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 pursuaded by Jimmy Clark, the YC's manager, to help him out for the last
part of the season. 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.
It 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,