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Some members have started to play bridge base online (bbo) with their friends, see the link on the home page and now includes a get you started guide.

Des King our resident teacher is a long time & regular user of the bbo site and will be more than happy to help you get started & show you ''the ropes'' and even play with or against you. His user name on bbo is desking Why not contact him and give it a go!!

Or you can contact Des via email: or tel no. 07534 482047


There is also a section on playing bridge solo against a computer on a PC or a mobile device, see link on the Latest News page.





In keeping with Governmental advice regarding precautionary measures to be taken in relation to the covid-19 pandemic:

Wigan Bridge Club is closed and will remain so until further notice.

When circumstances allow for the reopening of the club,

notification will be given here, on the Club web site.


Margaret Wilkinson, Honorary Secretary, 16th March 2020

Notice reviewed, no further update 10th June 2020

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Every Sunday starting at 7.00pm: Every Monday starting at 1.00pm: Every Tuesday starting at 10.00am & Every Wednesday starting at 7.15pm


Solo Bridge

If you don't want to use Brdge Base Online I can recommend Bridge V+

Its free and you don't need to be connected to the internet to play .

(but can be bought for a few pounds and this removes adverts and some restrictions.)

I have it on my iPhone and iPad.

I play rubber bridge against the computer.

In the settings you can select to play your own conventions, such as strong 2's, weak NT etc. You can also select the oppositions conventions.

So you can practise playing against different systems or your own system.

There is a hint and help available.

The computer compares your result to its predicted result and you can ask the computer to show you how to bid the best contract and the maximum number of tricks.

Its not totally compliant with ACOL but its great most of the time.

Bride V+ for Android devices

Bridge V+ for Apple devices

BridgeV+ for PC's Windows 10

If you need any help give me a call or send me an email

Trevor Johnson

Bridge Drive
Bridge Drive

Bridge Drive

Sunday 23rd February

The bridge drive and afternoon tea was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone who attended.

The sandwiches, cakes and scones were all home made and donated by the members who made them. All the prizes were donated and a very generous amount given by club members and some of their relatives.

Altogether we raised £440 to donate to the hospice via the Wigan Observer Helping Hands Campaign: £200 in donations and £240 table money.

Very well done everyone who attended, thanks to all who donated and helped on the day.


Proceeds in aid of Wigan Hospice via Wigan Observer
“Helping Hands” campaign.




Wigan A

Congratulations to Wigan A team.

Played Poulton D and won 20-0

Another excellent team performance saw the Wigan team compile their 2nd maximum win of the season overcoming their visitors from the Poulton Club. The team sit on top of the division with a total of 90 VP's, which is now 12 VP's clear league of their nearest rivals Briefield BC who have a total of 78 VP's. How fitting that the final match of the season being against Brierfield away will be the title decider for both teams.

Team: Paul Williams/Mike Nicholson; Dave Metcalf/Mike Shinn; Des King/Trevor Johnson; Ray Mann/Clive Wood.

Glaister Cup
Glaister Cup



Congratulations to Wigan BC member and Assisted Session player Mutsumi Birtwistle partnering another Assisted Session Player, Yukiko Shaw, they are the current holders of the Glaister Cup held in Bolton. The competition is restricted for non-expert/novice players who have an EBU national grading scheme (NGS) rank of less than 10. Both players came through the teaching and training sessions which are held at Wigan BC for our Novice players.

Wigan A

Congratulations to Wigan A team.

Played Preston D and won 19-1

Wigan A team are now the only team in the division to have a 100% winning record for the season to-date and sees them sit clearly at top of the league, 8vp's clear of the Brierfield Team in 2nd place.

Team: Paul Williams/Mike Nicholson; Trevor Johnson/Roger Luckhurst; Ray Mann/Clive Wood; Des King/Mike O'Leary

Wigan & District Teams
Wigan & District Teams

Congratulations to :-

John Gooch, Jean Rosser, June Holland and Anne Wright

Winners of this years

Wigan and District Teams Trophy


The forthcoming Trophy Events for 2019/20 season and past winners honours list pages on the website have now been updated. Could all members please use this list and enter the dates in your diaries again please.


As always in advance of all these dates we will let you know via the ''News Page'' on the Wigan BC website and entry forms will be placed on the club website.


The next trophy event as listed is the Wigan and District Cup which is a teams of 4 event. This will be held on Tueday 28th January starting at 7.30pm.

Current Holders are: Ray Mann/Clive Wood/Gilbert Pierce/Sandra Gray

Next Club Competition
Next Club Competition

Congratulations to Jean Rosser and John Gooch

This years winners of the

Wigan Reporter Cup

Pairs Trophy Competition

Tuesday November 19th



Congratulations to Jean Rosser and Margaret Roberts on winning the Wednesday Afternoon cup with 681.78 points.

The runners-up are Margaret Wilkinson and Joan Prescot with 580.13.

These scores are the total of their best ten percentage scores over the year.

Wigan BC on the Radio
Wigan BC on the Radio

SPREAD THE NEWS, Wigan BC will be hitting the airwaves on the Chris Milow show on local radio station Wish FM.

Chris will be announcing the forthcoming Open Day on 14th September with a ''short plug on his show'' the day before on Friday 13th September between approx 8.30am - 9.15pm.

So let all your friends and family know and get them to listen out for it!!!

Wild Trophy
Wild Trophy

On Thursday 25th July we saw our newcomers and experienced players joining together to compete for the clubs oldest trophy, the 'Wild Trophy'

This is a team event were the last few years we have seen the 'top and most experienced pairs' seeded and then a random draw is made from the newcomers/less experienced pairs to be their teammates - this year as a trail there was a slightly different seeding and draw format.

Congratulations to the wiining team of Margaret Belcher/Jill Jenner & Judy Ryding/Trevor Johnson, Runners up spot went to Joyce Cartwright/Angela Leyland & Kath Yates/Jean Rosser and third place went to Mike Shinn/Dave Metcalf & Judith Peace/Betty Purcell

Thank you to all those who eneterd the competition and also a special mention should go to Paul Mercer who offered to be the non-playing scorer and director for this event and who carried these duties in a competent and efficient manner.

Mixed Pairs
Mixed Pairs

Congratulatios to Kath Yates/Mike Nicholson who are once again this years winners of the mixed pairs trophy. Registering a score of  65.20% they just edged out Jean Rosser/John Gooch into the runners up spot who registered a score of 62.50%. Third place went to Judith Peace/Trevor Johnson who registerd a score of 61.38%. Thank you to all the participants who turned up and supported this event.


The aim of this event was to allow players from different sessions to meet and get to know each other in a relaxed and friendly setting. There was tea and coffee as well as lots of delicious strawberry cakes, scones and tarts provided by Judy and Win. There was also a raffle and many prizes to be won. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

Wigan ad District Teams Cup
Wigan ad District Teams Cup

Our less experieced players progressing from the Assisted Play sessions are continuing to feature well in this seasons Major Club Trophy Events. This time it was the turn of Ray Mann partnering Clive Wood. They teamed up with Sandra Gray/Gilbert Pierce to win this years Wigan and District Teams Trophy. Only 1VP behind in the runners up spot was another team made of 3 players who have progressed from the assisted play sessions; Judith Ryding/Pat Holleron and Trevor Johnson who partnered Judith Peace. Thank you to all the memers who participated on the night.


We are holding a STRAWBERRY DELIGHT BRIDGE DRIVE on Sunday afternoon July 7th from 1.30 till 4.30. It will be a relaxing friendly afternoon of bridge with prizes and a free raffle. Admission is by ticket only, price £5, which includes refreshments of tea and cakes. All proceeds are for bridge club funds. Parking is free on Sundays. Tickets are available from Judith Ryding, Judith Peace and Margaret Wilkinson. No partner is needed as there is a standby. Do come along and support us and enjoy the afternoon.


The secetary queried the method used to score the tie-split of the Ladies Pairs event as there were two winning pairs. Clive then consulted the E.B.U. white book and using their criteria the new winners are Judy Ryding and Pat Holleron. Apologies to those concerned.

Mens Pairs Trophy
Mens Pairs Trophy

Congratulations to Dave Metcalf and Des King who are this years winners of the mens pairs registering a score of 59.38%; runners up spot went to John Gooch and Gilbert Pierce on 58.33%; with Ray Emmanuel and Allan Jolleys in 3rd place with a score of 55.21%.

It was a close run thing in the end with the outcome coming down to the final board of the session whereby Dave and Des lying in 2nd place needed an outright top against opponents John and Gilbert who needed to collect just 1MP to claim the trophy.

John sitting North opened a routine 1NT (12-14), Des sitting East overcalled a natural 2♣  and Gilbert sitting South now bid 2 which became the final contract. An excellent defensive display by Dave on this board ensured that no overtricks were allowed to sneak through and although 2 made for +90 to N/S the other scores revealed 1NT made with an overtrick and +120 to NS and the other result on the board saw EW competing to 3♣ for 1 down vulnerable and a score of -100. So a top on this board to the eventual winners was just enough to see them steal first place.

What is even more remarkable is that Dave had only just completed the lessons last year and this was his debut trophy event. A player to watch out for in the future!!

Thank you to all the particpants who eneterd and a full set of results can be seen on the club website

Monday Afternoon Tea and Cakes

The Monday Afternoon Tea/Cake and Bridge went down well with 4 tables of players and almost £200 raised including the Easter Raffle. Although it was intended as a fun day, there is a result listed which can be found on the website.

Many thanks to Di and Des Seabrook who donated the sandwiches and everybody agreed that it was a great success and look forward to the next one.

A list of prize draw winners is listed on the downstairs notice board.



Two pairs had the same percentage score of 60.42 %. These were Judith Ryding and Pat Holleron, and Jean Rosser and Sandra Gray. The prize money will be split between these two pairs but only one pair can win the cup. After consultation with Michael Nicholson and applying the criteria for a tie split the winners of the Ladies pairs cup for 2019 are Jean Rosser and Sandra Gray. Congratulations to both pairs for an excellent score and thank you to all who took part. 

Afternoon Bridge with Tea & Cake
Afternoon Bridge with Tea & Cake

The club is organising a Bridge with Tea and Cakes on Monday 15th April starting at 1pm.

This intention is to have a casual and fun afternoon of bridge with a break at some stage during the session to sample the delights of homemade cake with tea/coffee.

If that sounds good to you then contact Di Seabrook for more details or better still just turn up on the day to quench your thirst, feed your sweet tooth and exercise your brain.

Cost £5.00

Llandudno bridge weekend and a week in St. Annes

Last weekend nine members of Wigan Bridge Club joined an event organised by Bolton at the Merrion hotel Llandudno. There were twelve and a half tables and everyone was very friendly. Our members won two prizes, one for an evening session, won by Margaret Wilkinson and Joan Prescot and one at a morning session, won by Paul Mercer.The hotel was very good , as was the food and the weather was excellent too. I feel sure we will return next year. Thanks to Sue Pickford from Bolton for organising it so effieiently. Also the previous week Jean Rosser and Kath Yates went to St. Annes and won there so the reputation of Wigan Bridge Club has been upheld.

PRESIDENTS CUP Thursday Evening March 28th 2019

Last night we held the Presidents Cup Duplicate Pairs Competition. There were five full tables. The pair with the highest score was Michael Nicholson and Paul Williams with 62.50%. Unfortunately as Paul is not a member this pair is not eligible to win the trophy and so this goes to the second highest scoring pair Kath Yates and Jean Rosser with 58.50%. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who attended. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Wigan and District Teams

Unfortunately the Wigan and District Teams event which was due to be held on 29th January had to be cancelled due to illness. Hopefully this event will be rearranged. We are sorry for any inconveniece.

The first Trophy Event of the Season will be held on Tuesday 20th November starting at 7.30pm. For those pairs wishing to enter can you please put the name of you and your partner on the form on the notice board located at the bottom of the stairs. The session is open to all non-members and members alike however the Trophy will be awraded to the highest placed Wigan BC pair

Lancashire Congress
Lancashire Congress

Congratulations to Wigan members Mike Nicholson & Des King who partnered up with teammates Stu Norris and Rod Greenhalgh to win this years Lancashire Congress Green Pointed Teams Event. The field of 14 teams saw players travelling from other counties throughout the North West  including several international and professional bridge players. After winning their first match by 18-2 VP's, the team led from start to finish in their 7 matches to amass a massive 100 VP's (over 70% of the total) to end up 15 VP's ahead of the field. So as comfortable winners in the end, the cross imps table also revealed that Mike and Des ended on top quite a way in front of the rest of the other competing pairs. Mike has won this event previously back in 2002 and for Des it is his 3rd win in the last 10 years. For full details and results of the competition follow this link to the Lancashire County Bridge Website.

Beginners Bridge Lessons
Beginners Bridge Lessons

 Wigan Bridge Club Lessons have now started so what are you waiting for - come along and have go.


Once again the lessons have been formatted so that each lesson is an individual lesson on a particular bridge theme(s). So if you already play bridge but want to improve a certain aspect of your game then just turn up on the night and we will help you.


For more details just follow this link to our bridge lessons page......

Wainwright Trophy
Wainwright Trophy

Congratulations to Wigan members Mike Nicholson and Des King who were part of the team to win this years Fylde League Team KO trophy the Wainwright Cup. In the photograph we see Mike and Des with their teammates from left to right: Alan Whittam; Jeff Smith; Paul Evans; John Morrell; Mike Nicholson; Stuart Challinor; Des King; Tony Wilkinson (also played in earleir rounds Angus Kirby and Brian Dormand). In the final they eventually ended up convincing winners by beating a team from the Brierfiled Club in Burnley.