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George Hardwick: soccer star with a unique claim to fame
George Hardwick Captains Middlesbrough
ONE of the greats of English football has died at the age of 84, following a lengthy illness. George Hardwick's professional football career did not get off to the best of starts. After playing for Middlesbrough reserves at the age of 14, he made his first team debut three years later and promptly scored an own goal with his first touch of the ball, which lead to a 2-1 defeat by Bolton.
After such an ignominious start things could only get better, and they did, during a 18-year career that saw him captain Middlesbrough, England and, uniquely, Great Britain. Born at Lingdale, Mr Hardwick never forgot the qualities that took him from East Cleveland to stardom. He called the local fighters, who, during his time there were also hungry. On return visits he would tell youngsters there was only one place to be, and that was at the top. "I was a winner and that's what Lingdale did for me, no doubt about it." he would say.
In his autobiography, called Gentleman George, he fondly remembered a happy contented childhood, supported by a caring family. His professional playing career, which began in 1937, panned 166 games for Middlesbrough. But his career was split in half by the Second World War, during which he spent 6 1/2 years in the RAF. Duties permitting, he made 75 appearances for Chelsea, during which he played in two cup finals. Then following a record £15,000 transfer for a full back in 1950, he made 190 appearances as Oldham's player-manager.
He won 13 full international caps for England, but one of his proudest moments came when he captained a Great Britain team in May 1947. Playing against the rest of Europe, in what was billed as "the match of the century," Mr Hardwick led the team to a 6-1 victory. He had a spell in management abroad, staring off in charge of the US 7th Army in Stuttgart in 1956, followed by the Dutch national side and PSV Eindhoven. But his most famous managerial move was when he became boss at Sunderland in 1964, giving Brian Clough his first coaching job. As well as his playing skills, Mr Hardwick was also blessed with film star looks, making him one of the game's first pin-ups.
Following his retirement, he was awarded an honorary degree from Teesside University, while his playing days were marked with a statue at the Riverside Stadium. Even in his eighties he was still widely respected by all ages and from all quarters, earning him the Freedom of the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland.
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson said:"George Hardwick's name was synonymous with the club. He was a Boro legend and, alongside the late Wilf Mannion, represented the club and town at the highest level of the international stage."
taken from The Darlington & Stockton Times (Friday 23rd April)
3 MBE's have been awarded to Lingdale people:
Miss Margaret Curtis for Nursing
Minnie Ringrose / Robinson for Charity work
You wanted information about a Minnie( M B E ), Well I am 99% certain it was Minnie Robinson who lived in the bungalow opposite stone row, Auntie Minnie has I got to know her by, did all sorts for charity, I can remember seeing a picture of her with the Queen mum in her hallway, I am sure it was the Queen mum & not the Queen, she worked endlessly for charities also she set up a road safety team for the Secondary School Brotton County Modern. I was in the team, and there were 4 of us altogether, Derick Curnow, Peter Saunders and myself all from Lingdale and one girl from Brotton, we went as a team once or twice to other Schools.
Many Thanks to Heather Dawson for this information
Abe Bradley whose mother used to have a shop at the bottom of Pease Street was awarded the MBE for a mine rescue at Boosbeck Mine
Information from Frank Holmes on Memories Day
Other players who played for professional teams who originally came from Lingdale are:
Bobby Smith, played for England and Tottenham (see below)
Keith Smith, played for Chelsea
Arnold Knight, who played for Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur
David Sunley was a professional with Sheffield Wednesday in the 70's
information from Dave Fell
(if you know of anyone else or which teams the above players played for please contact me. Thank you Alison)
Robert Alfred Smith (born 22 February 1933, Lingdale, North Yorkshire, England) was an English footballer.
Bobby Smith was a centre-forward and represented Chelsea (1950-1955), Tottenham Hotspur (1955-1964) and Brighton & Hove Albion (1964-1965), scoring 218 goals in 376 league appearances.
He won 15 international caps and scored 13 goals for England.
Article taken from Remember When July 3rd 2004
On April 15, 2004 a funeral took place at St Hilda's Teesside Crematorium. Many people a lot of them professional footballers had come to pay their respects to a local hero.
Amongst those gathered was George Chisman, 77, there to say farewell to his old friend Derek Stonehouse, like George, Lingdale born and bred, Derek had died suddenly at his Linthorpe home at the age of 71.
As the service began, George, of High Street, Lingdale, was thinking back all those years to when he first encountered the man who became a life-long friend and who he knew simply as Stoney.
"I knew him as a boy and even then he was a brilliant footballer. Strange that one so young could be so dedicated. This was something he showed right through his life and in everything he did, in football, cricket and in his working life.
"Stoney was an apprentice brickie. As a wedding present he put me in a fireplace in an upstairs room and a new ceiling in another - he often did jobs like that for people round the village and never took payment for any of it. That's the sort of man he was"
Stoney attracted George's attention because in the late 1940's George saw Stoney playing and captaining his school team.
George and a few others were looking to form a junior team and by the start of the 1949 - 1950 season it was ready. And Stoney was in it, playing centre-half and already standing out. The team was an immediate success, winning the Priory Cup the first year and finishing runners up in the league.
During his national service with the RAF, Stoney became a physical training instructor and played not only football but marked himself out as a cricketer of real standing. Following his national service, Derek became a regular player in the Middlesbrough first team, playing at both right back and on the left. He was part of the Boro first Team squad, which went close to regaining its place in the first division under manager Bob Dennison.
Derek went on to make 188 league and cup appearances during the 1950's and 60's, as a tough tackling full back, making his debut for Boro in a 3-0 win against Spurs in the relegation season, early in 1954.
Stoney was a contemporary of goal hitting and tough talking Brian Clough and the duo played regularly together in the Boro line-up, Derek also winning youth international honours with England.
"Stoney was loved by the supporters, especially for his fearless tackling. Not a lot got past Stoney! And that includes some of the best wingers in the country."
After serving Boro with distinction for 10 seasons, Derek moved on to fourth division Hartlepool, playing 34 games. Throughout his career Derek never scored a goal at first team level but his defensive qualities made him a valuable member of the squad.
The Stonehouses had lived in Lingdale for as long as anyone can remember, one of the villages oldest families.
George knew the Stonehouses well and over the years got to know the private Stoney away from the pitch and the pressures of football.
Derek Stonehouse's father, (Dick), died recently at the age of 93. He had lost a leg down the mines as a teenager and it was very much a case of Like Father like Son.
"Like his son, he had guts"
Dick worked in the pit offices until the mine closed then moved onto the Dorman Long offices at Lackenby and worked there until his retirement.
Stoney's father wanted him to play cricket instead of football but, fortunately for football fans, the Boro intervened and encouraged him to choose the beautiful game - which he did.
Says George: "Many who saw Stoney play cricket thought he had made a mistake. His wicket keeping was the same as football - fearless!
"No matter who was bowling, Stoney's nose was touching the stumps. As a teenager he had a spell with Guisborough in the NYSD league. They badly wanted him to play for them permanently but again the Boro intervened.
"During one local game at Danby, Stoney hit 13 consecutive sixes and scored a century in record time.
Alfred Edward Evans
Alfred Edward Evans was a Police Inspector and lived at 96 Margrove Park. During the second World War he won an British Empire Medal (BEM)for bravery, he stood on an unexploded Mine and rescued a family from a bombed building in Hull. He was the only police officer to receive such medal.
Information kindly given on Memories Day by Mr & Mrs Evans who traveled all the way from Hull for this occasion, Thank you very much.
Did you see the film or documentary which traced the fantastic feat of survival by Sir Ernest Shackleton and the 'Endurance' party in 1914-17 expedition to the South pole, but did you know that his second in command was a Skelton lad, Frank Wild was born in Skelton in 1873, growing up among the pits which were just starting up in the area and farms of East Cleveland then North Yorkshire but dreaming of a life at sea.
Born John Robert Frances Wild at 131 High Street, Skelton at the end of a terrace row of shops and houses, of what is now Kingston Chemist.
Then he is believed to have moved to Boosbeck Road, Skelton Green, leaving to join the merchant navy aged 16 then joining the Royal Navy in 1900 as a rating.
Out of thousands of applicants he was chosen to join Scott on the 'Discovery' as a seaman, there he met Shackleton, who was sub lieutenant RNR who was surveyor and photographer on the 'Discovery' expedition (Shackleton was sent home on medical grounds by Scott on the first ship back.) Wild distinguishing him self by leading a sledge party to safety.
Wild was selected by Shackleton on his rival trip to the south pole him on the 'Nimrod' independent of Scott, and was part of the team that reached the furthest point south on the South pole, journeying across the Ross Barrier and Beardsmore Glacier.
Scott was lost on his expedition on the trip back from the pole in 1912.
Wild was on the Douglas Mawson’s Australian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 on the 'Aurora' being team leader of the western base party.
Again Wild and Shackleton went to the South pole this time Wild was second in command on the 'Endurance' 1914-17 until the ship was crushed in the ice and the crew made the epic journey to Elephant Island, Wild was left in charge on the island as Shackleton made the second epic journey to South Georgia in a bid to save the crew of the 'Endurance', all were saved though some were to lose their lives in the latter part of the first World War, fighting for King and country.
Wild was commissioned as a temporary Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and served as a transport officer on the Northern Front Russia.
After the war he spent a short time at Spitzbergen working on English coal mining concerns, then moving to Nyasaland to work on a tobacco plantation.
Wild was again with Shackleton on the Quest heading to the South pole in 1922 though Shackleton was to die on 5th of January 1922 on South Georgia, on the day they arrived of a heart attack and is buried there. Frank Wild became leader of the party and returned home.
Wild was honoured with several awards including a CBE in 1920 and a civil pension. He returned to his farm in Africa until his death in 1939.
As a note Ernest Wild, Frank’s brother was also a polar Explorer and was as resourceful and capable as his brother, was a member of the Ross Sea Party of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in which three members died.
Story and information kindly contributed by Stuart McMillian
photograph of Frank Wild taken from the story below
Shackleton's Grave in South Georgia
Photograph taken by Allan M. Thomas 2005
British Antarctic Survey
As a quick note my brother Allan was working in South Georgia on Bird Island until December and has now returned to the Halley Base in Antarctica.
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