Mighty Primet School football team of 1955

UNDEFEATED RECORD: Primet Secondary School's football team of 1955. (S)
UNDEFEATED RECORD: Primet Secondary School's football team of 1955. (S)

This week’s column features a photo from a contemporary school-pal of mine of almost 60 years ago.

David Barker, then living in Barrowford (now in Burnley) was at Primet Secondary School from 1952 to 1956 and here we can see him in the mighty Primet School football team of 1955.

This was a superbly talented side of skilled players who didn’t lose a match for two years.

Their names still live on today in the annals of the school.

Here they are, firstly back row – left to right – David Barker himself, an imposing goalkeeper who made a save equal to Gordon Banks in a match versus Park to keep the team’s undefeated record intact.

Next along is the renowned footballer David Walker who would go on to play for Burnley and Southampton during the era of legendary players. Following on is Gordon Cookson, then Morris Hartley, Roger Smith, Derek Estill, Bernard Goff and at the far right is sports master Eric Procter.

Now the front row – left to right – Jimmy Wild, a great all-rounder who also found fame at just 17, winning the Lancashire League Cricket Double with Colne CCin 1959. Next on is John Henry, then captain John Bottomley, Brian Chatterton, Jack Crabtree and Howard Warren.

Sadly, quite a few of these faces from the past have today passed on, but their abilities on the field all those years ago live on in the 21st Century.