GRANGETOWN IN TIMES PAST
St Marys School
Mick Traynor - Boer War Recruit + Others
Streets and Buildings
World War One 1914 -18
Parish, Priests and Processions
Street Stories + Characters
1925 Ladies Parish Outing + More
A Tale from the Duckie + other stories
World War Two 1939 - 45
Messages from Home & Abroad
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The World of Work
Upstairs and Downstairs...
The Board School
Pochin Road Infants School
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Grangetown Boys' Club
Sir Wm Worsley School
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St Peter's Senior School
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Grangetown Wednesday 1908
|Grangetown Wednesday 1908 - courtesy of M.Traynor
I discovered a postcard photograph in my Uncles' place one day, as I was fishing through his old baccy tin. It was a football team called Grangetown Wednesday dated 1908. A friend of my Uncle Mick Traynor, John Carr said with obvious knowledge and great confidence..." they were so called because they played all their matches on a Wednesday !" and he described the field on which they played as being somewhere near Lee Road..as far as I can remember.
One of the men wearing a cap...5th from left..certainly has a look of my cousin Bernard Traynor..Is this my grandfather aged 33?
If anyone can tell me more about this team I would love to hear from them.
Grangetown Athletic FC in 1911
|Grangetown Athletic FC in 1911 - courtesy of Jim White
Here we have a picture of Grangetown Athletic FC which was certainly playing in 1910 and probably earlier - Members of the Northern League with patrons Herbert Samuel,Penry Williams and James Eadie, President John Turner and numerous Vice Presidents and Committee Members whose trainer was a Mr T Feeney.
Jim White's uncle Harry Thomas is the goalkeeper in the centre wearing white.
Report of a "bruising" derby match Tues April 11th 1911
GRANGETOWN V SOUTH BANK
At Grangetown. The weather was cold and windy but about 1,200 spectators were present.
Grangetown: Goal, H. Thomas; backs, Kennedy, Simpson; half-backs, Henry, Davies, J. Thomas; forwards, Murtha, Neesham, Reardon, Hanlon, Jones.
South Bank: Goal, Howling; backs, Rand, Oakley; half-backs, Booth, Prest, Cook; forwards, Murtha, Biggs, Carr, McHale, Pattison.
Grangetown had the advantage of playing with the wind behind them in the first half, and consequently were soon on the attack, but Reardon failed to profit by an excellent opportunity, and Carr followed suit at the other end. The game was entirely lacking in science, force being the predominant feature and the referee found it necessary to warn more than one player. By the use of the one-back game, the Bankers threw the Steelworkers forwards out of gear, and about 25 minutes had elapsed before REARDON opened the score. Oakley was the cause of the goal, as he miskicked, and the home centre rushed in before Howling could get the ball away. Several times after this the Bankers were within an ace of equalising, one effort of Carr’s landing the ball on top of the net, while a free kick, accurately placed by Rand, was finely fisted out by Thomas. Half-time:-
Grangetown 1, South Bank 0
With the wind behind them the Bankers made the running in the second half, but the home defence tackled and the game was well on before COOK equalised with a long shot, which Thomas misjudged, and allowed to pass between his hands and the post. After this the game became keener and rougher than ever, and a scuffle between Pattison and Davies led to the latter being ordered off. In fairness to Davies, it should be stated that Pattison was the aggressor, as he struck the Grangetown player. Before long the Town suffered a further misfortune, as Simpson, their doughty left back, had to retire with an injured eye. Then a collision between Biggs and J. Thomas led to the former having to go off with his ankle injured again, while the latter was badly shaken. The closing stages were fought out in semi-darkness, and about five minutes from time CARR got the winning goal from close range. It was an exhibition of which neither side can feel proud. But for the timely intervention of the police at the finish it is more than likely that the upshot would have been a free fight. As it was, several blows were struck at players by spectators. Result:-
SOUTH BANK …………. 2
GRANGETOWN …………. 1
Grangetown St Marys FC in 1914
|Grangetown St Marys FC in 1914 - courtesy of St Mary's Archives
North Riding Amateur Cup Winners 1914
StMarys 2 West Hartlepool Expansion 0
Northern Echo :-April 13th 1914
Players :- Vickers, Billy Noteyoung, Dai Thomas, Jim Thomas, Whelan, Haining, Jones, Hanlon, Evans, Collins + 18 staff & supporters
Dai Thomas played right back,
Jim Thomas left half and
Mr Bennett is standing behind the bearded man.
( info and picture supplied by Jim White )
Grangetown Athletic c 1920
|Grangetown Athletic c 1920 - courtesy of Jim White
Jim Thomas is in this photo, standing behind a young boy.
The latest information relating to this photograph is supplied by Mrs Margaret Welch nee Lawlor
The young boy in front of Jim Thomas is the brother of Philomena Jackson (Mrs Doran). He used to follow Jim everywhere.... believes he died young.
Standing 2nd Right (Next to tall chap in riding boots) Wearing white shirt and dark tie is apparently Walter Bird.
Player, standing 4th left (first in strip) is said to be named Taylor.
Grangetown Athletic Fixture List Book 1912
|John Carr said that this little leather-covered book was found in an old shed on an allotment near Lee Road..
Inside was a list of members, supporters and the current fixture list for 1912-13
Grangetown Athletic F.C.
Members of the Northern League
Herbert Samuel Esq MP
Penry Williams Esq MP
James Eadie Esq
John Turner Esq
Rep & Hon Treasurer
Mr James Douglas
Mr Fred Williams
Jas Calderwood Esq
B Fulton Esq
G Fulton Esq
H Adams Esq
T O Brien Esq
E H Cook Esq
John Chapman Esq
C Shields Esq
B Edmunds Esq
P Fox Esq
H France Esq
R Knox Esq
H Lawrence Esq
R Lancaster Esq
J Milner Esq
B Powell Esq
J Pearson Esq
E Ringrose Esq
H Wilkinson Esq
P Westgarth Esq
W Crisp Esq
J Allen Esq
R Allen Esq
T Porter Esq
G Scott Esq
Messrs G Kay
Mr Josiah Huss
Mr Robert Simpson
Mr T Reardon
Mr T Feeney
Royal Blue & White vertical striped jerseys
and Navy blue knickers
Recreation Ground ,
Inside the folded membership book is a match programme for the year beginning Sept
7th 1912 - a fixture list including : -
Sept 7 St Augustine's Home
14 Willington Away
Oct 5 F.A. Amateur Cup 1st Qual Round
12 Esh Winning Home
19 Craghead United Home
26 Esh Winning Away
Nov 2 South Bank Home
9 Crook Away
16 Crook Home
Dec 7 South Bank Away
14 N. Riding Senior Cup 1st Round
21 Leadgate Park Away
26 St Augustine's Away
Jan 4 F.A. Amateur Cup 1st Round
11 Willington Home
18 F.A. Amateur Cup 2nd Round
25 Craghead United Away
Feb 8 Stanley United Home
22 Bishop Auckland Away
Mar 1 Eston United Home
8 Stanley United Away
15 Stockton Home
29 Leadgate Park Home
Apr 5 Bishop Auckland Home
12 Eston United Away
Grangetown St Mary's 1913
|Grangetown St Mary's 1913
Played South Bank in February...See programme -next story - with all players listed.
Back Row : Whalen, Walker, Vickers, Howell, Noteyoung, Jim? Thomas
Front Row: G Murtha, Collins, Micky Bennett, Hanlon, Jones
Feb 8th 1913
Grangetown St Mary's v South Bank 1913
|Both Teams listed..any one remember them ?|
Bolckow, Vaughan Ladies Team 1918
Bolckow,Vaughan Ladies Team 1918 - courtesy of Brian Mackin
Back Row: Emily Milner, Amelia Farrell, Greta Kirk, Violet Sharples
Front Row : Elizabeth Powell, Mary Mohan, Mercy Page, Winnie McKenna, Gladys Reece, Olive Percival, Anne Wharton
A family portrait of Winnie McKenna, the female “Wilf Mannion” of the day, taken in a studio around the same time and kept by her relatives the Fox Family.
She was born in the shadow of Bolckow and Vaughan’s roaring furnaces on Dec 27th 1897 - a twin to her brother Edward - to Mark and Margaret McKenna formerly Quinn.
Whatever happened to her ?
She captained England’s Ladies Football Team as well.
Harry Thomas Goalkeeper
Harry Thomas Goalkeeper
Here is a pin-up picture - like the cigarette cards of the past - of an Amateur Footballer of the times..Harry Thomas of Holden St Grangetown..
Although he had to go to Darlington and play for St Augustines- also in the Northern League - to get his picture in the Northern Echo.
Eat your heart out Posh !
Mystery Team c 1930's
|Mystery Team c 1930's - found in St Marys Archives
With no information..To me it looks suspiciously like the South Bank AFC team in Slaggy Island's site.
Can anyone help out there?
Grangetown St Mary's F.C. 1930
|Grangetown St Mary's F.C.1930 - courtesy of Ellen Thomas USA
Back Row:(11) Unknown, John Scholl Power, Bunty Fleming,Unknown in hat, Goldy Harrison, Chris Old GK, Sonny Watkins, Day, Flurry Sullivan, John Devaney, Mr.McNulty
Front Row:(7) Unknown, Micky Bennett, Unknown, Unknown, Billy Murtha, Hughie McMahon, Timothy Redmond (Builder).
St. Mary's : Hand-printed on the Back
Won home Brotton 12.0
Won away South Bank, Res. 2.1
Won away South Bank, Res. 3.1
Won away St. Peters 4.2
Won home St. Peters 4.2
Won home Clulowsut D, 2.1
D. H. Smiths Docks 2.2
Won away D.H. Smiths Docks 5.3
We believe that this was taken c 1930....but are willing to be corrected.
Richmond Park Tour 1922
|Richmond Park Tour 1922 - courtesy of Ellen Thomas USA
A brilliant old picture of the time with 20 nattily dressed men from the twenties relaxing on the tour which we believe was a football team tour.
On the picture we believe is; Dai Thomas (father of Ellen) and Lenny Bugg front row second left.
Geoff Power of Vaughan Street & Sunderland
photo and info sent by Colin Mallaby of Sunderland
Geoffrey Frank Power .
Role : Inside-Right 1920-21
b.Grangetown, Middlesbrough Yorkshire
d.Cleveland area, 1st qtr 1963
CAREER: Grangetown St Mary’s/ SUNDERLAND AUG 1919/ Blackpool Dec 1921£350/Darwen Oct 1922/Fleetwood cs 1923, then assisted a succession of' other non-league clubs that included. Denaby United, Eston United (Sept 1928), Scarborough and, for a second spell, Grangetown St Mary's (Sept 1932)
Debut v Liverpool (a) 15/1/1921
Short in stature though weighty, Geoff Power not easily brushed aside. A Charlie Buchan, understudy, Power came into the League side when that worthy occupied the spot in the second half of the season1920/21.
Of those nine appearances most were either won or drawn. He had 19 football league outings for Blackpool, then of the Second Division, thereafter playing a decade in minor circles.
During the Great War Geoff Power served with the Lancashire Fusilliers.
Appearances: FL: 9 apps O goals. Total: 9 apps. 0 gls
According to a Blackpool fan, John Cross, Geoff Power born 7th April 1899 played 16 League games at centre forward and inside right for Blackpool after leaving Sunderland - scoring 6 goals during the 1921/22 season.
Grangetown St Mary's FC in January 1935
|Grangetown St Mary's FC in January 1935 - Evening Gazette photo
Numbered players known are :-
2 Billy Murtha
3 John Jones
6 John Onions
Can anyone name the rest?
Hughie McMahon of Wood Street - professional footballer
Hughie McMahon - from Wood Street - was always talked about in the same breath as Wilfie Mannion by Grangetown football addicts - because he turned professional too after playing for Grangetown St Mary's - and of whom, it is said, played for Sheffield Wednesday?
Other professional players from Grangetown include Pat and Tosh Curtis who played for West Ham and Eddie Latheran - a pre 1st World War player who may have lived in Cheetham Street.
Bolckow,Vaughan Ladies Team 1917
|Bolckow,Vaughan Ladies Team 1917 - courtesy of Dennis King
Taken a year earlier is possibly the first photo of this famous team with the equally nationally famous Winnie McKenna pictured in the centre front with the ball. I wonder how many of Winnie's team-mates made it into the 1918 team.
Mystery Ladies' Team
|Mystery Ladies' Team - courtesy of Dennis King|
Mystery Men's Team
|Mystery Men's Team - courtesy of Dennis King|
St Matthews Football Team 1921
|St Matthews Football Team 1921 - courtesy of Vera Robinson MBE
On reverse side is written : Members of Brookes Family
1 Albert, 2 Arthur- back, 3 Harold-centre half, 4 Ernest - Outside Right
The Cleveland Hotel Team c 1910
|The Cleveland Hotel Team c 1910 - courtesy of Eric Kelly|
Grangetown St Mary's v Esh Winning 1921
Grangetown St Mary's v Esh Winning 1921 - courtesy of Evening Gazette via Jim White
Evening Gazette 11 Feb 1921
Grangetown St. Mary’s Club
Satisfaction reigned supreme in the Grangetown St. Mary’s camp on Saturday last after the match with Esh Winning. The Durham Team are no mean opposition, as witness the two defeats of Eston at their hands (or feet).
As the score of 4-3 in no way represents the superiority of the Saint, they have reason to believe the tide has at last turned and they are counting on a speedy rise from the inglorious position they have so long occupied at the foot of the league table. If they can reproduce the form shown last Saturday there is something in the nature of reprisals awaiting those who inflicted heavy defeats on the Saints earlier in the season.
Scarborough provide the opposition tomorrow at Grangetown. They have already defeated the Saints twice this season, so there is a score to be wiped off.
The magnificent sum of £5 7s 1d was taken at the gate last Saturday. The good people of Grangetown are seeing to it that St. Mary’s committee shall not be accused of squandermania. Now that the club is improving from a playing point of view, turn up tomorrow and help to improve it financially.
The Mary’s were playing in the Northern League; later they were in the Tees-side League.
31.12.20: P. Kennedy; J. Kennedy, R. Trayner; R. English, R. Sullivan, Manix (sic);
T. Barrett, J. Kelly, W. Noteyoung, Taury (?), McNeilly
4.3.21: Bowman, Donaghy, Cockroft; Moore, Lewis, Pil???; Trees, Muttit, Hudson, Dalton, Dixon
Grangetown St Matthews Athletic Club 1938
|Grangetown St Matthews Athletic Club 1938 - courtesy of Ken Wanless
Some churchwarden's pictured are:- Ken's father Bob Wanless of Eversham and later Eglington Road with Mr Brooks of Granville Road - tragically killed in the air raids of WW2 - and also a Mr Smith - another churchwarden at St Matthews Grangetown.
The venue for matches was played on St Matthews field which was situated just north of the reservoir and east of the crusher. At the front is displayed a trophy. Has anyone a record of the team's achievements?
Grangetown St Mary's Stars 1913
|Grangetown St Mary's Stars 1913 - photo from Dennis King
Five top stars from Grangetown St Mary's AFC captured on an intricately designed postcard in 1913: Goalkeeper- Vickers; Billy Noteyoung; Tommy Hanlon; Walker and G Murtha (centre); but the scoring out of names in the top half section would suggest that perhaps the printer got the names wrong.
Who can throw any light on this now?
The young man in the top right of the picture is Benjamin Howell says an email named Shaley.
Coke Oven Champions Acklam 1925
|Coke Oven Champions Acklam 1925 - courtesy of Alan Thompson
After the Great War, young Charles Thompson becomes part of a team which held the winning trophy in 1925. He later worked on the coke ovens at Grangetown and like many others died in the early fifties after suffering bronchial problems for years. He is in the centre of the team above the shield.
Scarborough v Grangetown St Mary's 1936
|Scarborough v Grangetown St Mary's 1936 - courtesy of Sean Hunter
It's nice to think that "Builder" Redmond was playing in 1936 - but can anyone tell us how he acquired his nickname?
Eston United FC 1905-6
|Eston United FC 1905-6 - by courtesy of Terry Bell
We include this early picture of Eston United FC in the hope that someone may know of or be related to some of the footballers photographed here. Sent to us by Terry Bell of Luton, it depicts his father James 'Daisy' Bell standing next to the goalkeeper on the right facing the camera. He had an illustrious career in football which started in Grangetown in 1899 at the tender age of 16. He played for Middlesbrough from 1904-1905; for Eston United from 1905-1906 and scored six goals for Exeter City in a cup match in 1908. He stayed with them until 1911 then moved to Barrow in 1912 and Portsmouth later. What Terry would like to do is produce an album of his footballing memoirs for his grand children to have in the future. If there are any budding local football historians with information for Terry, please contact him on his email address; email@example.com or write to the site.
James Daisy Bell emigrated to the USA and worked at General Motors in Detroit, lived at Flint, Michigan. In 1932 he returned to the UK worked at Vauxhall Motors Luton and Terry was born in 1938.
His nickname Daisy came about because he never stopped singing the hit of the time - On a Bicycle Made For Two !!
Another great tale of an Eston lad who travelled the world. Can anyone help Terry to complete his father's memoirs?
Middlesbrough FC 1904-05
|Middlesbrough FC 1904-05 - courtesy of Terry Bell of Luton
Pictured in this early photograph is James Daisy Bell in 1904-05 in the front row with his distinctive quiff - looking much slimmer and younger than in the later Eston United photo.
Back Row: J Cassidy, J Hogg, J Frail, J Blackett
Middle Row: J Robson (Sec), S Aitken, A Davidson, A Jones, R Page, C Harper (Trnr)
Front Row: E Gettins, J Bell, A Brown, R Atherton, J Thackeray.
The Donaghy Brothers of Vaughan Street
|The Donaghy Brothers of Vaughan Street - courtesy of Tony Donaghy of York
The father of the family, Patrick Donaghy came from Pomeroy/Cookstown area. He was born in 1867. He married a Mary Finn who was born in Workington area. Her father was from Armagh. They married in 1888 in St Peter's South Bank. He lived at 19 Junction, Eston. She was married from 17 Diamond Street, also in South Bank. They produced a large family, Michael, Patrick, James, John, Edward, Joseph my dad, and Mary. They lived in Consett for a few years, the 1891 Census showed them living in Bottle Bank in that town. By 1901 they were living in 83, Vaughan Street, Grangetown. The 1911 Census showed them living in 78 Alexandra Road.
The family folklore always had it that three brothers were on the Boro's books at the same time namely, John, Peter and Eddie.It was the proud boast that John played for England Amateurs. I think he played for South Bank. After being capped he presumably turned professional. Subsequently he went to Holland where the game was just being developed. He coached either Sparta Rotterdam, or Groningen as far as I know. He was killed in a car crash in Holland before the war.
Middlesbrough FC 1922 and The Donaghy Brothers
|Middlesbrough FC 1922 and The Donaghy Brothers
Peter Donaghy is shown on the Boro photo, middle row on the extreme left as you look at the photo. Jackie Carr is in the middle of the back row. His two brothers are on the middle row, on the right as you see it. I think Peter was a bit of a lad. At some time he went off to train to be a teacher but I don't think he ever taught. He too, died before the war.
Eddie, referred to as Ted in one of your sites, was an aggressive half back, somewhat in the mould of Roy Keane I believe. He played later on for Bradford Park Avenue, with Peter. He married a daughter of the Lanny family, Ledgie was her name. Her Dad, Pasco, wasn't very happy about Eddie and legend has it that he came looking for Eddie with a gun. I remember Uncle Eddie as a devil may care chap, always full of fun, so the legend is probably true. He also played and coached in Holland, the same clubs got a mention in family lore. He coached before the 2nd WW and afterwards. Ledgie died at some point and Eddie married a Dutch girl. He came back to Grangetown in the 50s and I think he coached ICI Wilton.
My Dad, Joe, damaged his cartilage early in his career and turned to professional sprinting. He was pretty quick, but with the collusion of his brothers used to run with lead weights in his spikes. He would run thus in the heats then remove them in the final when he had got a good start from the handicapper. The brothers would then clean up at the bookies.
Grandad Donaghy finished up as a foreman on the Blast, his son Jimmy did the same some years later. My Dad, Joe worked on the North Steel Plant where he finished up as a first hand smelter, then sample passer.
The family were staunch members of St Mary's Parish with a sworn enmity of anybody from St Peter's South Bank, except my Dad, who married Rose Conway of that parish!
I know nothing of the Tyrone connection but if anyone knows anything about the family, I would love to know. I have another photo of the brothers looking very much Jack the lads, something to do with their footballers status. I can scan it if you wish. Regards, Tony Donaghy, York