Norton Cricket Team, 1954

t14619The players are as follows; back row left to right: H Bansall, G Williamson, B Woodier, D Walford, H Williamson, T Birtle.

Front row left to right: I Johnson, J Grigor, J Fox (capt) , H Thompson, E Waller.

Jimmy Grigor was the last of the pre war players still playing in the first team. Others such as DCH Townsend, Freddy Harker and Edgar Manners were retired whilst Dick Spooner was playing for Warwickshre.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

18 thoughts on “Norton Cricket Team, 1954

    • Gordon, a Richard Hind boy, was no relation of Ken I believe. At 14-15 he bowled spin as well as speedier stuff he later bowled for Northants. With his partner school opening bowler Alan Smith they were formidable against other schools.


    • Gordon Williamson played for Northamptonshire (Northants) in the 1959 to 1962 seasons opening the bowling with Frank (typhoon) Tyson a great Test bowler. He bowled right arm fast medium pace. He appeared in 56 first-class matches as a lower order righthanded batsman. He scored 820 runs with a highest score of 106 not out and took 120 wickets with a best performance of six for 47. Later changed his name to John Gordon Barkass-Williamson in 1965.


      • In the early 1960s Gordon Williamson came into the Norton clubhouse with his Northants team mate and fellow opening bowler David Larter. At 6 foot 7 inches Mr Larter seemed very tall to me. Mr Larter played several test matches for England but I think his career was dogged by injuries.


        • Gordon (Gus) Williamson was an apprentice in the Stockton Forge Bridgeyard at the same time as Benny Brown and myself, Harry Thompson was in the Template shop. Irvine Johnson was captain of Billingham Synthonia football team and Jackie Fox was in the reserves (Teesside league)


            • Jackie Fox must have been a good clubman, not like a lot that floated round Synners, South Bank, Whitby Town, Stockton & a few Durham teams.


            • I am aware of that Martin, I am referring to 1954 when the photo was taken, I was in the reserves with him when a tackle from a Hungarian refugee broke Jackies ankle a few years later v.ICI Cassel. It gave some concern about the Wicketkeeper role at Warwickshre, but things turned out alright


              • The injury you describe must have happened late on in his Synners career as he joined Warwickshire in 1959. The Synners A to Z of first team players shows a career span of 1947/48 to 1955/56 for his first team appearances.

                I’ve been told that many reserve team players were wary of playing in the first team as it only took a few games to become ineligible for that seasons reserve team cup competitions.. This was something to avoid if at all possible.

                Jackie is still going strong at 86 and to the best of my knowledge has lived in Devon for many years.


                • His brother Peter owns the Tapas Bar in Norton and Walter has the Market Garden on the Yarm Back Lane together with the market stall. I believe Walter did pass away and they stopped doing the market then. They grew up in Eamont Road in Norton.


                  • Walter from leaving school at 14 or 15 started work at Lumleys Market Garden on Darlington Lane opposite the Frederick Nattrass School. He married the daughter and in later life took the business over eventually moving to the Yarm Back Lane premises. The old M/Garden was bought for housing where Washington Grove and Green Court Estate is now.


                • Very true Martin, the cups they done very well in the early sixties were the old Durham Amateur Cup, North Riding Amateur Cup as well as winning the Teesside League three seasons on the trot. Gran I remember the Hungarian refugee who was called something like Kardash.


                  • Anon, Look at the Synthonia website and see the first name of previous players under the letter K. Other than that Jackie Fox was very worried about going to Warwickshire. I was in National Service 55/56 &56/57 and was injured most of 57//58 back end of 58/59 I joined Heads.


                    • Yes Gran, I knew his name was something like that, when I played for Heads against him in the early sixties the late Reggie Morgan sorted him out.


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