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Tony Allcock
Personal information
Nationality English
Born (1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 68)
Thurmaston, Leicestershire
Sport Bowls
Club Belgrave BC
Cheltenham BC
Medal record
Representing  England
World Outdoor Championships
Gold 1980 Melbourne triples
Gold 1980 Melbourne team
Gold 1984 Aberdeen fours
Silver 1984 Aberdeen pairs
Silver 1988 Auckland pairs
Bronze 1988 Auckland fours
Gold 1988 Auckland team
Gold 1992 Worthing singles
Gold 1996 Adelaide singles
Commonwealth Games
Silver 1994 Victoria singles
World Indoor Championships
Gold 1986 Coatbridge singles
Gold 1986 Bournemouth pairs
Gold 1987 Coatbridge singles
Gold 1987 Bournemouth pairs
Gold 1989 Preston pairs
Gold 1990 Preston pairs
Gold 1991 Preston pairs
Gold 1992 Preston pairs
Gold 1997 Preston pairs
Gold 2002 Yarmouth singles
Gold 2003 Yarmouth pairs
British Isles Championships
Gold 1992 singles
Gold 1995 fours

Anthony Allcock OBE (born 1955) is an English bowls player. Born in Leicestershire, England, he is considered to be one of the leading bowlers of his generation and was twice world outdoor singles champion (1992 and 1996) and three times World Indoor Singles Champion (1986, 1987 and 2002).

Bowls career

World Outdoor Championships

Allcock won double gold at the 1980 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Melbourne in the team event (Leonard Cup) and triples with Jimmy Hobday and the legendary David Bryant. Four years later he won two more medals including the gold medal in the fours with George Turley, John Bell and Julian Haines at the 1984 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Aberdeen. After winning three more medals at the 1988 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Auckland he went on to win two singles gold medals at successive championships. They were at the 1992 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Worthing and the 1996 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Adelaide. With his eleven world indoor titles he has won seventeen world titles in total.

Commonwealth Games

Allcock played in three successive Commonwealth Games in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He won singles silver medal in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Allcock was appointed the bowls performance coach for the England team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He is the current Chief Executive of Bowls England.

World Indoor Championships

Allcock was also three times singles and eight times pairs champion at the World Indoor Bowls Championships. The singles wins were in 1986, 1987 and 2002 and the pairs (five with David Bryant) were in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 1991, 1992 (and one each with Mervyn King and David Holt) were in 1997 and 2003.


He has won eight National Championship titles, singles (1990, 1991), triples (1990, 1995), fours (1994) and junior singles (1975, 1977, 1981) bowling for Belgrave BC and then Cheltenham BC. He has also won the singles at the British Isles Bowls Championships in 1992.

Personal life

Allcock is now chief executive of Bowls England. Having been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1989 New Year Honours for services to bowls, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to lawn bowls.

Publications and videos

Allcock has written several books on bowls, and released a series of instructional videos on the subject.


  • Allcock, Tony (1987) Improve Your Bowls, HarperCollinsWillow, ISBN: 978-0-00-218271-3
  • Allcock, Tony & Rhys Jones, David (1988) Bowls Skills, Golden Books, ISBN: 978-0-600-55778-4
  • Allcock, Tony (1989) End to End: A Year in Bowls, Heinemann Kingswood, ISBN: 978-0-434-98160-1
  • Bryant, David; Allcock, Tony & Horton, Edward (1994) Bowl to Win, HarperCollinsWillow, ISBN: 978-0-00-218523-3
  • Allcock, Tony Winning Bowls, Hutchinson, ISBN: 978-0-09-173677-4


  • Tony Allcock's Art of Bowls (4 volumes)
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