The Pride of League Champs c1907

An old newspaper clipping and text courtesy of Mr Ron Healey in Australia. The Pride of League Champs was certainly a proud day for this group of men from Stockton Football Club when they came along to the ground during the 1907 close season to have this photograph taken. For not only were they celebrating the opening of the clubs new pavilion in June 1907, the club had also won the previous seasons Northern League Championship. And the opening of the new pavilion was such a big occasion for the whole town that Civic and other dignitaries were all invited along to pose for the camera.

The men pictured are:- Back Row, left to right; Budget, Mr Burrell, Mr J. Harrison, R Shaw (trainer), Mr. Gowland, Alderman Mawlam, Alderman Green (secretary), Mr. Green Junior. Second Row; W Grainger, F Bowron, E Bowron, J Bowron, Tom Wheatley, Mr H Grey, Mr Rodgers, Mr Riley, Mr Cartright, Superintendent Hildreth, Mr Alderson, Mr Farrington (Star), Mr Bowron, Mr Newton (Gazette). Third Row; Chapman, Grey, Waller, Mr Mackie, Mr T Dowling, Alderman Harrison (Mayor), Mr H Walker, Mr Gaunt, Mr Burn, Mr Hornsby, Mr Kilvington, Mr Davis, Mr T Clark (Echo). Front Row; Dunn, Walton, Freeland, Guest, Chambers, Bell, Hassett (Captain), Bramall, Charlton, Williamson, Marwood, Prosser. Inset on the photograph are Featherstone (left) and Mr B Riley (President).

8 thoughts on “The Pride of League Champs c1907

  1. Alastair Smith wrote: “Grangefield Farm I believe was the farm up a small lane between Raby Road and Ashmores Social Club and Sports Field. It was occupied by a farming family called Kidd in the 50s and 60s with pigs and chickens being the main stock.”
    The Kidds had been there a long time. Certainly they were there in the 20’s. Son George had a milk round with horse & cart coming to our door in Oulston Road using a churn to fill our milk jugs. I believe he had quite a big round at that end of town. They were friendly to us as youngsters if we were sent to get extra milk or eggs. There were quite a lot of farmers with milk rounds in those days.


  2. Adam, Sorry but that is the only photo I have of the team. Catherine has no other photos either. I am also trying to track down any information on Catherine”s and my Wife (Elizabeth) Family. They were Walkers. Father was Robert, he had sisters Lottie & Vera and a brother Fred.


  3. To Catherine Whalley and Ron Healey Thanks for putting the photograph on the internet. My great grandfather George King won the FA Amateur cup in the 1902-03 season. His team mates included Dunn, Freeland, Bell and Catherines grandfather George Hassett. I would be interested to know if Catherine or Ron have any photos of the 1902-03 team as I dont have any photos of George King. He is the only great grandparent I dont have a photo of an I would love to see what he looked like. To Stuart Inkster, it is interesting to know who the director of the club was in 1903.


  4. Barzillia Riley was born in 1839 the second eldest son of John and Anne Riley. After completing his apprenticeship at Brown’s Portrack foundry he set up his own business as master boilermaker in 1869, followed shortly by his two younger brothers. The firm became known as the Riley bros Boilermakers and were situated along Garbutt Street near the Maritime Quay. As the business began to prosper they moved to the Oxbridge area of Stockton in 1872. Apart from running a successful business with a world renowned reputation. Barzillia Riley was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and in 1895 stood as candidate for the West End Ward in the Stockton Municipal elections, losing by a narrow minority of eighteen votes. A regular at Stockton’s racecourse, he owned several racehorses and enjoying some success with a particular horse called Infantry. He was also a director of Stockton Amateur football club which won the Teeside league during 1902/3 season and was also chairman of the Riley Bros own football team, which won the league during the 1905/6 season. His kindly nature endeared him to a large circle of friends where he was generally regarded as the captain and grand old man of Teeside industrialists and the oldest freemason in Stockton, when he died in his ninetieth year in 1929. I would also be very interested to hear from any descendents of the family and in particular any photographs of Barzillia Riley. Please get in touch through the Picture Stockton team.


  5. I lived in one of the houses on Oxbridge Lane from 1958 to 1968. It was originaly named Burwyn House, later renamed Sunningdale House, and was built for a yeast manufacturer circa 1860 on what used to be a pond. Grangefield Farm I believe was the farm up a small lane between Raby Road and Ashmore”s Social Club and Sports Field. It was occupied by a farming family called Kidd in the 50s and 60s with pigs and chickens being the main stock.


  6. Mr B Riley – does anybody know whether this could be Barzillia Riley, 67 when the photo was taken, who co owned Riley”s boiler works on Mary Street and lived on Oxbridge Lane in one of the detached houses to the west of the roundabout on the north side of Oxbridge Lane. Does anybody know where Grangefield Farm was in relation to these please? I”m imagining that the school has replaced it but is that so. Also, are there any known archives for Riley”s boiler works please? Thank you


  7. The captian of this team was my grandfarther, my mothers farther. His name was George Hassett. He was a stevabore on the docks. He still has one son Frank Hassett living in Stocton. I live in New Zealand now and it was my sisters husband Ron Healey from Australia that sent you the photo, which I sent him.


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