THIS week's delve into the sporting archives at The Bolton News has dug up this picture of two teams from Eagley Junior School and Hardy Mill CP School.

It was taken in May 1987 and shows the teams showing off their prize as the joint winners of the Turton five-a-side competition for upper juniors.

The teams were set to share the trophy for six months each.

Did you play for either side or do you recall the score from the final?

Do you recognise any of the faces in the line-ups?

Email any recollections to

THE second picture was featured in the November 22 sporting nostalgia section and is of Moss Bank FC’s under-14s from July 1989.

It brought back memories for several readers who got in touch.

Craig Harrison said: “I was part of that great junior football team who never lost or drew a game for four consecutive years while playing in the Boys' Federation.

"Most of that team started as unknown under-11s at a training session on Spa Road playing fields, taken by Peter Nightingale who was the physio at BWFC.

"We became the great Moss Bank team that would be managed by Sharples School teacher Alan Griffiths and local businessman Ian Carr.

"In a sad twist of fate we have all recently been back in touch with each other after the rock of the team recently passed away after his fight with motor neurone disease – the great local legend Rob Dobie.

"Three of the team – myself, Rob Dobie and Chris Carr – went on to join Greater Manchester Police force as officers.

"Most of the team are still local to the Sharples, Bromley Cross and Egerton areas and bump into each other talking about the old Moss Bank days over a few jars.

"Most of the pictured team signed schoolboy forms for various football clubs and some YTS forms after leaving school.

"We had a great team spirit and it was a great bunch of lads that won all that was on offer.

"Rob will be sadly missed but the sound of his tackles will never be forgotten – ouch!

"The team is, back, from left, Alan Griffiths (manager), Rob Dobie (Turton School), Christian Carr (Turton), Danny Archer (Turton), Matt Speak (Burnley), Dave Maughn (Sharples), Terry Finney (Withins); front, Phil Shone (Rivington and Blackrod), Scott Pearson (Bacup), Dean Fist (Turton), Sam Griffiths (Turton – captain and manager's son), Andy Williams (Canon Slade), Ash Irlam (Smithills) and me (Smithills).

"RIP Dobes."

Dave Price said: "Danny Archer (Turton) in that picture was goalkeeper for the BSFA U15 town team the following season and also represented the Greater Manchester Schools’ FA County U15s – the only BSFA boy that season to win County Schools’ honours."