Saturday, 2 June 2012

Goole Old Boys rugby

I recently saw in the Goole Times a picture of a Goole Old Boys rugby team but unfortunately no names were given.

I immediately recognised it as I have a copy of the same picture. It was loaned to me by Ernest Butler, former editor of the Goole Times, who is one of the team members and who, before his death, was able not only to identify most of the team members but also to remember the exact occasion the picture was taken. Here is the picture with caption.

Pictured at the Victoria Pleasure Ground are the winning members of the Goole Old Boys team of 1932/3 who beat a Hull University team 19 points to 18 in February 1933.

From the left, Back row: Ken Powls, Tommy Waterland, Bill Bateman, Sherwood.
Next row down : HJOlphin [history master], Greensitt, Ron Boddy, Fred Cooke, unknown, White, Dick Flower.
Third row down: Ernest Butler, Ron Houghton [captain], Ted Willmott.
Front: Roy Charlesworth, Fred Amery, Bill Flower.

If anyone can add any further information about the team members I would be pleased to  add it in here.
For example those who are interested in Howden's history will be pleased to see local historian Ken Powls on the back row. Ken is still an enthusiastic writer of pieces about the history of the town.


  1. Fred Amery was my old primary school headteacher at Scholes School near Leeds. I believe he began teaching there in the late 40s right up to his retirement. He lived in the village had a keen interest in gardening.

    Lorraine Winson

  2. Fred Amery retired from Scholes Primary School and went to live in Bridlington. After the death of his wife he moved to Ousefleet near Goole.
    He died in June 2000 in Hunmanby Filey at the home of his son Bryan

    1. His second wife was Mrs Jessie Lawrence who was a teacher at Garthorpe School