SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
My Experience with Mrs. Langcroft’s dog. C Marrow 3A
It was about two years ago when Mrs. Langcroft decided to take a holiday. She owned a large boxer that was called Alex, short for Alexandrina. As my mother was on friendly terms with Mrs. Langcroft she gave us Alex to look after.
On the night before her departure I went to ‘collect’ Alex and brought her home on a long length of chain. She came along peacefully enough and although she did give a growl or two at passing dogs I took it to mean that that was a way of showing ‘good breeding’ among dogs. That night I decided to leave her in the house rather than lock her up in the shed. She settled down very well until I went to bed. Then it started. She began to scratch at the back door. I thought of my paintwork and shouted a threat. A few moments later more scratching, more desperate than before and she lung her heavy body against the door. I went down stairs and clamed her down. I patted her, stroked her, gave her a drink and found a meat bone which she crushed in her strong jaws too easily for my liking, before swallowing it.
Having been up half the night with the ‘Brute’ as I re-named her, I slept late and mother had let her out into the garden. I was awakened by loud barks and hisses coupled with one or two enraged shouts. On looking out of the window it was plain to see what was going on. Mrs. Beadlethorpe, who lives next door was trying, by the deft use of a seeping brush, to persuade Alex to leave her cat alone. I managed to drag him away, mumbled a few apologies and beat a hasty retreat.
In the afternoon after a quiet morning pottering in the garden I decided to take her for a walk. My course was along the pleasant fertile fields lying on either side of the River Hull. Without warning Alex ran into a field of cows, scattering them in a panic. Alex did enjoy herself in spite of flying hoofs and didn’t stop until they had stampeded to the far end of the field. I thought it was time I made myself scarce but running along the bank the farmer, a spiteful old man stopped my progress. He was just about to grab my collar when Alex intervened. Her low pitched determined growl, matched by her powerful body and jaws made the farmer think twice. From then on I had her loyalty and that was something.
Only minor examples of mis-conduct took place during the rest of the week. Mrs. Green had her milk bottles broken and the coalman suffered a nasty rip in his jacket for I believe Alex believed him to have been in league with everything bad.
Indeed, I had quite a thrill when a doddery old man informed me she was friendly and likeable. She had carried a few groceries home for him in a small basket. Nevertheless when Mrs. Langroft returned at 7-30 p.m. one evening Alex joined her at 7-45 p.m. It would have been difficult to say who was more pleased to see her back, Alex or me.
A Report on the Activities of the H.S.B.’s First Intermediate Soccer Team
By D. Earl 1A
All things considered H.S.B.’s first ‘B’ team had a rather good, if not somewhat disappointing, season. Out of 10 league games played 6 were won and 4 lost. One of the best games played through the season was the return game of Ainthorpe which we narrowly lost 5-4, Magson playing a storming game at inside left. Another game which we lost, by 2-1, was the semi final of the Ferens Cup, which was played on Metal Box Ground, against Francis Askew. After H.S.B. had scored first, through Ward, nothing went right for the team, and even the five supporters who turned up, to watch the School, had to admit that Askew were the better team.
The team did have its successes and one of its greatest was the defeat of Hessle by 3 goals to 2 although it was touch and go as to whether the team would be able to hold on to its narrow lead in the closing stages. Even though the whole team played as a team, and not individually, this game belonged to Bartram and Appleton both of whom defended magnificently.
At the end of the season the team finished 2nd to Ainthorpe in the league and reached the semi final of the cup.
House Four’s Cup Win
House Four became the first winners of the House Championship Cup. They were beaten in only one league match, that was versus house 3, but in the return match, House Four won so that evened matters. House Four and Three had only one defeat each so tied at the top of the table, a play off was necessary. The Final was played on a hot afternoon before the school. David Henderson was the referee.
House four’s team was:-
Dimmack Ward D. Ward T.
Jackson Naylor Steele Magson Wilkinson
The game was closer than the score suggested, 4-0 to House 4, but seeing how as everyone didn’t really give House 4 a great chance, it was a well deserved win. Inside left Magson and outside left Wilkinson scored two each. The defence stood firm with centre half David Ward an outstanding figure, along with goalie Parker. All the forwards played well, the line being well led by centre forward John Steele, who even though he missed a good chance made up for it with some grand passing and shooting. Inside left Magson played a great game and took advantage of two good passes to turn them into goals.
Players who represented the House were:-
E. Parker, D. Burton, J. Mooney, G. Dimmack, D. Ward, T. Ward, A. Jackson, P. Naylor, J. Steele, Magson, J. Wilkinson, M. Beeks, P. Found
P10 W9 L1 D0 for 66 against 13 points 18