January until May
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Lawns were available for nearly all winter with the mild weather bringing out good numbers, especially for the Wednesday competitions.

Meanwhile, the refurbishment of the clubhouse was underway, finishing in mid-April.

The New Zealand Open took place in January with two club members, Ian Lines and Keith Aiton, taking part.

The Wednesday Comp proper started in May with Mike Steer starting his season with a resounding win with 91 points. Other winners in May were Frank Moir (92), Steve Reynolds (91) and Margaret Russell (86).

There were early exits for Bowdon in the Inter-Club (losing Nottingham at home 6-1) and in the Mary Rose (losing to Pendle away 4-3).

The Short Croquet team started off the league season by losing 13-3 at Pendle but followed up with an 8-8 draw at Bury and a 12-4 win at Southport.

In the Midweek league the local derby between Earls and Griffins was won 5-2 by Earls.  Each of the Bowdon teams won their next matches, Earls 6-1 at home to Bury and Griffins 5-2 at Chester.

There was another local game in the Advanced league with Saints just beating Canons 5-4.  Canons then went on to beat Pendle 6-3.

In the Handicap league Firs travelled to Crake but lost 5-2 and in the Golf league Bowdon beat Southport 13-5 at home.
In the first Bowdon CA event of the season, the May Handicap Weekend, Ken Cooper gave away a bucket full of bisques and still won the Reed Cup, beating David Holland +5t in the final.

The beginners' course got going and attracted 25 participants.

The Cheshire team did well to finish 3rd in the Counties with a team which included 5 Bowdon players, Colin Irwin, Ian Lines, Ken Cooper, Alan Mayne and Andrew Winn.

There was a welcome return of Swinging Sunday with Fiona Howard winning the first competition of the year.

June & July

The June Advanced Weekend was won by New Zealander Paddy Chapman, the first overseas player to win the

It was 100 years ago that the club moved to its present location and much fun was had by all at the Centenary Day celebrations.

The Home Internationals were held with David Maugham and Ian Lines representing the winners England and David Walters playing for Wales.

At the Pendle Midweek tournament Barry Keen won the Pennine Trophy (and fastest game competition in 25 minutes) and Peter Hallett (partnered with David Turner) won the doubles.

Ian Lines won the East Midlands Championship beating Robin Brown +1 in the final game of three.

Another win for Ian Lines at Wrest Park and one for Alan Mayne in the Pendle Advanced weekend.

David Walters was runner-up in the Welsh Open.

Ten Bowdon members took part in the NW Federation Croquet Jamboree, played at Southport.

Another Swinging Sunday was held with Fiona Howard winning again.

The social highlight of the season, the Barbecue, was superbly run, as usual, by Colin and Chris Irwin.

The club's own Counties championship was won by Cheshire (SE).

Alan Mayne, Alison Court, Margaret Russell and Patrick Cheyne

In the Northern week there was another win for Ken Cooper in the A-Class, beating Robert Wilkinson in the final. Other winners were Mike Sandler (B-class), Steve Reynolds (C), Charles Harding (Handicap), Phil Eardley/Mike Steer (Advanced Doubles) and Phil Eardley/Sylvia Steer (Handicap Doubles).

The Golf World Championships were held with Ian Lines and David Walters taking part.

Wednesday Competition winners in June/July were Sheila Sandham, Barry Keen (twice), David Holland, Janet Guthrie, Joan Spilsbury and a Margaret Russell/John Saxby dead heat.

 The Longman Cup team went out in the first round to Fylde (5-2).

In the NW Advanced league there were three wins for Saints (on their way to the league title) including a very impressive 9-0 win against Southport. Canons also had a win, 5-4 at Fylde.

Bowdon Firs had a busy time with 5 games in June and July, winning three (Southport at home and Pendle away - both 4-3 and a 6-1 win over Chester at home) and losing two (Pendle away 4-3 and Bury Peelers 6-1). St. Mary's also lost at Coronation Park to the Peelers (4-3) and beat Chester 4-3.

The Earls went to the top of the Midweek league with home wins against Chester and Fylde (both 4-3) but then came a 6-1 loss at Pendle. Meanwhile, Griffins lost away at Bury and beat Pendle at home (both 5-2) and also had a 6-1 defeat by Fylde.

Earls v Fylde

The Short team went through June and July unbeaten with a 15-1 beating of Llanfairfechan, an 8-8 draw at Southport and a 10-6 home win against Fylde.

The Golf team had home wins against Bury North and Culceth (both 10-8) and an 11-7 defeat at Chester.

August - December

The Northern Championships were held at Bowdon and the Faulkner Cup was won by David Maugham for the sixth time. Runner-up and winner of the Bowdon Cup was Keith Aiton and the Tollemache Plate was won by Colin Irwin.

Adam Swinton won the All-England handicap title down at Budleigh Salterton.

Another win for Fiona Howard in Swinging Sunday and one for Andrew Kenyon.

Barry Keen travelled to Geneva to play for the CA against the Swiss CA who won the match 12-6.

Andrew Kenyon followed up his Swinging Sunday victory by winning the Novices trophy.

Ian Lines won the Southport Salver.

Jim Potter, from Newport, won the last Bowdon CA event of the season, the Sheila Black Salver, beating Tony Hudson in the final.

In the Midweek league Earls won one match at home to Westmorland (4-3) and lost one (5-1) in the rain at Southport. Griffins beat Southport 5-2 at home and lost 4-3 to Westmorland.

In the Handicap league Firs won the local derby agaist St. Mary's and also beat Bury Caesars. St. Mary's had a busy time with 6 matches resulting in wins against Crake Valley and Pendle and defeats against the Caesars, Fylde, Southport and Firs.
Saints continued their good run with a 7-2 win against Crake Valley but lost 5-4 at home to Fylde their only defeat of the season. However, 5-4 wins against Pendle and Bury ensured they were the champions. Meanwhile, Canons finished with three defeats but beat Liverpool 8-1 to finish 3rd in the league.

The Short team beat Chester 10-6 and finished as runners-up, 1 point behind winners Pendle.

The Golf croquet team finished their season with a with a 10-8 defeat at Fylde an 8-8 draw with Llanfairfechan (in their first ever match at Bowdon) and a 13-5 win against Bury South. They finished in 5th position.

Bowdon and Llanfairfechan Golf Croquet teams

In the Wednesday Competition there were wins for Barry Keen (twice including Wild Wednesday), Barry McKenzie, Louise Cheyne (twice), Lorna Frost, Joan Spilsbury and Sue Cooper.

Unusually, the Hot Pot supper was held late in the season as the clubhouse was still undergoing its refubishment in April.

The year ended with the AGM, the Annual Dinner and the start of the Winter Oneball competition.