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Ingley seals a place among all-time greats

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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NUMBER seven has been reached in the countdown of the greatest pool players of the last 30 years in the East Staffs League.

The number seven lady is Lynn Ingley, who started off playing in the early 1980s and in the 1983/84 she played in the first ever ladies singles final, just losing out to Denise Key.

A year later, the same two ladies met again and this time Ingley was the victor.

Then, 1985 proved a very special year for pool marriages as Transport star Gilda Horvath married Superleague star Mick Baxter, Teresa Pelech, skipper of ladies champions Star & Garter, married Barry Johnston, and two Derby Turn stars, Tim Hobson and Elaine Sendell, also got hitched.

Lynn Draycott, as she was then, was part of the ladies champions side and also skippered a men’s team at the Crown in Stapenhill.

Not only did she win the Winger Singles in 1984/85, she followed up with the first-ever Summer Singles competition, also in 1985.

This meant she reached the final of the first three ladies singles competitions, winning the last two.

She then celebrated by becoming the fourth pool marriage of the year as she tied the knot with team-mate Steve Ingley.

Two years later, in 1986/87, she reached the second ladies doubles final — the first in the Winter League — and won it with partner Lila O’Neill.

Another two years later, in 1988/89, they repeated their success for a third doubles triumph.

Ingley also won the first ever mixed doubles final in 1985 with Steve Ford and continued reaching every summer final for five years, the first three with different partners.

After a break of five years, she reached her sixth final and made it a hat-trick of successes with Chris Sheldrake in 1994.

A year later she lost out in the ladies singles, which was to be her last final in a golden 12-year period.

In total, she reached 16 finals, winning eight of them and scoring a total of 155 points.

However, Ingley has only rarely played in the last 13 years.

The number seven man is part of the only successful father and son partnership seen in the league.

Wayne Shipley’s father, Mick, was already a star before Wayne came along, although Mick only ever won the mixed doubles with Denise Key, despite reaching eight finals.

Wayne was to prove a much bigger star than his father.

He started in 1989 as a 16-year-old at the Crown Princess, where his father played, as well as another star, Mark Sherratt.

He soon began to show how good he was after playing well in both the Burton and Overseal Leagues and at just 17 he helped the Crown take a five-a-side title in 1990.

His first individual success came with his father when he was 22 but he lost out in the doubles final and this became a trend as he won just one of his first seven doubles finals before finally winning at the turn of the century.

He did better with his singles, reaching a first final in 1996/97 when he was 24 but had to wait another two years before finally pulling it off in 1999.

He went on to win three of his first six singles finals.

He performed excellently between 2000 and 2008, although mostly in the doubles, where we won three out of eight matches.

Overall, Shipley won three out of seven singles finals and reached a total of 20 finals, winning six.

This gives him 188 points and puts him number seven on the list.

Shipley, now 39, is still playing but has not entered competitions in the last few years.

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