Richard Hind Senior football team 1950-1951

t9615This photograph shows the Senior football team from Richard Hind Secondary School 1950-1951. The team played friendly matches against such schools as Stockton Grammar, Darlington St Marys Grammar School, Great Ayton Friends School and several others.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ken Sawyer.

20 thoughts on “Richard Hind Senior football team 1950-1951

  1. Edgar Fellows had left Richard Hind when this team took to the field and was an apprentice Fitter and Turner at Head Wrighrsons Thornaby. Edgar Captained the team in the previous year. Edgar is now retired and enjoys his golf at the Two Mile House Golf Course, where I recently had the pleasure of playing with him, on my last UK visit, needless to say Edgar took my money on the game and is a mean 14 handicap player. Edgar was a cultured full back and enjoyed a successful Career.

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  2. Front row 3rd from left definitley Jack Morris. brillient dribbler of the ball and great goal scorer.went to R.H. from Bowesfield Lane Boys.

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  3. When I wrote my article regarding the year of this team I was aware that there was writing on the ball but could not make out the date. My assumption was that being prefects they were in the 5th year and that was 1949-50, which was my 1st year at RH. The year 50-51 some of these lads would have left

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  4. I was a bit doubtful about the date in my earlier comment because I left school before the year end and I get mixed up with the football year dates. About that time the school leaving age was changed so that again gets me confused so Bob may be right but I”m sure Ken Sawyer had the date on the back of the photo. I also think that Benny has tongue in cheek when he talks about loosing the captains job to a Grammar school boy. If he had”nt been made captain I”m sure Eddie Wilkinson would have got the job, quality always gets to the top. I”m sure Harry Rigg and the other dedicated teachers would have seen to that.

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  5. I would put this photograph as 1949-50 as most of these lads were prefects when I started at RH in 1949. The prefects being in the last year at school. I can never remember Joe Howdon. What do you think?

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  6. I think both Ken Rhodes and Ken Sawyer are correct in their assessment as to why the respective Grammar and Secondary Grammar Schools did not participate in the Stockton Schoolboys Teams. When you look at the number of top local Sportsmen turned out by these Schools over the years, you realise the rich talent lost to the Stockton Boys Teams. Maybe it was lucky for me in that I do not think I would have been Captain of the Stockton Boys Football and Cricket teams had these Grammar School boys been available for selection in 1950, can you imagine a Secondary Modern schoolboy being captain over Grammar School boys. It all goes back to the 11 plus exam when anyone who failed the 11 plus and went to a Secondary Modern school was deemed a failure and only good for factory fodder. I have found out over the years that many of these failures have gone on to top executive positions despite their slow start to their education, thanks mainly to the Night School opportunities offered by such Colleges as the Stockton Billingham Polytechnic. As to teachers giving up their precious time at weekends and during the week, people like Ray Irvine, Harry Rigg and Ken Sawyer himself stand out as examples to the Modern Teacher of dedication to Schools Sport which was outstanding.

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  7. I”m sure Ken Rhodes is correct. Joe not Doug Howden as the skipper. John – not Peter – Clackerty. As to Benny Brown”s and Ken R”s disappointment such as “Stockton boys would have benefited with an input from the Secondary and Grammar Schools teams. I never found out if it was political or just school snobbery or maybe a bit of both.” Some months ago I tried to respond to this. Neither school was a member of the Stockton Schools” Sports Association. They were invited to join by letter and through personal approaches. Certainly Ray Irvin (Newham Grange) and I along with Harry Redhead and Harry Rigg tried hard to persuade them. Part of the problem was that their staff did not wish to make a commitment of time. As you will be very aware there were teachers in the Stockton area schools who devoted much spare time to school sport. Stockton Grammar School did not have a trained PE teacher then. Stockton Secondary School”s sports master was a devotee of Rugby Union.

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  8. I agree with Benny that at times Stockton boys would have benefited with an input from the Secondary and Grammar Schools teams. I never found out if it was political or just school snobbery or maybe a bit of both. I think the captains name was Joe. Was it John Clackerty and I seemed to remember him in our year so that makes him roundabout my age. This team was about two years behind me at school and Stan Denham and Barry Butler team was a year behind me although Stan played for the teams from the year he started and must have played at least for three years starting with Stew Bruce and Alf Thomas then with our team with Len Sewell, Bob Smith and then with Barry Butler and Joe Howden a great schoolboy footballer.

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  9. 6 names so far. Definitely Doug Cook 2nd left front row. 3 more names come to my ancient mind. Top far left. Peter Clackerty. Captain in front row. Doug (?) Howden. 2nd from right front row. John Hallet.

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  10. Back Row Second from right John Patterson, third Eric Tait, Front Row Third from left John Morris, Fifth from the left Eddie Wilkinson,seventh from the left Ducka Smith These players played against Newham Grange the previous year in a hard fought out League, in which Richard pipped Newham Grange for the Title. Patterson, Tait, Wilkinson and Smith played in the 1950 Stockton Boys team which I was lucky enough to Captain. Stockton Boys reached the Final of the Hartlepool Hospital Cup losing to Bishop Auckland Boys 2-1 in the final as they also Lost the previous years Final to Bishop Auckland Boys, I managed two runners up medals which I still have but would have loved a winners medal. The previous year Richard Hind supplied players such as Stacka Denham Barry Butler, Talla Taylor, One memorable match this team played in was a 3-2 win against the Boro Boys at the Victoria Ground, when Stockton Boys were losing 2-0 with five minutes to play, Stockton managed to score two goals in the last five minutes and won in extra time. Les Mitchel the Newham Grange Captain also played in this match, also Jimmy Johnson from Bailey street and Big Harold Atkinson from Bailey street. Can any one supply the other members of this team. The Stockton Boys teams I played in over two seasons always seemed to be two or three players short of having a great team, Grammar School and Secondary Grammar school boys if they had been allowed to would have filled this gap and maybe Stockton Boys could have emulated their illustrious predecessors of 1946 when Stockton Boys reached the Final of the all England Schools trophy. This none sense about Grammar School Boys not being allowed to represent their Town also applied to the Stockton Boys Cricket teams where once again we were always a couple of players short, but we did manage to win the North Yorks and South Durham Schoolboys trophy in 1950, beating West Hartlepool and the Boro Boys respectively in the semi Final and Final.

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  11. Second from the left, back row, is my brother-in-law John Pattison. After leaving school he worked as an accountant for Frank Brown and Walford in Finkle Street, then moved to Pickerings Lifts until he retired. Now lives in Hartburn. His brother Dave, my husband, says the goalie played with him for Urlay Nook. Dave can remember a lot of the faces but not the names!

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  12. Who can put names to faces of this Richard Hind Senior (over 15) team of “50-51? Without a regular ground matches were usually away and required travel by bus.

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