Football on the square

Here is a later snapshot of football at Linton.

Whenever there was a break in the daily routine of Linton life you could always find a game of football, to join in with, on the square. This was usually organized by the older, Dorm 1, lads. Younger boys had to hold there own against them and often did. If not they had a kick around on the grass. Goals were made up of the basketball posts and either tires or a pile of coats. In off’s from the walls & steps were allowed but there were few other rules. Those using the swings & the climbing frame, at the time, did so at their own risk. This panorama of 3 photographs is from the early 1970’s & names that come to mind are Alan Charnock, Fred Clay, Paul Ratnick & George Hackney. Linton could hold there own against any of the other schools we played in the Leeds & Bradford Special Schools League. Michael Hawkins, well known fell runner, encouraged our links with Grassington Football Club and we had friendly fixtures with them & against Netherside Hall School in Threshfield.


Ben McKenzie