Mike's Pool Playing Career
I've been playing competitive pool in the Bedford Pool League since that fateful evening in 1983 when Bruce at the Wolseley Arms tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I fancied playing pool for them that Tuesday.
Since then I've played for the Wolseley Arms, the Wellington, The Crown, The Queen, The Angel, The Clarence, Esquires, the Russell Park Club and now back to Esquires.
The photo above is of the victorious Angel pool team of 1995, after being presented with their Winners' trophies for the 1st Division Championship. L-R : Jonny Harlow, Paul Haeney, Steve Farrow, Mike MacKechnie, Steve Matthews, Gary Coull, Pete Fincham.
I currently play for the Esquires 'B' pool team.
I maintain a league table showing how each player in the team is performing - it's just for a laugh, but it does engender a friendly spirit of competitiveness within the team and it also gives me a chance to practice my Excel skills.
You'll be able to see the latest league table when I get the chance to put it together .
My pool playing career has not been without its share of successes. The table below shows the list of honours that are cluttering up my trophy cabinet.
|Summer League Group Winners||2005||Esquires|
|Summer League Group Winners||2002||Russell Park Club|
|Summer League Group Winners||2000||Russell Park Club|
|Summer League Group Winners||1999||Russell Park Club|
|Summer League Knockout Winners||1999||Russell Park Club|
|Triples Losing semi-finalist||1997/98||Esquires|
|1st Division Winners||1996/97||Esquires|
|Knockout Cup Runners Up||1996||Esquires|
|Summer League Group Winners||1996||Esquires|
|Summer League Division 1 Winners||1995||Angel|
|Division 1 Winners||1994/95||Angel|
|Division 2 Runners Up||1993/94||Angel|
|Division 3 Runners Up||1992/93||Angel|
|Finalist||1990||SMCD (Works Team)|
|Team Champions||1988||SMCD (Works Team)|
|Summer League Losing Semi-finalists||1985||Wolseley Arms|