The Little Wembley I remember was a football ground that was situated near the canal at Tinsley. I remember playing there for Newhall School in 1958 against another school from the Attercliffe/Carbrook area. I believe the ground belonged to one of the collieries in that area. It was a decent ground with a small stand for spectators.
Anybody else remember this?
Hi azz. I lived at 584 Brightside Lane from 1949 - 1959. Junction of Windmill St. & Brightside Lane. In our yard the families were the Sharrocks, Parkers & Scarboroughs. My surname is Jackson.
I went to Newhall School. Like you say the houses were'nt good but it was a great community to live in. The old addage was true in this area that you could leave your door unlocked basically because you didn't have anything worth pinching. Where you lived do you remember the Atkinsons, Shaws, Callaghans & Waterhouse.
When I was a kid living on Brightside Lane in the 50's my Mum & Dad would take me to the Adelphi, usually for the first house on Saturday nights. It was funny to see people rushing to leave the building at the end of the film to avoid standing to attention for the national anthem. I remember when leaving the Adelphi there would be a newspaper seller outside shouting "Star and Green un." My Dad would always buy one to see how Wednesday had gone on if they had played away from home.
When I got a bit older I would wait outside with my friends to ask complete strangers if they would take us in to see a certificate "A" Film. Kids could only get in to these films if accompanied by an adult.(no fear of peadophiles in those days) The school clinic was at the side of the Adelphi. Most kids would dread going there usually to have bad teeth pulled. They put you to sleep using gas and it was awfull.
My Dad & Grandad were members of Wincobank & Blackburn WMC. I started to go there with my Dad & Mum at a very early age. My Dad had an allotment near the club and when he'd done his work there on Sunday morning we would go to the dinner time session at the club. He'd have a few pints. I'd have a few vimtos and some crisps. We would watch the "turn" and play bingo then catch the number 4 bus back to where we lived on Brightside Lane. We would go back to the club with my Mother at night to see the "turn" again and play bingo again. We would also go some Saturday nights as well. Other Saturday nights we would go to the Adelphi picture house on Attercliffe.
I became a member of Wincobank & Blackburn club in 1965 when I was 18 years old. The Secretary at this time was Don Peacock and the concert secretary was Doug Jessop. Doug was very good at his job. If there was any noise from the audience while the "turn" was on he would interupt the act and warn everbody that if the noise continued he would stop the act. They had some good acts at the club. Gerry Dorsey started his career at clubs like this. He changed his name to Englebert Humpadinck. During the 60's they had some good groups play there like The Fortunes and John O'hara and his Playboys. It's a shame that WMC's like this hit on hard times and close. I suppose that everything has its time.Pubs are experiencing this now.
I went to Newhall Infants & Junior Schools from 1952 to 1958. In the Junior School my teachers were Mrs. Turton, Miss Bloom, Miss Guest and Mr. Farrand. Mrs. Turton was a lovely lady. Miss Bloom was quite strict especially keen on the times table which she made you recite in front of the class. Miss Guest and Jerry Bronks didn't get on. When she saw Bronks walking across the hall to her classroom She would say "watch out he's on his way here." This meant that we should get our heads down and look like we were doing some work. Mr. Farrand was a nice bloke and he was our sports teacher too. I remember that he told us he lived at Coal Aston which he made it sound as if it was at the end of the earth. He was sometimes late to start the class in the morning, I suppose due to problem he had catching buses. No cars in those days for most people.
We took the 11+ exam in those days. Only one boy passed in our year - Andrew Carr. We weren't bothered because we knew that if we passed 11+ we would be split up from our friends. I remember my Mother being very disappointed that I didn't go Grammer School. I played for the school football team. These were some of my team mates. David Dennison, Alan Taylor, Patrick Bean, Ian Shaw, Tony Hampton, Alan Mills, Barry Hull.
Jerry Bronks was involved with the Sheffield Boys football team which played most of it's home games at the English Steel Sports Club on Bellhouse Rd. I used to sell the the match programme with others on the gate.
The school used to play football at Crowder House playing field which I think belonged to Firth Park Grammer School. The pitch we played on was very steep maybe a 1 in 10 slope. It felt that steep any way. We would catch a tram from Newhall Rd. to Crowder House and pay the conductor with tokens.
Every Monday morning we would walk to Maltby St. School where we would have a shower. Most kids at Newhall didn't have a bathroom so this was to make sure that we all had at least one good scrub every week. At our house Friday night was the tin bath in front of the fire night. I always look back with fondness at my days at Newhall School. I went to Hartley Brook School after leaving Newhall. Does anybody rember Jack Skandratt the barber on Newhall Rd.?