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Bleadon Racers Skittle Team (click for Blog or Statistics/Pics)


STOP PRESS: Racers are back at Lympsham Sports Club Pavilion for the 2019/20 season.


They play at 8pm on most Monday nights in Division 3 of The Weston-Super-Mare and District Skittle League. The skittle season runs approximately from September to April and we are always happy to welcome new and experienced players. If you are interested in joining then please contact us


After many previous enjoyable seasons at Lympsham Sports Club, last year Racers decided to move for the 2018/19 season to Weston-super-Mare Football Club (Alley 2) but although very grateful to WSMFC for their hospitality, the call of the rural community environment was too strong and so they are now back 'home' at 'The Pav'. 


A Bit of Bleadon Skittle History

Weston Mercury report close of alley in March 2006


Originally there was a skittle alley provided for the village at the Coronation Hall as mentioned in their deed, but this alley was removed to build the Jubilee Room as an alley had been created for the team who had then played as and at, The Queens Arms, Bleadon (this also saved the sticker-up running up from the Hall to the pub to get 'refreshments'). Butcombe Brewery bought the pub in 2004/5 and then in 2006 decided to demolish (rather than re-furbish) the skittle alley in favour of replacing it with a seldom used outside patio/smoking area (a strange decision made even stranger as they sponsor the WSMD skittle league)!  


So, the team were then effectively homeless (as well as the Ladies and Hunt league teams) and thus faced folding. After six decades of playing they wanted to continue so sought refuge and welcome at nearby Lympsham Sports Club, where initially renamed as The Queens and then Bleadon Racers, they were very happy to find that with new balls, traditional skittles is still alive and well and the beer is very much cheaper!


In an ideal world The Racers hope that the Queens Arms (or more specifically, its owners) would see the error of their ways by building a new alley and bringing the Racers 'home'. It could gain the pub some welcome extra revenue in the winter nights (casual estimates suggest a potential lost income of over £250,000 since the alley was demolished and teams left 13yrs ago), but alas that would currently appear a distant dream! 


Bleadon Skittle Team Honours (from WSMDSL website)

1931 - Division 2 Winners - Bleadon Sports (original team at Coronation Hall, then also based at Queens Arms when CH alley was removed!!)

1949 - Division 3 Mayors/Hospital Cup Winners - Queens Arms

1950 - Division 3 Mayors/Hospital Cup Winners - Queens Arms

1985 - Division 3 Mayors/Hospital Cup Winners - Queens Arms

1990 - Division 3 and also Mayors/Hospital Cup Winners - Bleadon Sports

Also individual finalists C Butler London Bridge 2019,2020 and M Dyer Singles 2020


Link to Blog

Also in an exciting last game of the 2012/13 season, Racers won by just one pin and thus finished runners-up and were promoted after 10 years absence back up to Division 3 for 2013/14 season. However, the league was re-structured from 4 into 3 divisions for 2016/17 season and although Racers were then put in Division 2, they unfortunately earned 'relegation' back to the basement Division 3 for 2017/18!  (see blog and statistics below for details).


A Spot of Weather!!!

Posted on 14th December, 2017

Racers Hit A Spot Of Weather !!!


A visit to the atmospheric Worle Century Club was always going to be a good barometer of the Racers credentials following a recent flurry of improved results…….


Forecasts of a bright and breezy start quickly turned chilly as the opening set of G’Day (34) Hobbit (36) and Tony ‘Whirlwind’ Warren (21 )….Yes that’s not a mis-print….(21)….had a turbulent time coming to terms with the tricky conditions to leave the outlook decidedly cloudy going down by a bracing -28.


The low pressure over Worle turned into a deep depression as ‘Chip Shop’ Burnley (29)…..Not a mis-print……Eddy ‘Biologically Clean’ Bayntun (29)…..not a mis-print and Tony ‘Tornado Tourettes’ Derrick (63) ………Sorry that’s a mis-print ! (33) suffered a -8 reversal to leave the Racers at a sub-zero -36 on the night.


Visibility seemed to be improving as Jimbo ‘Nimbus’ Nipper (40), Diddy Dave ‘Monsoon’ Mawford (30)……Not a mis-print and Tony ‘Typhoon’ Petitt (40) briefly found themselves in the eye of the storm but still ended up becalmed and unable to make headway, losing the third set and leaving the Racers in a deepening trough.


The tenacious Racers motto however, is ‘Sed non deficere esset crap nos’ ( look it up….. ) and that motto was put to the test as Clive ‘ The Cyclone’ Williams (31)…..Not a mis-print, George ‘Light Drizzle’ Davis (39) and Chris ‘Blustery’ Butler (31)….(that’s the averages screwed !! ) saw the Racers succumb to severe frostbite and plummet to a -16 defeat although it felt colder in the icy wind chill of this unforgiving alley..!


So with the Century basking in the bright sunshine of the upper stratosphere the outlook for the Racers is looking a little overcast on the promotion front after this whiteout…!


Psychologically Disturbed Burnley


Century Club v Racers

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Bleadon Racers Statistics

Current and past season league fixtures, results and player averages (A very big thanks to Charles Reeves for producing the originals).

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