St Augustine's Grammar School
Old Boys Visitors Book 2000

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My dear visitor, thank you for visiting, the virtual home of the Old Boys of their alma mata, St Augustine's Grammar School.
All friends of this great school are cordially invited to mark the occasion of their visit by appending their signature and comments to this esteemed visitors' book.
However, be assured that in the event of inappropriate entries, particularly from those who have no regard for this school, these will not be tolerated and the usual and full measures will be implemented including suspension.

Carl's older brother. He told me about it. Would be a good idea to expand this.
Barry Brennan <>
Congleton, cheshire UK - Monday, January 24, 2000 at 16:46:42 (GMT)

Well. Tripping over this site has certainly invoked some old memories. If anyone remembers me - get in touch
Denis Murphy <>
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire UK - Wednesday, February 02, 2000 at 19:54:29 (GMT)

Good to be reminded of one's roots.
Thank you (Masters) for a sound education.

Patrick Keetley <>
London, UK - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 18:34:07 (GMT)

What a super site. What a strange place we went to. Definitely unique. I will try to dig out some material to add. Nostalgia definitely aint what it used to be!
Steve Leahy <>
UK - Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 11:39:44 (GMT)

Congratulations and thanks to those who have put the effort in to setting up this site. It brings back many powerful memories!
Anthony Flannery <>
Auckland, New Zealand - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 10:11:49 (GMT)

Guestbook back in action
Thanks to Orknet

Peter Fay <>
KIRKWALL, Orkney UK - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 19:03:21 (BST)

This is a really professional website ! but where is the "readers wives section"?. I'll be at the next reunion.
joe Domican <>
UK - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 09:52:36 (BST)

Super site that brings back fond memories of our Uncle Frank
Clare Cameron <>
Monmouth, Monmouthshire UK - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 21:20:06 (BST)

Thanks for doing this...
Anthony Wood <>
Ealing, London UK - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 09:48:47 (BST)

Barry the Kid Brennan told me about this an I am really impressed. I still see a few old boy including a few old teachers. ie Mike Brennan (Geography). Let's hope it gets bigger! Cheers Jim Toft
Jim Toft <>
Manchester, Cheshire UK - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 21:04:46 (BST)

Jim Toft pointed me in the direction of the "Old Boys" and it has brought many memories flooding back, not least of which were my numerous appointments with various teachers at the dreaded 'Green Room'. Great site. I'm sure I have some memomentos lurking in the loft somewhere. WATCH THIS SPACE.
Tom Carville <>
Stockport, Cheshire UK - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 14:06:35 (BST)

At Augustine's '68 -'75. It's great to see all the old names again. Please contact.
Mike O'Brien <>
Sale, Cheshire UK - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 18:21:31 (BST)

Suffering here with Martin "the Fat Red" Harding enjoying his hospitality (bought me a pint - who else can say that). Wishing all you blues well for the new season.
Ged Allen <>
Manc, UK - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 23:58:02 (BST)

Holy Sh%t!
A site dedicated to the greatest high school in the history of education ... here's to the guys from 73-79(?) and the greatest teacher ever ... 'Gobo' Thorpe & his tuckshop, Mssrs Scrowston, Jessett, Addis, the amazing Mr. Hall (Fungus) & of course, the alluring 'Ma' Harris. It's been a long time but I still remember the lot of you ... Barrett, Barry, Busby, Caldwell, Callahan, Cooper, Corcoran, Ducie, Fletcher, Flynn, Hulse, Hurley, Jackson, Jones, Keegan, McDonnell, MacDonald, Millington, Mutch, Nally, O'Sullivan, Proctor, Walker, Whelan ... if I forgot anyone, sorry. I swear I remember the lot of you. I'll never forget getting depressed when John Plessington showed up.
I have lived in the US a while now and was horrified when I showed up in Sharston and saw some allotments and a housing estate, where St. Augustine's used to be ... oh well, it'll be in my memory forever.
Does anyone know if Johnny Marr & Andy Rourke went to St. Augustines? I tell everyone here I went to school with some of the Smiths and no-one believes me.

Andrew Murphy <>
New Jersey, US - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 19:20:44 (BST)

I visited Sharston last year to find a housing estate so
I was amazed to find a site dedicted to SA/SJP.

Some good memories & as well as horrendous ones.

Marr & Rourke were both in the Smiths & there is even mention of St augustines in a recent book about Marr & Morrisey.

Martin Wilson <>
Totton, Hampshire UK - Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 23:34:20 (BST)

i was a student from 71-76.i can remember McGuinesses belt well !!!!!
Paul Ferenczi <>
Somerville, USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 11:00:30 (BST)

im from wellington school and i was just having a look at your page and stealing all your ideas thax alot bye!
laura mcnee <>
altincham, cheshire UK -

I was at St Augustine's from 75-80. I can answer a couple of queries from earlier in this guestbook.

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke did both go, during the same period as me. I know this, because they were in my form. I still remember the letters - 1G, 2K, 3S, 4S, 5S. For some reason, the change to SJP seemed to dispirit the form letter-allocator, and we kept S for the final three years.

The Smiths book referred to also mentions Barry Thorpe (Gobbo), who arranged for Andy Rourke to be transferred to our form in about 2nd year.

Is the Barry Thorpe who regularly writes letters to the Guardian the same man?

Finally, Jon Hall (Fungus) died from cancer a few weeks ago.

Dave Espley <>
Stockport, UK -



Great site, great idea. Brought back lots of old, old memories! Someone says it right elsewhere in the visitor's book - it was the weirdest school.
Andrew Hartnett <>
Las Vegas, US -

I spent more than an hour browsing the site and reminiscing. Great job!
Peter Hartnett

Peter Hartnett <>
Stotfold, Herts UK -

Can't keep away now !

Recognise a few from the mug shots (intake of '74), though mine not there (fortunately for everyone else).

Aidan Columb (Mrs Fairhurst referred to as 'Eric'), Adrian 'Mac' Moroney, Mark 'Tash' Tighe, Mark Lithgoe, Jeff Heap, William Westlaw, Chris Rowbottom (latterly O'Hara), Steve McHugh, Nick McKie, Andy Walsh, Damian Hardman, Mark Chapman, Anthony 'Doc' Doherty, Paul Knowles, Mark Entwistle, Terry Finn, Sean O' Callaghan, Dave Matthews, My God I am amazed I can remember this many, but the memories keep flooding, and more will come to me.

Classes were 1M, 2N, 3P, 4Q (say it fast - get it ? we did), but can't remember the 5th Form letter (Plessington killed the feeling).

Apologies for any trauma caused - Tank's violent streak has gone.

I will spread the word, as I still keep in touch with old boys, so more hits (not literally) will follow.

Dave Williams
Stockport, Cheshire UK -

What a pleasure to find this site.
Looking at old photographs and names has certainly brought the memories flooding back

Eamonn Horton <>
Stockport, Cheshir UK -

Peter, just paid my first visit to the site on our kid's computer!! Great! What a laugh! Two points: 1) My name: it's LaUrence!! 2) I'm sure number one on our row in photo of '71 is John Brady.
Very Best Wishes,

Laurence Tottle <>
Bebington, Wirral UK -

Wow! We have not been forgotten after all. Nice to see that Jim Toft, Barry Brennan and Tommy Carville are still going strong. Hallo there boys!
Steve @Carrots' Williams <>
London, UK -

Well done on the site, pretty amazing stuff. I`m sure that Patrick Healy is missing from the class of 73, I remember him and Sean McCarthy getting thrown out of all of their `O' Levels.
John Timmons <>
Manchester, UK -

Fantastic site - will be coming back for more, but have got to go and do some work just now, unfortunately. Anyone remember trying to turn the courtyard into a croquet lawn?
Eddy Tickle <>
Glossop, Derbyshire UK -

At a glorious Manchester derby last week, I met Paddy Greenhall in a pub in Withington and he told me of this site. What a find! Top idea from whoever went in to capture those photos - from small beginnings eh.

Will continue to visit the site - so many memories of a bunch of idiosyncratic, bright ('top5% boys') but weird group of people, each of whom I still feel strangely attached to.

Chris Keeling <>
UK -

I'm in the 1970 year book. This is all I need a reminder of how old we are all getting. Keep up the good work
Karl Blachnicki <>
Middlewich, Cheshire UK -

The site just gets better, anyone from the 68' intake beware your mugshots in the gallery now have names to them.
Phil Ryder <>
Manchester, UK -

I can't post messages to the forum, so I'm putting this in the guestbook:
There's a small feature on the Manchester Boys' Choir in today's (21st December) issue of News North West - the freebie paper that's given out to commuters. It includes a picture of Adrian Jessett wearing a rather fetching goatee. The story mentions that the choir was founded 20 years ago.
I know the same paper is called the Metro elsewhere in the country, but they may not carry such a local story, of course. Worth picking up on your way home from work if you live in the NW, though.

Dave Espley <>
Stockport, UK -