League to mark its own century break
It has been a remarkable journey for the Grimsby Billiards and Snooker League.
The league that we know today was first formed in the 1913/14 season with just a small group of ten teams – such was the popularity of the sport, that by 1930 there were five divisions.
Unfortunately, from that date, a gradual decline of billiards began, but we are proud to say that we still have a league today.
The league has maintained its continuous activity, even throughout the two major wars.
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An example of its value to the community at the time was underlined in the aftermath of World War II, when a total of £6,176 was raised by the league for national and local charities.
We are now in our centenary season, some of these teams have come and gone but we're pleased to say that two clubs – Clee Cons and West End – are still major forces in the league today.
In the coming months, as part of our centenary celebrations, we plan to highlight the league's achievements by honouring those people who have made it what it is today.
And what better place to start than with the original – Grimsby's 'Mr Snooker', the late Frank Templeman.
We think that anyone who served on the league's committee should be proud, but Frank's record of 62 years service may never ever be equalled.
During his many years with the league he held every post except secretary, and was also our representative for the Lincolnshire League as a founder member.
Frank was also a very active member of the World Snooker Association as it is now called.
However, he was better known as 'Cueman', the name he went under when writing for the then Grimsby Evening Telegraph.
His billiards and snooker column was the envy of many associations up and down the country and it was a role he filled on our behalf for 50 years.
His involvement with the league started in 1930 and continued until his death in 1992.
During that time, he was treasurer from 1951 to 1969, vice chairman and then chairman before taking on the the role of president until his death.
His contribution should never be forgotten.
Our centenary celebrations will officially begin on Sunday, November 11 with a snooker handicap knockout with a difference at The Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre.
Each entrant will be given a handicap and at the start of each round, players will be given the option of buying extra points to add to their handicap.
These points will cost 25p each with a maximum of 20 points being the limit. There will be prizes for the winner and runner-up.
The entry fee is £5, and the event will get underway at 1pm.
To help us celebrate our centenary season, and to raise funds, the league are also running a raffle.
Tickets are on sale now from The Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre and are priced at £1 for a strip of five.
Among the prizes are two tickets to either the semi-finals or the final of the Professional Premier Snooker League which will be held at the Grimsby Auditorium on the weekend of Saturday, November 24.