This 65 year old photograph shows Benny Brown of Newham Grange School scoring with a header over the Mill Lane goalkeeper. The caption on the back although faded reads Newham Grange 10, Mill Lane 0 goal scorers; Brown 5, Dolan 4 and Campbell 1.
In the photograph are Ducka Banks, behind Benny Brown waiting for a mistake, Ray Frost behind Ducka Banks, and the Mill Lane player looks like John Prosser ?
The other members of the Newham Grange side who represented Stockton Boys that year besides Benny Brown, were Ray Frost, Ducka Banks, Trevor Briggs, and Denis Grubb. All these players are either 80 years old now or nearly eighty years if they are still with us. Myself I am one of the young brigade only 79 years old until July next year.The match was played at the Grosvenor Recreation Reserve and as I remember it was a cold and misty November type of day. The teacher in charge of Mill lane football and Stockton Boys football was Mr Harry Rigg the well known Stockton Sports teacher and the Newham Grange Sports Teacher was Mr Ray Irvine, the well known Stockton CC cricketer.
Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.