Skipper’s memories

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Football captain Billy Haslam got in touch about this photo of a Brinsley football team.

Coincidently, Billy, who now lives in Underwood, was the only name Norman Langley recalled from the photo when the Advertiser spoke to him about it.

The 64-year-old said Mr Langley was a ‘breath of fresh air’ when he started as a teacher at the school.

“He was like a breath of fresh air to Brinsley School.

“We had never had anything like it before. When he started at the school we got a new football pitch, and he changed everything regarding sports and how it was taught.

“He launched a football team and a cricket team.

“He really was marvellous. He was ‘number one’ to us cricketers and footballers,” added Mr Haslam.

Mr Haslam was captain of both the school football team and cricket team.

Pictured on the back row, from left to right, are John Hogg, Ian Bingley, goalkeeper David Baggett, Kenny Meakin, John Smith and Tony Thorpe.

Pictured on the front row, from left to right, are Norman Fletcher, Andrew Lowe, Billy Haslam, Graham White and John Harrison.

Mr Haslam used to live in Church Walk, Brinsley, but now lives in Underwood.

“I have still got this photo myself,” he said

“I’ve never forgotten.”