picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title Fifty Odd Years on the Bowling Green
Author James Platt
Publisher Blackpool Gazette & Herald Ltd, England
First published 1937
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
18.0 x 12.0
Number of pages 24
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None None
Synopsis James Platt, the author of this pamphlet, won the Talbot Sweep in Blackpool in 1901 and later became greenkeeper, handicapper and referee there, as well as a bowls seller and writer. The contents include:
  • An Account of the Talbot's History
  • Advice to New Bowlers
  • Thoughts on Crowds, Measuring and Striking
  • Tips on Green Care

This is the oldest crown green publication on the site, but the introduction mentions that Platt also produced previous pamphlets in 1906 and 1915. A loose card that came with the pamphlet lists Talbot winners from 1873 when it was first played, to 1936. Further winners to 1941 have been added in pencil, now very faint.