IT was the day of flat jack and good knights at Southampton Old Bowling Green on August 6, 1980.

Harry Worton sent down the first wood in the 206th Knight of the Green competition.

The event is an annual one at the oldest surviving bowling green in the world, and has been played there every year since 1776.

It is a time when club members – young and old – tussle to become the new knight of the club.

The first man to win seven shots wins the game and assumes the title “Sir”.