West Hove (Portland Road) School

Football team 1952/53

By Geoff Stoner

 
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1952/53 school football team

From the private collection of Geoff Stoner

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I attended this school, Infants and Juniors, from 1946 - 1953, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I see it still enjoys a good reputation. The Headmaster then was Mr Worthing, a Welshman with a passion for music.

Can you help? If you recognise yourself or anyone else, please leave a comment below.

Other teachers that I remember are Mr Duffield, Mr Spain, Miss Pilcher, Miss Snook and Mr Goddard. Sport was always encouraged, with keen competition between four houses.

Regular inter-school matches were held with Hangleton, Southwick, Cottesmore, Benfield, St. Nicholas, Goldstone, and Ellen Street schools, with a cup awarded at the end of the season (the Barlow Cup). I hope this will bring back memories and others will add their reminiscences.

Can you help? If you recognise yourself or anyone else, please leave a comment below.

This page was added on 03/01/2018.
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I went to Portland Road from 1949 till 1955, then went on to Hove County Grammar School.  I was never a football player, but I remember Mr Spain taking us to Wish Park to kick a ball about.  I was taught by Miss Pilcher and Miss Randall.  Mr Worthing was well liked and approachable.

By Rodger Olive (03/01/2018)

Football team is: Back row, L-r: Ivan Boniface, 'Buster' Driver, Tony Phillips, Mr. Spain, Ray Benham, Mike Underwood. Front row, L-r: Jeff Draper, 'Tich' Taylor, Pete Candy, Geoff Stoner, Peter Cook, Derek Burns, Bobby Seal. Please make any necessary corrections.

By Geoff Stoner (07/01/2018)

1943-1946 Mr Mayes was headmaster ( got the stick from him!) & Mr Worthing took Class 1. Was in Class 3 (Mr ? ) & Class 5 ( Miss Klien). Then Mr Mayes left & Mr Duffield took Class 1, Mr Worthing becoming Head Master.  We had a Class of 52-54 students, no trouble.  Students were allotted to 1 of 4 "House's" & accumulated points to see which House won, weekly & yearly.  Sussex towns. Arundel (Green), Chichester, ???

By Gordon Barnard (27/01/2018)

Add to last mailing.  Mr Blake ( Blakie) was the Janitor/ Custodian & lived in the house in the South East corner of the School lot.  A big robust fellow & very likable.  Our tennis balls used to go into his garden a lot & he would kick them high into the sky, back to us, if he was there. Other team "Houses" were Hastings (Blue), Lewes & Chichester.

By Gordon Barnard (28/01/2018)

I attended this school from 1947 until 1952. I remember Mr. Worthing being the headmaster. One day I was caught 'improving' on a photograph in a text book with an ink pen and sent to see Mr. Worthing. As I approached his office, I saw him striding out of the building, so I waited a suitable time in the hall, and then returned red-faced to my class. I have kept the memory of that incident with me for nearly 70 years, but now I have confessed. :)

By Nick Pattenden (19/05/2018)