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