38 thoughts on “Tilery Road Junior Football Team 1957/58

  1. The lad on the front row kneeling (Left) could be my older brother Colin West he passed his 11 plus and then went to Grangefield Grammar School.

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  2. if Edgar Rispin is reading this please get in touch mate we can have a good trip down memory lane,so much ground to cover about tilery etc

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  3. Paul, I have contacted Edgar to let him know you have been in touch. However you did not leave your email address along with your comment so I have been unable to put you in touch. You can email or phone us to pass it on by using the ‘Contact Us’ link at the bottom of each page on the site.

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    • Edgar, if you contact the Picture Stockton team they will be able to give you my phone number if you would like to give me a call.

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  4. Edgar Rispin refers to a Paul Conroy from Tilery who he is trying to find the whereabouts of, I am that Paul Conroy. We lost touch when I joined the army in 1962 and I’ve been trying to find him since 1970. Is it possible that you could pass on my email address to him? You would make an old man very happy indeed if you could do this favour for me. Keep up the good work and thank you in anticipation.

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  5. Thanks to those who remember me, so sad for Tinner (Terry Rowntree). Alfie was a great lad, so funny. Them days we will cherish (well I do ). Yes I did marry Billy Johnstone, he died at 52, Edgar – Paul is living in Preston and has stayed at mine in the past with Cath, he is trying to contact you. Love to see Harold Eddie again, I have not seen him for a while.

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  6. Sheila, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Lol (Lollipop) died quite a few years ago. He worked for Stockton Council as a road sweeper for 20 odd years and lived in Hardwick before he passed away. I went to Tilery school at the same time as Lol, and ended up his inspector on the council. Mr gardener we nicknamed PC49 after a popular radio series because he was so tall.

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  7. Can anyone help me locate Laurence Dryden as I’m an old friend of his sister Irene who I have been trying to locate for ever. Would appreciate any info. By the by, Mr Gardner was my uncle!

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  8. I remember you, a good swimmer if I remember correctly, Derek. We did get presented with our survival badges. Nearly sure it was the Mayor of Billingham in the photo.
    Theres you, Colin Eeles, Dennis Carter, me, David Appleby, John Calvert, I know the faces of the next two but not the names, and finally Micky Hopper.

    Brian Clough did indeed present us with certificates, I was circa 10 or 11 years old, mine was my novice certificate. Remember Mrs Atkinson, the instructor at Billingham baths?

    Lynne Hepple, as she was known then, was a good friend of mine, as was Billy, her husband. I think Lynne is into Social Services now, I did see her a few years ago, she still looked well.

    Alfie Littlefair, where do I start? We were always good friends till the end. Alfie was renting one of our flats until his death some years ago. Alfie, as everyone knows, was a character, a person I particularly liked. Alfie used to be the milk monitor at school, if I was rushing to school Alfie would always shout ‘Harold – here’s a bottle of milk’. I would drink it before I arrived at the class, he was good hearted and always will remain a friend.

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  9. Lynne Hepple, now theres a blast from the past. I remember you when I use to knock around the Melba Bar in Norton. I think you ended up marrying a friend of mine, Billy Johnson. I use to also knock around Swainby Road and knew Shammy Thomas, some good lads from down there. One of my best friends now, Davy Hopkins, used to live down there. Knew Andy Littlefair and Harold and Stan Eddy. I never went in the brown jug though, bit too young then.

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  10. Hello Harold Eddy, remember me Derek Casey, think I was in the class below you. Shammy Thomas was one of my best mates. Can’t say I enjoyed school, but loved going to Billingham baths with the school. We had a photo taken at some time, I think it might have had something to do with the new survival medals, would have loved a complete photo from that time. Do you remember us all having our photo taken in Billy baths with the late Brian Clough? I have searched for years for a copy, no luck yet in getting hold of one.

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  11. Hi edgar how are you, long time hope things are well with you. I am some of the way through
    composing a small book on some of the times at Tilery Road, I did not play for the juniors
    although I played for the intermediates and then senior teams. Lollipop Dryden was his surname not fishburn, Terry Rowntree passed on as you will have heard. Billie Fury, Eden Cane, remember tina wanting to slide down the beam, what a night that was. Fond memories.

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  12. Andrea Ford, Alfie was a good mate of mine, when I left school we both worked at Downings iron foundry, his mam Ryah (spelling?) loved it when I would go to their house for lunch (dinner) as I was the only one who could get him to go to work. Alfie 6ft + me 5ft 5″ and younger, but I could get Alfie to do anything. As young lads in Swainby rd, we would all go over the pottery, make rafts to go under the railway bridge onto Eastbourne, Alfies older brothers Andy & Ernie were great lads also, we would spend hours over the pottery, wrestling or boxing and it would always end up in a bad tempered fight, then all end up laughing outside Pritchards shop. One time the fair came to Tilery rec, all the Swainby lads were stood on the ‘over the sticks’ ride we dared Alfie to jump on the ride whilst it was in full speed, Alfie took up the dare and stood getting the courage to jump on, we of course all egged him on, he did jump but didn’t make it, but his coat got caught on one of the safty rails and dragged him around, his legs going 50 to the dozen, his coat ripped near the steps on the other side of the ride and he took a load of lads and lasses down the steps with him. Needless to say, me and all the lads were bad laughing. Got loads of stories on Alfie, all good ones, he was a good mate of mine as all the Swainby rd lads, bless them, never had much money but a bank full of great memories.

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  13. Edgar Rispin & Derek Casey, Enjoyed reading your memories of when you were kid’s. I’m Alfie Littlefair’s Daughter, it was nice of you to remember him. Would love to hear more stories, and if anyone has any pictures that would be great.

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  14. Other people I remember from Craister Street include Mrs Storr and her son Alf, who were both very tall, Peggy Long and her partner Johnny, who was a friend of Mick Tierney and I think they worked together on building sites.There was also a family whose name I can’t recall from the bottom end of Craister. He had a hairstyle of "short back and sides with plenty of Brylcream. He had two young sons but memorably he had a brand new Morris Mini 1000. He was always chasing me and my best pal Jimmy Nelson as he thought we were a couple of tearaways.He was right! Cathy Conroy and especially her older brother Paul should remember some of this and I wonder if she can tell me of Paul’s whereabouts. Jimmy, Paul and myself were inseparable for a long time and have fond memories of our escapades together.

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  15. Wow all these memories flooding back, I was a friend of Cathy and still am, in fact I am sat in her house now typing this in Hainault, Essex. I moved into Tilery at 14 years old with my mother and step father, Wilf Garry and Joan Garry. Wilf was the secretery of the Tilery club and I think my mother Joan did a bit of bar maiding after her day job. My name was Lynne Hepple. I remember Edgar and his late wife Barbara Green, Peter Paleschi, Peter Manderville and the Woodings – John, Sheila and Michael.

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  16. Edgar, I think you’re confusing me with another family of Laings who lived further up Craister St. They had 2 sons Brian & Wally. You may remember my sister Anne who was a lot younger than me. I remember the Conroys, Mick’s surname was Tierney. I expect you remember the Dwyers who lived next door to us. I usually check this site regularly but missed your posts so I apologize for not replying sooner.

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  17. Maureen, you must have been close neighbours of the Conroys who lived in the bottom house in Craister Street. The mother’s name was Mary, son Paul and daughter Kathy. Later she had another daughter called Josie who’s father was Mick, a big Irishman who all the local kids were scared of. He was Paul and Kathy’s stepfather. Paul was a good friend of mine and also a decent footballer. The family were catholics and the kids went to a school in Portrack, I can’t recall which one. The Conroys were one of the few families who had a television and I well remember watching, with my Dad, the 1958 World Cup Final in their house. The TV picture was black and white of course and it was difficult to tell which team was which, the quality being so poor. The score was Brazil 5, Sweden 2 with seventeen year old Pele scoring twice for the winners. At the time it was amazing to be watching live football from another country (Sweden) in a house in Tilery. Great memories.

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  18. Maureen, was your maiden surname pronounced “Leng”? I remember John and I’m sure he had an older brother called Walter. They lived in Craister Street. John was a little older than me and I recall he had a new racing bike whereas mine was an old wreck. I think he got a motorbike after that. This was all around the mid to late fifties. I cant place you Maureen but I can confirm that my mother, who was known as Dilla (real name Hilda), used to play the piano. She was amazing as she never had a piano lesson in her life. After hearing a tune on the radio (no tv for us in those days, we still had gaslight!) she could sit down at our piano and play it straight away. She was always being asked to play in peoples houses and clubs and pubs but she rarely did because she was a bit shy and didn’t drink. The exception to this was on a New Year’s Eve when everybody liked a sing song. Those were the days, not much money but people knew how to have a good time.

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  19. Edgar I had no co-ordination between eye & foot so never played for Tilery – however as a child I went to the school, which became the “Friends Meeting House” at the bottom of the green. So I do remember Red House school very well. In retrospect, as I have posted before, Tilery Road School was a superb junior school & like many people I was privileged to attend there.

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  20. I vaguely remember you from Tilery, Edgar. Your back door was opposite ours & my mum was friendly with yours, your mum was a good pianist & she once played on our piano. I knew your sister Delia who was in the year above me at Grangefield.

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  21. Some of the people on this page from Norton might well remember the Red House School on Norton Green. This was a boarding school and I recall going there to play football with Tilery Road School. I seem to remember it was an annual friendly as I don’t think they were in the school’s league. It was a treat to go there as after the match we were invited for afternoon tea and sandwiches which was quite unique. They also had showers and proper changing faclities, something we never experienced at Tilery. It was one of our annual treats like going on a bus trip to High Force. We all regarded the kids from Red House as being “posh” but we had a good time and always looked forward to the next visit. It must have cost a fortune back in the fifties to be educated at Red House. I don’t recall any pupil’s names from that school but does anyone else?

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  22. Daisy Bowes lived in Danby rd, her grandson Keith Bowes was in my class and a good friend, he was one of the few lads that passed the 11plus. Never saw Keith for years then met up with him in the Brown Jug one night, he hadn’t altered at all still a bubbly lad, sadly he too passed away in the mid 80s. David Bowes has always been a good friend of mine, we both married two sisters. Davids marriage broke up, I’ve been married to Rita for 40 years, still see David when I venture down into Stockton, always a big smile from him. Freddy Newby and I lived at Stockton baths, we learnt to swim together. Always sat at the same diner table at school with Eric Howe, Freddy was about a year older than me, Eric Howe was another nice lad from Portrack. I wasn’t one of those lads that liked school, but didn’t play the nick, just loved the swimming lessons at the old Billingham baths. Spent years trying to track two photos taken at the baths, one photo was, I’m sure, taken at the inter house swimming competition and Brian Clough turned up and those that took part in the swimming had photo taken with him. The other photo was me, Harold Eddy, John Calvert, Denis Carter & couple of others getting the 1st survival badges, if any of you older lads could help out with photos I would be grateful.

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  23. Of the guys mentioned I remember the following; Fred Newby, who memory says was a small slim lad. Alfie Littlefair, sorry to hear has passed on. David Bowes, my parents knew Dasisy Bowes. Harold Eddy – who was certainly in J4A. My memory is hazy regarding yourself Derek, BUT Edgar I remember your shock of black hair. As for most of the rest of our year only one I met, fleetingly, some years on was Billy Scot who like me lived in Trent Street – they were very good days. Can’t help but reflect that people of our age probably had the best of it.

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    • Some great names from the past. Fred Newby can often be seen in the Royal Oak on a market day. David Bowes I haven’t seen for a number of years along with his friend John Willkinson. Yes Edgar and his hair always seen with Jimmy Nelson. Billy Scott haven’t seen since a school reunion some years ago. I left Tilery school in 1961.

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  24. Hello Edgar, poor Denis Wilson & Alfie Littlefair passed away just recently, Denis & Alfie were good mates of mine right up until they passed away. Growing up in Swainby & Danby Rd with lads like this was just the best, I can still laugh at the things we all got up to. Denis never got anything right, if we were jumping the beck he would fall in, if the rope we used for a swing would snap Denis was usually on it. Alfie was just a bit better at things than Denis but not a great deal, falling of the rafts we would make to sail up and down Lustrum beck, remember the old galvanised baths, we would sail all day under the railway bridges and come out on the Eastbourne side. Alfies older brother Andy would some times upset the tin bath or raft so Alfie would fall in, then the fights and arguments would start. You couldn’t grow up amongst lads like that and not have a bank full of wonderful memories.

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  25. I remember John Davidson, Eric Whitehouse, Davy Burns, Denis Wilson (who I think had a younger brother and sister) and is that Laurence Fishburn otherwise known as Lol or Lollipop? John Davidson is a hairdresser with premises in Stockton High St and he cut my hair for many years. He also kept in touch with Eric whitehouse. Eric was in Tilery Seniors Football team with me and also was a left winger. Harold Eddy was a friend of mine and he owned a cafe/snack bar at the top of Norton rd(Stockton High St end). Alfie Littlefair was another mate from that era too. It would be great to hear from any or all of these names from times gone by. I’ve yet to see a post on this site from any of them. Frank, Mike, Derek, have you heard from anybody in the recent past or know of their whereabouts?

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  26. Edgar, your memory does not fail you – Stuart Miller lived in Chadburn Road, Chris Hill in Swinburn Road & David Pinkney just at the start of Weston Crescent.

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  27. I can remember most of the lads mentioned, Edgar. My other mates at the time were Freddy Newby, David Bowes, George Thomas, Denis Wilson, all these lads a year or so older than me. Wasn’t a footballer myself, just loved to swim. Being taken to Billingham baths with Mr Kennedy was my favourite time at school. I did represent our school in a life saving compition just before leaving school, think we came second. Some of the lads in my class were John Davidson, Eric Whitehouse, Davy Burns, George Liddle, Fishburn, Briggs, David Bolam, could go on – it was a great class, cant think of a single bad lad amongst them. I was in Red House Ropner in swimming competitions and have been searching for group photo of the day Brian Clough came to Billingham baths, thought there might have been a few copies floating about but years of searching and no luck yet. I also had my photo taken with a few other lads with the deputy Mayor of Stockton presenting, I think, survival badges. On that photo were David Appleby, John Calvert, Harold Eddy and one or two others.

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  28. Don’t forget that Stuart Miller (who is also in the photo) was in our class at SGS, Edgar: so he must have passed his 11-Plus that year as well.

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  29. Derek, your best mate Shammy Thomas was outside left in our football team and a good one at that. I remember him as always having a smile on his face. Earlier I mentioned a lad called Alan who was always top of our class at that time. I remember now that his surname is Osbourne. He came from Tilery as did myself, Chris Bloomfield and Dezzie Betts. I’m sure that Stuart Miller, David Pinkney and possibly Chris Hill all came from Norton.

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  30. Mike, your correct with all three names. It’s jogged my memory enough to add another which is Alan(?)Nichol. He’s in front of Mr Gardner. Brian Dobson was one of only three from that year to pass the 11-plus along with myself and Alan ?. This lad was always top of the class, with me second and John Shepherd third. John I think went to Richard Hind, Alan and Brian to Grangefield Grammer and me to SGS.

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  31. At the time this photo was taken Shamy Thomas and me were best mates, he lived in 80 Swainby Rd and I lived at 155 Swainby Rd. I was in the class below Shammy, lads in my class were John Davidson, George Liddle, Eric Whitehouse, Davy Burns, John Calvert, Ray Ramsden – could go on. Good school, good teachers and lots of nice lads.

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  32. Edgar next to Mr Gardner is Stuart Miller, to your left is Brian Dobson who went on to Grangefield. This is a guess but the lad next to Mr Griffiths looks like Chris Hill.

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  33. Back row, from L to R, Mr Gardner, ? Miller, Shammy Thomas, me,? Wood, David Pinkney, ? ?, Mr Griffiths. Front row, ? ?, Dezzie Betts, Yikey Swales, Chris Bloomfield(captain), ? ?, A.Pennock, J. Shepherd.
    The three lads out of strip were reserves, the football is painted 1957 and I think this was the last year for the headmaster, Mr Griffiths before he left. This was the season we came second in the Stockton schools league. It might be that St Pats school in Thornaby won the league but I’m not certain. That same year we got to either the semi-final or the quarter final of the cup, again I’m not sure which. I also remember that at the end of the season the team was invited to a medal ceremony. This took place in a school hall in St Anne’s Terrace in Portrack. We were presented with our medals by none other than Brian Clough who, although only in his early twenties, was even then a very famous footballer. He might have been accompanied by his striking partner Alan Peacock who also featured in the Boro team of the late fifties, early sixties. It would be great if anyone can fill in the missing names or if any of my old team-mates can comment on this or other aspects of that memorable season. More observations from myself will follow.

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