1948 – 1965

In 1948 Don Jenkinson won the Bolton & District Junior 100 yards Championship and the Lancashire County Boys 100 yards Championship.  The Polo Team won the Bolton & District Second Division Championship in the same year.

There is no doubt that the 1950’s was the decade which will be remembered by the Water Polo enthusiasts.

In 1950 Tyldesley won the Lancashire County Second Division Championships and won the Northern Counties Grade Two Champtionship the following year.

In 1954 they won both the Bolton & District and the Manchester & District First Division Championships and the Manchester & District again in 1955.   They won the Manchester & District Knockout Competition again in 1956 and 1957.  The team also regained the Manchester & District First Division Championship in 1957.

Without doubt the finest water polo player connected with Tyldesley at that time was Jack Whittaker.  He played for Lancashire County at Stafford in 1949 and went on to Captain the Lancashire Team for 7 years.  He was a member of the Lancashire Team which won the Championships of England in 1950 and 1951.  He made a major contribution to Tyldesley Swimming Club during the 1950’s.

In 1965, Jack Whittaker left Tyldesley to take up a new appointment in Northampton.  He had been the Club Captain for 15 years and as a mark of respect and appreciation for his services to the club for almost 20 years, the club purchased two trophies in his name, which were engraved “The Jack Whittaker Testimonial Trophy” which are presented to the winner of the Boys and Girls “nominated event” at the Annual Club Championships each year.

In  1965 Tyldesley won the Bolton & District Junior Males Squadron Championship  and headed the Bolton Age Group Competition in the same year.