Now and then – 1947 school football team reunited as players turn 80

Members of the Camden Sqaure Londonderry Schools Cup Winners of 1947 at a reuniuon at Seaham Gold Club on Wednesday night. Pictured l-r back row are Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Bl;ack, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronie Toft and Tommy Wright. l-r front Ernie McAllister, Vince Watson, Dickie Wilson holding an old pair of football boots and Tommy Campbell. the team members have only just re-established contact with Dickie Wilson.
Members of the Camden Sqaure Londonderry Schools Cup Winners of 1947 at a reuniuon at Seaham Gold Club on Wednesday night. Pictured l-r back row are Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Bl;ack, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronie Toft and Tommy Wright. l-r front Ernie McAllister, Vince Watson, Dickie Wilson holding an old pair of football boots and Tommy Campbell. the team members have only just re-established contact with Dickie Wilson.
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FOOTBALLERS became a team once again at a reunion which saw them meet up with one of their childhood friends for the first time in more than six decades.

Members of Camden Square School’s 1947 squad gathered at Seaham Golf Club for a gathering as the majority of the former classmates celebrate their 80th year.

Members of the Camden Sqaure Londonderry Schools Cup Winners of 1947 at a reuniuon at Seaham Gold Club on Wednesday night. Pictured l-r back row are Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Bl;ack, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronie Toft and Tommy Wright. l-r front Ernie McAllister, Vince Watson, Dickie Wilson and Tommy Campbell. Members of the Camden Sqaure Londonderry Schools Cup Winners of 1947 at a reuniuon at Seaham Gold Club on Wednesday night. Pictured l-r back row are Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Bl;ack, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronie Toft and Tommy Wright. l-r front Ernie McAllister, Vince Watson, Dickie Wilson and Tommy Campbell. the team members have only just re-established contact with Dickie Wilson.

Members of the Camden Sqaure Londonderry Schools Cup Winners of 1947 at a reuniuon at Seaham Gold Club on Wednesday night. Pictured l-r back row are Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Bl;ack, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronie Toft and Tommy Wright. l-r front Ernie McAllister, Vince Watson, Dickie Wilson and Tommy Campbell. Members of the Camden Sqaure Londonderry Schools Cup Winners of 1947 at a reuniuon at Seaham Gold Club on Wednesday night. Pictured l-r back row are Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Bl;ack, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronie Toft and Tommy Wright. l-r front Ernie McAllister, Vince Watson, Dickie Wilson and Tommy Campbell. the team members have only just re-established contact with Dickie Wilson.

As boys they won the Londonderry School’s Cup, forming a bond between them which would see them into their later years.

However, the men only met up for the first time in 64 years two years ago, but agreed not to leave it long before their next celebration.

This time, they welcomed Dickie Wilson after they finally managed to track him down to Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Vince Wilson, 80, who played in centre half, made the trip back to his home town from Wilmslow for the event.

He said: “There was a good bit of patter.

“It was nice to get together and reminisce and talk about our memories and it was very successful.

“The difference this time was Dickie was able to make it and he started his football career with the team and went on to play professionally for Kings Lynn and other teams.”

Others who made it to the reunion were Alan Foots, Alan Gordon, John Black, Colin Citcher, Ray Knapp, Ronnie Toft, Tommy Wright, Ernie McAllister, Vince Wilson, Dickie Wilson and Tommy Campbell.

The group also paid tribute to the team’s late members Vivian Humphrey, Ronnie Lazenby and Frank Reed.

As part of the evening, they also held a toast to their team coach and teacher Harry Clark, who has celebrated his 100th birthday, but was unable to attend the event.