50 points behind with only 3 sets remaining. When Kirkham's top pairing of Katie Kinder and Richard Pascucci won the next two games to 13 and 12 it was match over and even though Lids pulled the score back in the final 2 sets it was too little as Kirkham eventually won by 38 points. Statistically, Jason Lydon +43 and Mark Green +36 from Lids, were the best performers, but it was Katie's scores in the ladies and mixed that were the key to the victory. A special mention also to another young star, Amelia Parker from Kirkham, who was undaunted by the occasion and won many vital points for her team!


Cup Finals Report


Report and photos will be on Blackpool Facebook


Cup Semi Final Report


Gazette Trophy Semi Finals Tuesday 19th March

Poulton A v Hesketh A +150
Division 2 Champions Hesketh, played Poulton who had finished 3rd in Division 1. Whilst Hesketh had a 150 point start and were able to field a full strength team, Poulton had to call in a reserve and so a close match was anticipated. However this never materialised, as Poulton proved unstoppable, and after the levels had nearly made up the handicap! The Poulton ladies gained 84 points and the men 41 to put themselves only 25 points behind. After the first 3 sets of the mixed Poulton added another 49 points to go 24 points in front and virtually seal the match. Poulton romped through the final 6 games to win the match by a huge margin of 92 points and 24-0 in games. A tough night for Hesketh for whom Dominic Mcvittie and Richard Percival were their best scorers. They were completely overshadowed however by Poulton’s best performers Nikki Wilford +104, Michelle Skinner +94 and Dawn Whitby +87 whilst special mention must be made to reserve Harry Townsend who finished on +76.

Fleetwood A v Lids B +225
Division 1 Champions Fleetwood put out a strong team against mid table Division 2 side Lids B who fielded their usual team. A challenging handicap meant it was essential for Fleetwood to start well. Huge gains of 90 and 68 in the ladies and mens levels gave Fleetwood the start they needed as they overwhelmed Lids. At the end of the first 3 mixed sets Fleetwood moved to within 14 points. However, in the 4th set Steph Tsang and Dan Cooper from Lids won a game but this only delayed the inevitable, as the last 2 sets were comfortably won by Fleetwood to give them victory by 48 points. A strong team performance by the Champions led by their ladies Cath Bagley +103 Caroline Andrew +101 and Elizabeth Andrew +91 and strongly backed up by the Fleetwood men.

Bridgewood Trophy Semi Finals Wednesday 20th March.

Lids C v Stanley B +80
Lids had a tough season in Division 2 eventually getting relegated, but in the cup they have been able to field their best team. Stanley had struggled in Division 3 and on the night were unfortunately without a key player. Lids actually pulled back the handicap at the half way point in the match due to +55 points and +44 points in the ladies and mens. The mixed didn’t prove to be any easier for Stanley as they conceded another 90 points leaving Lids the winners by 189 points and 109 after the handicap. Steve Whyatt was Stanley’s best player for conceding the fewest points whilst managing to win 3 games. All of the Lids team played well with Ceri Smith-Jaynes +92, Jason Lydon +81, Nean Pilkington +75 and Mark Green +70 the highest scorers.

Kirkham Charter B v Ribby Hall B - Scratch Handicap

Both these teams had met twice in Division 3 and although Ribby had won on both occasions the matches had been closely contested. The levels ended with Ribby gaining 3 points in the ladies which was offset by Kirkham’s men who won by 17 points. Into the mixed where the Kirkham pairings were too strong, and in the first 3 sets they had pulled ahead by 45 points. It wasn’t until the 4th set that Ribby managed to pull back some points through Mel Bunney and John Wright but it was too little too late as Kirkham reasserted their dominance in the final 2 sets to win by a comfortable 78 points. Melissa Jones had the best points difference for Ribby. Kirkham ‘s Katie Kinder and mixed partner Richard Pascucci earned over 50 points with Ian Cartmell also having a successful night on +41.


Report W/E 15th March


Gazette Trophy

Kingfisher A v Hesketh A +150
Kingfisher, fielding mostly reserves, fought hard to reduce the 150 points handicap as Hesketh took full advantage of their weakened team. Kingfisher ladies got them off to a great start and put them on track with 44 points however their men only gained 17 taking them to +61 after the levels but still leaving 90 points to make up. A gain of +52 in the mixed wasn't enough and Hesketh held on to win by 37 points. Richard Percival and Sheena Carberry won most points for Hesketh whilst Chris Foote and Rachel Dewhurst, despite winning most games and points on the night, finished on the losing team.

Poulton v Pilling B +170
Poulton made up most of the handicap by the half way stage as they gained 95 points in the ladies and 40 in the men's to leave themselves only 35 points behind. In the mixed games Poulton piled on the pressure to easily win by a big margin of 83 points and 21-3 in games. Alex Fleming was best player for Pilling. Three Poulton players finished with 100+ scores. Nikki Wilford +130 Michelle Skinner +110 and Ant Forrest +101 as Poulton look strong contenders to retain the trophy.

Lids A v Lids B +160
Wednesday night had a club derby match with Division 1 Lids A meeting Division 2 Lids B with a place in the semi final waiting the victor. Both teams finished mid table in their respective divisions and with the tough handicap a close match was expected. The A made good progress in the ladies where they clawed back 65 points. However the B men held firm, only surrendering 24 points, meaning the A had pulled back 89 points at the mid match stage only needing a further 71 points from 12 mixed games. In the first 5 sets the A team gained 55 points - leaving a deficit of 16 points. However, in the final set, the B pairing of Lisa Musson and James Leigh not only contained the A team but managed to win a game and score +3 points giving the triumphant B team the win by 19 points. Although the A teams Beth Cowell +76 and Jen Tsang +62 were the best performers on the night it was the fact that James only conceded 17 points which was the main reason the B team won. An easy semi final v Fleetwood A next !

Fleetwood A v Kingfisher B + 195
With a big handicap to overcome, Fleetwood set about reducing the deficit with gains of 60 points in the ladies and 64 in the mens. 3 sets of mixed added another 63 and when set 4 was won by 32 points it was game over. Kingfisher continued to fight until the end but they ended the match 43 points adrift. Sarah Woodhouse and James De Wolf were Kingfisher's best points performers but were far behind Fleetwood's big hitters Caroline Andrew +110, Tim Vickers +98 and James Lester +89.

Bridgewood Trophy

Kirkham Charter B v Kingfisher C 0 Handicap
With both these teams finishing at the foot of Division 3 and their league head to head at 1 win each, a scratch handicap was given. Although Kirkham won 4/6 ladies for +16 the men from Kingfisher managed to win 5/6 games for +26 to give them a 10 point advantage at half time. The match swung back in Kirkham's favour as the 8-4 games in the mixed gave them a points advantage of 53 points and a match win by 43 points. Katie Kinder +61 and Lynne Briggs +27 best scorers for Kirkham whilst Harry Heywood +21 and Lyndsey Simpson +2 were the only Kingfisher players to have a plus points.

Stanley B + 110 v Kirkham Charter A
Kirkham seemed to be on their way to victory after they gained 61 points in the levels as their ladies won by 40 points which was backed up the men who won by 21 points. In the first 3 mixed sets they gained another 26 to put them only 23 points behind and all to play for. However. in the final 6 games, all the mixed pairs from Stanley fought hard, minimising Kirkham's points to +9, and winning the match by 14 points. A great team effort from Stanley with Jake Meakin only conceding only 19 points from 8 games. Consolation for Kirkham's Emma Gilfoyle +74 and Ian Chase +44 who were the best players on the night.

Ribby Hall A v Ribby Hall B +80
Another club derby ending with victory again for the lower ranked team. The B team only conceded 15 points in the levels thanks to a joint effort from the ladies on -6 and the men on -9. Onto the mixed where the A had a difficult task of having to pull back 65 points. This proved too much as in the first 4 sets the B actually gained 9 points to put the tie out of reach. Although the A managed to recover 45 points in the last 2 sets it was too little too late as the B, much to their delight, won by 29 points. Carol Howarth +44 and Fred Driscoll were the A team's best players but a great display from John Wright winning 5 games and +23 points and Melanie Bunney 4 games and +7 points were the B teams main contributors on the night.

Hesketh B v Lids C +50
Top of division 3 against bottom of division 2 is never an easy match up to predict especially as Hesketh were missing 2 of their regular players. In the end Lids not only won most games 15-9 but the match by 85 points. They gained points in each section as ladies ended +12, men +13 and mixed +10. A great win for Lids after a tough season in division 2. Mark Green +36, Nean Pilkington +29, Jason Lyndon +23 and Ceri Smith-Jayne + 11 backed up by Helena Lemper and James Norman. For Hesketh only Jill McMillan and Steve Blackburn ended with + points.


Report W/E 8th March


Gazette Trophy

Handicap Albany B +30 v Kingfisher B
After the levels, Kingfisher had gained 48 points winning 9 games and in the mixed 65 points winning 11. This meant Kingfisher won by 113 points less 30 handicap to give a winning margin of 83 points. In games Kingfisher won 20-4. For Kingfisher Sarah Woodhouse, Lynne Williams, Rachel Dewhurst and Gordon Jackson all won 7 but Sarah and Lynne has the best points difference. Fran Hellier,Amit Mistry and Rob Cockerill won 2 games whilst Amit and Paul Cross had the best points.
Kingfisher play Fleetwood A next!

Handicap Pilling A + 60 v Poulton
Poulton made up the 60 point handicap by the end of the levels and then won the mixed and the match by 58 points and by 20 games to 4. Michael Banks won 3 games for Pilling and had the best points with Alex Fleming and Elaine Danson. Nikki Wilford won 8 with +58 points and Dawn Whitby won 8 with +54 for the Poulton.
Poulton next play the B team from Pilling.

Handicap Lids A + 25 v Albany A
5th played 4th in a tight cup match where 9 sets were split! Albany gained 10 points in the levels but in the mixed Lids played very well and managed to contain Albany, losing by only 1 point. Albany won the match initially by 11 points but lost by 14 after the handicap. Sam Ames and Will Booth won 5 games and most points for Lids whilst Jenny Stothard, Sian Meakin and Rob Oakes won more than half their games and more points than they conceded. Special mention to Paul Cross who was a last minute reserve for Albany and managed to win 3 games.
Next up is Lids A v Lids B !!

Bridgewood Trophy

Handicap Kingfisher C +180 v Stanley A
Stanley A had a big handicap to overcome but only managed to gain 11 points in the ladies as Kingfisher made them fight for every point. In the men's Stanley gained 40 points meaning they had only pulled back 51 points at the half way stage. The mixed was more reflective of the team's league position as Stanley gained 89 points for a total points win of 140 but 40 points short of the handicap. Dorothy Bamber was the star for Kingfisher not for only winning 3 games but having the best points score. Only Wendy Rutter managed to win 8 for Stanley in their 20 games but despite losing 1 game Lee Meakin had the best points score of +75.
Kingfisher through to meet Kirkham Charter B.

Handicap Fleetwood B v Lids C + 100
Their ladies gave Lids a great start as they actually gained 8 points. However Fleetwood's strong men won by 61 points to put Fleetwood up by 53 points and on track at the start of the mixed. A great team effort saw Lids only lose the mixed by 20 points meaning that they had restricted Fleetwood to a 73 point margin putting them through to the next round by 27 points. For Lids Ceri Smith-Jayne won 4 games and a +8 point score whilst Nean Pilkington won 3 and a +18 point score. Despite being on the losing team Nick Metcalfe won 8 games with an impressive +78 points.
Lids travel to Division 3 Champions Hesketh B next.


League Review & Stats !


Division 1
As expected Fleetwood A comfortably retained their Division 1 title after another record breaking season. Amazingly this was their 44th title but even more impressive is the fact that it was their 23rd consecutive win !!
Kingfisher A have finished runners up in the previous 3 seasons and this year maintained their position as the 2nd best team in the league as they once again finished runners up only 3 points behind Fleetwood.
Nikki Wilford was the division's outstanding performer which helped Poulton A, who were consistent throughout the season, to take 3rd place.
Albany dropped to 4th from 3rd last season despite beating Kingfisher twice.
These four teams finished well ahead of Lids A and Pilling A who both finished comfortably in mid table.
Warton A and Albany B were both promoted from division 2 last season and were expected to struggle. Before the season started however Warton withdrew from the league which left Albany adrift at the foot of the table.

Division 1 Champions Fleetwood A 2018-19
Caroline Andrew Cath Bagley Elizabeth Andrew
Tim Vickers Andy Wiseman James Lester

Best individual winning % (Playing at least half of their teams fixtures)

1) Nicky Wilford (Poulton Le Fylde) 84.1%
2) Adrian Greenwood ((Kingfisher) 82.8%
3) Andy Wiseman (Fleetwood) 79.2%
4) Caroline Andrew (Fleetwood) 78.4%
5) Jonathan Mosley (Kingfisher) 77.8%
6) Tim Vickers (Fleetwood) 76.6%

Best Ladies Poulton 87.5%
Best Men Kingfisher 77.8%
Best Mixed Fleetwood 74.2%

Division 2
Relegated from division 1 last season both Hesketh A and Kingfisher B made a quick return as they finished in the top 2 places. Champions Hesketh finished 2 points ahead of their rivals after leading the way all season. Kingfisher finished the season strongly winning their last 5 matches comfortably and could have even finished top had they not conceded a match earlier in the season.
Separated by just 1 point Pilling B and Lids B occupied the next 2 places whilst Project 12, promoted last season, claimed a mid table spot.
Fleetwood B spent most of the season in the bottom 2 whilst Stanley A looked to be fairly safe. However in the last 5 matches Fleetwood won 11 points whilst Stanley only won 4. The great escape was only completed in the final week when Fleetwood won and Stanley lost.
Newly promoted Lids C found life difficult in the step up to a higher division.

Hesketh A Division 2 Champions 2018-19
Photo on Blackpool Facebook
Nicky Johnson Sheena Carberry Liz Astbury
Dominic McVittie Richard Percival Mark Crosbie

Best individual winning % (Playing at least half of their teams fixtures)

1) Jane Grey (Pilling) 82.4%
2) Lynne Williams (Kingfisher) 81.8%
3) Sheena Carberry (Hesketh) 77.2%
4) Nicky Johnson (Hesketh) 76.0%
5) Tim Shipway (Pilling) 75.8%
6) Dan Cooper (Lids) 74.0%

Best Ladies Hesketh 82.1%
Best Men Lids & Fleetwood 66.7%
Best Mixed Kingfisher 64.6%

Division 3
Congratulations to Champions Hesketh B - the only unbeaten team in the league! All their full team players won over 70% in a great team effort but it was Andy Manson who managed to win nearly 90% of his games who was undoubtedly the main star.
Kirkham Charter A, relegated from division 2 last season, managed to finish in 2nd place losing only 2 matches, both to Hesketh, and finished 4 points behind them. A further 4 points behind were Ribby Hall A who were also relegated last season whilst Ribby Hall B finished comfortably in mid table.
Kirkham Charter B finished the season very strongly with 10 points from their final 5 matches but it wasn't quite enough as they finished just 1 point behind Stanley B. After a good start, with 2 wins from their first 3 matches, Kingfisher C unfortunately failed to win any more matches.

Hesketh B Division 3 Champions 2018-19.
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Angela Fletcher Vanessa Butcher Jill McMillan
Steve Blackburn Andy Manson Mike Lloyd

Best individual winning % (Playing at least half of their teams fixtures)

1) Andy Manson (Hesketh) 88.9%
2) Ian Chase (Kirkham Charter A) 80.7%
3) Emma Nickson (Ribby Hall A) 80.6%
4) Emma Gilfoyle (Kirkham Charter A) 75.0%
4) Anita Driscoll (Ribby Hall A) 75.0%
6) Steve Blackburn (Hesketh) 73.9%

Best Ladies Ribby Hall A 84.7%
Best Men Hesketh 75.8%
Best Mixed Hesketh 74.2%