Martins' Sporting Life

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It would seem to be fairly straightforward – the staging of the annual meeting between the men and ladies of Liverpool and Manchester Districts, to play a tennis tournament and be cheered along by their many fans.  However, the Summer of 1955 is NOT so straightforward, as many members of the Bank’s Staff – particularly those higher up the chain of command – are in conference behind closed doors to try and make sense of Chancellor Rab Butler’s plans for the British Economy!  Undaunted, and in the case of Liverpool with only FOUR supporters, the galant teams play on, and the tournament is covered in Martins Bank Magazine’s Autumn Number.  Our feature benefits from some original photographs from the private collection of Beryl Creer, who as Beryl Evans can be seen on the far right hand side of the Girls’ Team picture below…

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1955 03.jpgMANCHESTER very kindly arranged for the end of the long Summer drought to be postponed for one day so the annual trial of skill between the two Districts could be held on the traditionally perfect day. The Government were not equally considerate and did their very indirect best to reduce the attendant supporters to a minimum.  While the girls and the fellows from both Districts disported themselves in the bright sunshine (the men in clouds of red dust from the hard courts) the senior officials who should have been there to give them the encouragement of their presence and the benefit of their advice were sitting in solemn conclave in Liverpool and Manchester with wet cloths round their heads working out plans to help the Chancellor of the Exchequer keep the country on an even keel.  Liverpool were only able to raise four supporters, two of them being reserve players. Manchester did a bit better and managed to release Mr. Shenton to come along and act as host for the occasion.  We were also pleased to see Mrs. Shenton and their two children, the latter doing some able work alternately as ball girls and drink attendants.  Mr. S. Herbert was also present.  Later in the day Harold Gresty and Wally Lawrence arrived to add to the very warm welcome accorded to Liverpool and at the close of the play every­one repaired to the Brooklands Hotel for an excellent meal, fol­lowed by a short speech by Mr. Shenton, to which the Editor responded on behalf of the visitors.  The result was a win for Liver­pool in both the men's and the girls' matches. Liverpool men won by 6 events to 3, 11 sets to 7, and 88 games to 81. Liverpool girls won by 7 events to 2, 13˝ sets to 4˝ and 93 games to 65, the overall result being 13 events to 5.

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1955 Inter-District Tennis Liverpool and Manchester Girls  - Beryl Creer MBA.jpg

1955 Inter-District Tennis Liverpool and Manchester Boys - Beryl Creer MBA.jpg

The Liverpool and Manchester Girls – Image © Beryl Creer

The Liverpool and Manchester Men – Image © Beryl Creer

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The Details Results are as follows:

 

MEN'S DOUBLES

 

P. J. Randle and R. Talbot beat S. R. Heathcote and J. S. Laver 6-6, 6-2, lost to E. Mellor and R. Smith 6-6, 2-6, and beat C. A. Ashworth and H. M. Isherwood 6-2, 6-1.

 

W. D. Ambrose and J. B. Barrett lost to S. R. Heathcote and J. S. Laver 2-6, 1-6, beat E. Mellor and R. Smith 6-4, 6-6, and beat C. A. Ashworth and H. M. Isherwood 7-5, 6-4.

 

J. C. Stockdale and P. Humphreys beat S. R. Heathcote and J. S. Laver 6-6, 6-3, Jost to E. Mellor and R. Smith 2-6, 2-6, and beat C. A. Ashworth and H. M. Isherwood 6-4, 6-2.

 

LADIES' DOUBLES

 

Miss B. Evans and Miss A. McPherson halved with Miss M. Cumberbirch and Miss M. Foulkes 1-6, 6-3, beat Miss M. Worthington and Miss K. Worthington 6-3, 6-2, and beat Miss J. Chadwick and Miss B. Parkinson 6-1, 6-2.

 

Miss M. Kehoe and Miss M. Roberts beat Miss M. Cumberbirch and Miss M. Foulkes 6-4, 6-4, Miss M. Worthington and Miss K. Worthington 6-3, 6-6, and Miss J. Chadwick and Miss B. Parkinson 6-0, 6-1.

 

Miss H. M. Buckley and Miss P. Brightman halved with Miss M. Cumberbirch and Miss M. Foulkes 1-6, 7-5, halved with Miss M. Worthington and Miss K. Worthington 6-3, 2-6, and halved with Miss J. Chadwick and Miss B. Parkinson 6-4, 4-6.

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1955 Inter-District Tennis Liverpool vs Manchester Mr Shenton and Teams Beryl Creer MBA

The Liverpool and Manchester Teams – Image © Beryl Creer

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