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News comes through to me of the passing of Vinnie Fletcher who was a long time member of the Waddington Con Club in the 70's & 80's, who won several titles and individual cups in his near 25 years of playing in the Southport Snooker League. A loyal servant to the Waddington club, he made his debut in 1975 playing for the 3rd division C Team, where he played a big part in helping them win the title losing just the 1 game out the 12 he played that season. Vinnie then played a key role in the success of that team the following season when topping the rankings for both team and division, his 17 wins from his 21 played saw the Waddy C team come runners in the 2nd division to S & B B and so double promotions on two consecutive years.

His debut season in the 1st division didn't bring him or the team any joy in terms of hitting the heights like their previous seasons but they did have their big brother A team to contend with who won the 77/78 season that year with a team full of stars namely Graham Booth, Billy Defty, Ronnie Brooks, Keith 'KK' Kennedy and a certain Mr Les Dodd. But the season wasn't a total loss for he did manage to win the Birch Pairs with the help of John Hames to claim his first Individual title of his playing career. His next Individual title came when playing for the soon to be serial title winning British Rail A team when he took the Marshall Handicap title in '81 only to go back to the Waddy the following year to play for the A team now.

Although that Waddy team never managed to win another 1st division title with Vinnie in the side he did manage to win one more Individual title when becoming the very first winner of the newly created JW Blyden Handicap Trophy in 1987, something i am sure he would have been very proud to do so.

Although Vinnie hasnt played snooker for over 20 years now, living well in to his 90's, I am sure he will be fondly remembered for his time in the Southport Snooker league. Our thoughts go out to his family a close friends.

Rest in Peace Vinnie Fletcher

Past players who have left us recently...

Tony Hornby, June 2020, Tommy Tickle, November 2020, Arthur Wareing December 2020.

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