The History of the Sheffield Students Tenpin Bowling Club

by Dave Antcliffe – (originally 1/3/74, then revised for 30th Anniversary 4/5/97)

It all started in 1967 when Fuzz Jordan the club founder, said something like:

… and here we are today, 50 years on, and still enough of us to put up a good team; . . er, well at least a team.

In January 1968 the first ball was bowled by the then Sheffield University Tenpin Bowling Club (SUTBC) at the Mecca Bowl, Queens Road (may she rest in peace). My memory of those days is a little cloudy but I think there were thirteen four-man teams and it cost us 1 Shilling per game.

At the end of the season we challenged Leeds University to a match. They were National Champions that year, but we hammered them at Leeds on the 30/6/68 and they wouldn’t speak to us, so we went to the bar. This was the start of what was to be a successful five years and many bars.