I played the full season for Ryhope 'Pops' and as this was in a Saturday morning
league I was obviously available to play on an afternoon. This was one of the reasons
why I was persuaded by Jimmy Clark, the YC's manager, to help him out. He wanted
me to play centre forward so I was also a bit curious as to how I would handle that.
My idea, at that time, of a centre forward was someone that was 6 feet tall, powerful,
good in the air and could score goals. I had only one of these qualities but as I
had a bit of pace and could use both feet I thought I had a chance of doing ok.
was certainly a bit different but it started to work well because there were quality
players in the side to give me the service that suited me. So I was lucky to have
enough chances created to score goals. I've no idea how many I did score but there
must have been enough to be wanted for the following season as a centre forward.
The team photo below was passed to me by Keith Hemborough and I cannot recall it
being taken. The photo was taken at our home ground (Ryhope Colliery Welfare).
1967 / 1968 Season
Back from left :- Ernie Carlin(Trainer), Joe Dixon, Ronnie Conlan, Derek Duffy,
Peter Plilipson and Harry Orrell.
Front from left :- Keith
Hembrough, Ian Fannon, Norman Taylor, Alan Pearson,