June 2018 Pontins Cue

June 2018

A phone call from Bob Tonge, who for many years was the person who ran the North West Billiards & Snooker Association and even at 85 years of age still is a stalwart of the Bolton Association, asking if a home could be found to pre serve one of the old North West Association cups.

The cup in question had been presented to the North West Billiards & Snooker Association for the 1963/64 season for "The North West Individual Snooker Champion" by Frederick Pontin. On the winners band are some recognisable names of talented players who went on to professional success. John Spence won the cup in 1964/65 and again in 1965/66, John Virgo won it in 1975/76.

Pontins Cup Picture

 The cup now on display in the Heritage Collection

The report of the competition was reported in the November 1964 issue of Billiards & Snooker :-

Pontins Cup More Info

In the following December issue the front page picture showed the first presentation. George Scott a famous name on Merseyside was the runner up but he did win it in the 1966/67 season.

Pontins Cup Info

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