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Pilkington Bros Football c1957.
Photo: Philip G.
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Item #: 32059
Yours truly, in red and white, when as mascot for dad's work's department team. The game was played on what then was known as the City Road ground, former home of St Helens Recs.
All that I can recall of the proceedings is of the Ted' (front-row) clasping his hands and smiling at me, and of me being denied the tossed penny before toddling off to mam and dad sitting in the Stand (the Stand was massive, or so it seemed) A short while ago, the St Helens Star newspaper kindly included it in one of its issues, and no sooner had it done so than a lady identified her dad as being in the line-up - she was thrilled to pieces.
Those were the days when we played until dark, and games in Wigan were yet to come.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th April 2020 at 08:18

Philip that's a great photo, bet you were as proud as punch not to mention your Ma and Pa..Can see the usual scab on your knee, that was normal for lads,it was like a badge! ;o)

Comment by: Philip G. on 9th April 2020 at 11:03

And many were those badges Veronica: of headlong pell', orchards sought and taken trees that reached the sky.

Comment by: whups on 9th April 2020 at 12:01

can you name them phil ? .

Comment by: Philip G. on 9th April 2020 at 15:47

Whups, I could send you the Star's photo, which includes the few names that were given to me by a neighbour. Here's one: 4th from the left is Ted Forshaw, who reached Everton's reserves before playing Rugby League for St Helens.

Comment by: XPat on 9th April 2020 at 19:27

From apprentice to fully qualified ( item 29431 ) footballer.

Comment by: Philip G. on 9th April 2020 at 20:49

Shirt's the same, XPat, … of a fashion.

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