Every footballer’s dream to play in a cup final

St Andrew's School Schools Minor Cup winners 1958 - 59
St Andrew's School Schools Minor Cup winners 1958 - 59

It must be every young footballer’s dream to play in a cup final, tearing through the defence at Wembley and scoring the winning goal.

‘What do you want to be when you grow up’, would often be the question asked by doting grandparents.

It would of course be wishful thinking to even consider the possibility of being a professional footballer. ‘You will have to get a proper job’ the same grandparents would often reply. ‘Get yourself a trade’, a phrase many of us of a certain age will remember all too well.

Back in the 1958–59 season the finalists in the FA cup final were Nottingham Forest and Luton Town.

Within 15 minutes Forest were two goals up. Although Luton managed to pull one goal back mid way through the second half it was not enough to stop Forest winning the FA Cup for the second time. Interestingly Forest’s opening goal was scored by Roy Dwight the cousin of Elton John.

Back in Brighouse these lads were the champions of the Schools Minor Cup, St Andrew’s School v Longroyde School.

I am sure those lads who are still around will have happy memories of their 1958–59 cup final when St Andrew’s came out 2–0 victors at the Waterloo Road ground.

In this featured photograph are the members of that winning St Andrew’s team - left to right back row: Brian Pickersgill, Robert Berry, David Ellis, Harry Rose, Nigel Pickles and Peter Turner