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Taken from the 1960 School Magazine "The Review"
Congratulations to our First XI of the 1959-60 season. They have good reason to be proud of themselves, having gone the whole season without defeat. This, the last team of the old Stanfield Technical School, has indeed set a fine example to those who will follow in the new school, an example that will be difficult to equal in spite of the wonderful facilities that are to come. At the start of the season we expected to have a good team, having a fair nucleus from the '58-'59 team, and some good material coming from the Colts, but they combined to form a team far superior to our expectations.
As captain we were fortunate to have Rutter once again. In the previous season he had established himself as a fine captain and out standing player. This season he even improved on his former showing and had the full confidence of the team from the start. A special word for Rutter for having lead the team through such a successful season. In Rutter's absence, Palfreyman took over the captaincy most efficiently.G. GLOVER.
FIRST XI FOOTBALL REPORT. SEASON 1959-60
The team for the 1959-60 season was outstanding, being undefeated throughout. The team played so well that it is very difficult to single out any matches. However, there are two games worthy of special mention.
The first game was played against Crewe Grammar School at Crewe. The pitch was very heavy and the top surface very slippery. Both teams found the conditions very difficult and many well meant passes went astray. Both goalkeepers were kept very busy throughout the game. It was a backward and forward struggle, with our team coming out with the honours with a narrow one goal to nil win, Hunt scoring the only goal. This was our first win at Crewe for many years.
The second game was played against Nantwich Grammar School at Nantwich. This game was played on a hard, dry pitch with a very lively ball. After some good opening moves by both sides the game settled down to a hard battle of thrustful attacks and hard defensive tackling. Johnson, after avoiding a hard tackle, put through a defence splitting pass for Hunt to run on to score the first goal. A few minutes later Johnson shot from the edge of the penalty area just past the outstretched fingers of the Nantwich goalkeeper to score our second goal.
After half-time, Nantwich hit back quickly, scoring two goals in
a matter of a few minutes to level the score at two goals all. The game
was again very even until a few minutes before the final whistle,
when Thompson managed to screw the ball back into the Nantwich net from
an incredible angle. So the game ended with a narrow three goals to
two win for the School team.
The second XI played a few matches, without a great deal of success. No team spirit was possible, as fixtures were infrequent and changes many.
Rigby, G., acted as captain and carried out his duties
most conscientiously. Some Friday afternoons Rigby was to be found dashing
around frantically trying to find an eleventh player. To his credit,
the team was never short.
UNDER 15 XI
The 1959-60 season was not one of our best, since we did not seem able to play consistently well. We had our good matches and we succeeded in topping the Burslem League and in winning the Handley Cup. On the other hand, we had some frightful matches, as on that never to be forgotten day when we lost 1-13 to Nantwich Grammar School. We seemed to lose form whenever we met a grammar or technical school and unfortunately, too often when we were losing, our team showed no fighting spirit. This is not the way to win football matches.Our poor form was no fault of the captain, P. Dunn.
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Mick Barlow says
John Woolley, Stuart Poole, David Libershevski?, John Eccleston, Fred Meir, Philip Wright, Paul Garner, Peter Baker, David Jones
Front Row left to Right
David Foster, Alan Maskery, Mick Barlow, Keith Nixon
The Review for October 1966 makes this the 1965/66 team.
This was a most successful season for the Colts XI. Of all matches played, only one was lost. Credit is due to all players, for they had before them not only a League programme to complete, but also a full list of Cup, League Cup, City Cup and Friendly matches to play. Right through the season the team excelled in every department and once more brought a deal of honour and prestige to the school. The standard of football was of the highest order and was played with an enthusiasm and determination which must have given great satisfaction both to those who played and those who watched.
Woolley, Foster, Wright and Barlow were ever-present members of the City Schoolboys' Team. Maskery, Garner, Wright, Foster, Barlow and Woolley formed the backbone of the Stoke North team which, under the captaincy of Wright, reached the final of the Leckie Shield Competition, only to be beaten by Aldridge & Brownhills Association by two goals to one. Further honours went to Woolley who represented the county on a number of occasions.
The school team were Stoke North champions, Stoke North League Cup winners, and Stoke-on-Trent City Cup winners.
MICHAEL BARLOW (CAPT.)
Memories from Roy Hollins (u-15 1966-67) are added by his brother Terry
The figures on the bars in the gym in the background are wearing colour bands. Presumably a PE session involving a team game that is not using the "Shirts v Skins" designations.
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Thanks to Terry Hollins for sending this picture and information on behalf of Roy Hollins.
April 1967 photo is courtesy of Roy Hollins who cannot remember the occasion or the opponents or the score, but they definitely won! He does remember that they were unbeaten in league and cup games that year. The u-15 team were pictured at Northwood Stadium prior to winning the Senior City Knock Out Cup. See Richard Marsh's full record of their achievements.
Roy Hollins says
Mark Hood says
Richard Marsh (Bog), Peter Atherton, Mick Whalley, Dave Mills (Bomb), Jeff Smith, Robert Moss, John Randles (sub),
L to R front row
David Farrar, Kevin Wyse, Mark Hood capt (Robin), Dave Street (De La Rue), Roy Hollins.
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