All Our Yesterdays - Part 4: April 1991


30 years ago in April 1991

Our build-up to the 2021 season continues with a look back to the build-up to the 1991 season as our 4-part memory jerker concludes with events in April 1991.

The Griffin Inn winter competitions were reaching their climax with John Aspinal (pictured) lifting the Champion of Champions title by beating Frank Wrathall 21-15 in the final - 17 years after lifting the title for the first time. He beat Norman Wilkinson 21-20 in the 1974 competition. John was a deserving winner of the £200 cash prize having a tough passage to claim his second title and had to beat Ashley Daykin, Tony Wilson and Paul Sigsworth to even reach the final.

The full set of results of the 1991 Champion of Champions competition being:

First Round: B.Morley 21-18 S.Simpson, B.Starkey 21-14 C.Squires, D.Blackburn 21-17 A.Thompson. F.Wrathall 21-7 P.Todd, J.Aspinall 21-16 T.Wilson, A.Dayking 21-14 D.Wright, P.Sigsworth 21-12 R.Hitchen, J.Ineson 21-14 M.Richardson

Quarter-Finals: Starkey 21-9 Morley, Wrathall 21-8 Blackburn, Aspinall 21-17 Daykin, Sigsworth 21-16 Ineson

Semi-Finals: Wrathall 21-17 Starkey, Aspinall 21-15 Sigsworth

FINAL: J.Aspinall 21-15 F.Wrathall

Graham Wilson of Elland at 19-years-old, became the youngest bowler ever to be selected to play for the senior county team. Graham was selected to represent the county in their first Martell Cognac county championship match of the season against Cumbria. He had played for the junior county team in the previous year winning all of his 5 matches to help his team win the Drakes Pride junior county championship.

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