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Friday, 31 October 2014

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And the cat was Tibby

WE can now add names to the picture of Barrow AFC players (November 16) on their way to an FA Cup match against Runcorn in 1947.

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ALL SET: Barrow AFC players and officials on their way to an FA Cup match against Runcorn in 1947

Brian Edge, a Barrovian who now lives near Crewe, said: “I travelled on the team bus a few times with my father when there were spare seats and I knew most of the players.

“Those in picture (from left) are Wilf Livingstone, a Vickers electrician and pioneer of Holker Central Old Boys and right winger and secretary of Barrow AFC.

“Next is Bill Phillipson, another Holker old Boy, goalkeeper and pole vaulter.

“He played in a flat cap, black gloves and the traditional green jersey.

“Irish lad Jimmy Mullen, lived on Walney I think, wore number 10 (inside left for those who can remember what an inside left was).

“He was strong, explosive, and would stand no nonsense from anyone.

“He scored two goals with his right foot direct from corners taken from the steelworks end in a cup match in front of a very large crowd against Carlisle United.

“The United supporters were completely stunned.

“Then there is fast running forward Crasher Kendal, a signing from Gateshead.

“Next is fullback Alec McIntosh. Alf Burnett, the centre forward, was in the RAF at Walney airfield before playing for Barrow. Next on the back row is George Forbes, a stallwart centre half who became a licensee in a pub in Dalton’s Tudor Square.

“Next to George is Lance Hall, full back, then there is left half George Summerbee (father of Mike of Manchester City fame) and Bill Lee the right half who is on the extreme right.

The halfback line-up of Lee, Forbes and Summerbee were one of the best I ever saw.

“The man sitting is the trainer Jimmy Kelly. The cat’s name was Tibby.”

The only one Mr Edge could not be certain of was the man in the centre in the white macintosh – it could be Bill Rogers but does anyone known for sure?

Contact Bill Myers on bill.myers@nwemail.co.uk

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