It was an unbeatable team that dominated school football in the mid 1960s.

This triumphant team from Deighton Secondary Modern School was unbeaten for three years in 1965, 1966 and 1967, winning both the Huddersfield and District Schools Football League and cup double.

Mind you, it did have five players who also represented Town Boys – goalkeeper Peter Heaume (goalkeeper), Robert Sharkey (centre half), John Howarth (right half), Peter Schofield (inside right) and John Brown (centre forward).

The photos have been sent to us by John Brown who now lives in Spain.

He revealed that one of the players, John Wilkinson, was the only one who went on to play football at a high standard for Ossett Albion and Guiseley before joining hometown club Emley in 1978.

The village side were making their mark in the old Yorkshire League and in his first season when Emley finished runners-up to Winterton Rangers and won the League Cup, he rattled in 30 goals in as many games.

He was back for the following season and this time fared even better leading the Yorkshire League goal chart with 42 as Emley carried off the championship and Sheffield Senior Cup as well as finishing runners-up in the League Cup.

John was having trials with Bradford City when New Zealand club North End United, based in Dunedin in the Otago region of the South Island, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse in March 1981.

He jetted out with wife Linda, their two sons Craig and Arran. Sadly John died in January 2012 after a long illness.

Deighton Secondary Modern School unbeaten U15s team (back row, from left) R Norman, P Schofield, P Heaume, R Sharkey, D Hudson, J Wilkinson, J Brown and (front, from left) P Stokes, J Cunliffe, J Howarth, P Rattigan and P Barrett.
 

John Brown, now 62, said: “About 11 years ago I was contacted via Friends Reunited by former Deighton Secondary Modern gym master David Clayton who was living in Canada at the time and we ended up talking about the days when Deighton did so well on the football pitch. The memories came flooding back.

“David said ‘you didn’t understand how good a team you were. You did no tactics or training, you just went out and played.

“You would not believe how many teachers at the school wanted to run the team at that time.”

John – like John Wilkinson – worked as a council electrician for many years and they were neighbours on Norcross Avenue in Oakes.

John Brown later became a sales manager at Prudential and then at health company Bupa.

He and wife Elaine relocated to Spain five years ago and live at Bolnuevo in the Murcia region.

They have a daughter, Katie, who has twins Mia and Luke and lives in Normanton.

His son, Graham, and partner Caroline Fitzpatrick are expecting their first child, a girl, anytime and they live in Longwood.

Former Deighton Secondary Modern School footballer John Brown