On 20 May 2015 at 3:46pm Charlie Cooke wrote:
As kids we used to play footie and cricket at the Paddock playing fields in Paddock Road, all year round. In fact on Saturdays it was where our school, Pells Juniors, used to play other school teams at footie or cricket. Is it still open to anyone today, or is it now out of bounds these days. I have this urge, 45 years later to go visit and relive a memory or two.
On 20 May 2015 at 10:56pm Rookie wrote:
Nothing has changed. Still open for all. Daphne still lives in that bungalow behind the pavilion too!
On 21 May 2015 at 9:42pm Woody wrote:
Yes, I have many childhood memories of the Paddock.
Footie matches for Western Road usually resulted in a good thrashing for the Pells and St Prancras Schools.
Bertie Bristow (head at Western Road) used to conduct his training sessions on the lower levels nearer the Pells end.
Russ and his younger brother used to live there in the bungalow?
On 22 May 2015 at 12:09am Rookie wrote:
When I was at Pells WE used to thrash Western Road.
On 22 May 2015 at 10:54am Charlie Cooke wrote:
Cheers Rookie, I think I shall pay the Paddock a visit. And yes, in my playing days in the mid to late 60's I agree, WE ( Pells ) used to roll-over all challengers, Western Rd, St Pancras and the out of town teams, with considerable ease. The Woollard, Baker, Brown, Knight, Richardson, Stringer & Ward team were virtually unbeatable.
On 22 May 2015 at 4:38pm Rookie wrote:
I know all those names from my Pells days. I probably know you too Charlie.
On 22 May 2015 at 6:39pm Charlie Cooke wrote:
Then you must also remember old man Turner, 'Turneytops' shouting from the sidelines, 'kick it boy' & 'tackle him' !!! And Mr Jackson with his trousers tucked in to his socks, racing up and down as the linesman. Wednesday afternoon was footy practise at the Paddock, and Saturday was match day, home was the Paddock, away meant being ferried to all parts of E Sussex, Newhaven to play Meeching School, Peacehaven to play Telscombe Cliffs, Seaford to play Annecy RC School, who were coached by Brian Powney, who at the time was with B&H Albion as a goalkeeper. We were in such awe of him and we considered him a star back then. There were many other schools, too many to list. Those three were some of our toughest opponents, with Annecy v Pells, contesting the Crisp Shield trophy at Newhaven Town football ground in '67/68. To us it was like Wembley. Result, 1-1 and the trophy shared. Happy Days. Yes I must definitely give the Paddock a visit.
On 22 May 2015 at 10:10pm Rookie wrote:
I remember Mr Turners encouragement from the touchline only too well. "GO ON GREAVES!!!!!!".