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Carol Kavanagh discovered the photos while going through husband David’s keepsakes after he died in February aged 72.
Carol, of Oakes, said David was born and brought up in Moldgreen and was educated at Rawthorpe Secondary Modern where he was in the under 15 team in 1957/58. He also played for Moldgreen Youth Club football team in 1960/61.
She said: “I’d love to know more about other players in the team and if they remember David.”
Her plea certainly did spark the memories.
The Rev David Wilding played in the Rawthorpe County Secondary School football team in 1957/58 and was able to name some of them – and has provided lots more detail which will bring memories back for players in other school teams during that era. One of the players was Bob McNab who went on to play for Huddersfield, Arsenal and England.
David was able to name (back row, from left) Terry Price, David Kavanagh, ?, ‘Tally’ Williams, ? , ?
From row left to right: ? ; Malcolm Smith, Leslie Claypole, Eric Roebuck, David Wilding.
He said: “The team in that season was in the second division but ended as champions and were promoted to the first division. We reached the semi-final of the Crowther Cup but lost out to Deighton Secondary School who then went on to play the final on the famous Leeds Road pitch, but were beaten by Fartown Secondary School.
“Bob (or as we knew him better as Robert) McNab was captain and centre half, but had left school before the picture was taken. The football team at that time was looked after by Mr Tom Peace who taught English at Moldgreen County School and after the new school was built at Rawthorpe. He was a very valuable head of the English department under an outstanding headmaster Mr Jack Timewell. ‘Tally’ (I don’t recall his actual Christian name) Williams joined the navy from school.”
David gained his O levels at Rawthorpe and then transferred to the Sixth Form at Huddersfield New College for A levels before studying at King’s College, London and after a year at Warminster Theological College he was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England.
David is now retired and lives in Brighouse with wife Brenda. The couple have three children and two grandchildren.
He had two curacies in Thornhill (Dewsbury) and Halifax Parish Church and then was vicar of Scholes near Cleckheaton and Lightcliffe in Calderdale.
David added: “In the 1970s Bob McNab kindly came to open a church garden party for me when I was a vicar in Cleckheaton and recalled that he still remembered quite clearly the games he’d played in both at school and for Moldgreen Youth Club. The last I heard of him was that he was a property developer in Los Angeles, California.”
In terms of the Moldgreen Youth Club team picture names have been filled in by Tom Mowat who lives in Paddock and played in both the Moldgreen and Rawthorpe teams.
He has named them as back row (from left) John Wilkinson, Dave Kavanagh, A German lad called Dimar ?, Pete Robinson, Thomas Mowat and Eric Roebuck.
Front row (from left) John Fisher, Mick Curran, Les Claypole, Bob McNab and John Regan.
In terms of the Rawthorpe team he is sure Pete Robinson is second from right on the back row yet he also played in goal for Moldgreen. He thinks Keith Oxley is on the left on the front row.
Tom, 71, is married to Wendy and the couple have two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
And finally Examiner reader Tony Maddocks has been able to name the player on the second row (far right) of the Rawthorpe team as Brian Thornton as he used to be friends when they were youngsters. Brian lived in a fish and chip shop at the bottom of Ramsden Street in Huddersfield town centre.
Tony, 73, of Netherthong, also recalls playing tennis with Bob McNab on the clay courts at Fenay Bridge where the Morrisons store now stands.
“Bob lived just on the other side of Penistone Road and would nip over the wall to play with us.” he recalls.
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