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pemberton boy's rugby team
Photo: eric johnson
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Pemberton boy's senior rugby team 1962-1963.I'm the one sat on the floor front right,do you remember me richard green?the PE teacher is Mr.Hodgson a(welchman if i recall).

Comment by: Richard Green on 2nd August 2009 at 11:56

Eric I'm that decrepid now I need for you to give me some more clues.That is Bob Hodgeson the mad Welsh PT teacher, look at the size of his feet, thoses are the pumps he used to use to hit you on the back-side with, happy days. Is that Derick Halliwell back row on the left? If so he used to live around the corner from me on Norley, he was 6 feet tall when he came to Pem;nobody could tackle him. I remember that there was a policy that either you played rugby or football, I played football, the rugby lads I remember were Jimmy Bolton Barry Stevens Jimmy Robinson and the rest who I do appologise for not remembering.Give me more clues so's my starter motor and battery will come to life again.Do you remember the PT teacher who was either before Bob Hodgeson or came after, Jones or Johnson I think,but what do I know? Ive only recently found this site so I will scan it continuously,( if I don't forget) cheers .

Comment by: eric johnson on 2nd August 2009 at 12:44

Hi richard like you i'm new to this site ,the only ones i can remember are back row 4th from left les bolton,greyham glover,derik tudor.holding the ball i think is bernard fitzpatrick,sat on the front derick knowles and myself,a couple of the lads were in a year below me.The only other PE teacher i recall was a Mr. Humphrey's a bit of a gymnast he was there at the same time as hodgeson.hope this helps its certainly done my head in.

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd August 2009 at 19:45

Hello Richard and Eric, I started there in 1964 and the PE teacher then was a Mr Jones and he gave out the same punishment hitting you with a large gym pump, he also made you weed around the playground areas if you didn't take your gym kit. He left soon after and a Mr Brennan took over I remember him because he gave me a right shiner of a black eye playing rugby when he caught me in the eye with his elbow during a tackle, after he left an ex Wigan rugby player took over his name was Mr Stevens.

Comment by: Richard Green on 5th August 2009 at 19:13

Hello Eric and Cyril, You were spot on with Mr Humphry's Eric, I remember playing cave man rugby in the gym and a bunch of us tackled Mr Humphrys in the corner next to the fire doors, this was before they covered them with mobile wall bars, anyway we all hit him he went backwards and we went with him ,he hit the release bar with all of us on him and we all ended up on top of him and him lying on top of a manhole cover just outside the door. We thought we'd killed him we all got off and ran away.We found out later he'd only badly hurt his ribbs.They fitted the mobile wall bars over the two fire doors afterwards.Happy days.(when I look back I think the teachers enjoyed themselves as well don't you ?) cheers ....

Comment by: Eric Johnson on 5th August 2009 at 21:47

Hi Richard & cyril, cyril won't remember this teacher but you will, besides Mr.Bradbury for science there was also Mr.Banks(think dracular chris lee) big bugger he was but a decent chap.Also a Mr.Tylsley or Tinsley, I always remember him having a sword fence all around the classroom with ronald sharp,he was about hit ron with the board ruler when ron picked up a 12"rule and started fencing him,talk about a laugh the class was in stitches.anyway enough for now Cheers.

Comment by: judith hodson on 7th August 2009 at 12:55

bob hodsons my father in law!

Comment by: eric johnson on 7th August 2009 at 19:02

Hi Judith,sorry for not spelling the surname correct, as richard says were both decrepid with a lot of grey matter.I do remember he was a tough teacher and stood no nonsense,he made us run crosscountry in all weathers hard but happy times.

Comment by: judith hodson on 8th August 2009 at 10:58

thats ok! you might know my brother peter gilbert, he's 61 now and bob was his pe teacher

Comment by: dave winstanley [wink ] on 9th October 2009 at 06:10

i use to play for that team we use to give the ball to dereek as a batering ram, i think that is me just under halliwell ,b marseden was srum halfrember all the faces but can not put names to themif you got in trouble you use to get shinnty stick on you ass in the gymngreat to see all those faces again my hame was dave winnstanley [ wink [ live in watford now been here 34 years lost touch with lot mates in pemberton

Comment by: dave winstanley on 9th October 2009 at 06:44

hi judith it was your fatherinlaw made me play rugby bob hodson he came to wigan rugby from wales play a bit a was teacher at pem sec great teacher strict help me to get sign up at wigan in thoseday , ti remembaer metting him railway hotel pub i be 19 then i said alow sir he said you do not have to call me sir now winstanley, was sad when told me he had left teaching and now was working for some petrol com wihed me all the best for the future, great teacher and great man in my eyes he was the best i am 62 now long tome ag but he is always in my mind even to day thinking what he would do with that prob or this thanks

Comment by: terry haswell on 23rd November 2009 at 16:20

the guy next to derek tudor is graham glover his nicname was snowball

Comment by: Barrie Winrow on 4th January 2011 at 17:27

Terry, did snowy play the drums in a band with colin brown and the hampson brothers?

Comment by: pem lad on 2nd February 2011 at 20:33

the lad holdind the ball is Bernard marsden.

Comment by: Barrie Winrow on 16th January 2013 at 23:34

Does anyone know what year these lads were in when this photo was taken?
Judith, what year did Bob leave?

Comment by: charles halliwell on 27th January 2013 at 11:44

i was there at that time.same class as some these lads hodson was a good pe teacher.i lived in montrose ave he could see me turn out in the morning,he would shout chaass very loud i would run up to school to get hit with his pump

Comment by: charles halliwell on 27th January 2013 at 11:50

the photo approx 1962 give or take 1 year hope this helps you barrie

Comment by: charles halliwell on 27th January 2013 at 12:13

hi david i was in same clas as you, charlie last time i saw you was up wigan about 1972 soso good old days,i emigrated to australia.came back living in wigan,retired 64 going on5

Comment by: charles halliwell on 27th January 2013 at 13:19

hi does anyone remember mr darbyshire.and his sword of death, strict teachers but humerous mr bradbury science t with, the electric shock good old days class rough class4c

Comment by: Alan Farrington on 27th October 2014 at 12:42

Iam the 2nd from left top row at the side of Derek Halliwell
we where in the first year this his the 2nd year Rugby team
also in the photo his Les Bolton 4th from left top row also Brain Gregary 4th from left middle row we all went on to sign for Wigan RFC Bob Hodgson was the teacher he came from Wales and played full back for Wigan at the time the only other two i can place is Snowy and big Derek Tuder

Comment by: Brian Derbyshire on 27th November 2014 at 10:23

I was at Pem between 61 & 64 then went to Wigan Gramma. Photo confusing to me as I played for the team whilst there and played centre to Derek (Sally) Halliwell. The others I remember in the team were David Dawber, Dave Ashcroft, Ainscough, a small guy I think Hill or Hall lived in Kirkstone (played hooker) and of course Alan Farrington. Hi Alan didn't you live on Norley Hall Avenue near Old Folks Home? We use to play in green and white strip shirts (what colour where these shirts) have a photo of the team somewhere will try to find it, I remember that the teacher on photo is Peter Brison just before Bob Hodson came.

Comment by: Derek Halliwell on 28th December 2014 at 09:26

Yes it is me Derek Halliwell back row on the left next to Alan Farrington who wen on to play for the A team at wigan.
So how are you Richard G and I did live round the corner on Lamberhead rd next door to Philip Bibby, do you remember JOHNY ASHALL,JAMES LOMAX, ALAN SEDON and a lot more, hope you and all our mate's are doing well.bye for now and say hello to WALES.

Comment by: Alan Farrington on 8th January 2015 at 10:39

Hi Derek Hope you are ok a long time since that photo and when we where at Wigan Colts with Jack Kean It looks like you are living in Wales you must like them sheep
Iam still living in Wigan well Standish been there since i left Norley. Now taking the Grand Kids to the game Hope you are in good health as for Johnny Ashall and Alan Seddon never seen them speak again soon Alan

Comment by: Derek Halliwell on 8th January 2015 at 14:46

Hi Alan it's great to here from you after all these years, I've put 2 photo's on, one Pemberton boys school juniors 1962 and another. If you click on sports to the left scroll down to wigan rugby [232] then page 12. It's not me that lives in wales it's a friend that lived on Troutbeck, I live in Colne near Burnley. Hope you can give some feedback cos I can't remember. So you live in Standish, I have relatives on Church st. saint wilfreds church at one end and the globe at the other. Happy new year. Derek

Comment by: Alan Farrington on 9th January 2015 at 08:51

Hi Derek
Same here great to here from you been a long time. Great Photos I have put a comment on them both if you are ever up in Standish visiting give us a call it would be nice to see you. Iam glad your not living in Wales I was getting a bit worried Phone 01257421519 off tonight to warmer climates for 2 weeks so unable to reply so I will look when I get back Happy New Year to you all

Comment by: Alan Farrington on 9th January 2015 at 09:50

Hi Derek
Same here great to here from you been a long time great photos I have put a comment on them both. Glad your not living in Wales got a bit worried. if your ever in Standish give us a call be nice to see you 01257421519 off to warmer climates tonight for 2 weeks so unable to comment but will look when I get back Happy New Year Alan

Comment by: Malcolm on 16th October 2015 at 17:32

Derek haliwell the tallest lad in school I went to college in1966 with him he started work at Hollands in upholland not seen him since then.

Comment by: Derek Halliwell on 17th October 2015 at 13:19

Malcolm just read your post but I can't place you,it's 50 years ago and the memory is not as good as it was,so could you give a few more clues as to who you are. Ps sorry I don't remember. Derek

Comment by: Malcolm conroy on 30th November 2015 at 18:38

Hi Derek I lived in scafell drive we were in the same class at the wigan tech I you worked at Hollands of upholland, Mr rigby took us for technical drawing and Mr Mayer for science and calculations also in our class was David gray and another lad I don't recall his name Phil charnock "? I used to drink in the travellers rest pemberton I remember your dad going in onus day lunch with Mr cunliffe of scafell drive, I remember you catching the bus to Hollands with two old joiners are you still working I am 66 and still working all being well.

Comment by: Derek Halliwell on 10th December 2015 at 15:32

Hi Malcolm how could i forget we nearly lived next door to one another just round the corner on Lamberhead rd (65). You must know Derek Orme he lived about 150 yards from you on the corner, norman and frank gaskell and many more. No not working anymore, good to know your still fit and well enough to work wish i was. thanks for your reply malcolm and yes i remember you well all the best and have a good christmas and new year. Derek.

Comment by: allangregory on 29th April 2016 at 13:23

i..alan just looking at pem rugby team with our brian on it sadly passed away in 2002 remember we used to play on the green when we were kids we used to call you john barton

Comment by: Barrie Winrow on 29th October 2016 at 15:45

Allan, put the photo on here.
Sorry to hear about your Brian, hope you are well.

Comment by: Platty on 17th May 2017 at 19:40

Does anyone know of Phillip Burrows, he was younger than the boys on here, attended 1969 - 1974, but I'm looking for anyone who may have had a brother at the school during that time who may have known him. he lived on Helvellyn Road, Norley. Please e-mail if you can help:

Comment by: Barrie Winrow on 27th January 2019 at 10:08

R.I.P Les Bolton

Comment by: Alan Farrington on 9th February 2019 at 09:59

RIP Les funeral at st Mathews highfields Thursday 14th February 11.30

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