Newham Grange Vs Mill Lane 1949

t13928This 65 year old photograph shows Benny Brown of Newham Grange School scoring with a header over the Mill Lane goalkeeper. The caption on the back although faded reads Newham Grange 10, Mill Lane 0 goal scorers; Brown 5, Dolan 4 and Campbell 1.

In the photograph are Ducka Banks, behind Benny Brown waiting for a mistake, Ray Frost behind Ducka Banks, and the Mill Lane player looks like John Prosser ?

The other members of the Newham Grange side who represented Stockton Boys that year besides Benny Brown, were Ray Frost, Ducka Banks, Trevor Briggs, and Denis Grubb. All these players are either 80 years old now or nearly eighty years if they are still with us. Myself I am one of the young brigade only 79 years old until July next year.The match was played at the Grosvenor Recreation Reserve and as I remember it was a cold and misty November type of day. The teacher in charge of Mill lane football and Stockton Boys football was Mr Harry Rigg the well known Stockton Sports teacher and the Newham Grange Sports Teacher was Mr Ray Irvine, the well known Stockton CC cricketer.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

15 thoughts on “Newham Grange Vs Mill Lane 1949

  1. Thinking about the under 15 team I played in as an 11 years old, we had a visit from Micky Fenton and George Hardwick the England and Great Britain Captain at the time Micky was also an England international Centre Forward from the Portrack area. We were assembled in the Newham Grange Hall for coaching from these two great Teesside footballers I was lucky to be chosen to go onto the floor with these two great players as the they demonstrated various skills of football. Later as a 16 years old I trained at Ayrsome Park with Micky in charge and George Camsell also taking part in the training which we did on the main Ground and in a small gymnasium under he main stand. I suppose that would have been the equivalent of the modern day Accademy as we know it today, Harold Shepherd was also involved in those days. I remember I used to travel to training on an old sit up and beg bike, and Micky used to kid me about travelling in my Rolls Royce to the ground Footballers today have a different life style with the money they now earn, I remember the top wage for the footballers was !2 pounds per week in the season and 8 pounds in the off season. I read some where that Stanley Mathews never earned more than twenty pounds per week, maybe Anon can throw some light on these figures as he seems too have a wealth of statistics.

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    • Harold Shepherdson was the man in question, not Shepard as stated in the piece., Harold later became the trainer with the England team that won the World Cup under Alf Rarmsey .

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    • I should have said Harold Shepherdson who later became the England Trainer under Sir Alf Ramsey in the England World Cup winning team. I have also heard that Anon who I mentioned to in this article has undergone a very serious operation in the last few days so I wish him a very speedy recovery from his medical problems.

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  2. Cliff Thornton, a well known Stockton Historian I believe, Gran Cooper has just given me details of a wonderful book about Captain Cook that you were involved with, covering his World Travels to Australia. Maybe our Readers would be interested in the details I know I would. I intend to check my local Library for a copy.. As to the photograph I think it was the Evening Gazette, if not it would have been the Billingham Press photographer who took the action photo. Not many people had cameras in those long ago days not like today when cameras can take 10,000 photos on one chip..

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    • Ben, apologies for the delay in responding to your enquiry. I think that the book that you are referring to is called “Captain Cook in Cleveland”. It details the many connections that Cook and his family had with the area.

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      • Cliff, The book I was referring to was, Into the blue: boldly going where CAPTAIN COOK has gone before, by Tony Horwitz, published in 2002, which features you a lot in it.
        Regards

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  3. Benny, I think that the photo is an excellent action shot, better than most of the photos that grace the sports pages of todays national papers. You did well to beat such a tall goalkeeper. Just one question, do you recall who took the photograph?

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  4. Not sure about when the change of Newham Grange Football shirts started ANON , I do know that when I first played for Newham Grange as an 11 years old in under 15 years team we played in Red and Black stripes with black shorts,that was in about 1946. We eventually finished up playing in Blue shirts with white shorts in 1950. My younger brother Maurice was five years younger than. but sadly passed away about 5 years ago, so with bit of a guess you could guess at between 1950 to 1955.

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    • There is evidence on this site Benny we can say it is less than 1955, because there is a photo of a Newham Grange team in the black & gold strip in 1953 on the site. Your late brother Maurice was a strong Newham Grange defender in the same team as the Stockton F.C. legend Trevor Cockerill.

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  5. So when did Newham Grange start wearing black & gold shirts, black shorts & black & gold hooped stockings, because they wore this strip when your younger brother Maurice was in the school team, Benny.

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  6. For me a familiar November scene at Grosvenor Road fields where I often refereed Richard Hind’s ‘home’ games. The keys to the changing rooms building were kept at the Grosvenor Road home of Bert Trenholme who worked at the Education offices. He was a well known 1st class referee & excellent bowler for Stockton Cricket Club.

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    • Richard Hind Boys School started to use part of the Ropner Playing Fields at Fairfield possibly from 1951. These pitches & cricket square had been used by Stockton Secondary Boys School for many years but when the change to Grangefield Grammar School on Oxbridge Avenue took place it was complete with sports pitches. John Rosser, Head of Richard Hind Boys’, applied to the Ropner Playing Fields trustees seeking a take over from Stockton Sec’.
      About another half of the fields was used by Stockton Grammar School. Happy memories for me as an SGS pupil 39-44.

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