Old School

St Thomas More School soccer team who were playing in the Halifax schools final,  photographed by Halifax Courier at Savile Park about 1956.
St Thomas More School soccer team who were playing in the Halifax schools final, photographed by Halifax Courier at Savile Park about 1956.

Our photo of the football team at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Secondary School, Holmfield, Halifax, in Nostalgia on August 23 brought a call from Ted Roberts, of Green Park Road, Skircoat Green, Halifax.

The picture had originally been sent in by David Baldwin, the goalkeeper at the centre of the back row, who now lives in Australia.

He could only recall some of the names but Ted – pictured left on the front row – was able to fill in some of the gaps, including the names of all the players, so we decided to run the photo again.

The picture, taken in December 1957, shows the St Thomas More team at Savile Park, Halifax, on the day they played Ostler School in the final of the Teachers’ Shield, which was a tournament for secondary school teams. St Thomas More lost the big game by 3-2.

The lads were in their final year at St Thomas More and mostly left the following Easter, 1958, at age 15.

Ted says that many of them still live in Halifax. They include Mick Armitage (left on the back row), who lives at Warley. He, said Ted, gave much of his life to helping local lads in sport, including running the under-14 and under-18 teams of Crossleys Football Club, based at the Dean Clough carpet making firm. He went on to become president of the Halifax and District Football Association.

Pictured, standing, from the left are Mick Armitage, John Fennelly, Malcolm Delaney, David Baldwin, Patrick Colgan, who now lives in Canada, Paddy McDonnell and teacher Mr Barrett. In front are Ted Roberts, Mick O’Shea, Louis Byrne, John Lawson and Darrell Naylor.