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Club History

The Lloyd Hotel Bowling Club has long been recognised as one of the oldest and most successful clubs in the game of crown green bowling.

The green was laid in 1870 and it is apparent from our history books that even then the Lloyds were involved in competitive matches and fund raising activities.

The first recorded honour our club won was in 1905 when we were "Runners up" in the Lancashire & Cheshire County Bowling Association Supplementary Team Championship. The shield is still on display in our clubhouse today.

In 1928 our club were one of the founder members of the South Manchester Bowling League and acted as the league's headquarters from 1973 until 2000 when the league merged with the Altrincham Institute League to form the Altrincham & South Manchester League.

We were also a founder member of the Manchester Evening News Premier League (now known as the Manchester Premier League) in 1999, even though we did not actually play in the league until 2000. This league is without doubt the strongest crown green bowling league in the country. We have been fortunate to win this league on three occasions in 2005, 2008 and 2012.

The club is also proud to organise the 2nd largest youth bowling competition in the country. The "David Lloyd Youth Competition" is held in the memory of one of the great young players who played for us until his tragic death in 1977. This event commenced in 1978 and it's past winners include Gary Ellis and Andy Buckley to name but two. The competition regularly attracts a field of over 50 youngsters, all of which are 18 or under. So much for bowling being an old man's game!

Over the years our club has raised in excess of £71,000 for various local charities including St Anne's Hospice, Francis House Childrens Hospice and the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We have raised money by holding raffles, tombolas and hosting celebrity bowling matches between both Manchester football clubs. Our greatest achievement however has been to break the Guinness World Record for the longest outdoor bowls match on no fewer than 3 occasions. Our latest successful attempt was in 2008 when from Saturday 25th October at 6.00pm we played till the following Saturday 1st November at 5.00pm (168 hours). For this event alone our members raised just over £19,000.

In 2016 our Vice-President Alan Mooney walked the Pennine Way (268 miles) in 19 days and raised £1,500 for the Christie Hospital NHS Trust in the process.

We have been crowned the British Crown Green Team Champions on two occasions in 2000 & 2006. In 2009 we won the British Crown Green Club Championship after a memorable days bowling at Centre Vale Park in Todmorden. This was followed in 2012 when we won the British Crown Green World Club Championship at Irlam Steel Sports and Recreation Club.

We have won the British Parks Crown Green Team Championship on two occasions in 2011 and 2013. On the last occasion we beat Meersbrook B.C. at Guiseley Bowling Club in West Yorkshire.

As we approach the 2018 season the Lloyds continue to strive to be one of the most progressive bowling clubs around. Over the past few years we have developed our green and surroundings into one of the best you will find in the game of bowls.

We are very lucky to have a fantastic working relationship with the current brewery, J.W.Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd and along with a well organised, hardworking committee we hope to have continued success on and off the green for many years to come.

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