History of a local football club
Before the Second World War the football team from the Leek Senior Council School used to play on an area known as Whites Field, which is where the Britannia head office is now situated.
Some members of the old football team sadly lost their lives during the Second World War and it was decided by their team mates, friends and families to create a memorial to their loved ones.
After several meetings at the Central Club, it was decided to approach the Britannia with a view to dedicating a plaque in their memory.
The Britannia gave their permission and a meeting was arranged with Mr Philip Davies of the Britannia and members of the old team.
It was agreed to allocate an area opposite the main entrance to the Britannia for the memorial plaque in memory of those lost.
The Leek Senior Council School football team for 1934 – 1935
Back L. to R. Harry Nichols (Headmaster), Keith Smith, Doug Caswell, Ronald Poultney, Trevor Harvey (Sportsmaster).
Middle L. to R. Stan Bentley, Ernie Webster, George Hammersly, Derek Perkin, Fred Stafford.
Front L. to R. John Hambleton, Tom Gell, Tom Healy
Keith Smith (aged 21) R.A.F. Aircrew Bomber Command lost over Stuttgart 20th December 1942
Ron Poultney (aged 21) Royal Marine Commando killed D Day beaches 6th June 1944
The memorial plaque was dedicated by the Chaplain of the Royal British Legion, (Staffordshire Branch) the Reverend Joseph Harrop.
So if you are going to the Britannia, please go to the front entrance and take a moment to look at the plaque and remember the Old boys who used to play football on the site where the Britannia is now situated and lost their lives on foreign soil fighting for their country.
The Plaque Read as follows:
BEFORE THE 1939 – 1945 WAR THIS SITE WAS USED AS A FOOTBALL GROUND BY LOCAL SCHOOLS
THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED BY THE FRIENDS AND TEAM MATES TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO PLAYED HERE AND LOST THEIR LIVES IN THAT WAR
MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
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