Formby Lawn Tennis Club was founded in the 1880's and still going strong today!
Formby Lawn Tennis Club was founded in the 1880’s when the construction of a railway line between Liverpool and Southport transformed Formby from a fishing village, into a pleasant haven for Victorian merchants. The club leased a plot of land from Formby Cricket Club and remained a relatively small concern until the end of the First
World War. Our records, pre 1934 are somewhat sketchy but, we do hold a trophy from 1891 presented to the club by the Officers of the 4th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.
Between 1920 and 1937, the club, in conjunction with the Cricket Club, hosted one of the biggest open tournaments in the North of England. The event was attended by the top
international players of the day and also by members of the Australian Davis Cup team.
The 1950’s and 1960’s saw a significant increase in membership with the club acquiring more land and constructing hard courts to compliment the grass playing areas. The club was honoured in 1985 when it was asked to host an International match between England and Ireland.
F.L.T.C. was gifted the freehold of the land in 2002 and with six courts (artificial grass) which are all floodlit, the club enjoys an envious green space alongside the cricket club. In 2009 the club underwent a complete modernisation programme starting with the refurbishment of the interior and culminating in the replacement of the all weather courts in 2013.
In the same year, the club was awarded the “Clubmark” status (now updated as Tennis Mark) and held a marquee event in its own grounds to celebrate 125 years of tennis at Gores Lane. Members and visitors alike can now enjoy these up to date facilities, including a large free car park, whilst the clubhouse retains the charm of yesteryear, in this leafy
suburb of Formby.
We currently have 6 teams playing in the local leagues with a full list of friendly fixtures against our neighbouring clubs. We cater for all ages and all abilities with the emphasis on family membership and run social events including family BBQ’s in the summer months. Our highly qualified club coach is available for group or one to one coaching so if you would like to join this friendly club please contact Gerry on 07964-983448 or go to our website www.formbyltc.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you!
1937 TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
B.Howard Baker E.Duke N.L.Murphy Dr A.K.P.Tobin
J.M.W.Boyd Hon Sec C.C. W.Radcliffe C.R.Walmsley
E.A.G.Caroe S.M.Farmer Dr E.L.Roberts Captain Formby C.C.
N Casdagli B Hacking I.W.Roper J.B.Walmsley
S.E.Charlton W.H.Hickie W.J.Stead Hon Treasurer
J.C.Clarke T.B.Job Dr N.B.Sykes Dr A.C.Wilson
H.F.Collinson S.J.Lister N.A.Taylor N.I.Wood
R.F. Daglish W.P.R. Mawdsley G.C.
Hon Treasurer JOHN CONEY
Hon Secretaries STANLEY LISTER
Referee and Handicapper CYRIL MARRIOT
List of Players – Price Sixpence