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North School, Wick
Football Team 1974- 75
From Rube Bain 27 January 2002
I found an old (and battered) North School football team photograph taken during the season 1974/75 when the North School won the Caithness Championship for the second year in a row (I was in both teams and know I have the first photograph somewhere too if I could just find it!). Could I ask you to include this in your 'Schooldays' photographs, or any other prominent place?!
My abiding memory of that
time is the simmering grudge matches between ourselves and the academy
school team at that time, and the monumental tussles we had at Bignold
park when half their school was let out to watch (as if it mattered)....we
gubbed them every time. The Thurso teams came a close second. I notice
young Alan Farquhar contributing to your message board and pointing out
those times to the 'academy rats' (I'm sure we had a song we used to sing
about that too!!)....so if proof were ever needed!!
I may have got a few of the names wrong. The team was unusual in one respect, and that is that 7 out of the 13 in the squad were from the 6th Year (Alan Farquhar amongst them), and not the 7th (last) year of the North School (as I was, in this particular photo), so they were often playing older boys (including the Academy school) and STILL beat them! I wonder if the hard plastic ball which we used in matches and in training, had anything to do with our success.....it was so hard it hurt your feet when you blootered it, and only a brave soul tried to head it lest they risk brain damage. I can still remember the smell of the creosote used to line the pitch (I think about those games when I'm de-mossing my driveway with Jeyes Fluid!....same smell), the wine coloured shirts us North Schoolers wore (made from nylon and brilliant at producing static discharge when you pulled them over your head), and the peculiar sound that the super hard plastic football made when you kicked it....there was something rolling around inside it, probably a loose ball-bearing. I reckon they were actually metal balls, cleverly painted to look plastic. We kicked butt though.
This in from Philip
Reid 27 January 2002 3:36pm