The G.W. Simpson Cup
The Simpson Cup
(singles merit) - The Simpson has a different format from the usual one day format being a drawn merit played for throughout the season. The competition is a popular one
where players seem to enjoy the relaxed progression of the tournament. The is played for in
memory of G. W. (Billy) Simpson who was a stalwart of the club for at least 40 years. Billy was a part of the all conquering Myrtle team of the 1930's and his name crops up now and again in Myrtle history.
George William (Billy) Simpson Born in Bingley 3 June 1888;
Occupation, Draper; Address, 15 Clyde Street. Bingley
Married Emma Pitt (aged 32) in 1925
In 1901, Billy lived , at 22 Bradley Street, Bingley with his father, George, mother, Annie and his 3 sisters, and one brother Ada
(b1887), Florrie (b1893) and, Ann Elizabeth (b1898) and, Walter (b1889). Billy also had a step sister, Harriet Wood who was Annie's daughter from a previous marriage.
In 1911, prior to getting married, Billy lived at 9 Lyndon Terrace, Bingley with his, now, widowed mother Annie and his siblings.
At this time, Billy worked in a woollen mill with his occupation listed as 'Worsted'.
At some point between 1911 and 1935, Billy left the mills and became a draper. Records show. There was just Billy and Emma
at 15 Clyde Street in 1939. Given Emma would be 46 years old in 1939, it is unlikely Billy had any children.
Billy won the Upton Cup in 1957 and again in 1966, the Atkinson in 1954 He also won the Alf Fowler Pairs in 1967 partnering
P Sutcliffe. Billy's major achievement was winning the Yorkshire County Parks Merit in 195, one only 3 (currently) Myrtle Park players to achieve this.
Billy passed away in 1971 aged 83 following Emma's passing 2 years earlier in 1969. The following year (1972), we began
competing for the Simpson Cup in his memory. The cup is hallmarked silver and it remains a mystery who donated the cup.
Thank you to Mick Balmer for the registrar and census records and to Lynne Ramsden who remembers Billy bowling with her
Granddad, Charlie Coates.
Simpson Cup Winners