(KES Magazine Spring 1966)
THIS year's first eleven has been the most successful for several seasons, losing only one school match since October 16th. After several early defeats, the regular team came together and began producing consistently good results. The finest hour came with the winning of the Yorkshire Seven-a-Side Competition at Hull, when we won the trophy against competition from forty-five Yorkshire schools ; it was the result of determined training and team effort.
Winners of Yorkshire Senior Schools Seven-a-Side Competition, 1966
(Back Row) Mr. T. Nuttall; M. Fielding; J. A. Hempshall; P. J. Cartwight; T. J. Warn; Mr. J. C. Hemming
(Front Row) R. M. Priestley; D. R. Barraclough (Capt.); D. M. Hodgkin
(Photo courtesy of John Hempshall)
The team's basic problem was fitting the correct people into the correct positions especially those of goalkeeper and centre-forward. These positions were eventually filled by Cartwright and Priestley, with Hempshall and Barraclough falling back to wing-half. This combination gave confidence and strength in the defence and power to the forward-line, and was the main reason for the future success.
The team's tactics of using the square ball, needed capable wingers ; these were provided by Fielding on the right, who later developed into a powerful inside-forward, and Hodgkin on the left, whose size, speed and ball-control, enabled him to torment any defence. Cowley and Milner filled the inside left position when Wosskow, a most talented and effective inside forward left at Christmas, with Milner and Fielding later changing positions, and Cowley and Hodgkin developing a superb understanding on the left wing. This attack provided numerous chances for Priestley whose ball control and powerful shot enabled him to score at least once in every match at centre-forward.
In defence, the addition of Cartwright in goal provided the necessary confidence to our main defenders. The full-backs, Paramore and Warn, played together in virtually every match and gave very reliable service, helping towards a more stable defence. The wing-halves, Barraclough and Hempshall, developed a sound understanding and it was on the basis they provided, especially when Hempshall was not playing centre-forward, that the team was able to play together as a unit ; they could always be relied on to give their best at all times.
One of the outstanding features of the team was its fitness and ability to tackle hard, and usually, fairly. Regardless of size, all members, notably Hempshall, were prepared to tackle vigorously and effectively, even at the expense of broken glasses, ripped shorts and socks, and cuts and bruises.
Barraclough is to be congratulated on successfully taking over the captaincy of the team for the last few weeks of the season and I should like to thank especially Mr. Hemming and Mr. Nuttall for their vigorous and interested support at all times, the winning of the seven-a-side competition being just reward. I hope next year's team will be able to keep the cup and do even better than this year's.
Jepson, with his usual modesty, makes no mention of his own outstanding part at centre half, nor of the kindly but firm control which he exercised as Captain. The good spirit and determination of the team were largely due to his leadership. It was most unfortunate that injury should have prevented him from playing in the Seven-a-side competition. Nevertheless he has every reason to look back on his season as Captain with great satisfaction.
J.C.H.; T. N.