1930                                                                                1912




William Tomkins Leonard was born in  June1877 in Cheltenham and along with Charles Baker was a founding member of  the Cheltenham and District Skittle League in 1906. William Leonard became the Treasurer of the league  and remained in that position until the out break of the Great war. Charles Baker becoming the League Secretary. William Leonard worked for many years as a compositor at the Gloucestershire Echo moving on to the Bath Herald before returning to Cheltenham and joining Messrs Harvey and Healing. In 1912 he became the Licensee of the Whitesmiths Arms in Gloucester Road, Cheltenham moving on to the Coach and Horses in Pittville in April 1919.He was the Hon. Secretary of the Cheltenham Rugby Club at the time of his death in March 1932 aged 54 years.




 William Bridgen was President of the Working Mens Club Skittles team. He was a Bowls player for the Norwood Bowls Club.









Arthur William Ryder ( Bill ) in 1910

Little Crown

Prince of Wales


          The Ryder Family

  Bill in 1912                                             Bill in 1919                                 'Bill' in 1933

Arthur William Ryder played skittles for the Prince of Wales. Arthur was the father of Ivor Ryder, President of

the Cheltenham Skittles League from1948 'til 1973. Arthur was Landlord of the Little Crown in Commercial Street in 1903

and the Prince of Wales 1919-1927. He was on the committee of Skittle League and the Cheltenham Air Gun Club.

Played bowls for the Exmouth and Norwood Bowls Clubs and the County from 1907-1910 and was County singles champion in 1909


Below is Bill Ryder's son Ivor who became President of the reformed skittle league




Tom Crook  in 1912

Tom Crook was the Landlord of the Tivoli Inn in 1919-27. In 1911 he had the best average in the league and took the Arthur Miller prize

and Tivoli Inn were champions in 1911-12



Sid Tibbles in 1912


Sid Tibbles ( born 1878 died Cheltenham 1963) was one of best players in the early days and won many  medals playing for the Royal Oak in the High Street. He was born in Birmingham and was brought to Cheltenham by parents Sidney  (Snr) and Emily  when they became Landlord and Landlady of the Coopers Arms in 1891 in the Strand and later at the Engineers Arms in 1919 by 1926 / 27 Emily was Landlady. Sid (Jnr) was a hairdresser by trade. He was always invited to attend all  end of season dinners whatever the team as he played the piano  and all functions finished with a sing song.


Charles Oliver Dickins

President 1913-14




J. Gardner


League Secretary 1938-40


J. Gardner played for the Royal Oak 1910 onwards winning many trophies and his scores showed he was amongst the best.

When the league reformed in 1938 he became the Cheltenham Skittle League Secretary from 1938 'til 1940. He is the connection between the earlier league

along with A.E. Sankey  (Below) Who became of the reformed league 1938-1940








Vice President 1913



Photographs of known players

F. Hillenbrand played for the Angle Stores had the highest score in 1915-16 season with 36 (3 hands)

was a regular in the top scores in the 'Sporting Gossip' in the Echo.




Syd Barnes   played cricket for Gloucestershire


 Arthur  Vincent Moxey (34157) Private.6th. Dorset Regt.

Died from wounds in France on the 19th. September 1918.

Arthur  played fro the Sun and Shakespeare and was one of the

top players and mentioned many times in the Echo  'Sporting Gossip'

Frederick Ewart Bridgman (13335) Sergeant-10th.Gloucestershire 

Regt. .Killed in action in France on the 25th. September 1915.

Played for the Angle Stores, off Great Norwood Street.

Another of the top players mentioned weekly in the Echo 'Sporting Gossip'


Frederick  George Gardner. Royal Field Artillery.

Killed in action in France on the 25th. July 1916.

Played for the Adam and Eve.


Daniel William Sullivan (2569) Corporal-1/5 Gloucestershire Regt.

Killed in action in France on the 21st. July 1916.

Played for the Royal Oak-High Street.

Edward William Ford (9500) Private -2nd. Gloucestershire Regt.

Killed in action in Belgium on the 13th. May 1915.


Francis Herbert Webb (12159) Private-14th. Gloucestershire Regt.

Died of wounds in France on the 24th. May 1918.


Frank Jakeway (12283) Private -7th. Gloucestershire Regt.

Killed in action at Gallipoli  on the 12th. August 1915.

Played for the Sun.

William Henry Taylor (9827) Private -7th. South Staffordshire Regt.

Killed in action at Gallipoli on 9th. August 1915.

Played for the Working Mens Club - High Street.

Frederick Williams (7839) Private - 1st. Prince of Wales's Own

(North Staffordshire Regt.)

Killed in action in Belgium on the 10th. June 1915.

Played for the Somerset.

Wilson Barrett Winter.

Died in Ireland  on the 14th. March 1919.

Played for Rose and Crown.

Harold James Newman (18904) Corporal - 1st.Coldstream Guards

Killed in action in Belgium on the 31st.July 1917.

Played for the Crown. Mentioned many times with top weekly score