Many happy re­turns as Bill cel­e­brates 90th

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY JIM BOOTH

THIS week saw two ma­jor mile­stones at the South­port Ta­ble Ten­nis Club - vet­eran mem­ber Bill Bradley cel­e­brated his 90th birth­day and also notched up 65 years play­ing for the club.

In those days, new mem­bers had to be in­tro­duced and elected at a Com­mit­tee Meet­ing, so on 27 Au­gust 1953 Bill was pro­posed by another longserv­ing mem­ber, the late Dave Ashby, and sec­onded by a Miss Har­ley.

Bill played his way up through the teams and soon be­came a reg­u­lar in the first divi­sion, and by 1957 he was lead­ing the B team to sec­ond place, just be­hind the C team.

In 1960, 1962 and 1963 he was part of the A team which won both Divi­sion One and the Anon Cup.

Although the South­port club’s glory days of the 50s and 60s are long gone, Bill has con­tin­ued to play a big part in the run­ning of the club and was sec­re­tary for many years be­fore be­com­ing chair­man.

In­deed, his wis­dom and ser­vice were recog­nised by his be­com­ing an Hon­orary Life Mem­ber of the South­port League.

To help Bill cel­e­brate these mile­stones, South­port Club mem­bers com­peted for the newly named Bill Bradley Hand­i­cap Plate.

The fi­nal be­tween two new mem­bers of the club, Mark Barnes and Ogi Kos­tov, re­sulted in 16-year old Ogi nar­rowly tak­ing the tro­phy in a crack­ing fi­nal to com­plete a won­der­ful even­ing for the man of the mo­ment.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Bill.

South­port Ta­ble Ten­nis Club’s Bill Bradley has cel­e­brated his 90th birth­day. He is pic­tured with club mem­bers and the Bill Bradley hand­i­cap Plate

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