When the Aylesbury Invitation Pool League begun in 1977 it had only one division, the Premier. After a successful first season, the AIPL grew in size over the years with teams entered not just from Aylesbury but from the surrounding villages too. After an unknown amount of seasons the league expanded into two divisions, forming this Division 1.
This division has run for the last 17 seasons and unsurprisingly, with the prize of promotion to the Premier for the top two teams each season, this competition has only been won on multiple occasions by the same team once - Railway Club in 2000 - 2001 and 2004 - 2005.
In recent years, teams from Shootpool have dominated Division 1, with 6 champions and 3 runner-ups in the last 7 seasons, including the last three season's champions.
This season the league features 9 teams from 7 different venues and again features the format from recent years where each match consists of 12 singles frames with each player allowed to play twice in a match. Teams score one point per frame won and no bonus points allocated for a win.
The AIPL started in 1978 as the R.T. Major Pool League with Mr Len Disbury as the league chairman and 14 teams competing in a Premier and the Knock Out Cup, both which were both won by the Aylesbury Ex-Service-men's 'A'. The player Singles and Doubles competitions were also held.
The first season was successful and the AIPL grew in size over the years with teams entered not just from Aylesbury but from the surrounding villages too. At the peak of its popularity the AIPL ran 4 league divisions, 2 cup competitions and 4 player competitions.
The Premier has at times been dominated by one or two teams. John Kennedy A won the title for 4 consecutive seasons between 1999 and 2002, a feat matched by Shoot Vetz who won it between 2013 and 2016.
The 2019 - 2020 season is underway featuring three divisions (Premier, Division 1 and Division 2) alongside the usual two team cup knockout competitions - Knock Out Cup and Plate Cup - and three player competitions - the Singles, the Doubles and the Anytime Singles Knockout