Dorothy Stringer School

1st team photo 1957-58

By Tony Caig

To the best of my memory the team line up was:-

Standing from L-R: Bill Farliegh( killed, died in car accident), ?,Dave Willmot, Mr.Lowe, John Bentley(captain),?, Mike Edwards.

Sitting from L-R: Barry Hopper, Paul Beeson, Chuck Engleman, Mike Davies, myself.

I think I have most of the names correct. Where are they now? Did any become premier side stars? If you can identify the mystery player or correct my naming, or share your memories of the team, please leave a comment below.
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Photo:1st XI team photo 1957-58

1st XI team photo 1957-58

From the personal collection of Tony Caig

This page was added on 28/02/2012.
Comments about this page

I seem to remember this photo hung in the foyer at Stringer for my school life (1969-74). Brought back memories of my time captaining the Stringer team and wearing those black and white quarterd shirts on a freezing Saturday morning. Mr Lowe - very scary and very loud. Used to run the tuck shop I recall.

By Martin Scrace (01/03/2012)

Hi Tony, although I was never a Dorothy Stringer lad I can remember a couple of names from Fawcett i.e Paul Beeson and Dave Willmot, was Chuck Engleman related to Augustus Engleman who went to Fawcett School? Above all Mr Lowe was my form teacher at Fawcett befor he went to Dorothy Stringer and he could be quite tough when times demaned it. 

By John Wignall (04/03/2012)

I went to D.S. school from 1960-1964. I didn't like Mr Lowe, Miss Adams was very nice. I hated Gym and the P.E. teacher, Mr Marples voice would echo around the gym and I couldn't understand what he was saying. I used to get my mum to write a note asking him to excuse me from gym as I had a cold, bad foot, sore head anything! Still it worked.

By Kevin Theobald (18/03/2013)

I remember having a lesson with teacher Mr Burns when he went round the class asking us what career we wanted to do. When he got to me, I said TV engineer. He replied you will never be able to do that, you would need English and Maths A levels. I retired a few years ago after being a TV/Video/DVD engineer for nearly 40 years! Oh and without A levels.

By Kevin Theobald (19/03/2013)

One day, in order to get out of P.E. a friend and I hid out of the way until the P.E lesson was over and then rejoined the class for the next lesson. But the P.E. teacher noticed we were missing and checked the register and knew we were in school. During the next lesson, someone came round with a message that we were to report for P.E. after school. The P.E. teacher made us run the x country route as a punishment. While doing this, someone's dog jumped up at me, I fell over and strained my ankle badly. Next day the doctor ordered rest and 'No P.E.' for the rest of the term! I was pleased!

By Kevin Theobald (25/03/2013)

Mr Lowe, ahhhh! Now there was a chap who knew how to hold a class together. He might have seemed a bit stern and scary but as a class we surely needed someone strong around us. I perhaps learned more in his class than a lot of others. A real no-nonsense lesson but a man who knew how to laugh with us at the right time.

By Sandra Bohtlingk (nee Baldwin) (29/03/2013)

I recall our class of girls, as teen rebels, insisting on a chance to do a long distance run like the boys did. Unheard of normally, we were soon told this was not for girls. That did not seem to deter our desires to run freely so after more whining and persuading, there came a ‘yes’. It is very understandable as we were the kind that may have run off ad lib but that run was a good one as I recall. It was a short circuit around the housing area that surrounded Stringer. But we got our way and enjoyed it too. Being out in the sun, in nature, chatting as we ran.....this was our freedom, even though short lived.

By Sandra Bohtlingk (nee Baldwin) (29/03/2013)

Another Stringy story of Stringer days: We, the same class of girls, I confess, managed to manipulate our sports teacher into organising a cricket practice with the boys in our class. Obviously not content with just netball, rounders and tennis we managed to coerce another special occasion to chalk up in our favour. We must have needed more of a challenge in life. Or was it a young sense of 'equality for all' emerging? Well, whatever it was, we were granted our cricket challenge. It took some time to arrange. However, we got there, the boys in their element, and us girls running around, not after the ball but probably away from it. Those boys really knew how to pack a punch with the cricket bat. They will surely have knocked us for six!

By Sandra Bohtlingk (nee Baldwin) (30/03/2013)

I featured this photograph in my recent book about Preston. My brother, Paul Beeson was at Fawcett and was transferred to Dorothy Stringer when I believe Fawcett either closed or Stringer opened. He later joined the army and had a career in military bands. He now lives in Gillingham, Kent. His school friend, Barry Hopper, married and emigrated to Canada and is still there.

By Anthony Beeson (31/01/2014)

Knew Barry Hopper & Paul Beesson, they were best of friends. It must have been through boxing or football as I went to Stanford Rd and Fawcett, and they went to Balfour Rd & Dorothy Stinger. Stringer was opened in 1956. Fawcett closed in the '60s and a lot of boys & teachers moved to Stringer, including Mr Lowe who was PT master at Fawcett.  The pic shows them as I knew them, I bet they have altered - a bit as I have - as it is 56 years ago.   

By Terry Hyde (02/02/2014)

I remember Paul and Barry very well, you both used to come home with me to the pub when we used to have tea - lots of beans on toast!! I would like to get in touch with anyone who remembers me. Regards, Ian.

By Ian Hall (05/05/2014)

I can remember Chuck as a talented footballer when I was at Dorothy Stringer in 1956/57. But he would have never made the cross country team - we were a bit too quick for him! We won the very first trophy the school ever won.

By Alastair Duncan (07/07/2014)

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