Growing up in Tilbury
1940's to 1970's
I attended St. Mary’s Catholic Junior School. (See photo from Elaine Templeman)
I have fond memories of this school. I can still remember most of the names of people in the photograph. I also remember Sister Margaret Mary, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Fisher. And who was the nun who threatened us with “there will be wigs on the green”?)
I remember Tony Harley, Charlie Lawrence, Chris Blythe, Mickey Spindley, and more.
I am told that I was taken by my parents, (and several thousand other people) to watch Tilbury FC play Notts Co. in the FA Cup, but I can’t claim to remember much about the trip.
I attended Aveley Tech after St. Mary’s, together with several other Tilbury people, including my brother.
Together with some friends, I used to watch Tilbury FC occasionally, and remember having some good times in the main club, and the one under the Stand. It was run by Nobby Ashdown.
I also played local football in the Thurrock Thameside Combination on Saturdays, and also for the Railway Club on Sundays. Basically I was a substitute, but, being Sunday morning football, at least one of the “stars” could not make it due to a little over-indulgence on Saturday, so I became quite a frequent player. The team was managed by Buddy Goyette. What a gentleman. Great memories. The highlight of the season was playing in the cup final against Chadwell Club in Tilbury’s ground.
This revolved around the Football Club, the Tute, and the Railway Club. Saturday and Sunday nights were usually at the Tute, where they normally had a group on. Good times. Again, I remember too many people to name here.
I left Tilbury in the 1970’s to work overseas. I still spend most of my time in South East Asia and the Middle East.I retired a few yeas age, but I am still engaged in some consultancy work.
I would be please to hear from anybody who knows me from my time in Tilbury, and who might refresh my memory with happenings and events that I may have forgotten.