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St Patrick's Boys School


St Patricks Boys school, Hardybutts, 1953.
Photo: John Gormally
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St Patricks Boys school, Hardybutts, August 1953. The class was 'Junior 4'. The names as far as I can recall them are:

Front row: Brian Hayes, George Hutchins, Martin King, John Spencer, Tony Cunliffe, Frank Cheetham, John Gormally, Mike Hanson, John Gannon, John Bennett, George Wong.

Middle row: Billy Connolly, Brian Birmingham, Joe Hare, Brian McGuirk, John Ruane, ?, George Parker, John Hargreaves, Kevin Govan, Kenny Sharrock.

Back Row: ?, Freddie Pike, Bernard Joyce, Mick Mooney, Gerard McNickolas. Joe Ashurst, Tony Gallagher.

Comment by: joe stead on 11th November 2009 at 13:03

hi John Gormaly know most on photo Tony Cunliffe was my cousin great boy died at 21 what a waste.see you Benidorm

Comment by: anthony gallagher on 1st February 2010 at 19:47

Hellow John, long time no see , remember playing in the old jowet car . regards Tony Gallagher

Comment by: anthony gallagher on 24th March 2010 at 19:29

the back row l/h is anthony hart from wellington st

Comment by: Patrick on 23rd August 2010 at 20:29

My grandads brother is in this picture. Michael Mooney (Mick).

Comment by: John Gormally on 11th December 2010 at 15:10

Hi Tony Gallagher. It has been a long time - must be more than fifty years! It's good to hear from you again - sorry about the late reply - I don't often look at these pictures.

Regarding Tony Cunliffe - it was sad loss. Tony was good friend of mine and remember being shocked when I heard of his accident.

Comment by: Mike Hanson on 21st September 2011 at 19:33

Hello John,
This web page was brought to my attention recently - an excellent piece of work John. Lots of memories there!

Comment by: Jo Dogherty (Cheetham) on 21st September 2011 at 21:45

Great photo, Frank Cheetham was my dad, who we sadly lost 2 years ago. We would love a copy of this photo - email me if possible.

Comment by: Tom Walsh on 27th January 2012 at 13:55

The house on the other side of the wall is the top house in Church Terr., ( Foggs Place) Tommy and Lizzie Lowe lived there at that time , the houses in the background are backs of John Street.

Comment by: joe tighe on 28th April 2012 at 23:31

i remember george hutchins geogie wong john ruane and of course mick mooney a great lad great memories

Comment by: Brian Gallagher on 27th June 2012 at 17:30

Michael Mooney is my cousin. Rather lost touch with that side of the family. A coloured photo would have shown his good head of red hair, just like my dad's. Pity no one mentioned his Rugby League career.

Comment by: bernard king on 25th July 2012 at 21:14


Comment by: Tim Coote on 15th June 2013 at 15:33

I fell off that bloody wall and broke my wrist and arm. It looked much taller when we were kids, perhaps it was because I was the smallest in our class, along with Ricky Kenyon. Ricky's Mam had a toffee shop on Hardybutts and his dad Dick had been a pro boxer.

Comment by: Anthony Newelll-Hart on 31st August 2014 at 04:03

I've been away from Wigan for many years, I will be delighted to show my children/ grandchildren the photograph of St Pat's. Is Anthony Gallagher still around ? I currently split my time between Maine USA and Berkshire UK

Comment by: Ed on 13th May 2017 at 01:27

Does anyone know the name of the boy in middle row with the white teashirt and glasses on,i think is first name was michael.

Comment by: Ann-Marie Ruane on 13th October 2018 at 19:19

Hi Ed, the boy in the middle row wearing the white T-shirt and glasses is my dad John Ruane. Sadly we lost him in July 2005.

Comment by: john spencer on 18th March 2019 at 17:56

the missing name I think is Bernard harmer,if I,m not mistaken harmers&birmingham left wigan for leyland

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