Brunts Grammar School Sports Teams

Teams trained by Games Master Islwyn Thomas

By Ian Thomas

My father, Islwyn Thomas, was a P.E., Games and Maths master at Brunts in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The photographs are of the various teams he was involved with at that time.  He was also a very good soccer player himself and would have had the chance to play professionally for one of the Welsh clubs had it not been for WWII and subsequent injury.  He was able to play for Brunts Old Boys in the Midland Amateur Alliance and was captain of the M.A.A. in several matches.

In the late 50s and early 60s he was the trainer/coach for Mansfield Boys and they were very successful under his guidance

He was also a very keen cricketer and again played for the Old Boys for many years.

Photo:My father, Islwyn (Taff) Thomas is on the right.  He still has some hair, so this could be late 1940s - I have no way of knowing the dates of these photographs except where a football has the season written on it!

My father, Islwyn (Taff) Thomas is on the right. He still has some hair, so this could be late 1940s - I have no way of knowing the dates of these photographs except where a football has the season written on it!

Photo:This I assume to be the Staff hockey team. Mr Sanders is on the far left - he was a co-writer of the School Song.  His co-writer could be two places right from him, but I forget his name.  Dad with a lot more hair is next to him so this could be 1947/48.  The debonair looking chap in the white shirt (2nd from right) could be a Mr. Bradbury

This I assume to be the Staff hockey team. Mr Sanders is on the far left - he was a co-writer of the School Song. His co-writer could be two places right from him, but I forget his name. Dad with a lot more hair is next to him so this could be 1947/48. The debonair looking chap in the white shirt (2nd from right) could be a Mr. Bradbury

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Brunts Grammar School Sports Teams' page
Photo:Dad is in the middle at the back with the hat on.

Dad is in the middle at the back with the hat on.

Photo:Obviously 1950.  The guy kneeling (front left) is "Osh" Smith.  He was my Maths master at QEGS when I was in Shell L (1st year) 1958/59.

Obviously 1950. The guy kneeling (front left) is "Osh" Smith. He was my Maths master at QEGS when I was in Shell L (1st year) 1958/59.

Photo:On the far left is Mr. Fox, the groundsman.   He was always known as just "Fox", he didn't want any title for some reason even when he came for tea at home.  He made wonderful honey and lived out Ravenshead way not far from the Hutt Hotel.

On the far left is Mr. Fox, the groundsman. He was always known as just "Fox", he didn't want any title for some reason even when he came for tea at home. He made wonderful honey and lived out Ravenshead way not far from the Hutt Hotel.

Photo:1950 again.  As the headmaster is there in the centre, perhaps this is the 1st XI.  Someone might know.

1950 again. As the headmaster is there in the centre, perhaps this is the 1st XI. Someone might know.

Photo:"Fox" back left.  Don't know who the other teacher might be.

"Fox" back left. Don't know who the other teacher might be.

Photo:As would be expected, some of the boys in the football teams are also in the cricket teams.

As would be expected, some of the boys in the football teams are also in the cricket teams.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Brunts Grammar School Sports Teams' page
Photo:The Staff cricket team 1948(ish)!  Dad has hair!

The Staff cricket team 1948(ish)! Dad has hair!

This page was added on 04/01/2016.
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These photographs take me back many many years. Although the names of most escape me, I recognize the faces of those I played with or against during my school days at High Oakham. It was 1946/7 when I played in the Mansfield Boys Team.  I believe the lad third from the right seated and wearing glasses in photograph, I remember very well. I used to play alongside him in the Mansfield Boys Team, and if my memory serves me right, in the Bradder street team also. He used to wear those glasses when playing. The name Smith comes to mind..

By alan curtis
On 06/01/2016

Photo 7, Lad in suit is Arthur Spencer later Reverend, Methodist Church he will be 81 and still about at the Trinity Methodist Church in Mansfield Woodhouse.  Ian! I attended Chesterfield Rd Technical College night class for keep fit etc run by your Dad.in the mid 50s. He was a super chap, strong as an ox and well liked by everyone.

By Tom Shead
On 08/01/2016

Photo 6, front row 3rd from right, Brian Smith.

By Tom Shead
On 08/01/2016

 

Second photo down, the man in the hooped shirt at far right looks like Joe Stocks. And yes, the tall man in the white shirt looks very much like Mr Bradbury.

In the bottom photo, of the cricket team, top left hand corner is Mr Bradbury; immediately in front of him is Mr Gibbs; and in front of Mr Gibbs on the end of the row is Mr Sanders. Also, fourth from the left on the back row, with half his face obscured, looks like Mr Stocks.

I know Mr Stocks and Mr Sanders were both good cricketers.  Mr Sanders died whilst I was at Brunts (1953-58) and Mr Stocks died in the early sixties. Mr Gibbs was deputy headmaster when I was there. He was a good teacher. We liked Mr Stocks and Mr Sanders; but Mr Bradbury was a tartar!

By David Brelsford (Not yet approved)

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By David Brelsford
On 14/01/2016

Photo 5 Osh[Brian]Smith kneeling, he lived near me in Woodhouse as did Arthur Spencer.

By To Sheadm
On 14/01/2016

In the second photo down, the man in the white shirt, second from left in the back row, looks like Mr Gibbs. The debonair man is Mr Bradbury. The co-writer of the school song was (I believe) a Mr Rosen, but I think he died before I started in 1953 so I don't know if that's him in the photo.

Also, in the bottom photo, second from the left on the back row looks like Mr Mobbs. He was a popular maths teacher and also a good singer. He was a big man (to put it kindly) and his car reg no. had the initials GBM, which we used to joke stood for Great Big Mobbs.

By David Brelsford
On 17/01/2016

On the football photo obviously 1950 but below 1958/1959 I recognise an old friend, front row second right name Brian Smith. I believe he went to a college in Buxton as headmaster and lost his young son in a tragic accident. Does anyone know if he is still with us ? 

By Derrick foster
On 14/02/2016

In the 1948-9 football team I am seated behind our captain, Geoff Aktins. I also remember Ball (goal) Tony Croft (r.winger) and Powell. Staff cricket team:Bradbury,Mobbs, Bishop,?, Gates (Back row) Gibbs, Hawley,?, Fox (middle row),Sanders, Palfreman, Thomas (front row)

By Alan Brailsford
On 30/05/2017

In the Hockey team photo the person in business suit is Fred Oakley, Senior Master. Harold Rosen, Headmaster and lyricist for the School Song, is top right on the photo of the (standing)1948-9 football team (Mr Fox is top left). Powell is to Atkins right, Lewin to his left, and Duckworth behind Lewin's left,

By Alan Brailsford
On 01/06/2017

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