Class photograph from Grangefield School 1958/9

This is a Grangefield School class photograph showing Form 2LB 1958/9.

Back Row (left to right): Geoff Daniel, Molly Maddren, Pete Hartley, Raymond Harker, Malc Turnbull, Tony Guthrie, Lyle Conquest, Tony Greenhalgh, Dave Gathergood. Middle row (left to right): ? Harwood, Howard Hill, Roy Smith, ? Groves, Dave Macadie, ? Denison, Jeff Carr, ? Smith, John Robson, ? Caygill, Nigel Ormandy, Geoff Barker. Front row (left to right): ? Sanderson, Dave McLeod, Chris Jackson, Joe Pollard, ? Ingham, Mr Bagley, Nev Gray, Atkinson, Hansell, Dave Warner, ? Beeston.

Photograph and details courtesy of Malcolm Dunn (who was absent from school when it was taken).

Granddad liked his Football

My granddad Thomas Wybert Birtle. He spent most of his working life on the railways starting with the North Eastern Railway (NER) in 1913. In the early 1920 the NER management introduced a football competition called the North Eastern Railways Cottage Homes Challenge Shield. This was a large trophy donated by the NER deputy chairman Lord Joicey. The competition was all above board having been sanctioned by the Football Association and attracted over 60 teams from within the NER organisation.

The final for the 1922/23 season was held in May 1923 at Victoria Ground Hartlepool and attracted a crowd of over 800. In the event the locals won with a team from Hartlepool winning 1 nil. The beaten finalists were a team from Stockton railway sheds with my grandfather playing in defence. It would appear that all the players were given a silver medal and find attached pictures of Granddad’s medal. For sizing purposes I’ve placed it next to a 50p piece.

Of course Granddad had played football during the Great War. He joined up in 1915 in his local regiment the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) but by 1917 he was in the Highland Light Infantry (HLI) based in Dublin. The Scottish regiments always took their football very seriously and with Granddad being a decent footballer he was an acceptable recruit for the Scottish lads. So see attached football team picture captioned the 15th battalion HLI football team Dublin 1917. Granddad is standing in the back row extreme right. He always said that one of his team mates played for Aberdeen and Scotland after the war showing how seriously they took their football.

So we have a proud Englishman playing for a Scottish football team in Ireland. Can he claim to be an international footballer ?.

I understand that Granddad was involved with the Stockton Town club in the 1920s but I don’t have any more details.

Photographs and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Frederick J Smith – Born 1844, Stockton

Frederick J.Smith, (8th child  & 4th son of James Smith (North Shore Pottery), born Stockton 1844, death date not known. Little is known of him, but in some letters he wrote to my great grandfather (James Smith, born Stockton 1835, died 1893 Kerang, Victoria Australia), he gave his address as the Stockton Club. If anyone has any more information, it would be much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Lynton Smith.

Durham Light Infantry Home Guard 19th Battalion

My grandfather Herbert Dent served in the Durham Light Infantry Home Guard from 1940 to 1945. He’s on the front row, 3rd from left on the first photograph, 2nd row, 5th from left on the second photograph and front row, 4th from left on the third.
The photographs would have been taken between 1943 and 1945 when Herbert became a Sergeant.

Photographs and details courtesy of Michael Hymer.

Stockton KGH Football Team

A photograph of the Stockton KGH Football Team (date unknown) with the Stockton Sunday League Cup after a 1-0 victory over Oxbridge Hotel to complete a League and Cup double.

Back Row: P. McAbe, D. Munt, S. Mallaby, P. Hodgekiss, ??, P. McDermotroe, T. Churchill, ??, P.Philips, A. Jones, A Kidd, ??. Front Row: S. Seymour, D. Smiddy, J. Louden, T. Smith and son, D. Wing.