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This match betweenen two lowly placed teams surprised everyone by the high standard of soccer played. There were many really fine individual performances.

The highlight of the game was a penalty taken by Thistledowns Price, a really hard low shot, that goalkeeper Derek Wragg made a bailout save to push the ball away..

Robert Daft showed some real class and polish and Trevor Torville showed up well and almost scored in the final minutes., S Ward and T Radford played a grand defensive game , whilest Blake, Barratt, Dennis, Perkins, Terry and Dexter all showed up well. Dickens was a hard worker.

Outstanding for Thistledown were Cuthbert, Price, Lambert and Norwell. A really grand finish to the season.

Other end of season results

Intermediate League (Under 14s)

Parliament St Meths 1 Clifton All Whites 7
Silverdale Tigers 1 Clifton All Whites 2
Parliament St Meths 1 Phoenix Athletic 8

Junior League (Under 12s)

Readford Sports 16 Beechdale Rovers 0
Clifton All Whites 9 New Clifton 0
Beechdale Rovers 0 Phoenix Athletic 3
New Clifton 1 Bulwell Hall Colts 3

The Young Elizabethan Junior League Play Off Game

Because goal difference did not count there was a play off game to decide which team would be Champions of the League

25th April 1965

Clifton Athletic 1 Clifton All Whites 1

This Young Elizabethan League play off game was watched by around 200 people, who saw boys football at its best, and it was hard to realise that these boys were all Under 12s. Both teams turnout was immaculate and a credit to the league.

Although the championship was at stake in this local derby, it was played hard and keen, with the sportsmanship 100% on both sides.

As for the match itself, it was really brilliant with one side attacking , then the other, and although Athletic had more scoring chances, they were guilty of missing more efforts at the goal.

Individually it would be hard to pick out any one player as being outstanding, going through the teams they all deserve credit. For Athletic Chawner had an unusually busy morning, but really acquitted himself well, with Hopkins and Brooks both efficient and effective.

Ronnie Hobbs playing a real captains game, was nothing short of brilliant, and R Limb was easily the strongest defender on view and the mainstay in defence.
Watts was always working well while Blatherwick never knew when he was beaten. Stevie Camm with being prominent was always up with play.

M Davey was thrusting all the time and was on the spot to score Athletics goal, with Bradshaw playing his best game ever.

For All Whites Dilnot time and again saved the day with brilliant saves. Whitehead and Brown had a busy day but coped very well. Cotterill had a great game both in defence and attack.

Huggett came out evens with his duel with Davey and Holland was quietly effective. Moseley and Marshall formed a great right wing partnership with Marshall netting All Whites equaliser.

Robert Ekrem had a great game at centre forward and against any other defender than Limb would have had a field day.

Robertson linked up well with Gualini, a big strong boy who laid on the pass for Marshalls goal. Truly a magnificent game enjoyed by players and onlookers and well refereed by Mr Waldron.

Clifton All Whites: Dilnot, Whitehead, Brown, Cotterill, Huggett, Holland, Moseley, Marshall, Ekrem, Robertson, Gualini :Reserve Haywood

Clifton Athletic: Chawner, Hopkins, Brooks, Hobbs, Limb, Watts, Blatherwick, Camm, Davey, Bradshaw, Tansley : Reserve Perkins

Because the score was a draw both teams shared the Championship

This has been a great season for Clifton All Whites. Their Under 14s have won the Young Elizabethan Championship and the Bower Shield Knock Out Cup at Harvey Hadden Stadium. The Under 12s are equal points champions with Clifton Athletic in their league. They are also the Tommy Lawton Cup winners at Meadow Lane. The Under 13s are Nottingham Church League Champions and Woodward Knock Out Cup Winners.

Credit must be given to the Clifton Officials and helpers. Mr Bill Norwell (Treasurer) of 84 Conifer Crescent: Mr I Ekrem of 36 Breckswood: Mr Flynn: Mr A Moseley; Mr Cousins; and President of the Club Mr Albert Fletcher.
Secretary is Mr D Lambert of 47 Thistledown Road

All other leagues from the 1960s can be found in the Information section at the top of the homepage