COMMUNITY CENTRE UNDER 18 FOOTBALL TEAM
ADDED 24 APRIL 2006
recently came across a photograph of the 1950/51 Under 18 football team
from the Pontefract Community Centre (now CISWO) in Halfpenny Lane. The
team was part of a Youth Club at the Centre and mainly comprised boys
from the Love Lane / Kings Mead / Halfpenny Lane area. In addition there
were some players from other parts of Pontefract, Featherstone and from
Glasshoughton, who were friends from the Kings School.
team photograph was taken at the Pontefract United (?) ground on
Ackworth Road, adjacent to the Kings School and now replaced by houses
in Kings Close. It was taken in January or February 1951 (note the snow
on the ground), and was one of the last games I played for the team
before I left to do my national Service in the RAF in early March.
names on the photograph that I can recall are: Back Row: John Hart, Sid
Hancock, Eric Peake, myself, Roy Lythgoe, unknown. Front Row: unknown,
Bill Bevitt, Ken Buck, Marcus Hookham, unknown.
unknowns may have been occasional players replacing some of our ‘regulars’
such as Jim Pearson (Featherstone), Alan Blatherwick (Glasshoughton) and
Derek Swales (Pontefract) who may have been playing for the King’s
School on the same day. Two other well-known Pontefract sportsmen who
were regular members of the team but not on the photograph were Brian
Farrar, who played in local football and also cricket for the now
extinct Pontefract Cricket Club and Alan Hanson who became one of the
top table tennis players in the area, and I believe, at 70 plus is still
home pitch was the Halfpenny Lane football ground and we played in the
local junior football league. From memory, other teams in the league
included our two local rivals, Westfield Wizards and St. Joseph’s,
plus Whitwood, Brotherton, Ferrybridge, Womersley and a few others whose
names I have forgotten. Whitwood were always the best team in the area
and if you came away from playing them with less than ten goals scored
against you, it was considered a good result. They produced a number of
players who went on to become professional footballer’s. One I
remember was called Beard, who played for Bolton Wanderers in the First
Division, alongside famous Internationals such as Nat Lofthouse. I came
across him in the Forces, where he was playing for the RAF during the
week and for Bolton at weekends.
still see a few of the ‘team’ when in town, bringing back memories
of good friends and happy times.
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