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  1. Are Wednesday on sky red button tonight. I thought not but just been told they are. Anybody please confirm ?
  2. Very sad when I heard of the passing of Peter Swan. He was probably the best centre half I have ever seen. He would have been a regular for England had it not been for illness at the start of the 1962 world Cup finals where he was replaced by Maurice Norman of Spurs. No disrespect to Maurice Norman ( who was very good ) but he was not in the same class as Swanny. Norman seemed to fit in the side and kept his place. Then of course came the bribes scandal. Peter always denied being bribed or deliberately throwing the match against Ipswich Town. He always maintained that he and the others concerned only placed a bet on a football match. People will always have their own opinions on the matter. To me he was perfection on the field of play and no other centre half since has excited me as Peter did. R.I.P. Peter
  3. I must be getting soft in my old age. Being a lifelong Owl I never thought I would say anything kind about the Blades. However, I watched the game on TV today and I thought a draw was probably a fair result, but my reason for this post is to dispute the ref's decision to send Lundstram off. I know that people will say you can't tackle like that these days but come on. The guy went fairly and honestly for the ball, his studs were showing a little but as soon as contact was made the Brighton player makes enough of it to get Lundstram red carded then he is up and looks fine. We might as well ban tackling altogether, stop players running and lets just have walking football. Players are probably guilty of their own downfall these days when they roll about after a legitimate tackle, it can come back to haunt them. Well that's may say on the matter, I still can't believe I've said something in favour of the Blades, I'll have to go and lie down for a bit.
  4. Yes. That's it, The bull and oak. With regards to the the White Lion/New White Lion and the locations. I am not certain which was which but one of them was on the corner of the Wicker and Nursery Street as you say and the other one became Bennetts Fishing tackle shop. The frontage of the old shop is still there to plainly see. You had to access the shop via Stanley Street. The one on the corner had a snooker table in there. I played there a couple of times. If I remember rightly the floor sloped and as the table obviously had to be level it was quite confusing when you had to take a shot from the deep end as it seemed.
  5. Reading some of these posts about the pubs long gone made me think back to when I was in my teens in the 1960's. I used to frequent the wicker quite often in those days and I remember that in the Wicker alone there were 7 pubs and one fast food shop (Tony's chip shop I think) These days there is one pub and countless take away shops. The pubs were, The station, The Viaduct, Brown cow, White Lion , The new White Lion, The Big Gun and another which name escapes me, it was situated next to the Brown Cow roughly where Derek Dooley Way cuts through the Wicker. Then there were a couple of pubs on Nursery Street and a couple on Lady's Bridge. On a nice warm summers evening people would stroll from pub to pub and if you had a half pint in each pub you would be well on your way to being drunk by closing time. Happy days as they say.
  6. Albert Quixall, my boyhood hero. My mind goes back to September 1958 ( I was 11yrs old) and I am lying in a hospital bed, recovering from an operation. It was visiting time and in walked my mum and dad. My dad had a copy of the Sheffield Star under his arm. He looked at me and said "I'm not sure if I should let you see this". He then passed me the paper and the back page headlines said that Albert Quixall had signed for Man Utd for £45,000. I burst into tears and was inconsolable. My dad asked me if I was a ManUtd fan now. I thought for a moment, dried my tears and said " No chance Dad, up the owls". R.I.P. Albert.
  7. If you Google laurie steeples, a few web pages pop up with tournament info on the man.
  8. Laurie Steeples did win the world Billiards championship in 1931. My records only go back to 1926 so he could have possibly won it before that as well. Over the years of the 1900's the format was changed a few times so I'm not too sure exactly how the scoring etc went.
  9. Having worked at Ponds Forge for S.I.V. and for other agencies over the years, and I have also been a customer many many times, I am deeply saddened by the latest bombshell. I knew there were financial problems but I didn't think it would come to this. I sincerely hope that something can be done to get the place open and running as soon as possible. Not only is it a great loss to the people of Sheffield who have benefitted from the use of this great place ,but all the former and up and coming athletes who have also had the opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic facilities. There will be a massive effect on the local economy as a result as well. Finally and by no means the least important is the prospect of massive job losses . Some of those that will suffer are former work colleagues of mine and I feel deeply concerned for them. I hope that the people of Sheffield realise just what a loss this is and that somehow there can be a reprieve.
  10. Hi Baz-John, I attended Hucklow road school from 1952 to 1958 then on to Hinde House. I remember the names you mentioned. I also remember Miss Tose and (my favourite) Mr Taylor. I too enjoyed a penny drink from Mrs Pardoe's and the chippy across the road. I got banned from Mrs Pardoe's for swearing at her, although I still insist I didn't really know what I was saying. I didn't really take to senior school very much, although I was in the top class of each year. I sort of just did enough and I left at 15 yrs old. I still live fairly close to Hucklow road and I often let my mind wander back to those days when I pass by. Happy days I suppose. Innocent days I think.
  11. I have been trying to sell some stuff on shpock but It wont let me access the site. Anyone know the reason why?
  12. Are the mid week Championship games, which are not the main game being shown, on the red button as they were before the current situation.
  13. Well, thanks to everyone for trying to solve my question. Unfortunately I deleted the photo in error but I know that it was definitely not Cuthbert Road having seen a photo of that road on Picture Sheffield. I have searched for ages on Picture Sheffield to find it but to no avail. Thanks again everyone.
  14. I saw and old photo of a Sheffield street and I was (rightly or wrongly) told it was Cuthbert street. Am I mistaken? Could it be Cuthbert road?
  15. I am trying to find out exactly where Cuthbert Street in Sheffield was. I imagine it was near Cuthbert road Sheffield 6 area. Any ideas please?
  16. Yes!! Now that makes sense. The Marshall cup was a very prestigious competition and I do believe that Les Ellis won it three times, so he was some player in his time. It was a bit before my time playing but it does come back to me now. A little story that might amuse you about Upper Heeley club. My partner and I won the Sheffield Pairs billiards competition a couple of times in the eighties and one year the presentation night was at Upper Heeley. The Cup was sponsored by Tetleys at the time but the prize money for winning it was virtually nothing. I think we got £20 between the pair of us (so obviously £10 each). I went up on stage to collect the cup and grabbed hold of it by the base. This was loose and the cup came flying off and fell on to the floor below the stage. The stage was also very high off the concert room floor so it fell quite some distance. When I went to pick it up it had a massive bend in it. I had to have it repaired and I think it cost me £15. Happy days.
  17. I remember that name Les Ellis. I can't remember who he played for but I seem to think he was an excellent player. I don't remember the Richardson cup . Can you enlighten me please?
  18. Eric Ball played for Burngreave cons. He was a real gent as you say. I grew up with his son Brian. Other clubs - Woodseats (two clubs) Shiregreen - Bellhouse. Quite a few of the clubs had two sides in the league. I think the player you are thinking of was Eddie Birkenhead. He played for a few clubs over the years. He was probably the best player by far during that time.
  19. When I joined Firth Park WMC at 18 yrs of age I used to play with Ken Phelan ( or should I say he played and I got the balls out of the bags). What a player he was. Like a few more of his time I think they could have turned pro if they were around today. Jack Seffers was another I played with. Happy memories.
  20. I played billiards in the 80's for Firth Park WMC. and then Sheffield lane WMC. Great days (or nights I should say ). I met many people over the years who I would not have met otherwise. It was a sad day for me and many others when the league folded. The trouble was that no young players were coming through and the older players were either getting too old or passing on. There were two leagues that hosted billiards, one was part of the Monday night games league and the second was the Tuesday night league ( this was a better class league). As well as the usual league games and cup ko games there were individual comps for players, One unique comp was a billiards pairs ko and players played off a handicap. over the years I, and a partner managed to win the trophy twice and were runners up twice. That's not to say we were two of the best players in Sheffield because as I say it was a handicap comp. There were some fantastic billiards players around at the time. I miss those times .
  21. Is there anyone on this forum who would like to talk about the old billiard players, teams, leagues etc?
  22. Thanks to all who replied to this post. I am now sorted. Thanks once again.
  23. Does anyone know of any shops in the S5 area that would deliver a box of assorted vegetables.
  24. At todays game there was a cheque for a very large amount of money presented to Weston park Hospital, plus there were collections all around the ground before the match started. After watching the game today I think all the players on both sides should donate a full weeks wages to Weston park because their performance was abysmal and they certainly don't deserve to be paid a penny for the utter tripe they dished up.
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