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History of the Wednesday Snooker League

The Wednesday Snooker League first started in October 1961 with eight teams, the league was originally run by committee members of the Colwyn Bay and District Thursday Snooker League, after three years the Wednesday Snooker League set up their own committee to run the league and it has stayed that way ever since.

The Wednedsay league opened its doors to one table venues which over the years helped to entice pubs, clubs and other venues with one table to play league snooker as the Colwyn Bay and District Thursday snooker League up to this day still only allow venues with a minimum of two tables into the league.

The league’s first season consisted of Teams from Colwyn Bay Conservatives, Conwy British Legion, Dolgarrog Legion, Llandudno Crosville, Llandudno Legion, Red Lion Hotel and the Ship Old Colwyn entered two teams. Up until January 2013 Llandudno Legion were the only surviving team from the original eight still playing in the Wednesday League.

There have been as many as thirty six teams in the Wednesday League and as few as eight, teams have come and gone, but the league remains as strong as ever.

When the Wednesday Snooker League was at its best entries it had two leagues of eighteen with promotion and relegation, which made it a very competitive league, not only at the top of the two leagues but also for the teams not wanting to be relegated.

The two leagues of eighteen teams was reduced to three leagues of twelve after two years as the season was too long for many players.

One highlight over this period was the sponsorship of the Wednesday Snooker League by a certain Mr Eddie Charlton, or Steady Eddie as he was known on the Professional Snooker Circuit. Mr Charlton was staying in the Rhos-on sea golf club where he was conducting his business from and also playing in many professional tournaments up and down the UK. and also many abroad. His sponsorship certainly helped the league financially at that time.

The entries for the competitions at this time were the highest they had ever been and the individual competition reached numbers of around one hundred and seventy entries, this was snooker at its most popular period, that year the individual champion was Dave Hughes from the Llanddulas Quarry Club.

After the success of snooker globally in those past few years, local snooker entries went into a steep decline, many teams were never seen again and at this present time the Wednesday league has only nine teams.

There have been many successful teams over the years that the Wednesday league has been going, such as Ship Old Colwyn, The Quarry Club Llanddulas, Junction Labour, Crosville, Rhos On Sea Golf Club, Penmaenmawr, Colwyn Bay Cricket Club, Llandudno Cons.

There have been many good players in the Wednesday League, Jim Doherty, Mike White, Eryl Richards, Dave McCabe who played for Sheldons in Llandudno and to this day holds the league’s highest break of 117 made against the current league secretary Eddy Scott, Iwan Griffiths, Steve Hughes, Gareth Davies, current high break holders Richard King and Daniel Jones, budding professional Ross Jones and many, many more.

The one player that stands out from all the best players who have played in the Wednesday league is Martin Richardson, who has managed to become the Individual Champion on no less than ten occasions, playing strong match snooker. He has also won the doubles competition with partner Eddy Scott nine times. This really is some achievement considering the quality players that have played in the Wednesday league and the league are proud to have Martin in its ranks, a very difficult player to beat.

Over the years committee members have come and gone, but all have contributed to the welfare of the Wednesday snooker league and are thanked for their efforts in making the league what it is today. Past committee members include Eifion Lewis, John Jones, John Owen, Ken Edwards, Jim Freeman, Peter Hudson, Jim Hurley, Keith Mangnall, Don James, Dyfrig Thomas, Bill Davies, Jim Doherty, Roy Jarvis, Roger Jones, and to the present day Chris Black, Eddy Scott and Tony Cannon (who has been drawing up the fixtures for close to 25 years now.) Some of the members listed above are not with us anymore, but they will always be remembered by those that knew them.

We shouldn’t forget the old stagers either; players like Dennis Eccles and Bill Curran who have been playing in the League for a very long time and almost from the start.

The league has had many teams over the years, many have now disappeared but some players may remember the venues. Abergele Squash Club, Llanddulas Hall, DOERTA, St Joseph’s, Colwyn Bay Conservative Club, RAF Club Llandudno, Llandudno  Crosville, le Sport, K.L. Club, Colwyn Bay Police, Llandudno Fire Service, Tafarn y Garrog Social Club have all come and gone to name just a few; memories indeed.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and maybe it brought back memories for some of the players who have been with us over the years.