Tony has won many of the national tournaments including the Spring Fours, Crockfords, the Brighton pairs and teams, and the Grand Master pairs. he represented England in the European Championships in the Open team in 2002 and 2008, and in the Senior team in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2012. He has also played a number of Camrose matches in both Open and Seniors.
Top Table Interview August 2013
When did you start playing bridge?
In 1960, while studying for my Chartered Accountant exams.
How often/where do you play?
About once or twice a week, usually in London at TGR's, the Young Chelsea or Pinner Bridge Club, plus some UK and overseas tournaments.
Do you always play with the same partners/team-mates? What do you expect of them?
I have two or three regular partners and team-mates - if I have not upset them! I prefer courtesy and little discussion at the table, plenty of analysis with a drink afterwards.
What do you do for a living?
I was a Financial Director and then MD and Chairman of a UK subsidiary of an American multi-national. Now retired.
What are your favourite bridge books?
I have a fairly large collection. I much prefer narrative to text-book style. I also recommend the monthly Bridge World; it's first class.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, cricket, horse racing and bridge!
What do you like and what would you change in bridge?
Bridge has given me great pleasure so there is not much I would change. However, the problem of presenting the game on television has reduced sponsorship and stopped new and young recruits. There I think that the EBU should cosset their old-age members. As regards the future of the game, internet bridge is possibly a huge growth area.
What's the bridge success (so far) closest to your heart?
The silver medal I won with Paul Hackett in the 1995 European Pairs championship in Rome.
Major International Appearances
European Championships: 2002 and 2008
Senior European Championships: 2004 and 2012
Senior World Olympiad: 2012
Camrose Trophy Selections: 2001 2002 2003 and 2006
Teltscher Trophy Selections: 2008 2009 2010* 2011* and 2012*
Crockfords winner: 1983
Spring Foursomes Winner: 1996
Brighton Pairs, Harold Poster Cup Winner: 1998 and 2006
Brighton Four Stars Teams Winner: 2001
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 1987 and 1990
Tollemache Cup winner: 1982 1994 2000 2010 2012 and 2015
* - selections for the GB/Patron's team