Terry Ainsworth blows the whistle on memories which attracted a huge crowd to the Giant Axe in 1924 to see extra-time drama.
More than 2,000 toys had been presented to children under eight at the respective schools in the morning and down on the Giant Axe an enormous crowd of thousands had gathered in splendid weather to enjoy a traditional Easter Monday in 1924.
Excitement accompanied the entrance of two teams of modern gladiators, diminutive perhaps but all as “keen as mustard”.
Christ Church and Bowerham were facing each other in the final of the William Smith Festival Shield.
The teams were so well matched that when time was up neither side had scored so extra time was embarked upon, which ended when Bowerham gained a corner and won the shield to the delight of their supporters.
The progress of the teams to the final was as follows:
Dallas Road 1 St Thomas’s 0
St Joseph’s 3 St Luke’s 0
Christ Church 1 St Peter’s 0
Bowerham 0 Boys National 0
Greaves, Skerton & Scotforth - bye
St Joseph’s 1 Greaves 1
Dallas Road 1 Skerton 0
Bowerham 2 Scotforth 0
Christ Church - bye
Semi-finals: Christ Church 3 St Joseph’s 1; Bowerham 3 Dallas Road 2
Final: Bowerham 0 Christ Church 0
The festival had ended again and spectators left the scene of countless encounters through the remnants of eggshells of various hues.
They were all consumed with a strong desire that is common to all humanity and that was to get home for tea.
We are all children at heart as anyone could discover at the Lancaster Eastertide Festival.
l Terry Ainsworth’s latest book, Famous Old Clubs, is now on sale at Vincenzo’s cafe in Lancaster, priced at £15, and makes perfect reading while you peruse the menu.
See Helen or one of the staff for your copy and enjoy reading about the clubs and players who played such a pivotal role in the rich history of the North Lancashire Leagues between the years 1891 and 1970.
The book is dedicated to Jimmy Brown, an iconic figure in local football, and the foreword is written by widely respected journalist and former editor of The Visitor, Mike Whalley.