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Galway Smith Ltd., Works Football Team

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Galway Smith Ltd., Works Football Team
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1964/1965. Group photograph of the works football team at Galway Smith Ltd., Auto and Commercial Vehicle engineers and dealers located in Domestic Street. It specialised in selling and repairing Rootes group type of vehicles. The photograph was taken by one of the players, Ken Bywater.

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John Cain

Comment:
I played in this works football team, only employees and former employees were allowed to play.We played Sunday league football and our home ground was opposite Galway Smith on the leamington or better known as the lemmie.Domestic Road is now where the pitches used to be.We were a good and took the games very seriously.Galway Smith moved to Regents Street in the nineteen seventies and became Renault dealers.The teams names are back row left to right,Maurice Hobkinson,the late Jack Staniforth,Barry Hewitt (captain),Eddie Shaw,John Mellor,Brian Brook,Donald Bogg,the late James Blakey,front row left to right,David Cowling,John Cain,Brian Thomson,Ken Bywater,Harry Best,Michael Fountain.

Date:
27-Apr-2012

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Ken Bywater

Comment:
Hi John, good to see the photo in print. The photo was taken by my mother who came to watch the match being played at Middleton. I still have the original. I am in the picture as you will see next but one from you on the front row. Good Times!

Date:
28-Apr-2012

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Dave Briggs

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I went to day school with people that worked at galway smith Walter panel beater Mick Mec/electrician any one know these people ?

Date:
05-Jun-2012

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Name:
Ken Bywater

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Walter (ex national serviceman, did not play football and was not in the picture) was a very good body repairer and worked at Galways in the 60's as did I and the other guys in the picture. Mick Fountain (front row end right)was apprentice electrician at the time of the picture. We were lucky to be an early example of commercial sponsorship since Reanault UK supplied our kit and a Renault badge for each one!

Date:
11-Jun-2012

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Mike (Mick) Fountain

Comment:
Good times were had by all who worked at Galway's during this period. I still see Peter Cheney and we always have a good reminisce about the people who worked there, too numerous to mention now. It would be good to here from you all including Dave Briggs, who although did not work for Galway's was in the Motor trade on Regent Street, Eastwoods I think. My e-mail address is displayed in anticipation(sorry I do not do the social networking sites).

Date:
18-Apr-2013

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mikefountain@btinternet.com

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Melvin Bramley

Comment:
My goodness ;Di Briggs returns from the dead! I'm not Galway Smith stock but Leeds Ignition was not so far away. Mike Fountain & I have been looking for Briggs for about fourty years! As for the Lemmie!! Who remembers the what looked to be one hundred per side football games between the East Indians,that worked for the garment industry, on the Lemmie?? We all remember bomb site garages; but bombsite football pitches!

Date:
19-Apr-2013

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mjbramley@shaw.ca

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Name:
Ken Bywater

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Galways played home games on the Lemmie! More glass than grass on the pitch. We had to go to the local shop on Domestic Street to buy Flour to use to mark the pitch out. Not much good in the rain! That or else pay a fine. Nets let alone goal mouth technology conspicuous by their absence. Lunch time football was much more important than making money for the firm. What a great time we had! Would not have missed it for the world. Good luck and good health to all surviving ex Galways employees

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14-May-2013

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