Golden Oldies can still wipe the table

The Golden Oldies are (from left) Rodney Houghton (69), Tony Branch (64), Nigel Skelly (52), Steve Smith (55), Mick Dolton (68), Vince Webster (67) and Colin Russell (66). Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG200312-468MD
The Golden Oldies are (from left) Rodney Houghton (69), Tony Branch (64), Nigel Skelly (52), Steve Smith (55), Mick Dolton (68), Vince Webster (67) and Colin Russell (66). Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG200312-468MD

THEY might be called the Golden Oldies or the “Has-beens”, as Drayman’s Arms landlord Tony Branch puts it, but the pub’s B team for pool – with a combined age of 432 – has slaughtered the opposition so far this season.

The seven men, all aged between 52 and 69, won 9-0 in their first match in the Hart-Marler Spalding and District Thursday League, and went on to win their three three opening games.

Tony adds: “The team that won the league last year only lost one game and our team was the one to beat them.”

Tony and his partner Mary Barnett may be treating his fellow Golden Oldies to a meal as the pub has a tradition that if a team wins the league at darts or pool they are given a night out in the pub.

Tony admits the game involves skill and “a little bit of luck”.