Ian Fergus writes…

I found this site very recently and reading it has brought back so many memories. There are so many names I recall from the time I lived in the area!

I grew up in Midland Road, where we lived from 1963 until 1971. I went to Cotteridge school and then to Kings Norton Grammar.

My Dad Archie set up a football team based in the park, that went on to become quite a successful set up, Cotteridge Park Rangers.

It started as a way of occupying youngsters and initially lads of my age ended up with a local football team. This included names like: David Harris, the Cotton twins, Ray Priest, Alan Waterhouse to name but a few.

It then grew and an adult team was formed, no longer based in the park but retaining the name.

They played in the Kings Norton League and won several titles during the late 60s early 70s.

We moved away in 1971 to live in the west country. I have visited the area on several occasions and had a trip down memory lane. I also have a number of photos stored that I intend to scan and get to the site, most of these relate to the football but I would be fascinated to hear if there are still people around who recall those days.

Update: Spent a long time thinking about these pics and huge apologies to those I have failed to recall but as best I can remember the names are shown below. I would be fascinated to see if anyone could fill in the gaps and would love to hear from anyone that either played or could remember those days.

 

Photo 1: (standing L to R) Rob Price, David Harris, Ian Fergus, Paul Toombs (holding ball), unknown, Roger Owen, Archie Fergus (Manager), unknown.
(kneeling L to R): Ian MacLelan (I think), Ray Priest, Keith Hilston, John Petrucciano, Neil Derrington, Vincent Hickey,
(seated L to R) unknown

 

Photo 2: (Back L to R): one of the Cotton twins, Roger Owen, unknown, Mick Corke, David Garner.
(Front L to R): unknown, Ian Fergus, David Harris, unknown, Alan Waterfield

 

Photo 3 (Standing L to R): unknown, Rob Garner, unknown, unknown, unknown, Rob Price.
(Kneeling L to R): Ray Priest, unknown, unknown, Paul Toombs, unknown, Neil Derrington.

 

 

19 Responses to “Cotteridge Park Rangers (football team)”

  • John Petrucciano:

    Yes I remember so well, Ian… The games, the training, the strip and most of all the “rough and ready” bunch we all were in those early years in Cotteridge Park.
    Great times!
    I remember your house down the road from mine when we lived in Midland Road.
    Hello to all those who remember and shared in it all.

  • Ian Fergus:

    Great to hear from you John! I have some photos which I will have to find and get to the site!

  • Steve Jones:

    I too have fond memories of playing in our all red kit based on your dads love of Liverpool if I remember right. Happy days !!
    Not a bad side was we, I can remember winning 7-0 once, 2 more names, my old mates Dave West and Paul Tombs.

  • Geoff Playfoot:

    Good to see this website – I particularly liked the picture of Mr Hewlett ( he used to bring fresh laid eggs for the teachers to school each day). I was at Cotteridge from 58 onwards and went there with my sister Cheryl Playfoot ( a year younger).
    Miss Self was a magical sort of lady who had a voice that whispered softly. I swear I neve understood a thing she said but I loved to listen.
    Everyone thought Miss Smith was a witch. Mr Hewlett used to go bright red, then purple when things were not going well with his class. I don’t remember ever seeing the Headteacher except for the time that I dislocated a boys shoulder swinging him round in the playground.
    I failed the 11 plus, changed my name and went to Selly Oak Boys School. Later I transferred to Kings Norton Grammar School for Boys then went on to University.
    I later became a primary school Headteacher myself and now run an Educational Consultancy part time, renovate gypsy caravans and teach guitar….. But that’s another story….

  • Ian Fergus:

    John, Steve,
    After much searching I have located a couple of photos, John I know you are in one of them and Steve I think you may well be in one of the others! I have sent them to the site so hopefully you will be able to take a look sometime soon! Quite a few names came flooding back looking at them!

  • Ian Fergus:

    Spent a long time thinking about these pics and huge apologies to those I have failed to recall but as best I can remember the names are as follows!
    Photo 1: (standing L to R) Rob Price, David Harris, Ian Fergus, Paul Toombs (holding ball), unknown, Roger Owen, Archie Fergus (Manager), unknown.
    (kneeling L to R): Ian MacLelan (I think), Ray Priest, unknown, John Petrucciano, Neil Derrington, Vincent Hickey,
    (seated L to R) unknown

    Photo 2: (Back L to R): one of the Cotton twins, Roger Owen, unknown, unknown, David Garner.
    (Front L to R): unknown, Ian Fergus, David Harris, unknown, unknown (Alan Waterwaterfield may be one of the two unknowns)

    Photo 3 (Standing L to R): unknown, Rob Garner, unknown, unknown, unknown, Rob Price.
    (Kneeling L to R): Ray Priest, unknown, unknown, Paul Toombs, unknown, Neil Derrington.

    I would be fascinated to see if anyone could fill in the gaps and would love to hear from anyone that either played or could remember those days.

  • The small lad kneeling in photo 1 is Brian Derrington (youngest brother of Neil).

  • In photo 2, the young lad on the right of (the late) David Harris may well be his young brother Keith Harris.

  • Jack:

    Hi Ian,

    I don’t know if it’s connected but I used to live on Franklin Road and play for a youth team called Cotteridge Park Rangers on the park in the late eighties/early nineties. It was organised by a guy called Joe Tulley (sp). Do you know if it was a successor? Think I might have a team photo somewhere.

    Jack

  • John Petrucciano:

    Ian…
    The name of the person next to me that you have as “Unknown” is Keith Histon…hes now living in the states, although his home and mother live very close to me here in Cotteridge still..he was the very tall one in the team.
    Paul Tombs I hadnt seen since “that time” when we used to play soccer and train, and until I bumped into him in Cotteridge about a month ago… he hasn’t changed!
    Trevor Owen..I also bumped into a while back. I’m sure he remembers us all and has good memories. I know this because a great friend of his who wasnt part of the team but lives across from me told me so.
    Lightning, Neil Derrington, I haven’t seen for a while, although up to about a year ago or so, I often bumped into him in Cotteridge, and we chatted,about the great times, and the park and the team. Fond memories.
    By the way, I too went onto Kings Norton Grammar sixth form!!!!

    John

  • John Petrucciano:

    Geoff…

    I also went to Selly Oak Boys and then moved onto Kings Norton Grammar! How about that!
    From there I went onto Newman college, graduated in physics, trained to teach, and taught Physics for many years until a few years ago.
    Kings Norton Grammar, quite Harry Potterish ha ha… A world away from Selly Oak Boys but both schools were instrumental in my life.
    By the way,Raymond Priest was with me at Selly Oak Boys and Neil Derrington later joined us there.

    John Petrucciano

  • John Petrucciano:

    Alan Waterfield is one of the two “unknowns” in photo 2… He’s the one bottom right.

    John

  • John Petrucciano:

    The person in photo 1 marked as “Unknown” in between Raymond Priest and me is Keith Histon, now living in the USA. He comes to visit his mother every so often who lives very near to me here in Cotteridge. He was the very tall one of the team.

    John

  • Ian Fergus:

    Jack,

    We left the area in the late 60’s and to be honest I have no idea about what happened to the team. As I recall I think Harry Toombs carried it on for a while so it is quite possible that it continued until the 80’s/90’s. I’d like to think that it did as I know that my dad would have been delighted to think it went on long after his time.

  • Mick Corke:

    Ian,

    Do you remember the football in the playground at Cotteridge, landing on the spike fence, at least once a week. Only to be replaced by yourself (your dad) the next day. great memories.

    I’m (unknown) stood next to my best mate Dave Garner on photo no 2.

    Mick

  • Ian Fergus:

    It has been great to read all of the memories connected with the football. So many names from the past. Mick, yes I remember how frequently we lost footballs to the spikes.
    John it is amazing that so many still live in the area, I have been back a few times to visit and always take the opportunity to go into the park and remember those great times. It would be great to hear from some of the others too!

  • Trevor Owen:

    quick update on Photo 3. On the back row extreme left is one of my other brothers, Colin Owen

  • John Edwards:

    Hi, brilliant stumbling upon this post hosted by Ian Fergus, it’s taken me back 40 years!

    To Johnie Petrucciano and Geoff Playfoot I remember you both starting with me at Selly Oak boys school then leaving for Kings Norton Grammar…

    I lived a few houses up from the Breedon Cross on the Pershore Road, the 41/47/45 and Outer Circle 11 stopped 25 yards down the road,changing gear so noisily level with with our house shaking the sashcord windows..

    I attended Cotteridge junior school and enjoyed every day, except the morning I was dragged out in front of assembly for accidentally knocking Susan Barker’s younger brother’s front teeth out.

    Mr Hewlet was epic, Miss Wells lovely, Miss Smith terrifying, she would prod my head with a pencil.
    I’d gobble up my tea and dash over to Cotteridge Park to hang out with every other 9-15 year old kid in the area who had a sense for adventure…

    The Park had everything, swings, roundabouts, steep little hills to ride my bike or trolley down, a secret Dell and the ‘sheds’ – all this plus the mainline to Bristol running through it!

    The park keeper came around in his van at dusk locking the gates, we hid behind the ‘Rocks’ to stay longer..

    Robert Ball and John ‘Sammy’ Sears got me hooked on trainspotting and that was the embreo of my wonderlust.

    Archie Fergus started the football team, red jerseys with enormous badges sewn on. I wasn’t good at football, in fact I was pretty useless, hence I only played once, bought on when another kid got dead legged in Kings Norton Park but I didn’t last long.
    Archie saw the error of his judgement and substituted me after 10 minutes!

    Mostly I was a supporter, standing on the sidelines with Jean Newman, Steven ‘Stitch’ Rich and a host of others whose faces I can see but names I’ve forgotten.

    Thankfully Michael Readay introduced me to cycling, that’s my sport, still is…

    The ‘Sheds’ was the place to hang out,endless hours spent trying to beat the headers record of Paul ‘Tooma’ Toumbs or Tommy Forbes..

    It was the Beatles era,Jean Newman had a battery record player she would bring to the sheds to wear out the latest Beatles single. We found a swear word at the end of ‘Hey Jude’ still not noticed by many till this day, but we found it.

    ‘Stitch’ could spit through his front teeth, and did so every few minutes, a neat trick when you’re 10…
    Johnie Petrucciano is right we were a rough and ready lot, runny noses and dog poo on our jeans from slide tackles emulating some footballing hero.

    Most of us had nicknames I was Eddie, the deaf kid became ‘Muffled Sounds’ Paul Creech ‘Creecha’, David West ‘Zoonie’, John Sears ‘Sammy’, and ‘Benna’ Bennett, tough as they came a great lad all the same.
    A big hello to Ray Priest, Paul Gossage, Neil Derrington, my neighbours the Middlehams and the Lanes Ann, Peter and Michael..

    The football pics;
    photo2: Back row centre Dave West ‘Zoonie’
    photo3: Front row Ray Priest-unknown-Michael Readay-John Sears.
    Back row: 4th left Robert Ball our illustrious goalie.

    I big thank you to all plus those I’ve missed for making my school days so memorable.

    John Edwards ‘Eddie’

  • John Sears:

    Hi Ian. great to see old photo.brings back lots of memories.you on your chopper bike. Your dad getting you to show us how to shoulder roll if we were falling in a game.

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