Back row: Jim Dewsnip, Jan Benyon (centre half),
Ron Morley (left back), Stewart Mackintosh
(goalkeeper), Dave Constantine (inside right),
Bruce McDougall (right back), John Meehan
(outside right) Bill Gornall. Front row: Derek
Coslett (inside left), Robbie McDougall (older
brother of Bruce, centre forward), Alan Vaughan
(captain - right half), John Goddard (left half),
Geoff Nulty (outside left ).
The photo was shot towards the site
of the Headmaster's House (who remembers that?)
which, I think, had been demolished shortly
before this. As you can see (stating the obvious
again) it's a colour shot. We are in this kit,
which Jim Dewsnip had borrowed from
St Helens Town for whom he was playing at the
time, because we played (and beat by 5-2)
Collegiate in the Shield Final. Collegiate,
another school that's disappeared, played in the
same kit as PGS, blue shirts and black shorts, so
we changed our strip for the game which was
played at Penny Lane.
This was the first year that Jim Dewsnip got
involved with the First Eleven. From mid-season,
when he took over training, he turned us from an
ordinary team to Shield Winners. The training he
introduced was like nothing we'd gone through
before i.e. initially excruciating. But boy did
he get us fit (oh for some of that fitness now)
and with players like Geoff Nulty we were able to
use that fitness to great effect.
A further article from the Prescot
and Huyton Reporter on the 1stXI of 1967 can be
seen by clicking HERE.
I caught the story about the "Bus Trip to Penny Lane" for the 1967
Shield Final, in which 5 or 6 of this team were
involved. I don't know if any one has any funny
stories about this final because I think a lot if
not all the school were taken to watch it. I even
think that one of the staff took a cine film of
some of the game, this being in pre-historic
times before the age of the video camera!
I'd be interested to find out what my teammates
are doing these days. Anyone know where any of
this team are now?