Lancaster nostalgia: Shipbreakers showed their mettle on football pitch

During World War I and for several years afterwards the main source of employment in Morecambe was the shipbreakers' yard at the old harbour (Stone Jetty). 'It was owned by Wards, and their football team was one of the best in the North Lancashire & District League.  This is the team which won the Division II championship in season 1919-20 and the majority of young men in the photograph have been named with the exception of one on the back row.'From left, back row: George Bland, Tom Holding, Jim Cartmel, Tom Woodhouse, Billy Elkin, Fred Dixon, George Rowe, Tom Siddle, Casey Binns, Walter Spencer, Sammy Randles, Len Dixon, Colin Mayor'Middle row: Harry Stephenson, Dan Woodhouse, Jimmy Willacy'Front row: Tom Hayton, Jack Thornton, Fred Woodhouse, Ted Helme, Fred Fisher
During World War I and for several years afterwards the main source of employment in Morecambe was the shipbreakers' yard at the old harbour (Stone Jetty). 'It was owned by Wards, and their football team was one of the best in the North Lancashire & District League. This is the team which won the Division II championship in season 1919-20 and the majority of young men in the photograph have been named with the exception of one on the back row.'From left, back row: George Bland, Tom Holding, Jim Cartmel, Tom Woodhouse, Billy Elkin, Fred Dixon, George Rowe, Tom Siddle, Casey Binns, Walter Spencer, Sammy Randles, Len Dixon, Colin Mayor'Middle row: Harry Stephenson, Dan Woodhouse, Jimmy Willacy'Front row: Tom Hayton, Jack Thornton, Fred Woodhouse, Ted Helme, Fred Fisher

During the First World War and for several years afterwards the main source of employment in Morecambe was the shipbreakers’ yard at the old harbour (Stone Jetty).

It was owned by Wards, and their football team was one of the best in the North Lancashire & District League. This is the team which won the Division II championship in season 1919-20 and the majority of young men in the photograph have been named with the exception of one on the back row.

During World War I and for several years afterwards the main source of employment in Morecambe was the shipbreakers' yard at the old harbour (Stone Jetty).  It was owned by Wards, and their football team was one of the best in the North Lancashire & District League.  This is the team which won the Division II championship in season 1919-20 and the majority of young men in the photograph have been named with the exception of one on the back row. From left, back row: George Bland, Tom Holding, Jim Cartmel, Tom Woodhouse, Billy Elkin, Fred Dixon, George Rowe, Tom Siddle, Casey Binns, Walter Spencer, Sammy Randles, Len Dixon, Colin Mayor Middle row: Harry Stephenson, Dan Woodhouse, Jimmy Willacy Front row: Tom Hayton, Jack Thornton, Fred Woodhouse, Ted Helme, Fred Fisher

During World War I and for several years afterwards the main source of employment in Morecambe was the shipbreakers' yard at the old harbour (Stone Jetty). It was owned by Wards, and their football team was one of the best in the North Lancashire & District League. This is the team which won the Division II championship in season 1919-20 and the majority of young men in the photograph have been named with the exception of one on the back row. From left, back row: George Bland, Tom Holding, Jim Cartmel, Tom Woodhouse, Billy Elkin, Fred Dixon, George Rowe, Tom Siddle, Casey Binns, Walter Spencer, Sammy Randles, Len Dixon, Colin Mayor Middle row: Harry Stephenson, Dan Woodhouse, Jimmy Willacy Front row: Tom Hayton, Jack Thornton, Fred Woodhouse, Ted Helme, Fred Fisher

From left, back row: George Bland, Tom Holding, Jim Cartmel, Tom Woodhouse, Billy Elkin, Fred Dixon, George Rowe, Tom Siddle, Casey Binns, Walter Spencer, Sammy Randles, Len Dixon, unknown, Colin Mayor. Middle row: Harry Stephenson, Dan Woodhouse, Jimmy Willacy

Front row: Tom Hayton, Jack Thornton, Fred Woodhouse, Ted Helme, Fred Fisher

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