20 thoughts on “Footbridge to Phoenix Sidings

  1. The house at the end on the right, was where Stockton footballer Barry Butler lived when he was a child with his mam & dad.

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      • That’s correct the trains leaving Stockton Station were just getting a head of steam up when they passed his house. It didn’t stop Barry growing into the Stockton legend he was. His Dad had an allotment on Durham Road at the back of the Rocket pub. Me and Barry’s cousin, Brian Fletcher, who was the singer in the ‘Panthers’ Rock group, used to go with his Dad and collect ‘pig meat’ from the local factories for the pigs on the allotment.

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        • A true legend he was Keith, he took Donny Heath & Tommy Osbourne under his wing at Norwich City. It would of been before The Rocket pub was built in the days when Guest Garage was there.

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          • Anon
            Ref. the post I have just sent, it may be of interest to Tommie and Donnie that the only Norwich players from Barry’s era at the Watford game were Billy Punton, Terry Alcock and Terry Stringer (who also babysat for the two stepsons as they once did!!!! both now in their fifties!!!!)

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    • Keith, you must be confusing him with someone else. Barry was born when living in 13 , Wren St. Oxbridge, his father Fred never had an allotment. Barry and I started school together in Sept. 1939, and were friends until his untimely death April 9 1966, 50 years ago. His widow, and my two step sons presented the Norwich player of the year trophy, in Barrys name, on 11th May, at Norwich home match against Watford, i.e. the night Norwich were relegated and Sunderland stayed up.

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      • Gran, I met Barry when I was about 12yrs old in the house in question. Barry was a lot older than me. I assumed at the time that it was his mam and dads house as he seemed part of the furniture so to speak. As I now know from you, obviously not but we live and learn eh. You must be a very proud man to be so involved in the Barry Butler presentation each year at Norwich. I wonder if Donny Heath was attracted to play for Norwich through Barry’s connection with the club. Maybe you could enlighten me.

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        • Keith
          I used that bridge a lot as it was a shortcut from the Sec. school in Nelson Terrace to go over the wasteland and the Rocks, and fields to Grays Rd. where I lived. I had a pal who lived in Hutchinson St. who went to the Sec. in same class. In the sixties, Whaley Welding used to make louvres for the side walls of inlet headers at the top of gas reformer furnaces for Whessoe at Darlington.
          Anon could enlighten you more about Donnie and Tommie, though I did know Tommies brother Freddie. They lived near Mill-Lane school.
          I did play against the Boro reserves once around about 1962 in the N.R. senior cup., when Donnie was the young lad in their team. they turned out practically the first team that day, Bill Gates was marking me,. Arthur Lightening was in goal and Bill Harris and Derek Stonehouse were in their team,. I played for South Bank, we lost 4-2
          Barry was very good with young players, and was about to be made Norwich Player – Coach when the car crash happened. He has a younger sister who lives in Eaglescliffe. Barry would have been 82 this coming July.

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          • I don’t think you will need to be enlightened on Donny or Tommy, Keith, as you will have known Tommy from your school days & being a good friend of the Heath family. Gran you are right 1962 Donny would of still been available for the Juniors then, as a matter of interest Bill Gates played in the county trials at fifteen when he was at Spennymoor Grammar School, he was a tough cookie & was the brother of Eric who played for Ipswich & Sunderland.

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          • I’ve read a lot about you Gran and I’m totally in awe of your footballing career. I learn a lot from my mate anon the footballing guru with regard to football in the borough. As he will tell you I went to Mill Lane school and I’m the cousin of the late Portrack Shamrocks goalkeeper Ronnie Roberts whom I feel sure you would know or have heard of. Tommy Osbourne lived in Ewbank street and he and his older brother Freddie played for the school and the Town. As for Donny I lived next door to him and his brother Mally Heath in Balaclava street before they moved to Newham Grange estate.

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            • Another brother Barry Osbourne was also a good footballer, but I think Barry went to Richard Hind School, he was the same as Freddie & Tommy a good guy off the field but stood no nonsense on it, they all played in the Northern League.

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  2. Ken Salmon, Ken Little is my dad, sadly no longer with us. I would appreciate any anecdotes from his era as I’m compiling family history with my brothers. Derek is my uncle, still living in the area.

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  3. The view beyond the bridge is shared by Seymours offices and Whaley Engineering to the right with the doorway shown below the bridge being the entrance to the assembly workshop of Whaley’s. I served my time there as a plater/templatemaker. Who do I remember from those days,
    Alan Tupling, Lenny Gill, Gordon Fox, Snekky Thomas, Paul Richardson, Tommy Richardson, Ringo Wright a big boozer, Alan Hindmarsh, Eddie Harrison, Billy Barwick, Jack Lawman, George Walker, Billy Heron, Carl Ferguson, Tommy Butler, Hughie Thompson, Geoff Bell, Bill Sinclair, Nic Robson, Ken and Derick Little, Eddie and Dougie Whaley to name but a few. Such happy memories of people who remain in my memory.

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  4. Seeing that pic brought the memories back of when I was a kid back in the 50s. Used to love standing on there while the steam trains passed underneath. I used to disappear in a cloud of steam.

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  5. This is Brown’s Bridge, and we the Woodmass’ lived at 31 Stamp Street, the ‘other’ end corner house closest to the station. The street (about 4 houses) to the bridge wasn’t Stamp St, but don’t think it was Hutchison or Mill St West either. I have many the same memories of standing on Brown’s bridge, waiting for the steam trains, and disobeying Mam and Dad and going over the ‘other side’ on my own!! I only ever remember our house as the end of Stamp Street, there were more houses right upto the station, but were demolished and ‘the common’ as it was known, was our Bonfire area for most of the 60’s/70’s. The Butterworths lived behind us, next to the railway line, as No 31 was directly opposite Durham Street.

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  6. I always remember the bridge it gave a great view of the station area, with one little drawback, because on the North facing side of the bridge was a signal gantry with semaphore signals to signal trains off the goods line onto the mains etc, but these signals had a back sighting boards for to give drivers better sighting and are still there, the area was controlled by Bishopton Lane signal box, which over the line to the right.

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  7. This is the footbridge by Phoenix Sidings just to the south of Stockton station and is still there today. The Spring Street footbridge is further south by Ropner Park and Hartburn Junction where the Eaglescliffe and Middlesbrough lines diverge.

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  8. I seem to remember crossing that bridge with you in the 60″s – If you are the same Steve(Smaff)Smith that lived on Brown”s Bridge? Is this the same bridge as the Spring Street Bridge? I also remember standing on many occasions waiting for the steam trains in and out of Stockton Station – sometimes if a significant train was due, there would be dozens of people waiting to see it. We would run like mad to make sure we got there in time to get covered firstly in steam and then ashes and smoke!

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  9. I remember racing across this bridge to get caught in the smoke of the old steam trains in the early 60″s, (seemed like a good idea at the time ). We lived on Browns Bridge, so I had to cross this bridge twice a day to go to Mill Lane School. Burns Dairy was just to the right of the building on the other side of the bridge, which I think were the offices of Whaley Welding.There was 4/5 houses in this little terrace,I think that a family called Woodmass lived in the house(not in photo) on the corner of Stamp Street.

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