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Dewsbury Road and Parkside Lane


Dewsbury Road and Parkside Lane
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Undated. This view shows land east of Dewsbury Road near Parkside Lane. Looking across the Hunslet Cricket ground and the Hunslet Rugby League ground towards Old Run Road.

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Geoff Bywater

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Hunslet Rugby League ground with cricket field on right of photo. Old Middleton tram tracks and Middleton Railway lines are behind the ground. Top centre of photo is what was Hunslet Lake.

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keith topp

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The oval shaped area towards the top right of the photo is the old greyhound stadium. The site is now occupied by John Blackburns Printers. The road running along the top edge of it is Old Run Road. The rail track to Middleton colliery curves over it.

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Dave Johnson

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This view must have been taken before late 1956, because the Longclose Engineering factory has not yet been built.

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Ray Cowburn

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The area in front of the Hunslet Rugby League ground was used by the travelling fair, I have many fond memories of the sights sounds and smells of that.

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Keith Johnson

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At the bottom right of the photo with it's entrance of what I think is now Middleton Grove was a 1940's army barracks so I would suggest the photo was taken around 1948

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Stephen Birbeck

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Yes Ray Cowburn, I too have fond memories of this ash/clinker area where the fair used to stay-we'd ride our bikes round there all day, never having the money for a ride, but just listening to the music (Lola, honky tonk woman, the move) & trying to muster courage to talk to girls. there was the caterpillar which was covered over with a green canvas halfway throught the ride, the coconut shy and the goldfish you could win by throwing ping pong balls into golfish bowls or 'fishing' ducks floating around. at the end was a train line going into one of the scrap metal works, another favourite play area where we'd climb into old trams waiting to be cut up and we could find old army ammo boxes. as for Hunslet Rugby club- what memories that brings back- the old wooden stands smelling of Players, Capstan & Woodbines, the under-stand bar smelling of Tetleys and Newcastle Brown. As a early teen I used to stand on the 'slag heap' open hill end, sometimes climbing up onto the scoreboard and putting the scores up, or walking around the pitch at half-time with a board showing scores from other matches. Tijuana Brass playing from the old cone loudspeakers; running to the gap in the touchline fence where the players came off, so we could pat them on the back- they always seemed to be steaming, like horses after a race, in the cold air, and smelt of liniment, grass and earth. Those were the glory days when Hunslet made it to Wembley and Geoff Gunney was our hero- but then it seemed Leeds had more money and pinched all our upcoming youngsters. My father persuaded me to stop going after that season when I'd be so fed up at one defeat after a nother- even after walking alll the way home up Dewsbury road. it was excellent value- 7s 6d for a season ticket (& I'm ashamed to say we'd sometimes drop it over the wall for our mates to get in) when it was already much more than that at Elland Rd

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David Lodge

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The cricket ground is still there, I seem to remember. I also think there was a coal pit looking south-east over the length of the pitch.

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Mick McEntyre

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Great to see an aerial photo of the old Rugby League ground. They are scarce!!

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Trevor Dixon

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The railway line to which Keith Topp refers is not the line to Middleton colliery,but is the old Great Northern line which ran from Hunslet East goods yard to join the main line at the top end of Dewsbury Road,passing beneath the ring road at the side of the Rex cinema. This line crossed the River Aire and the canal on a swingbridge at Stourton,then crossed Pontefract Road,then Wakefield Road at the side of John Waddington's,it then crossed the Midland Main Line on a girder bridge to the rear of Clayton's,then Middleton Road just north of Hunslet Cemetery( the M621 follows the route here now)the line then crossed Balm Road just above the old CWS brush factory,then as Keith says crossed Old Run Road on a bridge. To the right of the picture,the line then crossed the Tramway line to Middleton and the railway line to Middleton colliery,these lines can be seen running across the picture immediately behind the Cricket ground fence.Where the lines pass the factory(Dennisons) in the top centre of the photo was a"level crossing" where the Special Trams used to stop to bring fans to the Rugby Ground. At this spot now is a "tunnel" for pedestrians under the Middleton Railway and the M621. The large factory-like complex just to right of centre was the site of the Remploy complex. At the other side of Old Run Road from the Dog Track are allotments, one of which my late father and uncle tended caringly for some 20 years, and which I believe are still there.Does Stephen Birbeck remember "penny on the ball"? where you paid a penny on entering the ground and if you had the winning ticket,you won the ball used at that day's game, also at half-time a blanket was carried round the pitch into which your spare coppers were thrown to help the upkeep of our great and much missed club.Your site brings back so many wonderful memories,long may you continue.Thank you.

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05-Dec-2008

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Peter Jackson

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Re Trevors comment The allotments are long gone, 5/6 years ago John Blackburn Printers built on the site. Also Stephen refers to music at half time at Hunslet,one record played over and over ( I think they only had 3 ) was David Whitefield singing. " On the Street Where You Live )" people stop and stare " etc etc. It cost fourpence to get in, stood on Old Mother Bensons end then changed ends at half-time, our early hero's were Ginger Burnel, Allan Snowden ( we thought the padding on his shoulders was actually him, he looked to be built like Superman ) Ted Carrol and Geoff Gunney who seemed to play for Hunslet the entire time I was a spectator, good memories

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01-Jan-2009

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Andrew Walker

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Great photo , what memories. My mama and dad had the off license on Joseph Street in Hunslet and I had a season ticket for Hunslet and used to walk to the ground. First went in 1963 as that great team was coming together. Jack Ormsby , a friend of my dad , was on the committee so I used to get in the pavillion and see all the players. That magic run to Wembley , dancing on the pitch at Headingley after beating Trinity in the semi final. The feast was the highlight of the year with the roar of the traction engines driving the rides , the skull and cross bone rings and the scary fair workers. To this day , and I've lived in the USA for twenty years , the smell of fried onions takes me straight back to those days. Wonderful

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03-May-2009

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Graham A. Schofield.

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Keith Johnson's is correct. The dark buildings are actually the Army Barracks. The lane at the bottom R.H. corner of the picture must be the dirt track that led up to Cockburn High School Playing Fields, and Ward's Farm. The Army Barracks were still there, well into the mid-1950's, when a tank regiment was stationed there. So, depending on when the later industrial buildings were built, on the open ground shown here, at the side of Dewsbury Road, this picture could have been taken much later that the late 1940's. Am I right in assuming that Tempest Road can be seen in the bottom L.H. corner of the picture?

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28-May-2009

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ken rippon

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Hunslet rugby league. What memories. One that stands out for me was probably 1957, 1958 or 1959. I was only 9, 10 or 11 so bear with me. We used to walk from Powell street, over Hunslet Moor, called in at a shop just over Beezer Bridge and got a glass of pop (Tizer or Dandelion and Burdock) for 1d (old money) then to the ground. In those days you could wait for the opposition players to arrive on the track between the field and the cricket pitch. To see Billy Boston or Tom Van Volenhoven stepping off the bus was something. My mam gave me old ledgers from work and I stuck pictures from the green final in the book and the idea was to get the players to sign their pictures. They didn't care what they were signing and to tell the truth I don't think we were that bothered. On this occasion I was swinging on the pole fence surrounding the cricket field when it "rocked" off and landed on my thighs. trapping me to the ground. Well, believe it or not I was carried straight into the Hunslet dressing room. I was in heaven, all my heroes around me, Gunney, Sheldon, Preece, etc. with the physio (wet sponge man) looking after me. One of my heroes gave "tanner" and some others a few pence. My brother Trevor was well p****d off. After all that, just think, Billy Langton scored a touchline penalty to give Hunslet a 1 point victory 21:20 against the mighty Wigan. That was a memory to cherish.

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03-Jul-2009

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Stephen Jones

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I believe that Graham Schofield's comment about Tempest Road joining Dewsbury Rd (bottom left hand corner of the image) is correct. When I was at school in the early 70s, I had a part-time job at Mathers' bakery, which would in time occupy one of the houses facing onto Dewsbury Rd, on the south side of the Tempest Rd junction. A few years later, my new wife and I would buy our first home on Burlington Road, which runs parallel to Tempest Rd and joined Dewsbury Rd just off camera in the middle of the botom edge of this picture. On the very left edge of the photo, bang in the centre, is a group of buildings at the top of Parkside Lane which would include the Crescent cinema. Just off camera, in the middle of the bottom edge, would be the junction of Dewsbury Rd and Middleton Grove. To the south of Middleton Grove, can be seen allotments which are still being tended today (August 2009).

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29-Aug-2009

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p. ellis

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This photogragh must have been taken pre 1960 becuase as stated by someone else the Longclose factory is not there, I applied for a job there when I left school in 1960 and the company was well established on the site by that time,

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05-Jan-2010

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Steven Wood

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I am looking for anybody who used to work at Long House Engineering with Barrie Makin who lived at Cross Flatt Street ,Beeston ,Leeds . I recently bought a kit car off his step son and i am trying to find out any information about this car .Even the smallest of information could be critical for my search .Please Email or phone 01709 872378

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21-Feb-2010

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Stephen Thompson

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I remember Farmer Wards field about this area,a good place to catch frogs and newts in the spring including the now rare great crested newt. I also used to go to Hunslet, time of Langton, Griffiths, Gunney,Shelton, Hartley etc. As for Hunslet feast, surely it was Tommy James singing mony, mony by the speedway that brings back memories....

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19-Jun-2010

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Ian

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Surprised that nobody has mentioned the Claytons Sports Ground at the top left hand corner of the photograph. I am not old enough to remember anybody other than Hunslet Moor Primary School playing on the football pitch - played against them myself on there in the early sixties. There was also a cricket field and I do remember as a boy going to watch the two cricket teams that Clayton's ran in the Leeds League. One of the club stalwarts was a gentleman by the name of Mick Glass. One additional point about the ground. On the old maps website, the relevant fifties map does not specify the area as either a sports ground or as Claytons, but does let the reader know that it was the site of the discovery of a Roman coin in 1947!

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02-Nov-2010

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Billy Haw

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There are still allotments there. They are behind the old Tetley Sports and Social Club (BOSTON CAFE)on Dewsbury Road. EJ Arnold building is built on the old Cockburn playing fields behind the allotments. The curved railway line on the embankment top right had a spur to Middleton Broom Pit. There was a pit behind the rugby ground, I think it was called Beeston New Pit, dont think it was ever worked though, was used for pumping water out of the shafts I believe. If you look closely you can see a double deck tram (I think) passing what is now Middleton railway Moor Road Station. The rear of the Crescent Cinema can just be seen , left edge, middle. I used to work on the "Feast" when it came to Leeds, Marshall Waddingtons Ark, or speedway as it was more commonly known. The branch line curving into the "scrap yards" was the Dartmouth spur, several Leeds and a Swansea and Mumbles Tram were parked on here and got severely vandalised in the Late 60's.

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02-Mar-2011

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David Lawton

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Everything correct lads,brings back some good memories.Loved the Hunslet Feast in August,can still smell it now

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27-Apr-2011

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colin darley

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the photo definately pre 1970 i lived in the army terrace houses which was in fromt of the factory which made furniture for schools. I Think it was EJ Arnold the camp builiding s were all demolished or in a delapidated state. Also to the left of the picture the data centre is not buil yet on dewsbury road. Went to Crossflatts Park School sadly demolished, by the way the houses were used to accommodate the local recruiting office in leeds i lived here 1970-71

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31-May-2011

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Ernie Lundy.

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I am probably one of the few, if any, still around who played bowls at Hunslet Lake, and rugby and bowls at Parkside, with such as Pete Anson, Tommy Potter,Gordon Waite, (Ollie) Ormanroyd, Maurice Thornton, and others of the team that won the Senior Competition in 1949. Still in the army at the time I could only play when on leave from Germany, where I also played RU with Anson, Thornton and Sonny Russell The Lake Bowling team were all British champions in 1969 and the club produced many county players and champions. Sadly the club is now defunct and the green overgrown. Gone like the old ground and other landmarks shown in the photograph. The building behind the tram is that of haulage contractor Mc Guire's, and during the German raid of March 1942 a bomb made a tremendous crater nbetween the tram track and the fence on the left which in those days was a rhubarb field. The building seen on the right used to be Bannister's wagon works and is now Marsland's. The huts in the foreground are where the ack-ack guns were situated during the war. The site is now occupied by Britsh Telecom. While behind middle foreground are the premises of Remploy.

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18-Mar-2012

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Cliff Dunn

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Wow, all the comments bring back all the memories. Used to go and watch Hunslet, Geoff Gunney was always the hero. Also went to the Wembley final. In 1964 I played at Parkside in the Cripps Cup Final for Bewerley Street school beating Cross Flatts, 9-3 I think.

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16-Feb-2013

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Philip Rose

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I have just read all the comments re the ground and all the players.I supported Hunslet from1954/5,and went to most of the grounds away with the exception of whitehaven. I lived in the Longroyds, and went to Hunslet Moor school.Iremember the Remploy factory( bottom left of the ground in picture)my Uncle George worked there. I have many memories myself of the old ground ,1. when we beat Wigan29-21 and Geoff Gunney scored 3 tries & 2. when we reached the Championship final in 1959 after beating Wigan at Central Park 11-22 Jim Stockdale scoring agreat try in the corner, and then losing the final 44-22 to St Helens ,Vollenhoven scoring 3 tries.

Date:
27-Feb-2013

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Philip Rose

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Could I make another comment.does anyone remember the Photo of Dennis Tate scoring in the far corner at the open end, That photo was taken by an old school friend of mine John Hickes. Happy remeniscenses \Phil Rose

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27-Feb-2013

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Peter Jackson

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The iconic photo of Dennis scoring was for many years on the front of the Hunslet programme, it still has pride of place in Ken Trails old pub " The Prospect " in Hunslet. Dennis was a good servant to the Hunslet club and was in the top 4 semi play-off at stand off with Kevin Doyle, on that day they beat Wigan and Dennis gave the Great Britain stand off the runaround. Dennis was standing in for Brian Gabbitas who had an injury.Dennis did not play in the Final which was a shame. Dennis lived near me in Belle Isle in Urn Farm, which was locally known as Goldthorpes Farm, it was for many years the home of the legendary Hunslet great Albert Goldthorpe "our Albert"

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15-Apr-2013

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roger hopper

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Hi There Phil, yes those were great days playing football for Hunslet Moor School on Claytons field saturday mornings, then going home some fish & chips & go watch Hunslet play saturday afternoon, Brian Shaw,Billy Langton,those were the days,must be forty years since we last met remember L.C.Transport,now been living in Blackpool for 37 years, get in touch. Roger,

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29-Apr-2013

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roger hopper

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Phil web address thought i put it on,,,,

Date:
29-Apr-2013

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Brian

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Interesting to read all comments remember going to Rex , Crescent flipping tram seats at Dewsbury Road terminus on my way to Broadway where my mother did some cleaning then walking down to Cockburn to save the 2d tram fare then walking back home , walking up Dewsbury Rd to playing fields then cross country run past Farmer wards through Miggy Woods then down past Parkside school and finish up going over Railway bridge back to playing fields to them freezing showers in the basement . If you go to secretleeds.co.uk in Buildings and Structures forum , RAF aerial photographs 1951 , Flight Line 6 . This starts at Beeston Junction down Dewsbury Rd past Rex , Tommy Wass , Southleighs , Broadway where a window cleaner is pushing his barrow with his ladders on across Dewsbury Rd . The Crescent cinema with a tram outside one just further down by Tempest Rd and one outside the Boston Club , Cockburn High School with the Dining Rooms on Burton Rd the Hunslet Moor , Bandstand, Bowling Greens and Tennis Courts , enjoy

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01-Dec-2013

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Michael Wilson

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I also have fond memories of Hunslet rugby club,I joined (1961) them after leaving Bramley Old Boys a union club. At school I used to play for Sacred Heart school in Burley Road.It's a pity I did'nt make it as an pro.I was not good enough.I was only a fast runner but I will never forget the nice time I had in Hunslet!

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16-Feb-2014

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Jean Gaines (née Goldthorpe)

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This photo is definitely pre 1956, which is when I left Leeds. I lived on Harlech Road, and along with my elder siblings and friends spent many a happy hour playing around/in what we used to call the "square pond". This was a large (at least it seemed like that to me as a child), muddy body of water which was situated between the wooden huts and Dewsbury Road. There were buildings, or hoardings, I can't remember which, between the pond and the Crescent cinema, and I'm sure that somewhere behind there my dad rented a garage. I also seem to remember the Feast being held on the spare ground there. Can anyone remember the cuckoo steps? I can't make them out on the photo, but I remember them being surrounded by fields, unless of course my childhood memories are not as clear as I would like to think...it is almost sixty years ago! I'm sure that Mather's shop was on the parade of shops between Tempest Road (bottom left of photo) and Harlech Road at that time, along with Scruton's the greengrocer, and a chemist shop on the Harlech Road corner. We children also used to walk up the road to Middleton Woods, which I always used to think of as a country Lane because it was unsurfaced and very different to the cobbles of Harlech Road. Happy memories of a time long past.

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22-Jul-2014

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PETER DAWSON

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How i remember going to Parkside ,great days.I went to Hunslet Nash and remember Mr Morgan the Headmaster closing the school so that we could go watch Hunslet play against the Australian touring side.I also went to Wembley to see the famous final against Wigan (my first of many visits to the "TWIN TOWERS).

Date:
23-Jan-2015

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PeterD@blastlog.co.uk

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steven wood

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Hi, I really need the help from your community. I bought a Rochdale Olympic from CrossFlatt Street in Leeds about 7 years ago and its former keeper was Mr Barrie Makin but no paper work was found with the car . Mr Makin had been working on the car from around 1976 but had not managed to finish it . The car never got registered or hit the road . The only story the son of the former owner could tell me that the car belonged to two brothers and the car was sold to Barrie after one died suddenly in a accident . The car is believed to local to the Leeds area .No one is really sure of the true facts but maybe you worked with Barry Makin at longclose on dewsbury road Leeds I am looking for any information or literature about this car and i would love to find any information about its former keeper .It would be interesting to have contact with any former Rochdale factory workers ?or former Rochdale car owners (not known to the club) Did you are do you know anyone in the area who owned a Rochdale of any kind. I have posted a picture of the car but the condition could have been a lot different and could have had a different number plate . Know anything about any Rochdale please let me know . Not a barn find but was in the back of a garage for around 30 years? Wolseley 1500 engine Please contact me at woodsteven92@yahoo.com

Date:
29-Apr-2015

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Luke

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To Stephen Thompson....... Regarding Hunslet Feast.The Speedway ride you are refering to was owned and travelled by showman Ernest Atha.Hunslet Feast along with Woodhouse Feast and Holbeck Feast were the biggest Feasts in Leeds in the 1900s.

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16-Jun-2015

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peter griffin

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This photo sparked off lots of memories from the late 1950's when Middleton Grove, from the Boston Cafe used to be our gateway to Miggy Woods as kids.Just about where the separate car park for John Charles Sports Centre is now there was a large field that we called the Alsation Field. It was used train large dogs and we often stopped to watch them on the way to the woods. I used to watch the Hunslet R.L. side that included Brian Gabbitas, Geoff Stevenson, Geoff Gunney and Arthur Render in a great side.Quite a few players were still around for the cup final side in 1965. I played for the strong Cross Flatts Junior team in 1960 and our 'Wembley' was to play Middleton at Parkside. We won 6-5, scoring two tries and I was lucky enough to score one, so the Cripps Cup was ours! We were over the moon. I wonder if there are any players from that team still living in Beeston or Hunslet?

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19-Apr-2016

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Richard Craven

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I played for Cross Flats in 1959. Quite a good team, but we were no match for "Miggy" and Bell Isle George Moody was the teacher responsible for creating a Cross Flats rugby team, great teacher, could teach today's lot a thing or two.

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03-May-2016

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Phil tempest

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Re Richard craven an Peter griffin, I played for Cross Flatts RL and we beat Bewerly Street in Cripps Cup final in (I'm guessing) 1961 or 1962 I think. We had one of Brian Shaw's sons -mick - in our team. We also beat muggy during season and had George Moody as coach.

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01-Aug-2017

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Jon

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Does anyone know where I can find a record of the 1903 team (if it exists) please? I have a medal with the captain's name on it and would like to know more. Thanks.

Date:
23-Aug-2017

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jb768@btinternet.com

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Jon

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Does anyone know where I can find a record of the 1903 team (if it exists) please? I have a medal with the captain's name on it and would like to know more. Thanks.

Date:
23-Aug-2017

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jb768@btinternet.com

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