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Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School 1st X1 Football Team 1964

A book has recently been published about Welsh Football ‘s Forgotten Heroes of 1976 called ‘Trailing Clouds of Glory’ by author Nick Burnell. The Manager of the team was Mike Smith who previously had been Head Sports Master whilst I was at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School from 1961 to 1968. In Nick’s book is a photo of Mike Smith with what we believe was the school 1st X1 football team in 1964. However, we are struggling to identify all those in the photo.

Can you help

So far the following have been identified:

Back row (left to right) Barney Jones, Paul Gregory?, ? , Mike McClaren?, Karl Newell, Ray Smith, Mike Smith (Manager).
Front row (left to right) Ray Sinclair, Bobby Norfolk?, ? , ? , ? ,
So can anyone fill in names of the rest of the team and/or confirm those with a ? mark against their name?

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  • Since posting this photo it has been identified that the team is actually Sussex Schools XI not just players from Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar school. Only 4 are from the school and are identified above: Barney Jones, Karl Newell, Ray Smith and Ray Sinclair so the remaining names mentioned can be ignored .

    By Nick Lade (17/12/2019)
  • Both of the players to the right of the front row were at Hove Grammar. They are Peter Allen [extreme right who later played for Spurs then captained Leyton Orient]; and Dennis Goldsmith [second from right].

    By Dudley Whittaker (18/12/2019)
  • Thanks Dudley for confirming Peter and Dennis. I have received confirmation that the names written on the back of the original photo are:-
    Back (L – R)
    Jones(Brighton Grammar), Willett(Varndean Grammar), Pope(Rye Grammar), Keates(Chichester High) Newell and Smith(Brighton Grammar).
    Front (L-R)
    Sinclair (Brighton Grammar), Protas(Varndean Grammar), Morgan(Hastings Grammar), Goldsmith and Allen(Hove County Grammar).

    The match was against a Loughborough College XI and Ray Smith was captain of the Sussex team.

    By Nick Lade (15/01/2020)

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