BACK in 1978 there was a regional cross country title for 12-year old Penkridge schoolgirl Tina Ingram, writes Ben Goddard She claimed the Under 13 title at the West Midland Young Athletic League Championships after placing well over the six event championship.
Meaford Table Tennis Club were crowned first division champions of the Stone and District League after dominating proceedings. It was the 18th time in 19 years the club had claimed the title and the team that year, of Brian Lockett, Steve Willis and Emlyn Williams, were virtually unbeatable.
In athletics, Brenda Cook brought the National Veterans over 40 cross country title to the town at a snow covered Sheffield. Cook was a comparative newcomer to the Stafford Athletic Club.
Husband Brian helped the club finish third in the men’s team event.
A new indoor Sports League looked certain to get the go ahead after a large amount of interest from large works and clubs in the local community. The superstar style competition aimed to pit two teams against each other on one night over various disciplines.
Stafford Rangers slid further down the Northern Premier League after suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of Matlock Town 2-1. Rangers manager Roy Chapman was again ruing the missed chances after his team only scored one of the eight good chances they created.
Barry Lowe grabbed a late goal for Rangers with two minutes to go but it was too little too late for the away side.
Staffordshire Schools Under 14s narrowly defeated local rivals Shropshire in a cliff hanger badminton match. All four of the girls won their singles matches including Stafford duo Deborah Jones and Kathryn Price.
Unfortunately the boys were all defeated including Stafford’s John Waines which evened up the tie. Staffordshire won both mixed doubles to clinch the encounter which made it three wins out of eight going into the last round of games.
Stone Hockey Club firsts were in action for the first time in five weeks after a blast of winter weather. With their league encounter against Finchfield off due to the weather a friendly was arranged against fellow Courage division two side North Staffordshire. The ice-bound conditions did not help the game which ended in a goalless draw.
In orienteering, family duo Wendy Lightfoot and her brother Nick of Walton Chasers took junior honours in the Delamere Trophy at Formby, Lancashire.
Other Walton Chasers in action included Juliet Morgan who gained a creditable 13th.