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Those Were The Days - Walton High basketballers ran out impressive victors

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

  • TOP DARTS . . . . chasing a hat-trick of Newsletter team darts knockout titles in 1978 were the Princess Royal C quintet of, from left, Paul James, Brian Beeching, Bill Blackburn, Bob Deavall and Jack Stokes.

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IN the Newsletter sporting headlines from 1978 a group of nine local boys from Walton High School, Stafford took the South Staffordshire basketball under-13 title.

It was at Woodhouse School, Tamworth, that Walton were unbeatable, knocking out host school Woodhouse A who had reached the finals of the West Midlands Schools tournament.

Meaford inched closer to the first division Stone and District Table Tennis League title with their 14th win of the sea- son a 7-2 victory against Corning A. With only four games to play Meaford only needed three points to clinch the championship.

Eccleshall took their first win of the season in the third division with a 9-1 win against bottom side Allleyne’s B.

Plans were launched to run a indoor sports league with two teams competing in superstar style against each other at several sports on one night. Sports offi- cials representing large works and clubs in Stafford were invited for early talks.

Walton High School were again in the news when pupil Kathryn Price won the Staffordshire Schools Badminton under-16 title despite only being 14 years of age.

Price, who was coached by her father Ken, added the crown to her under-14 singles and doubles titles won earlier.

In his first full season of sand track motorcycle racing, 26-year old Stafford sales representative Mark Lawton emerged the ACU British Champion.

He finished second in three rounds of the six round series to take him to overall victory in the 500cc class.

However he revealed he would not defend the title and would instead return to grass track racing.

Stafford 1st XV were 24-3 winners against Stourbridge after a good second 

half display with tries from Lindsay Wakelam, Mark Ashton, Keith Mottershead and Mick Green.

The wet weather caused havoc with the sporting programme as the entire fixtures of Stafford and Stone hockey clubs were postponed.

Ten matches fell victim to the weather in the Mid Staffordshire Football League. Poor weather also affected the weekly meet at the Blithfield Sailing Club with only one boat out of four finishing.

Peter Rainey retired after capsizing three times, while other boats had a broken rudder, torn sail and a broken forestay.

Stafford Rangers fought out a 1-1 draw away at second placed Boston United with a goal from new boy Terry Spinner to keep themselves high up the Northern Premier League table in seventh place.

International athlete Verona Elder, who lived at Wildwood at the time, posted a new UK indoor record time of 24.6 seconds when winning an invited 200m ladies race at RAF Cosford.

Earlier in the day she had won the 800m, leading from start to finish, in 2.84. 

THE closure of Stafford’s Lotus shoe works in the eighties left one former employee with a sporting memory.

However, ex- shoemaker Rob Dunn is now keen to identify this bowls picture he obtained.

He believes it was taken at the Lotus greens in the 1930s or 40s and among those pictured is Stafford’s All- England champion Bill Slater.

Rob would like a few more details and names and anyone who can help should call the Newsletter sports desk on 01785 270579. 

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