The first derby between Rovers and All Whites saw the All Whites come out the better. Schoolmates in the playgrounds but prestige on the football pitch, mates playing against mates
Sep 28th 1963
Clifton All Whites 6 Thistledown Rovers 2
The Rovers paid the penalty in the second half by not playing to the whistle and allowing E Lambley to score a hat trick. The team were told as an incentive that the first player to score a hat trick would get his name in the paper and this was probably their first match report in the Clifton Standard and West Bridgford Advertiser.
In the Senior League Clifton Athletic, last seasons Champions, carried on with their great start to the season by beating Victoria Park by 5 goals to 1, prolific goalscorer Keith Rose bagging all 5
The month of October 1963 saw the Clifton YMCA on Green Lane officially opened by the Earl of Romney. Table Tennis was in full swing and the music of the day on the brand new Dansette Conquest Record Player complete with a ec182 Valve amplifier was blasting out. Capable of stacking up to 6 records for Continuous playback. “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes was the flavour of the day. The start of the great days of Soul music, sounds still played today.
Norman Archer had the vision to see an opportunity and arranged for the lads to have YMCA membership. This gave them a chance to get together during cold winter nights and use the indoor gymnasium for football and if the weather was good the outside floodlit court. Some of them became useful Basketball players. Fanta, a mixture of Orange and Lemonade was the ‘In’ drink.
To top the night off a good old bag of ‘Fish bits and chips’ wrapped up in last weeks Evening Post from the Chip Van parked round the corner on the waste ground. Was it the print running off the newspaper and mixing with the fat that gave them the unforgettable taste.
5 Oct 1963 Phoenix Athletic 3 Clifton All Whites 3
One week later All Whites were pitted up against the mighty Phoenix Athletic from Carlton. Quite a large crowd enjoyed a thriller in which Phoenix Athletic played some intelligent football and led three times only for the persistent All Whites to equalise three times.
The game finished a 3-3 draw with David Marshall scoring a late equaliser to give the All Whites a well earned point. Outstanding for All Whites was R.Smith. This was well earned against a team that were bigger and stronger.
New Clifton 1 Park United 1
New Clifton drew their second game with a goal a piece against Park United. 2 points from 4 was a steady start for the club.
As the season went on its was obvious that Phoenix Athletic were too big and too strong for the other teams in the league and it did not take too long for 2 of the 6 teams to be disbanded. Sherwood and Park United finished leaving just 4 teams in the Junior League. With only 4 teams it was decided to play each other four times making it a 12 game league.
12 Oct 63 Phoenix Athletic 10 New Clifton 0
Although New Clifton were plucky they could not hold the might of Phoenix Athletic with Eley scoring 4, Buchanan, Young and Stones 2 apiece.
Down at St Francis church the 28th Boys Brigade Company, playing in the Boys Brigade league were on an unbeaten run beating the 37th Company by 11 goals to 1. A certain John Taylor (now President of Clifton All Whites) opened the scoring and went on to score 4 more. Scorers J Taylor (5), C Abrey (2), T Bugg (2), C Lightfoot, R Parrington
Team: S Handley, C Abrey, I Penny, G Holland, D Parrington, D Paramore, R Parrington, Spyby, J Taylor, T Bugg, C Lightfoot
19 Oct 63
Phoenix Athletic 5 New Clifton 2
26 Oct 63
Phoenix Athletic 0 Thistledown Rovers 0
Clifton All Whites 6 New Clifton 3
Clifton All Whites set the pace in the Young Elizabethan League (Under 12s) game with two quick goals by centre forward E Lambley and inside right R Walker which came from openings by tricky winger R Ekrem.
The exchanges settled down with both teams playing good football and further goals by R Ekrem (2) and Lambley who got his hat trick. New Clifton netted three times late in the game in reply.
One week later they were to play the might of Phoenix Athletic who were running away with the league. All Whites had all on as some of the players were 2 years younger than their opposition. 9 year old up against 11 year old. The Sunday morning training sessions of younger players competing against older ones held them in great esteem and learnt them to have a never say attitude.
2 Nov 63
Phoenix Athletic 3 Clifton All Whites 0
As the teams lined up the opposition seemed to be a completely different side than the one where they earned a draw. Some of these players definitely seemed to be overage and suspicion arose. It looked a bit suspicious when a couple of the players were in the first stages of growing sideburns!
All Whites: Strickland, Macleese, R Smith, Harrod, Marshall, D Smith, Ekrem, Gamble, Lambley, Robertson, Jukes
The All Whites met with their first defeat in the league at the hands of Phoenix Athletic who proved to be too strong in defence for the visitors attack which failed to score for the first time this season.
The game proved to be a one sided affair with Phoenix attacking continuously on the All Whites goal which had some narrow escapes. Praise must be given to the brilliant goalkeeping of Strickland of All Whites whose quick thinking and bravery at rushing out at the on coming forwards made it a game worth watching.
Also credit must be given to centre half Marshall who was always a rock in defence. Athletics goals came from Stone (2) and Healy.
Eddie Lambley had brought in two of his school mates in Steve Holder and Kevin Flynn to sign for All Whites. To his dismay they were drafted into the Thistledown Rovers side instead to strengthen them. Thistledown Rovers also beat New Clifton 4-1
Coming up next week Rovers gain revenge and hammer All Whites
Was you a player from the era who has stories to add, please get in touch. This is part 5 of the Clifton All Whites - The Players Story - and will be added to the Information section at the top of the homepage every Monday
Updated 08:57 - 16 Jul 2018 by Ray Smithson