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The Ellis Cup

Achievements after they played in the Ellis

Details of the noteable local clubs.

Ellis Cup Volume One

Ellis Cup Volume Two

Ellis Cup Volume Three

Ellis Cup Volume Four

Ellis Cup Volume Five

Ellis Cup Volume Six

The Match reports including 2010 Cup Final

The South Bank & District Football League

One hundred and eighty noteable local players of yesteryears

South Bank Football Club

Wilf Mannion

George Hardwick

Harold Shepherdson

Brian Clough

Winners 1999

Winners 2000

Winners 2001

Winners 2002

Winners 2003

Winners 2004

Winners 2005

Winners 2006

Winners 2007

Winners 2008

Winners 2009

Winners 2010

Winners 1998

South Bank East End

South Bank Casuals

South Bank St Peters

Eston United

Normanby Magnesite

Grangetown St Marys

Smiths Dock FC

Grangetown St Matthews

The 2011 Competition

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Past local players of note

180 NOTABLE FOOTBALLERS FROM THE
SOUTH BANK AND THE GREATER ESTON AREA
AND ELLIS CUP HEROES


ARRAN, Ralph
Highly promising goalkeeper with South Bank who assisted both Middlesbrough and Barnsley as a wartime guest. Known to all as “Sonny", He tragically lost his life as a member of a tank crew when the German army breached the dams of Holland in 1944.



BARKER, Bill
Tough as teak full back who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1905 and made over a century of appearances for the club before being appointed assistant trainer. A role he filled until his death, in May 1937, at the age of 51.


BATTY, Billy
Full back who served South Bank St. Peter’s until joining Bishop Auckland in 1924 along with outside right Ralph Hills. He later had a brief spell with Willington before entering league football with Barnsley in 1926 and subsequently served Swindon Town, Southport, Clapton Orient and Nelson before being employed by Firestone Tyres. Died in 1974 aged 69.

BELL, Jim
Eston born inside forward who answered to “Daisy” after a popular song of the time. Left Grangetown Athletic to join Middlesbrough in 1904 and later served Barrow, Exeter City and Portsmouth before emigrating to the United States where he passed on his skills and knowledge of the game to several fledgling organisations around the Michigan area.





BEST, Charlie
Boosbeck born forward who was a member of the Eston United side defeated in the F.A. Amateur Cup final of 1909, he later appeared in league football with Middlesbrough as an amateur before turning professional with Hull City. Forced to retire through injury, he later served Hull as assistant trainer before returning to his former employment as an ironstone miner back at Eston. Died in 1965 at the age of 77.


BILTON, Don
Goalkeeper who assisted South Bank East End before turning professional with Wolves where he made six wartime appearances before assisting Stoke City, Derby County, Walsall, Northampton and York City during the Second World War. A former steelworks chemist, he served in The East Yorkshire Regiment during the hostilities and also assisted the Scottish side Peterhead whilst stationed in the region. A talented poet, Don wrote a moving tribute to Wilf Mannion which we have reproduced with his permission.

BLAKE, Ron
Eston born wing half who appeared with Normanby Magnesite before joining Middlesbrough in 1924. Unable to break into the first team, he left the club to join Wigan Borough, then members of the northern section of the Football League’s third division, the following year.

BOARDMAN, Harry
Grangetown born wing half who gave stirling service to Grangetown Athletic and appeared for Middlesbrough in league football whilst retaining his amateur status. A steelworker, he first represented the England amateur side in 1910 against Switzerland and won further international honours against France, Denmark and Ireland. He had a brief spell with Bishop Auckland before returning to Grangetown Athletic.



BOLLANDS, Johnny
Goalkeeper who appeared in the Teesside League with South Bank St Peter’s before joining Oldham Athletic, who spotted him whilst on national service, in 1953. Transferred to Sunderland in 1957, he later served Bolton Wanderers before returning to Oldham where he ended his playing career in 1966. Later returned to Teesside where he was employed as a stevedore for many years.


BOTTRILL, Walter
Inside forward who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1921 and later gave good service to Nelson, Rotherham, York City, Wolves and Huddersfield before ending his career with Chesterfield. Later employed as a licensee, he died in September 1976 at the age of 73.




BOYLE, Owen
Competitive Grangetown born wing half who served Grangetown St Mary’s before joining Bradford Park Avenue in 1920. Owen was the father of well known Teesside bookmaker and sporting enthusiast Reg Boyle.

BRADBURY, John

Outside right who left South Bank to join Lincoln City in 1895. Later with Stockport, Derby County, Barnsley, Bristol City, Millwall and Carlisle, he later assisted Penrith before ending his career with Monckton Athletic whilst also working as a miner at the local colliery.

BRIGGS, Walter
Goalkeeper who, whilst playing for Cochrane’s against South Bank East End during the 1945 Ellis Cup tournament, made such an impression that he was signed by Middlesbrough on professional terms. Although finding senior opportunities limited due to the form of Scottish international Dave Cumming, he proved to be a more than useful performer with Southport, Hartlepool and Blyth Spartans. A steelworker after his football career, he died in 1990

BROUGHTON, Tom
Grangetown born right half who left Grangetown Athletic to join Leeds City in 1912 but failed to make a major impact and was released after making four league appearances for the club.

BROWN, John
Determined, hard tackling full back who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1906 and rapidly established a regular place before being transferred to Bristol City. A former apprentice jockey, he returned to Teesside after injury had ended his playing career and became licensee of “The Navigation” at nearby North Ormesby and made a handful of appearances for Warrenby Athletic.

BURKE, Ronnie
Centre forward born at Dormanstown in August 1921 who made three appearances for South Bank during the ill fated 1939/40 season before enlisting into the R.A.F. Stationed in Hertfordshire, he joined the local amateur side St. Albans City and signed amateur forms with Luton Town in June 1941, making 15 wartime appearances for the club. He appeared as a guest on four occasions for Manchester City and once for Liverpool before notching thirteen goals in sixteen appearances for Rotherham during the 1945/46 campaign. In May 1946 he turned professional with Manchester United and hit 22 goals in 34 league and cup games for the club before being transferred to Huddersfield in 1949. Later with Rotherham where he hit 56 goals in 73 games, he ended his league career with Exeter City before appearing in non league football with Tunbridge Wells and Biggleswade Town

BURLURAUX, Fred
North Skelton born right back who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1931 but failed to progress past the reserve side and joined Hartlepool the following year but, finding opportunities restricted, left to join Scarborough. The father of former Middlesbrough player Don Burluraux, he died in 1977 aged 65.

BURTON, George
Utility forward and the younger brother of Jack Burton. Left Grangetown Athletic to join Middlesbrough in 1905 but found opportunities limited and left to join Cardiff City.

BURTON, Jack
Centre forward who left Grangetown Athletic in 1906 to join Blackburn Rovers along with team mate Eddie Latheron and later appeared with West Ham United, Birmingham, Nelson, Cardiff City – where he won a Welsh Cup winners medal, and Southend. A steelworker, he was 28 year old when he entered league football


BUSBY, Matt
Scottish international wing half who starred with Manchester City and Liverpool before appearing in the Ellis Cup with Portrack Shamrocks against Cargo Fleet Home Guard whilst on wartime service as a Company Sergeant Major in the 9th
Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment who were stationed in the region. He also made a number of guest appearances for Middlesbrough and also appeared as a guest with Reading, Chelsea, Bournemouth and Brentford on occasions. Following the end of hostilities in 1945 he was appointed manager of Manchester United and, after surviving the Munich air disaster in 1958, remained in that role until 1969, leading the club to five league championships whilst also claiming the F.A. Cup twice and, in 1968, the European Cup. Knighted for his services to the game, he returned to the position of manager in 1970 and after relinquishing the position a year later was made a director of the club, a role he occupied until his death in 1994 at the age of 85.

























BUTLER, Barry
Stockton born centre half who was employed as an apprentice fitter at I.C.I. Wilton when he left South Bank to join Sheffield Wednesday in 1952. Despite national service spent in the R.A.F. he appeared in 36 games for Wednesday before being transferred to Norwich City in 1957. A grand servant to the East Anglian side, he captained their Football League Cup winning side in 1962 and made over 300 appearances for Norwich before losing his life in a road accident on route to the clubs Carrow Road home in April 1966. He was 31 year old.



BUXTON, Steve
Left back who won a Northern League championship medal with South Bank in 1908 before leaving the club to join Brentford where he rapidly established a regular place. Transferred to Oldham Athletic in 1912, he had the misfortune to sustain a serious knee injury the following year, which virtually ended his playing days. Served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War and later returned to the game with Blyth Spartans, Ashington and Workington before, after further injury, being forced to accept that his knee was unable to stand the strain of professional football. He was later employed at South Bank gas works.

BYRNE, John
South Bank born centre forward who left the Bankers to join Gainsborough Trinity, then a Football League club, in 1905 but failed to make an impression and made only two league appearances for the club before leaving the game.

CALVEY, Jack
Centre forward who had a superb goalscoring record with South Bank which included hitting ten goals in a 21-0 victory against North Skelton Rovers in 1895 before leaving the club to join Millwall. Later transferred to Nottingham Forest, he appeared in over 150 games for the club and represented England against Ireland in 1902, also appearing for the Football League before rejoining Millwall in 1904. Left the game two years later and became a London dock worker until his death in January 1937 at the age of 60.




CARR, George
Inside forward or wing half who left South Bank East End to join Bradford Park Avenue in 1916. Transferred to Middlesbrough in 1919, he regularly appeared in the same side as his brothers Jackie and Willie until leaving the club in 1925 to join Leicester City where he captained the side and made 179 league appearances. Later with Stockport County and Nuneaton Borough, he became manager of Cheltenham Town in 1934 and remained in that role for three years before returning to Teesside where he became licensee of "The Black Lion” at North Ormesby whilst also acting as a scout for Leicester City.




CARR, Harry
England amateur international inside forward who represented his country against Ireland in 1910 and scored both goals in a 2-0 victory. A fine marksman with an abundance of skill, he also netted the goal which won the F.A. Amateur Cup for South Bank against Oxford City in 1913 and also won a Northern League championship medal with the club. Appeared for the Bankers in the F.A. Amateur Cup final of 1910 when he appeared in the same side as his brothers Jackie and Willie and made a handful of league appearances with Middlesbrough and Sunderland whilst retaining his amateur status. He later acted as trainer of South Bank for many years.




CARR, Jackie
Outside or inside right who was a member of the South Bank side that were defeated in the F.A. Amateur Cup final of 1910 before leaving his trade as a gas fitter later that year to embark upon a long and successful career with Middlesbrough. Capped twice by England, he also represented the Football League and won two second division championship medals whilst appearing for the club on 461 occasions and also appeared with Fulham as a wartime guest whilst serving in the Royal Engineers. Transferred to Blackpool in May 1930, he joined Hartlepool United the following year and later became manager of the club before taking charge of Tranmere Rovers and Darlington. He was employed in a Stockton foundry at the time of his death in 1942.



CARR, Willie
Rugged centre half who overcame the handicap of wearing leg irons as a child. Left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1911 after being a member of the Bankers side defeated in the 1910 F.A. Amateur Cup Final and gave Middlesbrough fourteen years valuable service until leaving the game in 1925. Known to all as “Pudden”, he died in March 1943.



CATLIN, Ted
Left back famed for his crisp tackling ability and excellent distribution of the ball. Left South Bank to join Sheffield Wednesday in 1930 and rapidly established himself. Capped by England against Wales, Hungary, Sweden, Ireland and Norway during the 1935/36 campaign, he also represented the Football League against the Scottish League and won a F.A Cup winners medal whilst spending fourteen years with the club. During the war years he served as a Medical Officer’s orderly and appeared as a wartime guest on occasions with Stockport County and Charlton Athletic before ending his career with Scunthorpe. Later became a Sheffield publican and died in November 1990 aged 80.

CHARLTON, Tommy
Outside right born at South Bank who was a member of South Bank Victoria’s Ellis Cup winning side of 1907 before joining Darlington. Transferred to Stockport in 1909 he was transferred to Burnley in 1912 and then joined Blackpool the following year until the First World War effectively ended his career.

CHILLINGSWORTH, Carl
South Bank born centre forward who appeared for South Bank in the Wearside League before serving Whitby Town. Transferred to the Irish side Coleraine where he made a big impression, he returned to serve Billingham Town, Bishop Auckland and Northallerton Town whilst also appearing in the Ellis Cup with Normanby Hotel.

CLEARY, Bill
Grangetown born wing half who left South Bank East End to join Sunderland in 1949 but failed to progress to the senior side and left to join Norwich City in 1952. Later with Port Vale, Boston United, Wisbech Town and Kings Lynn, he was a sheet metal worker by trade and died in 1991 at the age of 58.


CLOUGH, Brian
Grove Hill born centre forward who appeared, alongside his brothers, for Great Brougton in the 1951/52 Ellis Cup competition. Then an I.C.I. clerical worker, Brian resisted the offer to join South Bank and went on to appear for Billingham Synthonia before joining Middlesbrough where he rapidly established himself. Capped twice by England, he also represented his country at Under 23 and B international level and also represented the Football League. Transferred to Sunderland in 1961, he suffered a serious knee injury in a fixture against Bury in December 1962 which forced him into premature retirement following an abortive comeback in the summer of 1964. Following a spell as Sunderland youth coach under George Hardwick he went on to manage Hartlepool United, Derby County, Brighton, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest with great success. Awarded the O.B.E. for his services to the game, his death in September 2004 at the age of 69 was widely mourned.

CONNOR, Tommy
Hartlepool born winger capable of operating on either flank who joined South Bank in the summer of 1980 from Horden Colliery Welfare and gave the Bankers five years loyal service before leaving to join Scottish side East Fife in 1985. He completed over a century of appearances in three years with the Scottish club before assisting Seaham Red Star and Billingham Synthonia.



COOK, Geoff
A more than useful centre forward who gave South Bank Football Club good service during the seventies before entering a career in professional cricket with Northants where, as opening batsman, he represented England In seven test matches and six one day internationals, also appearing with the South African side Eastern Province. A fine all round sportsman, he also played football with Wellingborough Town when his cricket duties with Northants allowed and appeared 297 fixtures for the county side before becoming manager of Durham C.C.C. He also served as secretary and chairman of the Cricketers Association.

COOK, John.
Inside forward who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1911 and made over 50 appearances for the club. An energetic player, he appeared with Arsenal as a wartime guest and later served Notts County and Northampton Town. Died in 1952 aged 60.

COPELAND, Charlie
Grangetown born full back who left South Bank in 1912 to join Leeds City where, after appearing in 95 games, he became involved in a series of disputes regarding his summer wages and made allegations citing the clubs involvement with illegal payments which he later substantiated in a court of law leading, ultimately, to the clubs expulsion from the Football League. Later with Coventry City before ending his playing days with Merthyr Town, he was held in disdain by many of his fellow professionals



COULTHARD, Jack
The goal scoring hero of a generation whose remarkable ability to find the net created records which have stood the test of time after having scored 42 Northern League goals for South Bank during the 1935/36 season which included scoring ten in a 13-0 victory over Evenwood. A native of Marske and an analytical chemist by profession, he joined South Bank in 1934 from Stockton where he had won a F.A. Amateur Cup finalist’s medal. Well known in the area as an all round sportsman who excelled at rugby and tennis whilst also captaining Marske cricket club. The town was plunged into mourning with the news that he had lost his life whilst serving in the Royal Navy when his ship, H.M.S. Bramble, a minesweeper, was torpedoed in Russian waters on New Years Eve 1942. He was 31 years old and had followed in the footsteps of his father who had also served the Bankers.

CROWN, Laurie
Full back born at Fulwell, Sunderland in 1898 who served the Haverton Hill based shipyard side Furness Athletic appearing for the club in the Teesside League and Ellis Cup and also appeared with Redcar before entering league football with South Shields in 1922. Transferred to Newcastle in 1925 he moved on to Bury in 1927 and later served Coventry where he made 112 league appearances before leaving the game in 1932. Died in 1984 aged 86.

CURNOW, Jack
Lingdale born goalkeeper who appeared with Pease and Partners before joining South Bank East End in 1930 where he lined up alongside his brother Percy. Left East End to join Whitby United the following year before turning professional with Wolves in 1932. Later with Blackpool, Tranmere Rovers and Hull City, he assisted Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday as a wartime guest and, after leaving the game, was employed as a prison officer.
CURTIS, Jackie
Speedy winger who left South Bank to join Sunderland in 1907 but found opportunities restricted and was transferred to Gainsborough Trinity before moving on to join Tottenham Hotspur. Later with Fulham, Brentford, Stockport, Middlesbrough and Shildon, he returned to live and work in the London area until his death in 1955 at the age of 66.

CURTIS, Tom
Right back who was the younger brother of Jackie Curtis. Left South Bank in 1920 to join Bradford Park Avenue and later returned to the area to become licensee of “The Princess Alice”.

DAWSON, Tom
Goal scoring inside forward who appeared in the Ellis Cup with Cargo Fleet in 1933 and 1934 before joining Whitby. Later with Darlington and Spennymoor before joining Charlton, he appeared as a wartime guest with Middlesbrough and York City and later served Brentford, Swindon Town and Chippenham. He died in 1972 at the age of 57.



DAY, Billy
Outside right who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1955 and rapidly established a regular place in the side and represented the F.A. X1 before suffering a badly broken leg in a training accident. Transferred to Newcastle United in 1962, he later appeared with Peterborough and non league Cambridge City before his career was ended by a severe attack of pleurisy. He later returned to Teesside to become a bookmaker and presented the Ellis Cup in 2002.

DOBBIE, Harold
Bishop Auckland born centre or inside forward who left South Bank St Peter’s in 1948 to join Middlesbrough and had the satisfaction of scoring twice on his debut for the club against Sunderland. Transferred to Plymouth Argyle, he later served Torquay United, Weymouth and Spennymoor United before returning to Teesside where he ran a hardware shop for a number of years in North Ormesby. Died in 1988 aged 65.



DOBSON, Colin
Inside forward who made a big impression with South Bank before moving on to join Sheffield Wednesday in 1957 and twice represented England at under 23 international level, also appearing for the Football League before being transferred to Huddersfield Town where he won a second division championship medal and represented the F.A. on a visit to New Zealand, Tahiti and Hong Kong in 1969, a tour which was cut short for him due to the death of his father. A former apprentice at Smith’s Dock, he later served Brighton and Bristol Rovers, later acting as coach of the Bristol club prior to holding coaching appointments with Coventry City, Aston Villa Port Vale and Stoke City. He also acted as a scout for Watford.

DONAGHY, John
Outside Left who represented the England amateur international side against Wales and Belgium in 1920 whilst with South Bank before moving on to Bradford Park Avenue. Later with Grangetown St. Mary’s. His brothers Ted and Peter both played professional football.

DONAGHY, Peter
Versatile wing half born at Grangetown in 1898 who joined Middlesbrough from Grangetown St Mary’s in 1920 and later served Bradford City and Carlisle United. He later returned to Teesside where he was employed in the local steel industry

DONAGHY, Ted
The third member of the Donaghy family to make an impression in the game. Born in Grangetown in 1900, he left Grangetown St Mary’s to join Middlesbrough in 1922 and later assisted Bradford City, where he played alongside his brother Peter, Derby County and Gillingham

DONNELLY, Jimmy
Goal scoring outside right who left South Bank to join Sheffield United in 1904 and rapidly established himself at Bramall Lane. Transferred to Leicester in 1907, he netted 26 goals in 74 games for the club before returning to the North East with Darlington in 1910, helping the club to win the North Eastern League championship before leaving the game to serve his country following the outbreak of the First World War.

DOUGLAS, Harry
Outside right who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1902 and, whilst retaining his amateur status, made four league appearances for the club before moving on to serve Darlington and Bishop Auckland.

DOWSON, Francis
North Ormesby born left half or inside left who was a regular performer in the Ellis Cup with North Ormesby Nomads before turning professional with Middlesbrough in 1920. Transferred to Hartlepool in 1922, he later served Spennymoor United.

DUNN, Billy
Centre or inside forward whose ability to score goals made him a target for Football League clubs. Left South Bank in the summer of 1899 to join Newton Heath, now known as Manchester United, and was a regular member of the side until moving on to Reading the following year, later suffering a badly broken leg that forced him to retire from the game



ELLIOTT, George
Sunderland born centre forward who joined South Bank from Redcar Crusader and made an immediate impression as he proved to be a prolific marksman as the Bankers won the Northern League championship in 1908. Snapped up on professional forms by Middlesbrough, he went on to represent England on three occasions and also appeared three times for the Football League. During the war years he appeared as a guest on occasions with Fulham, Bradford Park Avenue and Celtic but remained loyal to Middlesbrough until 1925 when he left the game to become a cargo superintendent at Middlesbrough dock until his death in 1948 at the age of 59.

FAWCETT, Des
Goalkeeper who served Normanby Magnesite, being a member of their Teesside League championship winning side of 1925 before having a brief spell with Loftus Albion. Signed by Darlington in 1926, he rapidly established a regular place in the side and later appeared with Nelson, Preston North End, York City, Mansfield and Rochdale before ending his playing days with non league Wellington. Died in 1968 aged 61.

FEENEY, Tom
Inside or centre forward who left Grangetown St. Mary’s in 1928 to join Whitby United before entering league football with Newcastle in 1931. Transferred to Notts County the following year, he later served Lincoln, Stockport, Halifax, Chester and Darlington. Died in 1973 aged 63.



FENTON, Micky
Goal grabbing Stockton born centre forward who assisted Portrack Shamrocks before joining South Bank East End who he left to join Middlesbrough in 1931. After quickly earning a regular place in the side he was capped by England against Scotland in 1937 and later represented his country in a wartime fixture against Wales in 1945 besides being a member of the F.A. representative side which visited South Africa. Appeared with Blackpool, Notts County, Wolves and Port Vale as a wartime guest whilst serving with the R.A.F. and later acted as Middlesbrough’s assistant trainer for some fifteen years before leaving the game in 1966. A great raconteur who later became a newsagent at Stockton, he died in 2003 at the age of 89.

FIELDEN, Len
Stockton born goalkeeper who began his career with South Bank in 1921 as understudy to the highly rated Jimmy Burns. Allowed to join Stockton two years later, he later joined Darlington and made 39 league appearances for the club.



FLEMING, Bernard
Full back who appeared with Normanby Athletic, South Bank St. Peter’s and Redcar Albion before spending his national service in the R.A.F. Joined Grimsby Town as a professional in 1957 at the age of 20 and made 22 league appearances for the club before being transferred to Workington in the summer of 1961. The following year he joined Chester and spent two years with the club before ending his career with non league Winsford United

FORGAN, Tommy
Centre forward who made a good impression in limited opportunities with South Bank where he acted as understudy to George Elliott. Transferred to Gainsborough Trinity in 1908, he joined Crystal Palace the following year.



FORREST, Gerry
Versatile full back or wing half who joined South Bank from Billingham Social Club and made 16 Northern League appearances for the Bankers before leaving the club to join Rotherham United in 1976. A reliable and consistent defender, he was later transferred to Southampton and, after rejoining Rotherham, later returned to the North East and appeared with Gateshead and Billingham Town

FORSTER, Geoff
Centre forward who joined South Bank from Teesside League club Whinney Banks in 1978 and showed remarkable flair, hitting all six goals in a 6-0 victory over Billingham Synthonia. Whilst with South Bank he appeared on occasions with Rochdale and Berwick Rangers before moving to Whitby Town in February 1980. Transferred to Hartlepool in the summer of the same year, he later returned to Whitby Town before assisting Guisborough Town.



FOWLER, Norman
Stockton born former England schoolboy international full back who left South Bank, after being a member of their North Riding Senior Cup winning side of 1936, to turn professional with Middlesbrough. During the war years he appeared as a guest player, when duties permitted, with Leeds United, Hartlepool and Bradford City whilst serving in the R.A.F. and was later transferred to Hull City before serving Gateshead, Scarborough and Stockton where he later became manager. In his later years he became the much respected chairman of Norton and Stockton Ancients until his death in 1990 at the age of 70.

FOX, Victor
Full back and the son of a former Middlesbrough player. Left South Bank East End in 1918 to join Middlesbrough and made over a century of appearances for the club before being transferred to Wolves in 1924. Later with Newport County, Exeter City and Bradford Park Avenue before serving non league clubs Nantwich Town and Manchester Central, he was also a highly regarded cricketer who appeared in 163 county games for Worcestershire between 1923 and 1932. Died in 1947 at the age of 49.

FRANKLIN, Lenny
Inside left in the South Bank junior side which claimed numerous prizes during the 1942/43 campaign. Signed by Middlesbrough, he appeared in over 20 wartime fixtures for the club and assisted Watford and Exeter as a wartime guest. Later served Bath City and Darlington

FRENCH, Jack
Wing half who made a big impression with South Bank as a youngster and was promptly signed by Middlesbrough in 1944. Transferred to Southend United in 1947, he later gave good service to Nottingham Forest before rejoining Southend where he ended his league career before serving non league Folkestone and then managing Basildon. A former gunner with the Royal Artillery, he was struck by lightning whilst representing his regiment in an army cup final at Aldershot but fortunately suffered only slight injuries and survived to tell the tale. Died in 2002 aged 77.

FROST, Walter
Inside or outside left who left South Bank to turn professional with Grimsby Town in 1894 but failed to settle in the area and returned to Teesside where, as a reinstated amateur, he was a member of the Middlesbrough side which won the F.A. Amateur Cup in 1898.



FURPHY, Ken
Wing half who appeared in the Ellis Cup for Stockton West End in the 1948/49 season before turning professional with Everton where he failed to progress past the reserve side, Following a spell with non league side Runcorn he returned to league football and gave good service to Darlington, Workington and Watford before managing Watford, Blackburn and Sheffield United. He later took charge of American sides New York Cosmos, Detroit Express and Washington Diplomats

GARBUTT, Ray
Inside forward who left South Bank East End in 1947 to join Manchester City but failed to establish himself with the club and had a spell with Spennymoor United before returning to league football with Watford. He later served Brighton and Workington and died in 1994 aged 69.

GARLAND, Ron
Centre forward who left South Bank St Peters in December 1951 to join Oldham Athletic but failed to make a major impact, mainly due to national service which was spent in Korea. Released by the club in 1956, he later assisted Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic. Died in 1989.

GAUDIE, Ralph
Guisborough born inside forward who left South Bank to join Sheffield United in 1904. Later with Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester United before illness forced him out of the game. He later emigrated to South Africa, being advised to live in a warmer climate by his physician, where he was employed as a journalist before returning to England where he assisted non league Darlaston for a short period.

GLASPER, Bill
Left half who left South Bank in 1931 to join Sheffield Wednesday but failed to establish himself and joined non league Mexborough Town the following year before serving Tranmere Rovers and Darlington.



GODLEY, Bill
Inside or centre forward who was known to all as “Snip”. Left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1901 but received few opportunities to establish himself and was transferred to Stoke City the following year before serving Plymouth, Millwall, Reading and Darlington.

GOLDSMITH, George
Loftus born right back who served Normanby Magnesite before joining Bishop Auckland. He then assisted his hometown side Loftus Albion until joining Hull City in 1928 and appeared in 172 league games for the Humberside club before joining Tottenham in 1934. Unable to settle in the capital, he was transferred to Bolton Wanderers later the same year and left league football in 1936. Died in 1974 aged 69.



GORMAN, Jimmy
Versatile and competitive half back also capable of operating at inside forward, who served Middlesbrough St Mary’s and Newport Celtic before joining South Bank in 1902. Left the Bankers the following year to join the Darlington based St Augustine’s before joining Liverpool in 1904. Later served Leicester where his career was ended by a serious leg injury after only three appearances for the club. Later made a fleeting return to action with Hartlepool.

GRIFFITHS, Harry
Full back capable of operating on either flank who was a member of the South Bank Excelsior side that won the Ellis Cup in 1905 before signing professional forms with Liverpool the same year at the age of nineteen. Restricted to six league appearances in three years at Anfield, he was transferred to Chesterfield in 1908 and then joined the Scottish club Partick Thistle a year later.

GROVES, Albert
Left back who, following trials with Arsenal, left South Bank to join Lincoln City in 1903 and later served Sheffield United and Middlesbrough before ending his career with non league Wingate Albion. Regarded as a hard tackling defender who, perhaps, lacked a little finesse

HARBURN, Bill
Goal scoring inside forward who came to prominence with South Bank in the immediate post war years after having made a big impression in the all conquering junior side of 1942/43. A member of the clubs Northern League Challenge Cup winning side of 1948, he appeared in league football as an amateur with Darlington but remained loyal to the Bankers until emigrating to Australia where he was killed in a fall from a bridge which collapsed whilst he was working as a steel erector.



HARDWICK, George
Lingdale born full back who left South Bank East End to join Middlesbrough in 1937 and went on to enjoy a distinguished career with the club after having the misfortune to mark his debut with an own goal in the first minute of play. Represented England in seventeen wartime internationals before winning a further thirteen caps for his country, captaining the side on each occasion and also having the honour of leading the Great Britain side which defeated the Rest of Europe. Served in the R.A.F. during the war years and survived being buried alive after an enemy bombing raid on his base to appear regularly as a guest player with Chelsea, also assisting Reading, West Bromwich Albion, Aldershot and Nottingham Forest on occasions. Famed for his film star appearance and moustache as well as his undoubted football ability, he left Middlesbrough to join Oldham Athletic as player manager in 1950 and later managed P.S.V. Eindhoven and the Dutch national side besides coaching the United States 7th Army which were based in Germany. Returned to Middlesbrough as youth team coach and later worked as a journalist before managing Sunderland and Gateshead. Died in April 2004 at the age of 84.



HARDY, Bobby
England amateur international outside right, nicknamed “Brook”, who was capped against Wales in 1907/08 after taking over from Jimmy Donnelly in the South Bank side. A member of the Bankers side that won the Northern League championship in 1908, he left the club later that year to join Bristol City and was a member of their side defeated in the F.A. Cup final the following year. He left the Bristol club in 1911 after making 74 league appearances for the club and later played in France briefly with Olympique F.C.

HARDY, Dick
Versatile inside forward and the younger brother of Bobby Hardy. Left South Bank East End in 1931 to join Hartlepool and appeared in 157 games for the club before being transferred to Bradford City in 1937. Later with Shrewsbury Town, his career was effectively ended by the outbreak of war although he remained involved in local football and acted as trainer of the Smith’s Dock Ladies side that won the Ellis Cup.

HARRISON, Harry
Goalkeeper who left Grangetown Athletic in 1913 to join Middlesbrough and remained with the club until 1924 when he was transferred to Darlington. Later served Hartlepool United and Durham City before returning to his trade as a fishmonger at his native Redcar.

HAWKINS, Harry
Inside or centre forward who left South Bank East End to join Middlesbrough in 1935 but made only one senior appearance before being transferred to Watford in 1937. Later served Southport, York City, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Blyth Spartans and Murton Colliery before becoming a social club steward. He died in 1992 at the age of 76.



HEDLEY, George
Robust, moustachioed centre forward who left South Bank to join Sheffield United in 1898 with great success, winning one league championship and two F.A. Cup winners medals with the Yorkshire side besides representing England against Ireland in 1900/01. Later with Southampton, where he won a Southern League championship medal, and Wolves, where he added a third F.A. Cup winners medal to his collection. He later managed Bristol City before becoming a licensee in that city and then returned to the Midlands where he became the proprietor of a boarding house at Oldbury until his death in 1942 at the age of 66.



HENDERSON, Charlie
Durham born inside forward with a good goalscoring record who was one of the South Bank clubs early stars. Left the Bankers to join Scottish side Leith Athletic in March 1893 before moving on to join Bolton Wanderers later that year. Transferred to Wolves in 1895, he won a F.A Cup finalist’s medal with the Midlands side before joining Sheffield United. Later served New Brighton, Dundee, Edinburgh Thistle and Grimsby Town.

HENRY, Tom
Right half in South Bank’s F.A. Amateur Cup winning side of 1913. He turned professional with Bristol City in the summer of 1913 and was on the verge of establishing a regular place in the side when he enlisted to serve his country for the duration of the First World War a year later.

HILLS, Ralph
Ely born outside right who served South Bank St. Peters before joining Bishop Auckland, along with full back Billy Batty in 1924. Turned professional with Middlesbrough the following year but was unable to reach the senior side and left to join Huddersfield in 1926. Later served Watford before joining Southport, where he made over a century of league appearances, before assisting Barrow and Crewe Alexandra. Died in 1970 aged 65.

HONEYMAN, John
Outside right who served Grangetown St Mary’s and Cargo Fleet Works before joining Middlesbrough in 1919. He later served Dundee, Maidstone and Grimsby Town and died in 1972 aged 78.

HOWLEY, Kevin
An excellent referee who, whilst based at Cargo Fleet, was a frequent visitor to Normanby Road and, in 1960, actually refereed the F.A. Cup final which was won by Wolves and the Ellis Cup Final which was won by Head Wrightson. A highly rated official, Kevin also officiated in the Anglo Italian Cup Final between Swindon and Roma and many international fixtures involving Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire plus numerous high profile European fixtures. In 1966 he acted as linesman for the World Cup fixture between Hungary and Brazil and also for the third place fixture between Portugal and Russia. He retired from the game in1971, his last game being between Arsenal and Tottenham which The Gunners won 1-0 to clinch the league title. In October 1957 he took charge of the inaugural floodlit game at Ayresome Park, a friendly between Middlesbrough and Sunderland, and sensationally disallowed a goal, believing the ball had gone wide, when a penalty kick taken by Lindy Delapenha, found a hole in the Sunderland net. His son Mick played Northern League football for Billingham Synthonia and South Bank.



HOWLING, Teddy
Generally acknowledged as one of the finest goalkeepers in the amateur game and nicknamed "The Immortal Teddy" by his legion of fans. A blastfurnaceman by occupation, he was a member of South Bank's F.A. Amateur Cup winning side of 1913 and Northern League championship winning side of 1908. As an amateur he had appeared in league football with Middlesbrough and twice represented England at amateur level, against Belgium and Switzerland. Left South Bank in 1913 to turn professional with Bristol City and later served Bradford Park Avenue and Pontypridd before an ankle injury forced him to retire. Later returned to the area where he was employed as a commission agent's clerk, remaining a much revered figure in the town until his death in 1955 at the age of 69

HUGHES, Felix
Goalkeeper whose bravery had reputedly required him receiving treatment at every hospital in the area. A true stalwart of the South Bank side in the late twenties, whose displays led to him being affectionately known as "Felix the Cat". He later served as honorary secretary of South Bank St Peter's during their halcyon years of the thirties when they reached the F.A. Cup first round and was an extremely respected local figure. He worked as a blastfurnaceman, served as a trade union official and, sadly, died on Christmas Day 1970.

JAMES, Billy
Stockton born utility forward who left Eston United in 1910 to join Middlesbrough and rapidly earned a place in the senior side before serving his country during the First World War. Later appeared with Portsmouth and West Ham United, making 54 league appearances for the London club.

JAMESON, Nathan
Centre Forward who, during the 2003/04 season, played for New Marske in the Wearside League at sixteen years of age. At the age of seventeen he signed professional forms for Walsall in 2004 and, when out of contract the following year played for Cleveland Car Centre in the Ellis Cup Final when he was not only a member of the winning team but also collected the Brian Clough top scorer award due to having scored nine goals in the tournament. Signed by Darlington in the summer of 2005, he later appeared in the Northern League with Thornaby and Dunston. Born in Middlesbrough, his elder brother Michael was on Birmingham City books whilst his two younger sisters played for England Under 16’ Ladies side.



JOHNSON, Bert
Much sought after powerful wing half who assisted his hometown club, Stockton, before joining South Bank in 1937. Left the club the following year to turn professional with Spennymoor United before entering league football with Charlton Athletic shortly afterwards. A highly talented performer who represented England in two wartime internationals in 1945, appearing against Switzerland and France, he won both F.A Cup winners and finalist’s medals with the London club, who he gave excellent service to and had appeared as a wartime guest with Bolton Wanderers on 94 occasions. Became player manager of non league Bexleyheath and Welling in 1955 and later managed Cambridge United before joining the coaching staff of Leicester City, later acting as a scout for the club.

KEMPLAY, James
Centre forward who, as an eighteen year old, hit the winning goals for Middlesbrough St. John’s in their Ellis Cup winning side of 1894 against Eston Red Rose. After a spell with Middlesbrough, then a Northern League club, he turned professional with Luton Town in 1898 at the age of 22 and proved to be a regular marksman for the club.

KING, Des
Wing half who made a huge impact with South Bank juniors in their all conquering 1942 / 43 campaign and attracted interest from Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Huddersfield who were all keen to acquire his services before he joined the R.A.F. where, sadly, he was killed in action when his aircraft was shot down by enemy fire in 1944



LATHERON, Eddie
Grangetown born inside forward who left Grangetown Athletic to join Blackburn Rovers in 1906 and went on to have a superb career with the Lancashire side, making 285 appearances for the club, winning two league championship medals in the process and twice representing England besides appearing for the Football League on four occasions. Known to all as "Pinky" because of his complexion, he also appeared as a wartime guest with Blackpool before enlisting to serve his country during the First World War. Tragically he lost his life on the Battlefields of France in October 1915 when, at the age of 27, he was killed by an exploding mine

LAWSON, Jimmy
Inside forward or winger who was a product of South Bank St Peter's and signed professional with Middlesbrough in December 1964. Transferred to Huddersfield Town in 1968, he won a second division championship medal whilst appearing in over 250 games for the club and later served Halifax where he totalled over a century of appearances before managing the club. Later a gent’s outfitter, his son, Ian, followed his footsteps into professional football.

LAWTON, Jim
Centre forward who made a big impact with South Bank who he left to join Darlington in 1961. Later with Swindon Town and Watford, he returned to Darlington for a second spell with the club before an ankle injury forced him out of the game

LINDSAY, Billy
Stockton born full back who served Stockton St. John’s before joining Stockton in 1892. Transferred to Everton the following year, he later appeared in over a century of league games for Grimsby Town before serving Newcastle, Luton Town and Watford. Ended his career with Hitchin Town and died in 1923 at the age of 50.

LINDSAY, Jimmy
Right back and younger brother of Billy Lindsay. Appeared with Stockton St. John’s until leaving the club to join Jarrow in 1898. Joined Newcastle the following year and later served Burnley before making 247 league appearances for Bury. Died in 1925 at the age of 45.



LLOYD, Eddie
Wing half who claimed an Ellis Cup winner’s medal in 1919 as a member of the victorious North Ormesby Nomads side before joining Stockton the following year. In 1922 he turned professional with Middlesbrough but was unable to reach the senior side and left to join Bradford City where he was a regular performer, making 157 league appearances for the club before joining Irish side Derry City in 1929.

LLOYD, Evan
Inside forward of Welsh descent who left Grangetown St Mary’s to join Middlesbrough in December 1919 but was restricted to two senior outings before leaving the club to join Bradford Park Avenue in 1920. Later served Tranmere Rovers.



McCABE, Jimmy
Competitive wing half who was a native of Draperstown, Northern Ireland. Left South Bank St Peter's to join Middlesbrough in 1937 and served with the Green Howards, notably in the Middle East, during the war years when he reached the rank of sergeant. Transferred by Middlesbrough to Leeds United in 1948, he went on to win six international caps for Northern Ireland before leaving Leeds to join Peterborough United. He later returned to Teesside where he was employed in the chemical industry and died in 1989.

McCLURE, Sam
Inside forward who left Grangetown Athletic in 1910 to join Middlesbrough and then appeared with Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Coventry and Walsall before becoming assistant trainer of Luton Town. Later returned to Birmingham City as assistant manager before being employed in the motor cycle industry in the West Midlands and then operating a haulage company until his death in 1973 at the age of 81

McDERMOTT, Joe
Utility forward born at Fencehouses, County Durham who left South Bank to join Bishop Auckland in 1931 before turning professional with Middlesbrough the following year. Unable to progress past the reserve side he joined Gateshead and made 104 league appearances for the then third division club.




McMAHON, Hugh
Grangetown born outside left who assisted Grangetown St Mary’s and then South Bank St Peters before leaving to join Mexborough in 1933 after finding employment in the South Yorkshire town. Turned professional with Sheffield Wednesday later that year and went on to serve Southend, Reading and Queens Park Rangers before joining Sunderland in November 1937. He later appeared as a wartime guest with Middlesbrough, York City and Darlington before serving Hartlepool and Rotherham United. Died in October 1986 at the age of 77.



McNEIL, Mick
Full back capable of appearing on either flank or at wing half who appeared for Cargo Fleet in the Ellis Cup before starring with Middlesbrough where he won nine England international caps besides representing the England Under 23 side and the Football League. Transferred to Ipswich Town in 1964, he ended his playing career with Cambridge City and later became a successful sports outfitter in East Anglia.


McPHAIL, Don
Outside right who served South Bank as a teenager in 1929 before joining the Scottish club Dumbarton. Transferred to Middlesbrough the following year, he later had a chequered career serving Bournemouth, Barnsley, Carlisle, Swindon, Dunfermline, Burton Town, Nuneaton Town and Dartford. He died in 1992 aged 81.

MALCOLM, George
Thornaby born wing half who appeared in the Ellis Cup for Thornaby St. Mark’s and Thornaby St. Patrick’s before joining Darlington St. Augustine’s in 1908. After trials with Woolwich Arsenal he joined Fulham in 1909 and later served Plymouth Argyle before returning to Teesside to join Middlesbrough in 1912, making 94 league appearances for the club before the First World War. After the hostilities he joined Darlington where he made a further 166 league appearances before ending his career with Durham City, then a Football League club. Died in1965 aged 76.

MALONEY, Tim
Inside or outside left who assisted Grangetown St Mary’s before joining South Bank as a seventeen year old in 1926 and joined Middlesbrough two months later. Unable to progress past the reserve side, he later joined Hull City before serving Darlington and Stoke City. Died in 1956 aged 47.



MANNION, Wilf
Inside forward who was dubbed "The Golden Boy" and was a hero to a generation of football followers. Left South Bank St Peter's to join Middlesbrough in 1936 and rapidly established a regular place in the side. Served in the Green Howards during the war years in Palestine, France, Italy, South Africa and the Middle East, was evacuated from Dunkirk, suffered jaundice and malaria represented England in four wartime internationals and appeared with Tottenham and Bournemouth as a wartime guest. Capped by England on twenty six occasions after the hostilities, he also represented the England B side twice and the Football League on seven occasions besides appearing for Great Britain against The Rest of Europe. In 1948, at the peak of his career, he stunned the football world by requesting a transfer from Middlesbrough which, when refused, led to him taking employment as a sales representative in Oldham before being finally enticed back to Middlesbrough. In 1954 he announced his retirement from the game before being tempted back by Hull City who paid Middlesbrough £4,500 for his registration but the following year suffered the ignominy of being suspended from league football after refusing to substantiate a series of articles he had written in a Sunday newspaper regarding his knowledge of illegal payments. Undeterred, he took his unique talents into non league football with Poole Town, Cambridge United, King’s Lynn, Haverhill Rovers and Earlestown before leaving the game in 1962 to return to his native Teesside where he died in April 2000 aged 81.

MILLER, Dave
Wing half who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1938 and made a good impression, making his debut on the opening day of the ill fated 1939/40 campaign. Assisted Blackburn and Hull City as a wartime guest before being transferred to Wolves in 1945 and later served Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, where he won a third division championship medal, Aldershot and Boston United. A fierce competitor, he died in 1989 aged 69.

MOLE, Barney
Stockton born right winger or centre forward who reputedly weighed in excess of sixteen stones during his playing days. Began his career with Stockton St. Johns before joining South Bank in 1898 and later returned to his former club before appearing in league football with Newcastle and Burnley.



MORREN, Tommy
Centre half who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough Ironopolis and later served Middlesbrough where he won a F.A. Amateur Cup winners medal before turning professional with Barnsley. Later with Sheffield United where won a league championship medal and two F.A. Cup winners medals after being initially approached by the club whilst on a train journey to join Reading. Represented England in 1897/98 against Ireland and twice appeared for the Football League representative side. A tenacious tackler who appeared in 160 league games for United, he had a brief spell with Leeds City before becoming a Sheffield licensee until his death on New Year’s Eve 1929 aged 54.

MURPHY, Eddie
Inside forward who left South Bank St Peter's for Middlesbrough in 1939 and was a regular member of the side during the last few seasons of wartime football before being transferred to Blackburn Rovers in 1947. Later with Halifax Town where he made over 200 appearances before returning to Teesside where he assisted Redcar Albion as a permit player. Died in 2003 aged 82.

MURPHY, Mick
Wing half who joined Middlesbrough in May 1935 from South Bank St Peter's and was on the verge of establishing a regular place in the side when he enlisted with the Green Howards in 1939. Appeared as a wartime guest with Norwich City and New Brighton, then a Football League club. Sadly lost his life in September 1944, aged 27, when killed by a snipers bullet in the Middle East

MUTTITT, Ernie
Speedy winger capable of performing on either flank who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1929. Transferred to Brentford in 1932, he appeared as a guest player with Fulham, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Orient, Luton, Brighton, Queens Park Rangers, Millwall, Charlton, Watford, Reading, Aldershot and Southend during the second World War before ending his playing career with non League clubs Dartford and Dover. Remained an avid supporter of Brentford, living close to their Griffin Park home, until his death in 1996 at the age of 88

NASH, Paddy
Goalkeeper who left South Bank East End for Middlesbrough in 1937 and made his debut the same year at the age of seventeen. Like many players of that era, his career was badly affected by the hostilities when, after appearing as a guest with Aldershot, he was interred as a prisoner of war for over four years and, in 1947, left Middlesbrough to join Southend United before ending his playing days with Annfield Plain. A true gentleman who was later employed by I.C.I., he retained a keen interest in the game and acted as chairman of Northern League sides Billingham Synthonia and South Bank. He died in 1989 at the age of 69.



NELMES, Alf
Inside forward or wing half born at Bristol but raised at Saltburn who appeared with South Bank on a handful of occasions before moving on to Middlesbrough where he won a F.A. Amateur Cup winner’s medal. Known to all as “Happy” because of his infectious grin, he later enjoyed a lengthy association with Grimsby Town where he made 219 league appearances before joining Burton United in 1906. Later became trainer of Brighton and managed the club from December 1914 to May 1914 before accepting the position of trainer to Manchester United. He died in 1940 at the age of 68.

NICHOLSON, Stan
Inside forward who left South Bank in 1949 to join Middlesbrough at the age of eighteen but failed to reach the senior side. Transferred to Leeds United two years later, he was a regular performer in the reserve side but again failed to reach the senior side and left to join Horden Colliery Welfare. In the summer of 1958 he joined Hartlepool United and finally established himself in league football before rejoining Horden the following year.

NOBBS, Harry
Bishop Middleham born half back capable of playing on either flank who left South Bank to join Hartlepool in 1929 and made 69 appearances for the club before leaving league football three years later. Formerly with Stockton, he died in 1971 aged 68.

NORTON, George
Stockton born inside left who left South Bank to join Leicester City in 1938 after being spotted by South Bank born Leicester scout George Carr. Transferred to Bradford Park Avenue in 1939, his career with the club was curtailed by the outbreak of war although he made an occasional appearance as a guest player with Bradford City.



OAKES, Jack
Centre half who was a native of Winsford in Cheshire but was raised at North Ormesby, he was a great local favourite who appeared in the Ellis Cup competition for both Cargo Fleet and Cochranes. A steel worker who turned professional with North Eastern League side Chilton Colliery in May 1928 before being signed by Nottingham Forest later the same year, he was transferred to Southend United in 1931, but failed to settle in the area and returned to Teesside where he was employed as a police officer at Middlesbrough whilst also assisting Spennymoor United. In August 1934 he returned to league football with Aldershot and was transferred, in 1936, to Charlton Athletic where he won a Wartime Cup winners medal. He represented England against Wales in an unofficial wartime international in 1940 after having, a year earlier, appeared for the F.A. on their tour of South Africa, and won a F.A. Cup finalists medal, at the age of 40, in 1946. During the war years he had made over 200 appearances for Charlton and also assisted Brentford, Tottenham, Clapton Orient, Crystal Palace and Millwall as a guest. He eventually left Charlton to join Plymouth Argyle in 1947 and later managed non league Snowdown Colliery before becoming trainer of Gravesend and Northfleet. In his later years he coached extensively in Sweden, was employed in a paper mill and lived in both the U.S.A. and Australia, where he died, aged 86, in March 1992.

OSBORNE, Steve
Centre or inside forward who left South Bank to join Peterborough United in 1988 and later served York City before playing professionally in Hong Kong with Ernest Borrell F.C. Later assisted a number of Northern League sides including Whitby Town, Guisborough Town, Billingham Town and Evenwood

PARKER, Dick
Stockton born centre forward who played for Thornaby Corinthians before joining South Bank in 1914 but left the club within months to enlist in the Northumberland Fusiliers for the duration of the First World War, serving in France and appearing for the English Army against the Scottish Army, marking the occasion with a hat trick. Following the end of the hostilities he joined Stockton and rapidly moved on to Sunderland, later serving Coventry City, South Shields, Queens Park Rangers, Millwall, Watford and Merthyr Town before ending his career with Tunbridge Wells. He died in 1969 at the age of 74.

PARSONS, Micky
Much sought after Redcar born forward capable of filling any attacking role who served Redcar and Eston United before joining Lincoln City as an amateur in 1919, appearing in twelve league games for the club before serving Hartlepool. Later returned to Eston before having spells with South Bank, Stockton, Scarborough and Loftus Albion. He ended his career with Eston United and died in 1965 aged 74.


PATTISON, Frank
South Bank born winger equally at home on either flank who left South Bank to join Sunderland in 1912 but failed to reach the senior side. Transferred to Clapton Orient the following year, he later served Lincoln City, Mid Rhondda and Boston Town. Died in 1950 aged 61.



PEACOCK, Alan
North Ormesby born centre forward who appeared in the Ellis Cup for Cargo Fleet Works in 1953 and 1954 before signing professional forms with Middlesbrough where he went on to forge a superb partnership in attack with Brian Clough. Capped by England on six occasions, he was transferred to Leeds United in 1964 and won a second division championship medal and F.A. Cup finalist’s medal with the Yorkshire side before ending his career with Plymouth Argyle in 1968. Later became a Teesside newsagent before becoming a sales representative for a local company. He also acts as a match day host for his former club Middlesbrough.



PIERCY, Frank
Centre half who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1899 but made little impact until joining West Ham United in 1904 to become a mainstay of the side for many years, making 231 appearances for the club. A former blacksmith who was a popular and much respected figure at Upton Park, he later became assistant trainer of the London club from 1912 until his death in 1931 at the age of 51.


POSKETT, Malcolm
Centre forward who joined South Bank in 1971 from Acklam Steel Works and made a good impression before joining Middlesbrough in March 1973. Despite being a prolific goal scorer in the reserve side he received only one opportunity at senior level before being released in the summer of 1974. Following a goal laden spell with non league Whitby Town he returned to league football with Hartlepool United and later served Watford, Brighton, Carlisle, Stockport and Darlington, rejoining Carlisle for a second spell before assisting non league sides Workington, Morecambe and Cleator Moor Celtic. A former plater, he was later employed as a car salesman.



POWER, Geoff
Skilful inside forward also capable of operating on the wing who left Grangetown St Mary’s to join Sunderland in 1919 and proved to be a capable performer. Later transferred to Blackpool, he went on to serve non league clubs Darwen, Fleetwood, Denaby United, Scarborough and Eston United before rejoining Grangetown St Mary’s. He died in 1963 aged 63.

PRATT, Richard
Inside forward who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1899 and appeared in sixteen league games for the club before receiving a serious ankle injury that ended his playing days the following year at the age of 24.



PREST, Arthur
Stalwart centre half known to all as "Ginger". A joiner by profession, he captained South Bank for many years and led the club to their Northern League championship success in 1908 and two North Riding Senior Cup successes before he captained the F.A. Amateur Cup winning side in 1913. Capped by England at amateur international level against Holland in 1907, he was recognised as a tremendous talent and turned down numerous offers to turn professional in order to remain loyal to the Bankers cause. In his later years he assisted the club by manning the turnstile on match days

PRESTON, Ernie
Tenacious left back who was a mainstay of the South Bank defence for many years and gained recognition when representing England at amateur International level against Wales in 1928. Popularly known as "Skip" to team mates and supporters of the club, he was employed as a dock worker and appeared in league football as an amateur with Durham City.



PRIEST, Fred
Goal scoring outside left who left South Bank for Sheffield United in 1893, actually signing for the club whilst sitting in the bath at Newcastle following a Bankers fixture, and enjoyed great success with the Yorkshire side, appearing in 209 league games for the club whilst winning a league championship medal and two F.A. Cup winners medals besides representing England against Ireland during The 1899/1900 season. Returned to the area with Middlesbrough where he frequently appeared at left back before becoming player manager of the newly formed Hartlepool United in 1908. Later licensee of "The Market Hotel" in Hartlepool, he died in 1922 aged 47.

PROCTOR, Jack
Inside forward who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough

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PROCTOR, Jack
Inside forward who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1927 but failed to establish himself in the senior side. Left the club to join Barrow the following year.



PROUDLOCK, Paul
Inside forward who joined South Bank in the summer of 1987 after being released by Hartlepool United and made an immediate Impression before leaving the club to join Middlesbrough later that year. Unable to secure a regular place at Ayresome Park, he had a spell on loan with the Swedish side Luleo before moving on to serve Carlisle United and later gave good service to non league Gateshead, later acting as player manager of the club, before a brief spell with Bishop Auckland. A builder by trade.



REVIE, Don
Inside or centre forward who appeared in the Ellis Cup with Middlesbrough Swifts in the annual contest before serving Leicester City, Hull City, Manchester City, Sunderland and Leeds United with distinction. Capped by England on six occasions and elected as Footballer of the year before successfully managing Leeds United to league championship, F.A. Cup, Football League Cup and Inter Cities Fairs Cup success, he later managed England before sensationally leaving the position as national team manager to take employment in the United Arab Emirates. Shortly before his death due to motor neurone disease in May 1989, he recalled “As a lad in short trousers I walked from our Bell Street home with my father to see the Ellis Cup games at South Bank and chatted about the game all the way home before dribbling a ball around lamp posts and dustbins under the gas lights imagining that I was my hero – Wilf Mannion”.



RICKABY, Stan
Stockton born full back who frequently walked from his home at Norton to South Bank for home fixtures. Left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1946 before moving on to serve West Bromwich Albion where he had the misfortune to miss the 1954 F.A. Cup final through injury. A polished defender who represented England against Scotland in 1954 and also represented the Football League, he later became player manager of Poole Town, Weymouth and Newton Abbott. A sergeant in the Green Howards during the war, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and later entered Hitler’s bunker, represented the Combined Services side in numerous prestigious fixtures and tracked down the family of a German girl he had met in his native Stockton and later married. After his football career had ended he emigrated to Australia and worked as an accountant before becoming a kitchen designer and then running church hostels.

RHODES, Ephraim
Full back who was allowed to leave South Bank for local rivals Grangetown Athletic in 1901 before turning professional with Sunderland the following year. Popularly known as “Dusty”, he appeared in 119 games for the Wearside club before being transferred to Brentford in April 1908. Appointed player manager of the club in 1912, he appeared for Brentford on 309 occasions and served in the Army Pay Corps and Army Records Office during the 1914-18 War. Later acted as trainer of Brentford from 1922 until 1925. He remained a keen supporter of the London side until his death in September 1960 at the age of 78.

RHODES, Ernie
Full back or wing half and the younger brother of Ephraim Rhodes. Followed his brothers path from Grangetown to Sunderland in 1907 but failed to appear in the senior side and left to join non league Gravesend before returning to league football with Crystal Palace in 1913. Spent ten years, with the Palace, winning a third division championship medal and frequently captaining the side, before ending his playing career with Sheppey United.
ROBINSON, John
Left half who left Grangetown St. Mary’s to join Middlesbrough in 1919 but was restricted to a solitary league outing before joining Portsmouth two years later. He later served Queen’s Park Rangers and Guildford City.




ROBINSON, Norman
Centre half also capable of operating at wing half or full back who left South Bank St Peter's for Middlesbrough in January 1946 and proved to be a rugged and dependable performer. A brother in law of Wilf Mannion, he left the club to join Grimsby Town in 1948 but was forced to retire due to an ankle injury shortly afterwards. Later a dock worker, he died in 1990

ROBSON, John
Goalkeeper and secretary of the Middlesbrough Swifts side who competed in the Ellis Cup in 1891, he joined Middlesbrough Football Club as assistant secretary in 1892 and later graduated to the role of secretary before being appointed manager in 1899, a position he filled until 1905. After taking charge of Crystal Palace he managed Brighton from 1908 until 1914 when he became manager of Manchester United until 1921 when he reverted to the position of assistant manager, a role he held until his death, from pneumonia, in January 1922.

RUDDY, Tom
Inside forward or wing half, generally known as “Paddy”, who appeared for South Bank St. Peter’s alongside his brothers Mick and Martin before joining Darlington in 1927 after a brief spell with Portrack Shamrocks. He later served Derby County where he hit nine goals in twenty two league appearances, Chesterfield and Southampton before joining Spennymoor United whilst his brothers, both of who had appeared for St. Peter’s in their historic F.A. Cup tie against Rotherham, gave great service to local football. Mick was particularly well known as a rather fearsome opponent whilst Martin went on to win a F.A. Amateur Cup winners medal and Athenian League championship medal with Bromley in the twilight of his career. Died in 1979 aged 77.



RUSH, Jimmy
Fleet footed outside left with a keen eye for goal who gave South Bank great service throughout the thirties and once netted four goals in a memorable 5-4 victory at Scarborough played in arctic conditions with a four inch layer of snow on the pitch. A clerk by profession, he was a member of the clubs North Riding Senior Cup winning side of 1936. Like his team mate Coulthard, his absence from the England amateur side remained a mystery to many. Later became registrar of births, deaths and marriages at Middlesbrough.

SCAIFE, Charlie
Outstanding centre half who worked locally as a blastfurnaceman and was considered unlucky not to have gained international recognition. Formerly with Stockton where he had won a Northern League championship medal, he proved to be a dominating and influential figure in the South Bank rearguard during the immediate post war era.

SHARKEY, Bernard
Inside right who left Grangetown St. Mary’s to join Preston North End in 1920 but found opportunities restricted and moved on to give good service to Barrow and Tranmere Rovers.



SHEPHERDSON, Harold
Centre half who left South Bank East End in 1934 to join Middlesbrough where, despite not being assured of a regular place, he proved to be a dependable strong tackling performer. Served as an army physical training instructor during the war years and assisted Luton Town, Norwich City, Aldershot, Northampton and Brentford as a guest player before leaving Middlesbrough to join Southend in 1947 where an early training injury forced him to retire. Returned to Middlesbrough as assistant trainer the following year and, after graduating to the role of trainer, was appointed trainer of the England side in 1957, a position he was to hold through 171 international fixtures which included the 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 World Cup tournaments plus numerous other representative games involving the Football League. Awarded the M.B.E. in1969, he later served Middlesbrough as assistant manager, caretaker manager and chief executive until his retirement in 1983. A superb ambassador for the game, he died in 1995 at the age of 78.



SHORT, Bill
Eston born defender who appeared in only a handful of games for Grangetown Athletic during the 1913 / 14 season after having previously appeared with Saltburn and Lazenby United. Employed as a crane driver in the local steel works, he became a household name in the area due to his exploits in the First World War. Serving in the Green Howards as company bomber, he led an attack to force the enemy out of the Somme battlefields notorious Munster Alley on August 6th 1916. Known to all as "Twigg", he received a severe wound to the foot but refused to retire from the conflict and kept throwing his grenades at the enemy. After having a leg shattered by a shell he insisted on adjusting detonators and removing pins from grenades for his colleagues in the trenches until he died, aged 29, from his severe wounds. Posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery, an obelisk of Cleveland Ironstone was erected in his memory at Grangetown market place where it remained until being removed, at the request of his family, to Normanby cemetery during the thirties. He is buried in France at the Contalmaison Chateau cemetery whilst the steel helmet worn during his heroic deeds is displayed at the Imperial War Museum.

SIMPSON, Bobby
Hard tackling Redcar born wing half who joined Grangetown Athletic from South Bank, where he had trials with Blackburn Rovers, and, captaining the Grangetown side, rapidly made a big impression. Signed by Everton in 1912, he quickly won a place in the senior side but was released in 1919 to join Wrexham after suffering a series of injuries and later served Chester.

SMALL, Jack
Wing half who left South Bank to join Sunderland in 1912 but was unable to establish himself and made only one league appearance before moving on to join Southampton the following year. After making 51 appearances for Southampton he enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915 and served in Salonika where he was wounded and invalided back to England. Later employed by Thorneycrofts, a Southampton shipyard, where he assisted their football team and helped them reach the F.A. Cup first round before ending his career with Welsh side Mid Rhondda. He died in 1946 aged 57.



SMITH, Bobby
Lingdale born centre forward who, as a fifteen year old, appearing in the Ellis Cup for the first time, netted a hat trick for Redcar Albion in their 5-3 defeat against Commercial Hotel. He went on to enjoy a fine career in the game starring with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, where he won a league championship medal, two F.A. Cup winners medals, a European Cup Winners Cup winners medal and two F.A. Charity Shields whilst also representing England on fifteen occasions. Later with Brighton, where he added a fourth division championship medal to his collection, he later assisted non league side Hastings United before leaving the game to take employment as a painter and decorator. Recalling his Ellis Cup debut he stated, along with a few expletives “I had a blinder but our defence was shocking”.



SMITH, Ralph
Middlesbrough born centre forward who made a good impression in ten appearances for South Bank during the 1919/20 season before, rather surprisingly, being allowed to leave the club to join Stockton where he enjoyed great success. Popularly known as “Bullet” because of his ferocious shooting ability, he represented the England amateur side on six occasions whilst with Stockton and was infamously suspended from all football for twelve months by the Football Association following his drunken behaviour and abusive alcohol fuelled comments directed at match officials and F.A. dignitaries following his sides defeat by Kingstonian in the 1934 F.A. Amateur Cup final. A railwayman throughout his playing career, he served Stockton for sixteen years before ending his playing days with Whitby United and died in 1950 aged 52.



SPENCER, Jack
Classy outside right born at Normanby in 1895 who appeared with Eston United and Normanby Magnesite where he won two Ellis Cup winner’s medals besides starring in the South Bank side defeated by Bishop Auckland in the F.A. Amateur Cup final of 1922 when he also won a Northern League championship medal. Popularly known as “Spenner”, he later assisted Sheffield Wednesday without appearing in their senior side. Employed at Normanby Brick Works, he died in January 1959 aged 63.

SPENCER, John
Stockton born outside right who was a much sought after player who had previously appeared with Grangetown St. Mary’s, Eston United and Crook Town before joining South Bank in 1923. He later served Stoke City and Hartlepool.

STONE, John
Forceful utility player who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in May 1970 and made his debut during the 1971/72 campaign. Transferred to York City in the 1972 close season, he later served Darlington, Grimsby Town and Rotherham, amassing over 300 league appearances before leaving the game to become a sports outfitter



STOTT, Jimmy
Darlington born inside forward or wing half who made a big impression with South Bank before leaving to join Middlesbrough in 1894. Later with Liverpool where he netted fourteen goals in sixteen games to claim a second division championship medal, Grimsby Town and Newcastle United, who he captained before ending his career with a brief spell back at Middlesbrough. Known to be an Immaculate dresser who always wore a top hat and dress coat each Sunday, he later became a licensee in Newcastle and died in a lunatic asylum in 1908 aged 38, the sad victim of a brain tumour



STUART, Bobby
Former England schoolboy international full back who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1931 and proved to be a highly popular figure at Ayresome Park. A motor mechanic by trade, he served in the Royal Navy during the war years and assisted Liverpool and Bristol City as a guest when duties permitted. Transferred to Plymouth Argyle in 1948, he retired due to an ankle injury the following year and returned to the region, coaching Whitby Town for a period. Dogged by ill health in later years, he died in 1987

THOMPSON, Billy
South Bank born utility forward who left Grangetown Athletic to join Middlesbrough in June 1905 and scored twice on his league debut, a 4-4 draw against Bolton Wanderers. Transferred to Morpeth Harriers the following year, he returned to league football with West Bromwich Albion in 1908 and made 57 appearances for the Midlands club before moving to Sunderland in 1911. Unable to break into the Sunderland senior side he moved on to serve Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Queens Park Rangers, Hartlepool and South Shields before ending his career with Jarrow. Nicknamed “Rubber”, he died in December 1933 aged 47.

THOMPSON, Jack
England amateur international right back capped by England twice during the 1922/23 campaign. A tremendous competitor who always led by example, he captained South Bank to the Northern League championship in 1920 and the North Riding Senior Cup In 1924 besides captaining the Bankers side defeated by Bishop Auckland in the 1922 F.A. Amateur Cup Final when he had the misfortune to see his well struck penalty kick saved in the dying minutes of the game. Rather unfairly known in his later years as the man who lost South Bank the Amateur Cup, he was a steelworker and one of the true giants of South Bank's fine footballing heritage.

THOMPSON, Jack
Redcar born outside right not to be confused with the England amateur star of the same name. Left South Bank in 1914 to join Scunthorpe and moved on to join Sheffield United later the same year before being transferred to Bristol City in 1920. Died in 1970 at the age of 78.

TOWSE, Tom
Highly rated Lazenby born centre forward who won a Northern League championship medal with South Bank in 1922 when he was also a member of the Bankers sided defeated in the F.A. Amateur Cup final by Bishop Auckland. He left the club to join Hartlepool later the same year and appeared in fourteen league games for Hartlepool before being released and returned to the iron ore mines at nearby Eston. Died in 1961 aged 65.



TRANTER, Isaac
Hard tackling left back in the Middlesbrough St. John’s team that won the Ellis Cup in 1894. He later joined Middlesbrough, then a Northern League side and was a member of their Cleveland Cup winning side of 1896, played in nineteen games before returning to local football.



TRANTER, Wally
Right back in the same Middlesbrough St. John’s side as his brother Isaac. Left to turn professional with West Ham in 1896 and made 27 appearances for the club before being released in 1901. Later appeared with Chatham

TUBB, Albert
Eston born wing half who joined South Bank from Normanby Magnesite and was a member of the Bankers Northern League championship and F.A. Amateur Cup finalists sides of 1922 before signing professional forms with Ashington, then a Football League club, during the 1922 close season. Later with Barrow and Chesterfield before serving non league clubs Boston Town, Shirebrook and Mexborough Albion, he died in 1978 aged 83.



TURNBULL, Bobby
Outside right who appeared with South Bank East End before joining South Bank and then moved on to turn professional with Bradford Park Avenue in 1916 where he marked his debut by scoring five goals. Capped by England against Ireland in 1919 / 20, forming a right wing partnership with fellow South Bank compatriot Middlesbrough’s Jackie Carr, he had earlier represented England in two victory internationals in 1918 and later twice toured South Africa with the F.A. representative side. Transferred to Leeds United in 1925, he gave the club superb service, appearing in over two hundred games, before ending his professional career in non league football with Rhyl. He later appeared with Smith's Dock in the Teesside League. A steelworker both before and after his playing days. He died in 1952 at the age of 55.

TURNER, Hughie
A fine wing half, left South Bank St Peters for Middlesbrough in 1937 and was on the verge of breaking into the Middlesbrough side when war intervened. A player of great potential, he later served Darlington in the post war years and died in 1992.



TURNER, Ian
Goalkeeper who made only two Northern League appearances for South Bank after graduating through the junior ranks before signing for Huddersfield Town. Later with Grimsby Town before moving to Southampton where he was a member of their F.A. Cup winning side of 1976, he then served Walsall, Lincoln City, Halifax Town and Newport County. Later had a spell in the United States with Fort Lauderdale Strikers before assisting non league clubs Waterlooville, Salisbury City, Romsey Town and Totten.

UNDERWOOD, Bill
Brigg born defender who left South Bank in 1947 to join Hartlepool United but failed to establish a regular place in the side and returned to the Northern League to serve Shildon the following year.

VERRILL, Ted
Staithes born outside left or left half whose sparkling performances led to him joining Middlesbrough in 1908. Popularly known as Fishy, he was a fixture in the Middlesbrough side for many years, making 192 appearances for the club until leaving the professional game in 1915 to return to his family fishing business in his native village. His brother, George, appeared in league football with Gainsborough Trinity.



WAITERS, Tony
Well built goalkeeper who appeared with Redcar Albion in the Ellis Cup whilst on R.A.F. service locally. Tony also assisted Bishop Auckland and went on to appear with Blackpool and Burnley, winning five England international caps in the process and also representing the Football League on five occasions. After a spell as coach of Liverpool he managed Plymouth Argyle and Vancouver Whitecaps before becoming the Canadian national coach for a number of years. Well respected for his coaching abilities, he also acted as a scout for Tranmere Rovers and Chelsea.

WATSON, Bill
Outside right who left South Bank to join Lincoln City in 1903 and went on to appear in 120 league games for the club before joining Newark Town four years later. He ended his career with non league Castleford Town

WATSON, Bob
Centre forward signed by South Bank from Thornaby Utopians who left the Bankers to join Middlesbrough in March 1902. Transferred to Arsenal in 1903, he netted seven goals in one game against a Parisian touring side and went on to serve Leeds City, where he made 83 appearances, Rochdale, Exeter City, who he captained, and Stalybridge Celtic before leaving the game

WATTS, Charlie
Goalkeeper who, in a handful of games for South Bank during the 1891/92 season made a big impression and left the club in the summer of 1892 to join Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Transferred to Blackburn Rovers the following year, he was regarded as a rather robust last line of defence who frequently fell foul of the authorities due to his outspoken comments. Suspended by Blackburn after making a series of insulting and abusive remarks to their directors, he then joined Burton Rovers and moved on to join Newcastle in 1906, eventually becoming trainer of the club some twelve years later. Well known throughout the game as a racing tipster and race horse owner, he was rumoured to have won and lost three fortunes during his career which included the then vast sum of £600 which he won in a competition organised by "The Sporting Chronicle” in 1898. His death came in tragic circumstances when, in difficulties to repay his mounting gambling debts, he committed suicide by cutting his own throat with a razor in the back lane of his home in November 1924 at the age of 52.



WHITBOURNE, Jack
Highly promising Farnham born goalkeeper who left South Bank to join Sunderland in 1904 and made a handful of senior appearances for the club before being transferred to Tottenham Hotspur the following year. Later served Clapton Orient with distinction from 1908 to 1912 and was later employed as a docker in the East End of London.

WHITELOCK, Arthur
Stockton born full back who made a big impression in South Bank's defence during the 1950/51 season and joined Hartlepool where he became a regular member of the side until being rather surprisingly released at the end of the campaign.



WILLIAMSON, Tim
North Ormesby born goalkeeper who appeared in the Ellis Cup for Redcar Crusaders in 1900 before joining Middlesbrough the following year. Went on to enjoy a distinguished career with the club which included making a record 564 league appearances whilst representing England on seven occasions and the Football League five times. A draughtsman by trade, he died in 1943 aged 58.












WINTER, Jeff
An excellent referee who reached the top of his profession after refereeing the Ellis Cup Finals of 1988 and 1991, Geoff was elected to the premiership referee’s list in 1996 and acted as fourth official at the F.A. Cup Final of 1998 before taking charge of the 2004 F.A. Cup Final between Manchester United and Millwall, his last game before retirement. He is now a popular broadcaster and after dinner speaker and presented the Ellis Cup to winners Thornaby St. Patrick’s in 2007

WORRALL, Bill
Goalkeeper who left South Bank to join Middlesbrough in 1905 and had the misfortune to concede six goals against Liverpool on what was to prove his only senior outing for the club. Transferred to Shildon the following year, he later returned to league football with Sunderland and later appeared with non league Wingate.

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