26 thoughts on “Stockton Juniors Football Team

  1. Having recently been made aware of this web site I can confirm that I am alive and kicking in Eaglescliffe. Seems as though a few people have been looking for me but I can assure them that I have no money and am a poor Pensioner.!!
    The Stockton Juniors side of the early 60’s was indeed a very good team which is borne out by the fact that several members went onto play with Professional clubs.
    John Pickering (sadly no longer with us) played for Newcastle and Halifax Town before becoming Manager at Lincoln City and Blackburn Rovers before he became a well respected ist team Coach at Middlesbrough.
    Davie Butler played for Watford and Workington before becoming the Tottenham and England Phsyiotherapist.
    Keith Webster (now in Australia) played at Newcastle and Notts County. I myself had 4 years at Wolves and 6 months at Sunderland and had company at Wolves with Davie Connor and “chippy” Caldwell.
    The Stockton side was truly a very good side with an excellent team spirit. Happy Days indeed.

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    • Just noticed the team photo of the Stockton teams of which I was a member and just reading the comments of Frank Storr and Brian Winn it brings back some great memories of my early football life and how lucky we were to have such a good team with some exceptional individual players who went on to be professionals.
      I was one of the lucky ones who got noticed in that team and went on to have a career in the professional game, if the team hadn’t been as good as it was scouts from different clubs probably wouldn’t have come to see us play as regular as they did and one of the people in the early days who was a big influence to us all was Ronnie Robson our coach who should take a lot of credit of how we played and helped us develop our football skills.
      I’m still very fortunate working part time in professional football with Tottenham Hotspur and having the opportunity to travel around the country watching games on their their behalf, I have been up to watch Middlesbrough twice this season and Sunderland four times and I’d be really interested if any of my old team mates wanted to get in touch and maybe we can meet up and discus old times
      Dave Butler

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      • Unfortunately players in these photos Les Franks, Chippy Caldwell & Ray Hartley are no longer with us. There are two brothers Dave & Peter Conner in these photos, they both later played for Billingham Synthonia. Dave Butler I think it would be a good idea if the old players picked out one of Stockton Town home games & had a catch up in their Clubhouse after the game.

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      • Dave Butler, how are you? Last time I saw you was around 1983 when you were over here in Perth West Australia touring with QPR you were the Physio, Terry Venables your Manager, QPR were playing WA in a tour match, we caught up after the game for a few beers at your hotel, often catch up with a few old teammates when I get over to the UK, more often than not catch up with Stewy Fellows.
        Great memories of those Junior days, best team in the region then, won about everything going. Hope you’re keeping well, Regards Bob

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        • Really nice to hear from you Bob I remember the Australia tour well, at the time it was the biggest attendance for a football match in Australia and we even had spectators sat in the dug out as there was no room left in the stands and all the Q.P.R. staff sat on the grass around them. I was surprised then when you turned up as I didn’t realise you had emigrated to Australia and yes afterwards we really had a nice evening together after the match. You are right they are great memories of our teenage years together and yes we were a decent team.
          Keep well
          Dave

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          • Nice to know you’re keeping well Dave, what are you up to now? And you still living down South, still involved in the game?

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            • Hi Bob
              Luckily enough to be still involved in the professional game, eight years ago Harry Redknapp asked me to go back to Tottenham with him and look at the opposition who we are about to play and as it was we got into the Champions league and then the Europa League so it worked out very well as I’m really enjoying what I’m doing, I don’t do as much in Europe as I used to but I’ve travel all over the country watching who we play in the next few weeks.
              Sylvia and myself still live in the south a place called Bushey which is 15 miles from the centre of London and where we live is very convenient to get on the motorway to go north or go into London to watch games.
              I hope you and your family are all keeping well, it’s really nice to hear from good friends from our teenage years.
              Good health and keep in touch
              Dave

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  2. I apologise for missing the player Dai Davies, Brian, but Stockton F.C. last played in the Northern League in the 1938-39 campaign, a bit before your time. In 1962 Stockton joined the resurrected North Eastern League although the competition proved to be but a pale shadow of the contest of the same name which ceased to function in 1958. Stockton spent two seasons of mediocrity which was coupled with a general loss of support and interest in the club.

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  3. Anon missed a team member from the junior team members that went on to play for stockton in the northern league. The team member is Dai Davies, he is standing next to me on the senior photo.

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  4. Frank Storr in the Stockton Juniors team also played for Crook Town in seasons 1964-65 (Northern League Runners-up) & 1965-66. Others in that team who played in the Northern League or for Stockton F.C. seniors were Dave Kirk, Bob Evans, Joe Whitfield, Ray Moore, Dave Conner, Brian Winn, Dave Butler, John Moodie, Chippy Caldwell & Dave Spears, a good junior team to produce so many good senior players.

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  5. APPEAL – We have heard from Mr Brian Walker, of Fishburn who played in the Stockton FC Juniors side that won the inter-Association cup in the 1956/7 season. He is keen to get in touch with any of those who played in that team. Some of the names he remembers include D. Murrayfield(goalkeeper), T. Garbutt, D. Helyer, H. Chapman, D Hawk, T.Cockerell and J. Murphy. Anyone with any information can get in touch with us at pictures@stockton.gov.uk

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  6. In the top picture the gentleman standing 2nd from the right looks very much like Walter Dawson who was a good friend of my Uncle Lenny Wright and my late father in law Stan Wilson. I used to go to the matches at Ayresome Park with Lenny and Walter and they would lift me from the boys’ enclosure to the main terraces when the stewards weren’t looking.Can anybody confirm it is Walter?

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  7. Frank Storr was, or still is, a Probation Officer and living in Eaglescliffe just round the corner from the Pavilion Pub he used to run.

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  8. I too remember Frank Storr from WW-Web Offset.
    After the Web shut Frank did Temp management for Camerons, and I can remember him being at The Highland Lad, Norton and the Red Lion in Norton – this would be in the early 1980’s. I don’t know anything about him after that.

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  9. Pat Pattison (nee Beard) – When I worked at North Riding Publishing Co. (later known as W W Web Offset), Skipper’s Lane, Eston in the 1970’s, a Frank Storr was one of the reps there who I know played football. After Web Offset closed in 1977 I’m sure I heard that Frank had the Pavilion pub in Eaglescliffe. Is this the same person? But I don’t where Frankie Storr is now.

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  10. Frankie Storr is no longer at The Pavilion pub, seems he left a while ago. I was directed there while trying to locate him to pass on Storr family tree information, so if anyone has any idea of his whereabouts I would be glad to know. He did work for Camerons Brewery at one time, he used to come to my late mother-in-law’s pub, The Royal, at Portrack to do the audit.

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  11. The pub Frank Storr had near Eaglescliffe’s golf course was called The Pavillon. Frank was a good left-back who served Billingham Synthonia well in the Northern League.

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  12. The player sitting next to Dave Spears is Dai Davies. He is also standing next to Brian Winn in the senior pic. The chap standing third left on the junior pic is a fellow called Ray Dodd. I”m interested to know which year the pics are from.

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  13. Extreme left ,Ronnie Robson(coach) ???Dave arnison,Dave Kirk,Brian Winn.Bobby Evans,(BIG) Joe Whitfield, Les Franks,Frank Storr,? ? ? Front.Ray Moor,Dave Conner,Chippy Caldwell,Dave Butler,John Moodie,?Dave Speares this team won Durham Junior cup, North riding junior cup, Stockton junior cup, the other cup I cant remember. Last I heard about Frank Store he was running a pub near the golf course in Eaglescliffe.

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  14. Seated extreme right is Dave Spears, next to him, is that you Brian Winn? Did you used to go to St Chad”s Youth Club? I”ve got a photo of a youth club trip taken up on the Moors which you are on. Behind you two, standing, is Frankie Storr, does anyone know his present whereabouts as he is related to me, and I have some family tree information he may be interested in. His parents ran the Oddfellows at Thornaby, and he attended Richard Hind. Later on, I believe, he worked as an accountant for Camerons Brewery.

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  15. The photo on the left, the chap on the left is Ronnie Robson,players back-row L to R Dave Arnison,Dave Kirk,Brian Winn,?,?,Les Franks,Frank Storr,front-row,Ray Moore,Dave Conner,Chippy Caldwell,Davy Butler,John Moodie,?,Dave Spears. What are the five trophies? The photo on the right looks like Stockton F.C.seniors back-row L to R Chippy Caldwell,John Moodie,Dave Spears,Peter Conner,?,Ray Hartley,?,Brian Winn,front-row,Kenny Metcalf,Davy Butler,?,Tommy Gilbert,? Note the two reserves, no subs in those days.

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