Cup that cheers

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THE recent death of Gomersal entrepreneur Brian Moore, reported in the Spenborough Guardian, prompted reader Arthur Toulson to search out his photographic archives and find this picture of Gomersal Parish Church AFC taken in 1953.

Brian, who went on to found the award-winning Brymor Ice Cream in North Yorkshire, was captain of the team when it won the Blackburn Cup – the first team to ever win it.

“There are only 10 lads on the picture because Donald Horner had broken his glasses and had gone to have them mended so he missed the photo-call,” said Arthur.

“He used to play with his glasses on, tied with a bit of elastic to stop them falling off.

“We won the cup on a Friday night at Beck Lane, playing against Ravensthorpe Albion, and the picture was taken on the Saturday as we were playing our last league game.

“It was also our last game together. We were all 18 and we had to all go off and do our National Service.”