Anyone remember Napper?

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WHAT a great response we had when we asked for memories of Elwick Road school in Hartlepool in 1953.

It triggered the mind of Keith Richardson who was a former pupil himself.

Our appeal started when Derek Livingston, from the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool, asked for help to fill in the blanks on these photos.

Keith, who then lived in the Westbourne Road area of the town and was known in his schooldays as Ricky, had particular memories of the football team, and he also knew Derek.

Keith said: “In the photograph of the football team , the second one on the left on the back row was Peter Buckle. He lived in Uppingham Street and his father had something to do with the Baptist Church.

“Peter started a football team among the boys and it was called the Uppingham Street Rovers. They wore chocolate coloured shirts and they played matches against other streets.”

Keith also remembered another pal called “Napper” Haywood who later became the Hartlepool goalkeeper.

Keith was a bit of a footballer himself and recalled how he used to fly down the wing, often with Napper shouting at him to shoot.

Keith lived in Hartlepool for 60 years but has since moved to east Durham.

Derek Livingston sent us two photographs from his time at school. One shows his classroom line-up, the other a shot of the football team.

Derek said: “Sorry to say the only names I can remember in the class picture are: Derek Coulson, Suggitt, Scott, Fields, Chatterson, Sawden, Farman, Sheppard, Peter Buckle, Smith, Hurrell, Dickinson, Keith Lancaster, Bentham, Ron Hill, Frank Muir, Rob Greenhaulgh, Hendrey, Brian Wright, John Bloomfield, Mick Morrow and Alan Mason.

“There were 42 lads in the class. I am in the back row six from the right.”

The second photo was taken in 1952 with Mr Bacon as the teacher.

Derek recalled that, from left to right in the back row, there was Brian Wright, Peter Buckle, and Les Eyre, then a Thompson whose first name he cannot remember, Ray Noddings, a boy called Donnelly whose first name he can not recall, and Derek Livingston himself.

Left to right in the front row are Mick Morrow, John Bloomfield, Ron Hill, someone called Bralisford whose first name he can not recall and Ivor Thomas.