Tuesday, 5 January 2016



We continue the Flashback series with this regenerated soccer photo. The following comments are from June Turner:

"The picture was taken outside the changing rooms in Coronation Gardens. It shows Rhyl Social Centre football team. My husband Roy started the Social Centre in 1948. It was for 18 to 25 year olds. Dr. Hadyn Williams the county council's Director of Education, gave Roy permission to use Ysgol Emmanuel for the Social Centre's meetings and dances.

“In the photo on far left is Bill Hughes the trainer. (He was sometimes known as 'Bill Sticks' aka Bill the Barber whose shop was in Vale Road, Rhyl – Ed.)

“Players standing in back row (left to right): Don’t know, Brian Fossick, Desmond Edie, Bill Jones the goalkeeper in dark sweater, and then Norman Jones who was the son of Councillor Norman Jones, Vale Road, and married Dorothy Pepperday. At the end is Clive Williams who worked for Roy in his flooring business.

“Of the players sitting in front row, 2nd from the right is Vernon (Curley) Williams who was Clive's brother.

“The Social Centre team played in the Dyserth League against such teams as Mostyn YMCA and Rhyl Labour Club. Roy played at half-back position but was unavailable on the day the photo was taken.”

My thanks to June and Roy Turner for all that information!

WED 4th JAN 2017 UPDATE: Mike Jones, a Rhyl lad currently in Maes y Gog remembers the Turners as friends of his parents. Mike has sent in the following photo taken probably in 1951 or ’52 of a festive gathering of Rhyl Social Club football team:
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Mike Jones says, "Back row, the tall man second from left is my mum's brother, Noel Pepperday.
"Down a row and to the left, the man whose head seems to be below a lighting cable is, I think, Roy Turner. Far right by the window, holding the walking sticks is Bill (Sticks) Hughes.
"Sitting in front row, first five from left are: Tony & Doreen Jones, Clive Williams, and my parents Norman & Dorothy Jones (neé Pepperday)."

Mike Jones adds this snap taken in 1954 on the prom opposite West Parade. Mike says, “Shown left to right are my paternal grandfather T.N. (Norman) Jones who had been a Labour councillor and Chairman, and my mother Dorothy. That’s little me in the middle flanked by cousins Jane on your left and Adrienne on right, and then my Nain Charlotte (T.N.'s wife) and my dad Norman.”

Thanks, Mike!