Moseley Hall Grammar School

The Chedleian Summer 1964

The Chedleian

The Moseley Hall Grammar School Magazine

This is a précis of the content.

Summer 1964

(Covers the academic years 1962-63)


The move to “abolish the 11 plus” is gathering momentum, and the bandwagon is beginning to creak.  Now Cheshire, too, is about to bid farewell to this educational bogeyman, and no doubt many parents are heaving sighs of relief.

But what exactly does it all mean?  In most cases, simply the end of a written examination: rarely does it mean that the pupil is still not examined in some way or other, and then selected for the type of secondary education most suitable for his particular needs.

A formal examination is obviously open to a variety of abuses.  Children who do not gain the coveted Grammar School place may not do so because of nerves; possibly because they have not had sufficient coaching in technique.  All the same, one cannot fell completely happy about the new methods.  School records, School examinations, personal recommendations – all are fallible, all can be misused.  The 11 plus examination is a completely objective test: of its kind, it is the best there is: any substitute, is, inevitably, inferior.

So questions remain to be asked, doubts linger.  Will the new system in fact be more fair and foolproof than the old?  Is not fiddling about the method of selection only nibbling at the real problem?  Will not the children who are selected for secondary modern schools still feel a sense of failure, and be encouraged in this by parents and others?  Perhaps if, as a nation, we concentrated more money and attention on our secondary modern schools, the stigma of going here would disappear.  Perhaps, indeed, we shall eventually come round to believing that it is the selection itself that is wrong.

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association pointed out that it provided essential amenities not covered by grants from the Education Authority.  It was formed in 1949 and during its existence had provided no less than £4,000 for a wide variety of items, not forgetting the Workabus 12-seater van.  A large proportion of its annual income went to improving the school’s library as well as grants for extra-mural activities including the various School Societies and Clubs.  Funds were raised by social events and the Annual Garden Party.  This realised a record net profit of £521.

It appealed to the parents to support social events as the number attending seldom made it possible to realise a profit.  It asked parents to make suggestions to the Committee, but hoped that they would “make every endeavour to support the Association, for its success means more facilities for your son whilst he is at school”.


School Play

The Alchemist by Ben Jonson

It was considered fitting that during Shakespeare’s quatercentenary that MHG.S. should have present a play by his contemporary, “who received much praise, but little performance”.

Mr. Taggart’s production was notable for two innovations.  Firstly, the stage had a narrow apron, representing the approach to Havewit’s front door, enabling the audience to see the various characters going to and from the house.  The other unusual feature was the setting of the play in the 18th century.

“The action seized one’s attention from the very beginning – the flung door, the ranting in unfamiliar language – with familiar sentiments – of farce and subtlety – stunned the audience into silence from which they were coaxed more and more by the increasing humour of the situations.

The principals, C. Holland and Mitchell, carried their roles well, P. McInnery was a most convincing tart, and T. Johnson as “honest Nab” gave a fine vignette.  The most enjoyable acting came however from P. Ducklin, who gave an outstanding performance as Sir Epicure Mammonon.”


FACE, the housekeeper D.L. Mitchell

SUBTLE, the alchemist C.A. Holland

DOL COMMON, their colleague P.R.McInnerny

ABEL DRUGGER, a tobaccoman. T.B. Johnson

SIR EPICURE MAMMON, a knight.. P.A. Ducklin

PERTINAX SURLY, his friend......... H. Tomlin

ANANIAS, a deacon....... G. Milne

TRBULATION WHOLESOME, a pastor.... P.N. Daniel

KASTRIL, a young man.. A.R.P. Birch

DAME PLAINT, his sister....... J.N. Murray

LOVEWIT, master of the house P. Slater


NEIGHBOURS....................... I.R. Farquharson, G.J. Gange, G. Harding,

....................... B.C. Jackson, N.R.N. Smith, A.M. Leggett

OFFICERS J.S. Barlow, R.L. Barlow

The scene is Lovewit’s House in London.


STAGE built by

S.C. Carroll, Esq., members of the Fifth Forms

SET built by

D.I.R Gough Esq., S.M. Fowler Esq. and members of the Fourth Forms

SCENERY painted by

J.O. Seed Esq., R.W. Bellamy, M.F. Fordoli, A.M. Houghton, M.A. Robertson


C.P. Hesketh, I.C. Stewart


M.J. Ellis, R. Gilbert

J.E. Hawksford Esq., R.L. Crosoer, J. Hewinson, D.A. Kellar, R.J. Pearson


The Royal Shakespeare Theatre


J.E. Kennedy, M.S. Whalley Esq., I.F. Davidson


K.J.K. Taylor


B. Boland Esq.


A.H. Thompson Esq., B.D. Cooper, J.S. Goudling, M.S. McCannah, K.R. Hewison


M.D. Taggart Esq.



SPAIN and NORTH AFRICA, 1963 ..... H.L. Tomlin, U VI A

After two days and nights of tiring travelling they arrived in Madrid where they stayed a further two nights before travelling south to Algeciras.  On the way, they stopped in Toledo.  From Algerciras they made a day trip to Gibraltar where they “were relieved to find English spoken”.  None managed to climb to the summit of the rock.

On their return, they were delayed by “the Customs Officials’ careful attention to the multitude of smugglers entering the country with duty-free goods from Gibraltar”.  They eventually succeeded in boarding the night ferry to Ceuta in Spanish Morocco.  They spent five nights in Ceuta. “This period proving to be the most interesting and instructing of our holiday.  Probably the highlight of our stay in North Africa was a trip into Morocco, to Tetuan, where the squalid back-streets were a revelation to us all.  It was also in Tetuan that we made the most use of one of the most endearing features of North Africa: that of bargaining for goods with pedlars and shop-keepers.”

They left Ceuta for Grenada, “nestling in the Sierra Nevada, and over-looked by the magnificent Alhambra.”  “During our stay here, we were able to see a bull-fight, something not to be missed when one has a chance to go to Spain.”  From Grenada, they travelled via Madrid and Paris.

They finally thanked Mr. Bagshaw, Mr. Turner and Mr. Grimshaw for their help in making the holiday so interesting and pleasant.



On Saturday, June 8th (1963), the first tent was pitched on a camp at Abersoch, which was to become “home” during the following six weeks for more than 100 boys and 16 members of staff.  Preparations took eight months of planning.

Each camp was for a fortnight, “with the accent on the type of physical challenge not normally experienced in a day school.  Every day started with reveille at 6-45 a.m. followed by the morning swim and P.T. on the beach.  The only people excused this routine were the cooks.  Breakfast was at 8-00 a.m. followed by morning assembly, notices and kit inspection.  At 9 a.m. the boys dispersed into three groups, one group sailing – they were also the cooking group – one on a local activity and the third group in the mini-bus for a day in Snowdonia.”

The weather ranged from temperatures in the 80s to “torrid rain, when all activities were suspended and the day was given over to draining the camp and drying out clothes.”  Strong winds made sailing hazardous.  This group kept the “daily meteorological dairy as well as learning the mysteries of camp cooking.”

Local activities were confined to the Llyn Peninsular and consisted of hikes over set course using map references and checkpoints.  The most popular activity was the rock climbing, which took place in Snowdonia although a small outcrop above Rhiw proved more convenient.  Great emphasis was placed on safety, with knots and rope management being taught.  “The highlight of instruction was undoubtedly the abseiling – the “second” fastest method of descending a rock face!  The spectacle of a climber, about to fall, clutching at fresh air and finally performing a graceful pendulum across the rock face added amusement to the day’s outing.”

Every group climbed Snowdon and “experienced mountains at their best and worst.”



The Debating Society. A.H. Smith, G. Milne

The following motions were debated: -

“Coronation Street is an insult to the intellect of the man on the Clapham Omnibus” – Carried

“There is no place for socialism in the Twentieth Century” – Carried

“There is no place in Britain for Royalty” – Carried

“Science has not made the world a happier place” – Defeated

“CND is alien to the interests of the country” – Carried

The most popular debate was when the Hose was discussing Christianity, which was defeated after the most controversial debate in the society’s history, by one vote.  Unfortunately, on most occasions contributions from the floor were rare. “In fact, the motions debated are decided in the light of the apathy shown by the House, and the difficulty in obtaining speakers, so that many controversial debates have had to be avoided to attract speakers, who otherwise would have been kept away by difficult topics.”

“What is the point of debating anyway?  Is it not futile?  Debates are artificial, being limited to abstract ideas reproduced to fit the frame of motions which have little significance to the majority of us.  Surely though, debates develop the ability to speak to an audience, they provide a chance to participate in some activity outside the classroom, in the hope that a tradition of school debating will grow up, which pupils will have helped to stimulate, and to form.  Debates can and do arouse interest on topical questions and allow people to study them from all angles.  Thus, whilst debates are limited by such factors as the motion, the speakers and the audience, their importance must not be under-rated.”

The committee thanked Mr. Sunderland for the invaluable assistance that he rendered.


The Christian Union.... T.B. Johnson, U VI P

The Senior Christian Union underwent a through reorganisation.  There was an active Committee which met regularly to arrange the programme and discuss problems.

The Main aim was to make meetings interesting and helpful to individuals.  Therefore, they held monthly meetings with the Girls’ School C.U. in addition to weekly meetings.

Financial resources were needed and therefore members were asked to voluntarily contribute 6d per week.  This enabled to hire the film “God of Creation” which attracted an audience of over 60 boys.

In February, Mr. J.G. Scott, a Manchester businessman, kindly came to answer the question “Christianity – a life that is tough?”  A team from Manchester University talked on “Life at a University”, Rev. David Bridge on “Living by faith”.  The bible studies were based on William MacDonald’s booklet “True Discipleship”.

The committee thanked Mr. Holmes for his leadership.


The Intermediate Christian Union... D.M.

This was a weekly discussion group of about 15 members meeting in Room 32 at 12-45 each Thursday.  They were keen to increase the number of Third Formers.

Different members led the group each week, giving a short introduction, leading the ensuing discussion and summarising at the end.  They stressed the importance of applying the teachings of Jesus to their own lives.  Other subjects discussed were “How do we know there is s God?” “Are there such things as miracles?”, “Is the Bible true?”, and “The problem of pain”.


The Historical Society. J.B. Webb (Sec.), U VI P

The Historical Society experienced a highly successful year with unusually high rates of attendance, and a series of excellent papers and discussions.  The average audience was 45 (and on one occasion over 70).

The papers varied from “The Economic Policy of Frederick the Great” (given by Dr. Henderson, Senior Lecturer in International Economic History, University of Manchester), and “Cistercian Houses in Yorkshire”, to “Politics in Literature”, “Modern Sweden” and the “The Suez Crisis”.  Discussions also occurred at weekly meetings.  Besides speakers from the school and the Cheadle County (the Girls’ School), outside guest speakers were invited.  “Both schools have co-operated amicably and the Committee, (on which both schools are represented) has functioned with ease.”

Plans were made for a trip to Belvoir Castle and the publication of a journal.

The committee thanked Miss Andredi (that year’s President), Mr. Sunderland (Chairman) and Mr. Allott.  “The Committee is also grateful to those persons who have prepared papers, and to the Caterers.


Musical Activities D.B. Jones, U VI Sc.

The School Orchestra and Choir increase in size and experience.  However, the Orchestra suffered an ill-balance, because of the greater popularity of the woodwind over strings.

Several boys enjoyed participating in the Cheshire Youth Orchestra, and Choir, Mr. I. Jones’s Adult Orchestra, and a Madrigal Group with members of the Girls’ School under the direction of Mrs. Fox.

The Orchestra and Choir, augmented by the Adult Orchestra gave a concert at the Garden Party with several boys joining the Adult Orchestra for a concert with the Wythenshawe Brass Ensemble.  The Choir, of over 70 boys, gave its best Carol Service, with Mr. Halstead playing the organ for the last time before leaving for a new post.

“All these activities would not have been possible without the inspiration and leadership of Mr. I. Jones.”

The following boys passed examinations:-

Peter Robinson VSI Distinction in Grade IV – Clarinet

                                                            Pass in Grade V – Clarinet

Stanley Hole V Alpha Merit in Grade IV – Clarinet

Mark Marshall Lr. VI Sc. Distinction in Grade V – Cello

Gordon Gange Lr. VI Arts Distinction 141/150 marks Grade VII - violin


The Gramophone Society 1963-64. D.L. Mitchell (Sec.), U VI P

The introduction of a new gramophone and printed membership cards “has given the Society an even more prominent position among school societies this year, with a cross-section of the senior school as regular attenders.”  The programme was extended beyond the classical composers to include modern composers of a non-“classical” nature.  As well as a selection of Beethoven’s symphonies, the Society listened to the work of Edith Piaf and Shirley Bassey.  “An approach of this sort is a controversial one but the respectability of the Society has been maintained by a firm foundation of Beethoven (Particularly) and Mozart, as well as Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Weber, Dvorak and the Beatles.

The Society thanked Mr. Owens and Mr. Hayhurst for their active support.


Model Railway Society

The highlight of the year was the exhibiting of the club’s narrow gauge railway at the annual Manchester Model Railway Exhibition in December.  The railway ran for three consecutive days without any major breakdown, and was favourably commented upon in the national model railway press.  That system was put into storage and work focussed on the tramway and standard gauge.

Membership was about 20.  Other activities included visits to railway museums, exhibitions, etc  The model railway’s clubroom was in the Brookfield Gymnasium.


The Railway Society..... G. Mather, Lr. VI A

The main aim of the Society had been to acquire and improve knowledge of Britain’s’ vast railway system.  Two local lines were of particular interest being the Manchester to Wath electric line and the Cromford and High Peak line, with interesting talks had been given.

The Society made regular outdoor excursions to various lines.  Unfortunately, the frequency of these trips had to be “Quite drastically reduced because of a declining membership; a fact which can be mainly attributed to a lack of knowledge of the existence of the society rather than a lack of interest in railways generally.”

AT regular after-school meetings, members were encouraged to deliver talks.  Other activities included showing of films, informal discussions and quizzes.

The Society thanked Mr. Halstead (who “regrettably left the school”) and Mr. Owens for their perseverance and leadership.


Air Spotters Club...... K.R. Hewison, U VI Sc.

The Society was re-formed in May of 1963, with about 40 members and had grown to about 80.  Several trips were arranged, the most interesting to the production and assembly factories of the V.C. 10 and the D.H. Trident at Weybridge and Hatfield.  Only the older members were allowed around the Hatfield works.  The remainder spent the afternoon at London Airport.  The party consisted of 38 pupils, under the control of Mr. Lee and Mr. Hayhurst.

A special society badge was made which incorporated the silhouette of the V.C. 10.  A magazine was compiled to increase the knowledge of the members and to keep them up to date with the latest information.

Meeting were held at Wednesday dinnertime and many of the larger airline came to give illustrated talks about the airline and its history.

The society wished to thank Mr. A.A. Hayhurst for his invaluable assistance in making the first society year a success.


Original Contributions


Wrestling                        G.P. Webster, IVS Bio.

Staff Meetings.                        D. Walker, III A

A Guilty Conscience                        Vaughan-Jones, IV Alpha

Memoirs of a Merseyside Maniac                        S. Cawsey, IV Alpha

False Alarms                        K. Smith, III A

Reminiscences                        A.C. Powl, U VI Sc.


A New Species                        N.L. Robinson, II Alpha

The Battle of Cannae                        D. Wilson, IV Alpha

Reading that a Man was Killed 4:11:18                        K.J.K. Taylor, U VI Arts

Thoughts provoked by Dylan Thomas                        K.J.K. Taylor, U VI Arts

Farewell to Steam                        P.J. Hay, II Alpha

The Gorge                        B.J. Roscoe, V Bio

The Elephant                        W. Chorlton, IV Alpha

Early Lament                        K. Norman, III C


Industry                        J.R. Matthews, V B

Summer                        J.R. Newton, V B

Flower Study                        G.M. McGill, V B



The Cross Country Clubs 1963-64 Season

The season was a very successful one with 60 boys running normal Saturday matches.  The weather was mild during the season with one wet Saturday and no snow.

Only four schools were able to take two of the four races from them, ten took one and ten schools lost all four.  The most successful team was the under 12s who won 29 of their 30 races.  The senior team lost only two of their twenty and were outstanding in championship events.


Championships and Big Races

The Senior Team won the Cheadle and Gatley A.C. Schools’ race, they were second in the “Bob Watts” and third in the Cheshire AAAA championships.  Vernon had an extremely good season winning almost all the school matches; he was seventh in the Cheshire and ninth in the Northern.  Bond was in close support and first home in the Cheshire AAA.

The Under 16 Team won the Cheshire Schools Championship with ease, beating 36 schools, won the Cheadle and Gatley AC School’s race and were only just second in the Cheshire AAA Championships.  A. Jones had a most successful season, finishing 22nd in the National and was first Cheshire runner home, was third in the Cheshire Schools.  Collier was seventh in the Cheshire and these two were well supported by R. Jones, Margetson, Wadeson and Thorpe.

The Under 15 Team won the Cheadle and Gatley AC Schools race.  McLean and Taylor were outstanding in this team.

The Under 14 Team was just second in the Cheadle and Gatley AC Schools race.  Moss was outstanding in this team and represented Cheshire.

The Under 13 and First Year Teams won their Cheadle and Gatley AC Schools. Race.  The under 13 team was small and would have a far finer record if they had not been troubled with illness and injury.  Donkin, Woodruff, Taylor and Hope were the faithful few who raced consistently well throughout the year.

The First Year Team was beaten by only Marple Hall and this was by three points, when earlier on the season they had beaten them by six points which was Marple Hall’s only defeat.  Freegard and Grove deserve special mention for consistent enthusiasm and determined performance, and they were always well supported by Marshall, Beatty, Bateman and Salt.

The whole club thanked the Freegard family for looking after the timekeeping, and also Mrs. Davidson and her helpers for welcoming us home each Saturday with refreshments of a very high standard.

Results Totals

      Seniors        U.16 U.15        U.14 U.13        U.12

         L. 2 L. 0         L. 8 L. 3         L. 9   L. 1

       W. 17  W. 3     W. 12  W. 1     W. 11  W. 21


1st XI Soccer

1962-63 Season.  The last few matches produced the best football.  This meant that they eventually finished the year with a respectable record.  Heading the goal scorers were Perring and Ingham, while Mackreth proved to be a rock in the defence.  Garnett, an excellent captain, played for East Cheshire, whilst Ingham graduated to County XI.

1963-64 Season.  The trails at eh beginning of the season led to high expectations, which was underlined by 1st XI beating Hyde G.S., a predominant soccer school.  However, “a severe lesson in football” by Burnage took the wind out of their sails.  However, confidence returned later and heavy scores won following games.

At the sixes – the Lancashire Schools tournament, saw the team reach the quarterfinals.  The season ended by the team defeating the Staff and Old Boys 4 – 1.

Leading goal scorers were: Foden 19, Borrington 17 and colours were awarded to: Burling, Curtis, Ingham and Vigar; new colours to Norrington, Heighway, Rigg and Foden.  Holt and Ingham represented the County – Ingham for the 3rd successive season – and Vigar, Curtis represented East Lancashire.

Record:         Played 23        Won 7             Drawn 4          Lost 12

We thanked, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Siddell for managing the 1st and 2nd XI’s respectively and also Mr. Littler and Mr. Mather for their support.


2nd XI Soccer............ J.A.S.

Record:         Played 20        Won 6             Drawn 2          Lost 12

While their record was not impressive, they asked every-one to bear in mind that the majority of fixtures were against schools where soccer was the primary game, as well as being the primary source of replacements for the 1st XI.

Turnock (5B) proved himself an admirable captain, “leading the team both by word and by example”.  Roberts (VI Sc 1) and Rodger (5A) strove manfully.  Finally there were words of sympathy for Copper (5Alpha) and Prosser (U VI Arts) who missed games because of injury and illness.


1st Eleven Cricket. D.W. Sharp, Lr. VI Arts

1st XI cricket was severely hampered and curtailed by the weather.

Record:            Played 14        Won 5             Drawn 3          Lost 4 Abandoned 2

The team lost the previous season’s batsmen.  All too often the scoring was left to one or other batsman with the team only reaching 100 on three occasions.

The most outstanding slow bowler, D.J. Peate, “was often brought on to bowl too late to be effective”.  A.C. Powl, an off-break bowler had good results with 4 for 21 against the Staff and 6 for 17 against the 2nd XI.  Good fielding was seen from M.A. Vigar and W.H. O’Neill with credit to the wicket –keeper Mackreth.

K. Mackreth, P. Burling and D. Sharp were the best batsmen.  Sharp’s efforts resulted in being chosen for the County Senior XI and topped their averages.

The team thanked Mr. Sunderland, Mr. Pearson and Mr. Littler for their valuable assistance in all departments.  They also thanked Mr. Bond for preparing the wickets.


Under XV Cricket Report

The Under XV eleven played good, attractive cricket throughout the season, winning a high percentage of the games played.

The most successful bowlers were Paget and Galloway who opened the attack and Buckley who ably supported them with his spin bowling.  Heighway, behind the stumps combined excellently with the bowling.  Chief run makers proved to be Riley and Heighway, well backed up by Down.

Eat Cheshire Trials were given to Heighway and Galloway.  Riley was selected to play for the Cheshire U XV XI.

Record:         Played 13        Won 10                    Drawn 1          Lost 2


Michael Turner

The school wished to recognise the ability and achievements of one of their boys.  Michael Turner, “had been living a life of lonely dedication and constant effort for the past six years, and has just achieved his first major success by breaking two National Junior Swimming records”.

“His national records are the 220 yards Free Style in 2 min. 9.4 sec., and the 440 yards Free Style in 4 min. 40.9 secs.”  These were not achieved in races where there was no rival to force the last effort out of him.  There was only his coach with a stopwatch, calling out “Split-times” every fifty yards.

Michael was reticent to discuss his future, though he hoped to be selected for the International team against Holland and West Germany.  He ascribed his success to his coach, Mr. Sullivan of Stockport.  He swam hard for two hours each day, at dinnertime and in the evening.


1st XV Rugby

This is reproduced in full due to the quality of comment and writing.  Is this a guide to modern (i.e. 2000s) rugby?


Played 23;                     Wins 17;                     Draws 3;         Lost 3;                     Points for 293                     Points against 127

“The 1963-43 season proved to be one of spectacular achievement by a team which developed its skill to a degree rarely equalled by its opponents, and the members of the team can share with justifiable pride the fulfilment of our purpose – to compete successfully.

In competing successfully, we have endeavoured to play rugby which is attractive to player and spectator alike, through the development of tactical movement in which the ball is carried and passed, not kicked at the first opportunity for so called “tactical” reasons.

To attain our purpose, the principal requirements are the maintenance of the highest standards of physical fitness and the development of the skills and the state of mind essential to this tactical approached based on the use of the threequarters as the principal attacking instrument.  In execution, we can at least claim to have established a better balance between forwards and backs than did the All Blacks, whose pack was the main instrument of attack and the threequarters, it seems, were brought along just for the ride.

We were, indeed, fortunate to start the season with eleven players with first team experience, a fine corps of young seasoned players, which was reinforced by four outstanding players of last seasons’ U 15 colts, namely Garvey and Riley, both of whom had already represented Cheshire at the U 15 level, and Humphreys and Carroll.

The team attained physical fitness and match hardness fairly quickly.  The development of the tactical play, and the suppression to some extent of individuality for the sake of teamwork came more slowly.  The weakest points of an opponent’s defence system lie on the wings where the cover defence is stretched to its greatest limit.  The wingers therefore should be given the ball as quickly as possible, so that they have enough room to manoeuvre and initiate a secondary attack from this point.  Too often, the winger becomes a tail-end Charlie who may be given the ball because it has become too hot for the centre to hold any longer.  To give the winger the ball under these conditions is a most unfriendly act, verging on the criminal.

It required eight matches to teach the team its tactical lessons.  Of these we won three, drew two and lost three.  It required these eight matches to transform a rather pedestrian team into the best-equipped and most competent XV produced by the School.  At times, the team has produced rugby of the very finest quality with incomparable switching and backing up, and the ball moving from one side of the field to the other with greatest fluidity and smoothness, resulting in tries which were supreme in excellence.  Of the remaining sixteen matches, fifteen were won and one drawn.

Slinger, who has represented Cheshire Schools in the season’s County matches, and was nominated reserve in the North of England trial, has led his team with élan, and played consistently well at number 8.  He has been supported strongly by Thomas and Riley who must be among the best lineout forwards in Cheshire.  Shuttleworth at open side wing forward, though lacking the half-yard of speed of the mark, has shown a great sense of anticipation and has covered and supported magnificently.  Hollinghurst, Cooper, Carroll and Richards have added solidity to the pack in the tight and mobility in the loose.  They will improve when they develop the art of giving and taking passes with greater precision.

Humphreys, at scrum half, has played well throughout with great courage, resilience, and intelligence.  His partner, Sharp, has moved well, kicked well and saved many situations by good footwork.  His defensive marking, however, has been rather weak, and has led to the development of overlaps by our opponents.  O’Neil, vice-captain and inside centre runs with tremendous zest, jinks beautifully, accelerate explosively and passes immaculately.  He has initiated many brilliant movements resulting in tries, notably those in the Ellesmere, Sandbach and King’s matches.  Costello is a fine player who, perhaps, has not realised his full potential.  He has scored and contributed to many good tries, but, at times, he has carried the ball too long and missed opportunities.

Garvey has moved with great speed and deception on the left wing.  He has developed a devastating reverse pass and a dummy reverse pass which have split defences wide open.  Many of his tries have been classic.  Holmes and Arnold have in turn scored valuable tries on the right wing.  Where one is fast but lacks determination, the other shows determination but lacks speed.

Swift has developed into a first-class attacking full back who frequently moves into the line to provide overlaps.  His fielding has been good and his kicking excellent.

In this our best season, we have been extremely fortunate in being able to call upon reserves of considerable ability: Cooper, Davidson, Churton, Flook, Cave, Adnitt, Bellamy and Hancock, have in their several positions acquitted themselves with distinction.

In congratulating all members of the team on sterling performances, we would like to thank them also, for the great enjoyment they have given to those on the touchline.”


“For Mr. Curry”...... D. Slinger (Captain)

“Firstly, I would like to say, as captain, how much I have enjoyed leading such a wonderful XV.  For a “set of idle slackers”, an apt phrase constantly and endearingly applied to us by Mr. Curry, we’ve done jolly well!  Yet if it hadn’t been for Mr. Curry’s enthusiasm we would never have achieved so much, and despite the odd “differences of opinion”, the team is very grateful to him.

The team’s grateful thanks are also due to Trev. Gamson, Manchester’s greatest exponent of the art of Coarse Rugby, and the enthusiastic way he meted out physical torture to the tea on Wednesday (known to some as “practice”) night; we shall be very sorry to lose him at the end of the year. We wish him luck at his new school.

Most of the year’s bunch will still be around next year, so we all look forward to, I hope, an even more successful season.  And next year too we anticipate tougher fixtures, more in keeping with our undoubted brilliance!”


2nd XV Rugby... P.J. Sidwell, Lr. VI Arts

Played 20;                     Wins 16;                     Draws 1;         Lost 3;                     Points for 253                     Points against 88

The season had been the most successful in the school’s history.  There was a good basis from the previous year’s team and several form the under 15s.  The foundation of their success was the pack, “Which was big, strong and mobile.  They were never outplayed, and ensured plenty of ball for the backs.  The scrimmaging was always excellent, and fourteen pushover tries were scored, but sometimes the loose play was lethargic, especially at the start of some games.  The backs also had many good matches but sometimes lacked cohesion and effective attacking power and must learn that rugby is a team game.  The team had outstanding fighting spirit and enthusiasm and was unbeaten at home during the season, due no doubt to the enthusiasm of our supporters’ club!  Competition for places on the team was hot and there was considerable reserve strength.” 

They team wished to thank Mr. Schofield and Mr. Allott for their enthusiastic coaching and refereeing, and also their regular followers who had urged them to many victories.


Under 14 XV Rugby Report........... N.R.T.

Played 18;                     Wins 11;                     Draws 1;         Lost 6;                     Points for 222                     Points against 130

The team had an excellent start by winning seven of its first eight matches.  Unfortunately, this was followed by a draw and three consecutive defeats.

There were several closely fought matches including against Ellesmere Port who equalised in the last seconds 6-6.  Another was against Manchester G.S. were they came from behind.

Part way through the season Jolleys was moved from the pack to full back, admirably filling a weak spot with his safe handing and kicking under pressure and by his hard tackling.  Sykes proved a fine pack leader and distributor of the ball, and his goal kicking added many points.  Edwards, who at times ran like a three-quarter and scored several tries, had supported him.  Deighan proved a very safe centre making many tries and saving even more.  Saunders was captain and proved to be a very strong and determined runner.


The Table Tennis Club

The Table Tennis Club continued to flourish and the standard of play improved.  For the first time, the senior team took part in the Manchester Schools’ League. They held joint top with Central G.S. and had to have a play-off for the cup with Central at the time of writing.  They won 13 of their 14 games against Plant Hill Comprehensive, Poundswick G.S., Chorlton G.S., Ardwick Secondary, Didsbury Tech., Central G.S. and Burnage G.S., having lost one game to Central G.S..  The team also beat the masters.

Last year’s junior club joined the senior club and a new junior club was set up.  The juniors competed for the knockout cup that was won by A.W. Steven.  They thanked Mr. Lea for his support.


There was only one advertisement on the inside cover for Henry Barrie, the Official Outfitter to Moseley Hall Grammar School.  They were based in ST. Ann’s Square, Manchester.  (This is a marked difference from the following years.)

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