Seeing that old Bishopsworth British Legion Boys photo stirred some great memories
WITH my wife, I visited my parents' home last weekend. As we arrived, my mother decided to go up into the loft to get some old photographs down for us to have a look at.
Filthy, dirty, covered in cobwebs, but she's been a brilliant mother to me! For 15 years I have been waiting to use that line.
Seriously though, when she came back down, she had some really old snaps, dating back to my schoolboy football days. One particular photograph showed my old Bishopsworth British Legion boys team being presented with winners medals. Although nearly 40 years have passed since, I still recognised most of my former team-mates. In fact, I am still in contact with quite a few of them.
The familiar faces I picked out included Richard Bryant, Steve Miles and Paul Hemmings. Coincidentally, the four of us later linked up to play in senior men's football at both Robinsons and Brislington football clubs.
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At the time we were photographed, we would have been about 11 or 12 years of age. Most of us pictured were about 4ft nothing, the one exception being our centre-half, Richard Bryant, who stood over 6ft, even at that young age. He resembled the fictional character Gulliver when standing among the rest of us, hence his nickname Lofty.
Notable others pictured were Kevin Meacock, Paddy Sullivan and Pete Walsh.
Kevin was on Bristol City's books before emigrating to play, I believe, in Australia and New Zealand. Both Paddy and Pete were really tough competitors. Even at that young age, they always frightened me and they were on my side!
I played against those two at Western League level on a number of occasions and, believe me, I've still got the scars to prove it!
Paddy usually gave you a fixed stare that was really intimidating. I saw him only last week, where he was standing just a few feet away glaring at me. Only on this occasion, with his eyesight now so poor, he was trying to make out who he was speaking to!
Seeing those old faces leads me nicely into a football reunion that is taking place on Friday evening at Robinsons.
The event is being held at the club's old headquarters at St Johns Lane, Bedminster, with an 8pm start. It should be a great night and anyone who has been associated with the club is welcome.
For ticket information, contact Mike Little on 07881 293769 or with ticket information at the bottom of this page.
Another photograph that my mum showed us was not football related at all.
It showed our family enjoying a street party celebrating the Queen's silver jubilee.
Apparently, at the time, it was labelled the most dangerous street party ever – the reason being we lived alongside the M32!