Est 1875

The Association of former pupils of Archbishop Tenisons School



Edition 15. Autumn / Winter 2001

Editorial: Bob’s bollix

Letter(s) From Reader(s):



And Finally:

Dear All

They say that the world has changed since September 11th, I hope yours hasn’t, at least, not too much. At least two O.T’s were in New York at the time of the tragic event, both are safe and sound. Alan Ewart, I was reminded, now lives and works there and Mickey Brown was on a business trip. Mick was very close to the scenes of devastation which unfurled before our eyes.

Mick was staying at the Millenium Hotel which is a matter of yards from the World Trade Centre. Shortly before the first impact, he had strolled the five minute walk to his company’s offices where he was due to attend a series of meetings. Chatting to some colleagues, their conversation was cut short by another colleague who, not believing what they had just witnessed, said that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Centre. The scene was immediately being relayed around the world as the decision to evacuate Mick’s building was taken.

Mick could not go back to the hotel, which had also been immediately evacuated, so all he had was the clothes he stood up in when he finally reached the apartment of an American colleague. A trip to Bloomingdales for emergency supplies, including hair care necessities, proved to be successful in tiding him over the five days before he could get a flight back home.

Mick knew quite a few people from Cantor Fitzgerald who lost their lives and had actually approached one of them with a job offer. About a month after the event, Mick and I went to a memorial service in the City for three Londoners who had lost their lives, one of whom I worked with many years ago.

As I have already said, many of us witnessed events as they occurred but with the nature of today’s communications within the financial markets, it must have been even more horrific for many of Cantor Fitzgerald’s counterparties ( Mick’s company in London, for one ) around the world who inadvertently received running commentaries of what was happening, through the ‘open’ line telephone systems I can imagine the people that heard those voices, will be hearing them for a long tome to come.


Now I know you must be gagging for my health update and I am afraid the news is not good but at least the tooth problem has been dealt with. Having tried filling a couple of times, unsuccessfully, the funny dentist decided extraction was the answer.

If I were forced to go on Mastermind, the only specialist subject I might have a hope of mustering a few points on would be, Western movies. Now dentistry doesn’t play a large part in the cannon, although ‘Doc’ Holliday was, in fact, a dentist but the scenes of dentistry I do recall normally featured a bottle of whisky and an old fashioned implement of torture. Given the choice of my funny dentist and all his modern paraphernalia and the aforementioned, I would certainly go for the whisky option, every time. My funny dentist reduced me to a quivering wreck with, a couple of injections into a very tender. I actually asked him how much pain I might expect when he pulled the tooth, as I was no longer feeling quite as brave as when I first walked into the surgery. He joked that apart from a little upward pressure I’d hardly feel a thing. Tee bloody hee. I was spitting blood for hours.

I have also had a couple of minor surgical procedures, one of which necessitated part of my stomach being filled with air. In the recovery room, I wasn’t feeling all that chipper when a nurse came and told me that I would start to feel a lot better when I’d had a good fart. I imagine this must be a technical term and it got me to wondering whether it was such old fashioned advice that earned Ms. Nightingale such affection in the battlefields of the Crimea. ‘Lost your leg son? I know, those bloody cannon, anyway, have a good fart, you’ll soon feel a lot better.’

But I am now more concerned with my head. It is clearly disintegrating. We were on holiday, sitting in a beautiful sunny square, Joan having a coffee, me testing my first beer of the day ( well, it was soon after breakfast ). As we took our ease, a couple drove up on a bicycle, you know, a bicycle made for two. Neither of us could remember what this thing was called. I sang ‘Daisy’ to myself. Whilst the words state ‘ a bicycle made for two’, they don’t give its proper name. I next tried ‘Riding along on a push bike honey’ as made famous by Mungo Jerry. Not a mention. We were both furious with ourselves and just a little concerned, I mean we’re not that old. As I took my last glug of beer it came to me. ‘Tandem’, I almost screamed. A few people stared inquisitively as we trooped off with contented smiles on our faces. Now when I forget anything, I just say ‘tandem’. I don’t know why, because it doesn’t help me remember what I’ve forgotten this time.

Any way, what was I saying?

Well, what have you all been doing? I have to ask you see, as the only communication I have received since last we met is an e-mail from Ed Davies and a nice telephone call from Brian Brearley, plus a few bits and pieces. Surprised, no. Disappointed, certainly.

When I start these first few paragraphs, I have no idea how the final edition will read. Now follows weeks of phone calls, calling in old favours, hanging around in dingy bars hoping for some OTA tittle tattle and generally begging for copy. Lets see what happens.

News from the School.

As you may remember, in recent issues I have been attempting give former pupils a flavour of what’s happening at the School today, thanks to my copy of The Tenison Times. With my memory, I know you won’t expect me to remember any guests we had at School in my day, but we certainly did not get the clutch of prominent politicians I have reported in recent times. Hague, Coe, Hoey and Portillo have all visited the school and of course those names will surely be a warning to any other politician who thinks of venturing down to the Oval. I am sure will have noticed that within a short time of visiting the School, they all lost something, the first three losing their jobs and the last one not getting the one he wanted. What a shame!
Consequently, I thought it was particularly brave of the Bishop of Norwich to attend Founders Day, although answering to a higher authority, he probably had no qualms whatsoever. He was joined by Councillor Clare Whelan, Mayor of Lambeth ( she better watch out.) and Mr. Tony Tenison-Collins, a direct descendant of Thomas Tenison.

In an effort to brake away from my normal cynical self, I am pleased to report that many of the articles in this particular issue of the School ‘mag’ are of an uplifting nature. For instance, four boys had been taking part in “The Papa Mandela London Project”, in Peckham. Running for six years now, the project studies the life of the great man, who graced the project with his presence at a service held at Southwark Cathedral. As you would expect his arrival was met with massive cheers. The Tenison lads, who were interviewed by the South London Press and BBC’s Newsroom South East, felt that it had been a great day, probably the best of their lives.

There is also an enthusiastic report of a trip to the Royal Opera House to see a production of Brittain’s Billy Budd. Brilliant singing, superb sets and costumes and when the chorus sang at full throttle, the atmosphere was electric. Paul Smith of year 11 said that, given the chance, he would love to go again.

Demonstrating the multi-cultural/racial mix that the School now enjoys, an article headed, ‘Spinning Around’- Akram Khan, turned out not to be about the Schools new secret off break bowler but one of North India’s most respected dancers. Mr Khan certainly seemed to impress year 11 student Asif Quraishi, who writes, ‘it is strange how many people require a lot of dancers to fill a stage, but Akram Khan filled the stage entirely by himself and the audience loved it’.

Visits to the School by a top French band, Saian Supa Crew, a School choir performing in French, visits by School groups to L’Instituit Francais and to Boulogne and Calais suggest that the ‘entente’ should become more ‘cordiale’, in years to come if Tenisonians have anything to do with it.

Finally, I am sure some of you will be pleased and interested to know that the School Cadet Force is still going strong, with drills and camps and shooting and all that stuff. Your right, I wasn’t in it.

Back to the Old Boys.

Due to the timing of the production of the Mumblings, events often overtake the news value of certain of our set pieces, such as the OTA AGM. I would however just like to include the last paragraph of Brian Lester’s General Secretary’s Report for 2000/1:-

“I believe associations such as ours have a part to play in the future and I hope that the work done to foster relations with the School plus any initiatives to bolster membership from outside, will result in a stronger Association. It is of fundamental importance that the workload of running an organisation like the OTA is properly shared by a high proportion of the membership.”

This will seem familiar to many of you because I feel I write something fairly similar in most issues of the Mumblings.
I would only add that having just completed my first year as a non-active member of the Association, I am just as convinced of its merits as ever I was when I was playing. I would therefore ask you to heed Brian’s comments and help the Clubs future to be as bright as its past.

Bill Gonella e-mails

High Bob,
thought you might like some news re.OTs.

The golf day was a success with 16 players in 4 groups of 4 including :-

Alan Ewart, Jack Hobbs, Barry Mercer, Bob Daws, Kelvin Tyrell, Jack Hobbs,
Geoff Uglow, Roger Parker, John Bolwell & myself.

The main competition in the morning round was won by Bob Daws.

Alan is working in New York and we were a bit worried after Sept.11 but he
eventually replied to an e-mail apologising for the delay saying that he was OK but everything was disrupted and he had only just got back online.

I had a call from Mick Patmore, so Bob Daws, Ken Langford & myself arranged
to meet up with him for a drink. The pub arranged was the Duncannon near St.
Martins in the Fields. Big mistake. Having been nowhere near the place for
some years we did not realise that it's now called Halfway to Heaven and is
a gay bar full of raving poofs (not very PC am I).

After beating a hasty retreat to a more conducive establishment, we found out
that Mick is now working for Medecin sans Frontieres and had just been
pulled out of Tajikhistan with the rest of the aid workers. He now has to go to Liberia, it all sounds very interesting if a little primitive.

If anyone would like to get in touch with either Alan or Mick the addresses
are as follows:-

Alan = aewart@metallurg.com
Mick = mikepatmore@hotmail.com


Dear Bob

Receipt today of MM14 has prompted me to write, something I have been meaning to do for sometime.

I attended Tenisons from 1955 to 62, played football for the OTs until ’68 and think I have been a member of the OTA pretty much ever since. Naturally I was sorry to hear of the death of Les Stokell, I suppose that most of the teachers of my time must have graduated to a higher place ( some Ed, but not all ). I remember Les wearing a blazer with the Olympic symbol on it but I have more memories of Harry Waddingham including my first trip abroad – to Blankenberge ( Waterloo and war graves !), it must have been in the late fifties. Other teachers I recall with mixed emotions, are Hopwood, Hart, Giles, ( Fanny ) Fry, Farrell, Hancock, Lewis, Addison, Arnold, Field, Johnson, Conacher, Gibbs, Birchenough, Dr.Robinson and of course, Laidlaw-Brown – I was once working as a Saturday boy in Frosts, North End Road ( Fulham ), when L-B came in for his groceries; I’m not sure who was more surprised.

I still exchange Christmas cards with a number of OT’s of my year – Alan Lewis, John Peachey and Jeff Belch – and for some time crossed paths with John Miller, who like me, worked for the Port of London. Others I recall include Stan McPherson, Vic Leverett, Bernie Bremer, Geoff Ellis, John Townsend and Dave Griswood. In 1997 I introduced myself to Tony Banks when he was canvassing on behalf of the Labour candidate in Eltham. He remarked on the large number of OTs that had similarly approached him over the years.

I believe you and I played in the same side during my 5 years or so playing for the Obs. I think I must have played at all 6 levels at one time or another. I played most of my career in goal but when my vision started to go I moved to left back. I can certainly remember playing with Jack Hewitt, Harry Thorogood, Alan English, John Bolwell, Pete Leberl. I remember once getting thumped 15 – something against Salesians when the referee was their ‘father’ and God was certainly on their side! I also remember playing at Raynes Park – I think one of my few games for the 1stXI and against the School – when Mick Patmore broke his leg, he was on the halfway line but I can still hear that crack now.

Since taking early retirement a couple of years ago I have been involved with a group of visually handicapped bowlers in Bexley. My involvement with group was through a close friend of mine who lost his sight three or four years ago. We met when we were both parent representatives on the local junior school PTA. One day we were chatting whilst decorating an old ladies house when – you guessed it- we discovered that we had both attended Tenisons. His name is George Overy and he left School around 1952. Small world.

I think that’s about it for now! Except have you seen the website www.friendsreunited.co.uk ? This has a database of schools and allows you to log you name, details and memories against your school. There are already quite a few entries against Tenisons although not necessarily of my vintage. Perhaps you might like to investigate and encourage others to have a look, in the next Mumblings.

Regards, Edwin ( Eddie ) Davies.

Thanks for the memories Ed

The same week I received Ed’s e-mail, I’d read an article in the newspaper about this website. Within weeks I was getting phone calls from friends telling me I had to get on it and that more and more people were logging on all the time.

Mickey Brown has and has regained contact with an old friend, Bob Barber, with whom he not only went to Tenisons with but also the same primary school (Snotty) Oliver Goldsmith . Bob has been in Turkey for three years and is currently trying, single handedly, to stem the tide of illegal immigrants from that country to England

Micky Vaughan, who amongst his other jobs is currently OTA Webmaster trying to produce our own web-site. Mick is another fan of this site and bought photographs to an OTA committee meeting, which he had been able to download and which were of very good quality. Mick is trying to see how this new untapped source of potential members might be tempted to join the Official OTA. Although many of the of guys that log on to this website are probably past adding to the sporting clubs active strength that does not mean they wouldn’t be welcome join our numbers.

A sort of homecoming

Early July, a beautiful Sunday evening. Twenty-one good and true fellas are in Achill Island looking out from the furthest point west in Ireland, "Next stop America" is what the locals say. One such local is among us, Michael Keating is back in the land of his fore-elders. The scenery is breathtaking, all are admiring with the exception of Terry Smith who'd rather be at the Tate Modern gawping the Surrealism: Desire Unbound exhibition. Still this is July and 10 o'clock at night (it's still light please note Gerry Reardon), life couldn't be better, although I'm sure it's not quite the same in February, when you've only seen your cousins, your wife and her cousins since the previous November It has a ‘Deliverance’ feel to it does this part of Mayo. At every turn you saw a Keating look-alike, it was like seeing an episode of wacky Racers with the Ant Hill mob everywhere.

Still enough of all that Malachy, this year's golf tour coincided with the Lions tour to Oz. On this particular Sunday evening, some bright spark, I think it was our modern art lover suggested that after the day's golf we should have a scrum. So armed with the local publican's son's rugby ball, two of the biggest packs were locked together outside the pub. A few seconds after the put in and the heavyweights push back the athletes and score a push over try. The athletes feel aggrieved and decide to right this wrong by ordering a best of three lineouts. Tactics were discussed, who was to be lifted and who would be dummy jumper (a few candidates to choose from) unfortunately the athletes suffered a 2-1 loss again and we returned to the pub with bad necks and backs aplenty. The locals said they had never seen anything like it

As usual, Mick Keating organised a wonderful tour to Mayo, a special one for him, as it's his spiritual home. The courses were up to the usual standard and the hotel was terrific, we were treated to occasional good golf and the regular doses of shocking stuff over the four days. Phil the Fluter ran out a worthy winner. The one area of organisation that left a bit to be desired was the transport. Arranged by Mick's relative in Westport (isn't everybody) Manos (MOT is in the post) Thomas. If you've ever seen the St Trinian's films you'll be familiar with the coaches Terry Thomas supplied, well Manos must be the Irish branch of the Thomas transport empire. The seats were a treat as they reclined quicker than those in Rod Slyfield's Capri. The bus came with the obligatory cracked window, no shock absorbers and a death rattle at the back, not the ideal mode of transport for Terry Palfrey's stomach problem. I asked Manos where he got the coach from and he told me it had had one careful owner, apparently he bought it from Aeroflot.

Next year we're off to Waterford and all courses have been promised to be less than two hours drive away. The Modern Art bloke is also having more golf lessons, is it possible we might see a single figure golf handicap Smith (unlike the multiple handicaps he takes on the football pitch)? See you all next year.

Gary Kedney.

Because Gary has to be in work early on Monday morning, the last day of the tour, he is compelled to catch a Sunday evening flight home and consequently misses the last nights ‘prizegiving and cabaret which traditionally takes place in the hotel bar.

Instead of presenting prizes to one and other, Mick Walton thought it would be a good idea to ask another resident to do the honours. Quite understandably, Mick asked a presentable young woman whether she might care to assist. Unfortunately, he did not think to ask her husband if he would be happy with our little charade. And he wasn’t. Not at all. Terry Palfrey handled what might have been a difficult situation, in masterful fashion, whilst Mick returned dejectedly to his casting couch.

Entertainment was supplied by the inimitable double act of ‘Taffy’ Evans and ‘Mr.Tonks’ and supplemented by a performance of sheer manic energy by Brian O’Leary.

It had been an amazing day at the end of which most of our sides had split and our laughing muscles were starting to cramp up. Another great tour. Thank you Mick and everybody else.

Just a brief word about two brave soldiers who having missed the first days golf due to injury, ( Simon the ‘Lion’ Wade and myself ) completed the tour thanks a mixture of painkilling drugs and alcohol which would have had Keith Richard nodding with approval.


News from the sports ground.

At the Sports Ground Company’s Annual General Meeting Bob Blewer was elected as one of the OTA representatives on the Sports Ground Management Committee. Bob has succeeded Dave Clark, who had to retire owing to the demands of other work, not least that of Head of a large Secondary School. David made a significant and invaluable contribution to the business of the Sports Ground during the nine years he served on the Management Committee.

On the field, the autumn renovation of the cricket square has been carried out and the football pitches are looking as well grassed as ever at this time of the year. I won’t even mention the weather; but it would be a relief to be spared quite so much of the “gentle rain from heaven” this winter

Old Tenisonians Cricket Club

General Secretary’s Report for 2001

It is not an easy matter to sum up the 2001 season. It began, as the 2000 season had ended, with considerable optimism. Much of this was, however, to prove ill founded.

The First Eleven, returning on promotion to the First Division of the Kookaburra League proved that, when they have all their players available, they are a First Division team. Three wins and five defeats in a season plagued by bad weather saw them finish in ninth place. The team missed Graham Baker and Richie Skipworth from the previous season, but were strengthened by the arrival of Dave Towse and the presence of James and Graham Butcher in the latter half of the season. Nevill Perkins scored almost 300 runs; and Grant Hubbard (22 wickets) and Jim Butcher (20 wickets) were consistently good performers. However, the side needs to increase its squad by one or two more players if it is to compete against the stronger teams in the top Division, particularly

The Second Eleven, having been relegated to Division 4, had a disastrous start to the season, losing their first three matches. Thankfully, this was followed by five victories, some of them pretty close. Will Lingard played match-winning innings in three of these games, sharing excellent partnerships with Gary Parsons. Brian Lester enjoyed an outstanding season with the ball; and Barry Mercer achieved success with both bat and ball. But, apart from Micky Vaughan’s contributions opening the batting, there were few other performances of note. Eighth place for the side was eventually comfortably clear of the relegation zone.

The Third Eleven’s season was the most disappointing and depressing for many seasons, probably ever. Shortage of players throughout the Club and shortage of quality players in the Third Eleven contributed to a season in which two games had to be cancelled because of lack of players and all League matchers were lost. More importantly, the side failed in most of its games even to compete with the opposition; and this called into question the side’s continuation in the League. Skipper Neil Osborne tried valiantly to marshal his troops; but they were too often out of their depth. Neil batted with responsibility and determination, qualities sadly lacking in some others. Eddie Myers and Tony Farmer continued to belie their years but found it difficult to maintain bowling enthusiasm when the side had scored so few runs. The Club’s thanks should be extended to these players and to all the others who continued to turn out each week for the side, especially those whose enthusiasm and loyalty ranked ahead of their ability. One bright note has been the development of Paul Bradley, who by hard work has improved to become an important member of the side.

The forthcoming AGM will address the future of the Third Eleven: whether it can continue and, if so, whether this should be in the League or playing friendly matches on weeks when we can be sure of fielding a team against teams of a comparable strength. The arguments on both sides are finely balanced; but there is a positive feeling throughout the Club that a viable Third Eleven playing League cricket must remain our target. If this is to be achieved, measures will have to be put in place to ensure a successful recruiting campaign in which all members will need to play their part.

The Sunday Taverners continues to be a success story. The small squad of players achieves a remarkably high standard and always plays positive attractive cricket; I don’t think they would know how to play for a draw. The side missed Vic Govey’s presence for the first time for many years. Several players were called upon to take up the fifteen overs which Vic usually bowled in most games! Nevill Perkins was again the leading batsman, the highlight being his 103 against Eastern Wanderers which followed up his 113 the previous day against Putney in the League. Congratulations also to Graham Butcher who scored his maiden century for the Club against Estonia. Jim Butcher was the leading wicket-taker for the Taverners; but, generally, the side’s bowling fell some way short of its batting performances.

Off the field, the Club is indebted once again to a hard working Committee, in which everyone plays a part. Special thanks are due to Paul Kain, who took over as Match Secretary this year issuing the weekly team-sheets. Thanks are also due to all the ladies who kindly provided the customary excellent teas for all the home matches, especially Karen, Penny, Alison, Dolores and Vera. Finally, congratulations to Alan Landymore for preparing high quality pitches for us to play on. In spite of the very wet spring, followed by a very hot dry spell before the late summer rains returned, the pitches were usually batsmen friendly and produced plenty of runs.

Alan Baker

Post Script

It was agreed at the Annual General Meeting in September to continue to run the Third Eleven in the League and a detailed plan of action was drawn up to achieve this.

The annual awards were also presented at the AGM - to Nevill Perkins and Will Lingard (for batting); to Grant Hubbard and Brian Lester (for bowling) and to David Towse (for fielding).
The Team Captains were all re-elected for a further year.

1st XI Report

The First Eleven had a good season overall. They competed well in the First Division, on promotion, and finished in mid table in the league. The team as a whole enjoyed their cricket and all the players selected to play during the season did so with full commitment and enthusiasm.

For some reason the team found it easier to bat first and defend a total, as opposed to chasing. Nev’ Perkins (296), Jim Butcher (209), Graham Butcher (180 in 5 games), Jo Wallis (133), Dave Towse (126) and John Halsey were the main contributors with the bat. Grant Hubbard (22), Jim Butcher (20), Nev Perkins (9) and Wayne Robertson (6) took the majority of the wickets. There were useful contributions from James Butcher, Paul Kain, Cortez Griffiths, Grant Davies, Chris Turner, Will Lingard, Mick Towse, Neil Osborne and Jo Harmston.

The fielding was good with not too many catches going to ground. Dave Towse deserves special mention for his contribution in the field. He stopped a lot of runs and thoroughly deserved the club fielding award.

The encouraging thing this year is that a good number of players have now experienced playing at the higher level and will know what to expect next year. There are also some talented youngsters (e.g. Will Lingard and Gary Parsons) in the second eleven who will almost certainly become regular players in the first team in the next year or two.

I would like to pass my thanks to all the team for their efforts, with particular thanks going to his Vice Captain Nev Perkins.

Jim Butcher (Club Captain).

2nd XI Report.

After a very disappointing start to the season, having lost our first three games to some pretty mediocre sides, the 2nds finally won a league match on 23rd June. Scoring 203, skipper Mick making 49 (jug avoidance) and bowling out Deando for 134, Barry Mercer taking 6 for 29.
The following week we scored another 200 plus against Sunbury Village, James Butcher 79 and Barry Mercer 49n.o. (More jug avoidance) and bowled them out for 140. Two very comfortable wins.
The first Saturday of July was washed out and the following week we narrowly beat Commonwealth Officers. After letting them score 165for 7 we struggled to 166 with two balls left and nine wickets down, Boggy 32, Will 32, Gary 19n.o. and Brian Lester 9n.o. the main contributors. A very tense finish and thankfully on the winning side.

Similar excitement (?) of that match continued the next week against Vinyl Products, after dismissing them for 150 we eventually scored 151 for 8 with just a couple of deliveries remaining, together with a controversial run out (not out) in the final over. A fine innings of 72 by Will being the mainstay of our total.(Did you buy a jug Will?)
The last game of July was another close run thing, after dismissing Battersea for 146 we scored 147 for 8 in the penultimate over. Will scoring 64n.o. and Gary chipping in with 31.

The next match against a poor London Welsh eleven saw us lose grimly. Allowing the opposition to score 166 on a very awkward, seaming wicket. Two of our “bowlers” did not even recognize that fact! We succumbed to 88 all out.
Our final league fixture was against Raynes Park Former Pupils. After scoring a reasonable 173 we had the opposition at 20 for 3 when rain curtailed the days’ play with high expectations of another victory.

The shortage of players throughout the season did not help any of the elevens. Richard Marshall had a half decent excuse, getting married! A bit extreme to get out of a few games though! Although Richard didn’t score a fifty, did he buy a jug for his wedding?

The player who didn’t turn up at Addington still hasn’t phoned though.

A big THANKS to the third team players who turned out for the 2nds. on several occasions and always gave 100%!! I understand that players do like to play for the same side but the interests of the Club must come first. Hopefully, if some of the proposals for recruitment produce a few more players and some of the footballers that talk about
playing, actually do, then next season might be a little better for everyone!!
I hope that everyone winters well, remember that nets start in January and before you know it, the time will arrive to get your kit together for next season!

Last and by no means least, congratulations to Normy and Mrs.Normy, who are expecting their first born. Some say it’s the most constructive thing he’s done in his time at the Club.

Regards Mick.

Football Club

Years ago, we didn’t have Taffs’ in the Club, I suppose we never felt the need. Over the last few years we’ve picked up two proper ones to go with the wannabe one, who has changed from black sheep ( no shagging stereotype intended ) to indispensible Club Chairman. I look forward to the day when they conform to another national characteristic, that of singing and perhaps a rendition in the bar, of, “What a difference a Dai makes”.

In the meantime, here is the ‘Chairman’s Chat’.

Slowly but surely the new season has settled down with nucleus of players ready to turn out on a weekly basis.

The 1st XI under the joint management of Graham Dinning and Mike ( proper Taff ) Williams, show several new, young faces this season. Jeff Prevost has returned, so hopefully will Matt Morgan, together with the experience of Paul Kent, Tony Andrews and Johnny Whelan, Graham and Mike appear to be putting a reasonable squad together. Results so far have been patchy but if this current squad stay together and they seem to be enjoying themselves, lets hope a return to the top flight will not be long in coming.

This years 2nd XI is last years all conquering 4th XI. Steve Rodley, like all good managers, decided to quit while he was ahead ( although emigrating to Holland seems a little extreme. ) and handed the reins to the brothers Brewis, David and Simon and they have got off to a good start. However the consensus is that they are facing a much more competitive season.

Dave and the boys will be representing the Club at this years Old Boys League Dinner, which is to held at the Valley. They will be picking up last years trophies from my fellow strawberry blond, Alan Ball.

This years 3rd XI are under the stewardship of Ronnie Byrne and Keith Pickersgill or Mr.Nasty and Mr.Nice as Keith will have it. The team comprises a mixture of youth and experience and in the latter category, John Pearce is still scoring with a bewildering regularity. The highlight so far has been a 2-0 victory over the B B Eagles ( the former Barclays Bank ), in the AFA Cup.

Ed’s note: The 3rd team’s job is being made more difficult by the strength and depth of the 4th XI. Ronnie and Keith’s team would benefit so much, particularly the younger players, for the presence of a couple of the class players available to the 4th XI. I do understand a group of friends wanting to play together, perhaps for one last season but I would also remind you of a comment in Micky Vaughan’ cricket report, that the Club should always come first. B.B.

The 4th XI has a squad the size of which any Premiership Club would envy. I think it is fair to say that most of the squad had already played their best football long before Germany invaded Poland. ( I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that the 4ths have managed to find a couple of young runners. Just as they always have done. Ed. ) But it is good to see so many old faces returning to the Club, even though I’ve already heard enough of, ‘ I can only give myself nine and a half this week.’

With master organiser and tactician, Mick Keating having an abundance of talent at his disposal, it will be a surprise if the old trophy cabinet does not take another pounding at the end of the season.

Sean Jones and Paul Whithead continue to organise a squad of ministers, intellectuals, vagabonds and ne’redowells, otherwise known as the 5thXI. In spite of the above they have had a great start to the season

However, as I write they are in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis, any interested parties should send their CV’s together with full psychiatric reports to Dr.S.Jones, Pimlico.

The 6th XI fixtures are being shared between Paul Kane’s cricketers and ‘Big Ted’ Farrelly’s Showbiz XI, or should that be no-showbusiness XI. Unfortunately Ted’s promise of Jess Conrad and Kenny Lynch turning out have failed to materialise. But this team never have and never will be short of ‘celebrity’ status as long as Nick “Mr.Tonks” Tonks is around.

In conclusion, it’s early doors ( football speak ), season wise and my Welsh ( wannabe ) Merlin-like powers, sense success. The omens are good. Its late November and we still haven’t lost a ball. Quick, someone get Langford The smelling salts!
David ( Taff ) Evans.

Well, by now, the Taliban have beaten a fairly hasty retreat and we wait to see who will be carving Afghanistan up for the next few years.

Many of you will have read of the repressive nature of the Taliban, no education for women, a good stoning for adulterers, no music or telly, most sport had been outlawed including, I read somewhere, an old national pastime of egg bashing, apparently, not unlike our conkers. No further details were available, so its no use asking me if the eggs were boiled or baked or how would you get the piece of string through them. Any further enquiries should be addressed to :- National Egg Bashing Association of Afghanistan, Co. Rubble pile No.48, Downtown Kabul.

Talking about things I’d noticed in the papers, well it wasn’t strictly me, Joan saw it.

In the last issue, you might remember I had a tiff with the Duke of Westminster over a parking infringement. Well soon after the MM14 was published, Joan read that a woman had parked her car, legally, on a single yellow line after 6.00pm on one of the Duke’s streets. When she returned, the car was now on two yellow lines and had been given a ticket. The dastardly Duke had crept up with his pot of sunflower yellow, his lackies had lifted the woman’s car, and a second line was ‘toshed’ in. Fortunately, the courts upheld the woman’s appeal against her ticket and I trust the Duke was given a hundred lines.

I intend to report any similar incidents, demonstrating the Duke’s draconian efforts to fill his coffers. Unless, of course he decided that he would simply love to sponsor our Sports Clubs to the tune of a nice few quid. So if any of you hear of any further intrusions on the civil liberties of ordinary people by the wealthiest man in the country, please let me know.

My last ‘steal’ from the pages of the national press, came by way of a review of a biography of Robert Mitchum, one of my favourite screen actors. Many have said that it was often difficult to see that Mitchum was actually acting, so close were areas of his real life to some of the subjects of his films. See if you can guess what film the following line came from:
“ Stick with me kid and you’ll fart through silk.”
Your right, it wasn’t from a film, it was part of his marriage proposal to the woman who became his wife and who stayed with him, against all odds, until his death.


O’Level passes with flying colours.

The Ground Company held its annual quiz on Friday 23rd November and once again, the occasion was fully supported with a mixture of OTA members, family, friends and other ground users.

Alan Baker, as ever on top form, hosted the quiz and posed his selection of esoteric questions ranging from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously difficult. In the earlier rounds it looked as if the contest would be evenly fought but towards the end, the two teams contesting the lead were those bitterest of rivals, the Byrne family, Bob Smith, Chris Perrou, Kevin Moriarty and Brian O’Leary, who were challenging the Blewer family, 2 Browns and 2 Prentices ( four of whom hold more degrees than your average thermometer ).

Going into the final round, The Byrne boys held a lead of four points and the Blewer team knew their two year reign as Champions was almost over. Fighting ‘till the end, the Blewer team managed a maximum 10 points, Ronnie’s team getting eight points to complete a two point victory.

Spare a thought for Dawn and Terry Smith, who were unable to attend this year due to a family bereavement but as soon as he result was known, out came the mobile phones and I hope that Terry and Dawn got a little comfort from the news of victory.

After the prize giving , Alan thanked Vera, who when she is not keeping score with a vast array of high-tech equipment, manages to cater for almost 100 people and John Addlington, who helps Vera with the scoring and runs the bar and the clear up. Then Chairman of the Ground Company, Ron Forrest, thanked Alan for all his efforts. It looks as if the Ground Company are better off to the tune of some £500.

As I mentioned earlier, this is not strictly an OTA function but I hope I can speak for those members who support the quiz, that this annual event provides a great evening for everybody present, even the ‘Lemon-winners’, the last team, enjoy themselves.

Sour-grape : Browny, who remains as competitive as ever, was most disappointed to have surrendered the title, especially when we had answered more questions correctly but unfortunately not when they counted for the most points i.e. Joker-time. He left with nothing but the hump and when you add Millwalls defeat the following day, well, you would not have wanted to be a cat in the Brown household come Saturday evening.

Joseph ( Joe ) Laidlaw-Brown

The Association has recently heard of the death of ‘Joe’ Laidlaw-Brown. ‘Joe’ passed away on the 28th October at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, he was in his 90th year.

The funeral was held at Chichester Crematorium on 9th November. Music by Albinoni, readings from Shelley (“Ozymandias”), Words of an American Naturalist by William Beebe and Shakespeare ( Cymbaline Act IV scene II ). The Skye Boat Song was sung as was the hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth .

Individual tributes were paid.

‘Joe’ was something of an institution at Tenisons, when I was at School. He cut a distinctive figure around the place, his gown flowing behind him, like a galleon in full sail. Never having been taught by him myself, ( I wonder whether he ever knowingly taught a C former ) my personal memories are few but over the years, having talked to many Old Boys, I would suggest that ‘Joe’ enjoyed the highest respect from many of his former pupils.
Johnny Adlington has also just informed me of the death of another former member of staff, Jim Misslebrook. Jim, who was 84, came to the School in the mid-sixties and succeeded Tom Neville as head of department on Tom’s retirement.

150 Club.

On the following page you will find a complete list of winners for 2001 and I hope you were one of the lucky ones. If you weren’t, at least you can rest assured that your contribution has gone toward maintaining and hopefully improving this great Club.

During the course of the year, Micky Keating presented the Association committee with ideas for discussion on how to maximise profit for the Association. At the moment a large part of our income comes in one door only to go straight out the other in prizes. Should we reduce the prize money, should we only hold quarterly draws? After a thorough debate it was decided to leave well alone at the moment and to once again concentrate efforts on a recruitment drive. This is where you can help. Many of you are fully paid up members but we can’t afford anybody to escape our net. The fact that you take this publication suggests you still have an interest in the Club’s well being. We desperately need the money

So any of you that want membership forms should contact Mick by phone on 01376 572072 or at:-
58 Feering Hill
A Good Member.

Perhaps, with a degree of inevitability, death has, once again, appeared in the pages of this magazine. It is therefore doubly pleasing to report that Mr.&Mrs. Geoffrey Leberl will have produced a new life before the next MM is published. Many of todays active members may not know Geoff but he has done a lot of behind the scenes work for both the school and the Old Boys over the years.

I’m certain that Geoff is delighted to give up the opportunity of a ‘pipe and slippers’ middle age, in exchange for another year or so of interrupted sleep and all the noise that a baby brings. It also proves that you can’t keep a good member down.


Many of you will remember the melee that the last dance of the night caused at venues such as the Streatham Locarno, Croydon Suite, or the Lyceum at the Strand. In my day it was Englebert Humperdink who would signal the sad, mad dash to grab a partner. I’m sure many of you will have your own memories of different times and venues.

I am willing to bet though, that Chris de Burgh’s “Lady in Red”, will have had loads of you peering through the strobe lights searching for a willing accomplice. I found myself with nothing better to do one recent Saturday evening, than to watch one of those ‘100 best thingys’ programmes and there was Mr.de Burgh ( who once popped into the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, only to find that OTAFC had taken the place over and even Harry Palmer couldn’t restore order.), knocking out his dirge. Will I have been the only OT watching to see an amazing resemblance to our very own John Barnes. What do you think chaps.

School Dinners II

In this magazine’s first attempt at using photographs, I hope you will be able to recognise these snaps of last years social extravaganza.

The Class Act of ’41, appear above and the President Presents…… below.

This note is just to give you a little early warning for School Dinners II. The date will almost certainly be Friday 12th April 2002 and the venue will be the same, St.Georges Hotel, Langham Place. Eddie Boyle, who set very high standards for himself with last years outstanding success, has once again taken on the responsibility of organising things and he will be contacting former pupils in the New Year.

Plenty of promises but not one single team report from the Football Club, a far better response from the Cricket Club, including a Taverners report that got lost in cyber space.

Thanks very much to our regular contributors and to those others who have put themselves out to write. Thanks as ever to Alan Baker and Brian Lester for their efforts in distribution and printing. We are still looking for somebody to take over from both Brian and myself, so if you are in a position to help, please do so. We could do with a break.

Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bob Blewer
286 London Road

Tel.No. 0208 647 4670

Please note new e-mail address


150 Club Monthly Draw Results     2001

January  February  March  

1st £25 32 H. Thorogood 1st £25 99 J Pearce 1st £25 58 D Sadler

2nd £15 84 B E Lester 2nd £15 66 E Mercer 2nd £15 23 P Tyack

3rd £10 138 J Butcher 3rd £10 159 C Turner 3rd £10 103 K Joyner

    Special £50 71 J Adlington  

April  May   June  

1st £25 30 K Tyrell 1st £25 37 M Brown 1st £25 14 G Cain

2nd £15 118 K Joyner 2nd £15 134 R J Blewer 2nd £15 18 N Tonks

3rd £10 27 K Harris 3rd £10 174 D Evans 3rd £10 130 M Brown

    Special £50 94 M Vaughan  

July  August  September  

1st £25 91 R A Daws 1st £25 3 G B Uglow 1st £25 31 G B Uglow  

2nd £15 5 J Murdoch 2nd £15 19 D G Baker  2nd £15 74 A Baines

3rd £10 41 S Mannion 3rd £10 109 M Pittfield 3rd £10 22 A Mannion

    Special £50 67 J Smith  

October  November  December  

1st £25 95 C Bullen 1st £25 1 A Brazier 1st £25 17 J Johnes

2nd £15 9 G Kedney 2nd £15 28 A H Baker  2nd £15 46 B E Lester  

3rd £10 5 J Murdoch 3rd £10 91 R A Daws  3rd £10 28 A H Baker  

    Special £150 59 I Lines