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Hesketh Bank AFC
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The Fermor Hesketh Challenge Cup - The Medals

The village of Hesketh Bank has a long tradition of football going back as far as the late 19th century. The present club was formed in 1922. Until the 1987/88 season when joining the West Lancashire League, the club played mainly in the local Southport & District League. In common with most village sides, the club was kept alive by the efforts of a small number of individuals who worked hard to provide football for the community.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's there was a complete re-organisation of the club which saw a planned programme of improvements, including the re-drainage of the pitch, building of changing rooms in conjunction with the Cricket Club, pitch side fencing, the stand and refreshment facilities.

In 1995 a new unified club was born out of an amalgamation of the senior club and the Hesketh Bank Boys club who had been formed in 1972. The club now currently operates teams from under 8's through to Veterans. All the teams are sponsored which enables them to turn out in the traditional black and amber quartered kits. The amalgamation of the two clubs helps maintain the continuity of youngsters being able to move up through the youth teams and into the senior squads.

This photo appeared in the Southport Visitor and was taken at the rear of Southport F.C. The 1922 team was....

Top row :- A. Hull, Tom Miller, Bobby Cookson, Hugh Taylor, Nick Whiteside, Robert Cookson, ? Scambler
Front Row:- William Cookson, George Wignall, George Harrison, Ted Hornby, R. Iddon

Hesketh Bank AFC 1922

These two photos are likely to be circa 1950's and look like a before and after. The 'before' photo is definitely at Station Road so maybe it was a medals final - because the 'after' photo looks like the actual Medals trophy is being held. Hesketh Bank won the trophy in 1953, 57, 58 & 1960 and they could have won in 54,55,& 56 because we don't know the winners from those years.

Top Photo Back Row (L-R): Ted Brammel, Bill Coulton, ALan Jones, Jack Johnson, Gill Rimmer, Tom Alty, Frank Stringfellow, Bob Checkley, Joe Taylor
Fornt Row:
Tommy Wright, Geoff Guy, Dennis Stringfellow, John Mee, Frank Baxter, Ben Ball

HBAFC in the 50's

1950s Medals Winners

This photo is possibly a presentation evening again circa 1950's. Bill Coulton who for many, many years was on the committee appears in all three '1950s'
photo's - he's second left front row on this photo.
Presentation Evening

Almost certainly the 1971 Reserve cup competition and I think the final was played at Southport Trinity where Hesketh Bank were victorious (but we have no suggestions on the opponents, some of whom are pictured).

The Hesketh Bank players recognised include Geoff Iddon, Martin Neary, Harry Buck, David Cookson, Ken Taylor, Alan Wright, Dick Quinlan, ? Rimmer, ? Edmondson, ? Mee, ? Rae,

1971 Reserve Cup Winners

1987 - the picture was taken in front of the pond on the cricket pitch before our first ever match in the West Lancashire League which we joined when leaving the Southport & District. We lost 3-1 at home to Vernon Carus of Penwortham - Aidy Hall scoring our only goal. The team was....

Top row:- Geoff Iddon (see 1971 team), Mark Elliott, Tony Rothwell, Steve Johnson, Martin Worden, John Elliott.
Front Row:- Phil Miller, Paul Dawson, Paul Sergeant, Dave Culshaw, Chris Nolan, Aidy Hall.

!st Match in West Lancs League

 

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