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Snooker-mad Phil scoops Long Service Award
Monday 8th October 2018 @ 10:31 by Mark Phillip

Traditionally the Stalybridge Snooker League rewards players who have been competing for more than 30 years, and this year it was presented to league chairman Phil Vidler, who joined the league in 1985.

He originally played for St Georges as he did for the majority of his league career until he joined the newly formed St Peters with the merger of St Georges and Sportsman, and he still plays for them to this date.

He has played at Dukinfield Town hall for several years before moving to Hassell Street Club when the snooker rooms were closed. Here he helped to start St Georges B and eventually both teams moved to Lime Street Club and then currently to St Peters.

On a personal note Phil has won the individual snooker championship, the whist wooden spoon and both won and finished runner up in the Roy Nelson Snooker double trophy. On a team front his club have won the snooker league title, the whist league, the Taylor Cup and the Gordon Clay trophy on several occasions.

Phil has not neglected his duty to the league and is the current Chairman and treasurer. He has also been captain of St Georges and St Peters. He can play snooker and whist but enjoys playing billiards most of all and is always looking to improve his game as well as the well being of the league. In fact he has recently introduced a Sportsmanship Cup in an attempt to promote sportsmanship throughout the league.

Phil has been an important member of the committee and is well respected by everyone. Congratulations on an award that is well deserved.

By Ian Hopton