My dear visitor, thank you for visiting www.staugs.org, 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.
What a fantastic site. Credit to the author. I am from the
first intake in 1965. I remember balancing on planks from one
building to another. Eating sandwiches cos the kitchens were not
finnished and wishing I could go back to sandwiches when they
were.Being made to be an alter boy and being instructed to ring
the bells at completely the wrong moment. Father Abbott smoking
outside of the classroom, being called a 'nitwit'by Mr Rigby and
being sent to Spike by Mr Sweeney for looking out of the window
during his lesson. Spike must have flogged every boy in the
school!Throwing sheeps heads,gassing fruit flies and a lab
assistant called Mr Sparrow who we all made bird noises to on his
entrance to the room and made Father Stratton call us a 'bunch of
bastards'I could go on.Basketball was my game and I represented
the school playing for Manchester Boys, North of England and
eventuallu England trials although I made a balls up of that one
and didn't get on.Come on all you 65'ers not enough of us have
hit the site.Please get in touch if you remember me.
Philip Bentley <BenPhil4@aol.com>
Worcestershire UK - 25 December 2002 at 21:24:04
Just found the site thanks to a tip-off from the
Webmaster's brother! Spent the night surfing through all the
entries, so many half-remembered names and events. Hope to get in
touch with as many of the class of '70 as possible.
Mark Flanagan 1970-75
Mark Flanagan <Windsorflans@aol.com>
Windsor, Berkshire UK - 19 December 2002 at 21:10:12
What a trip down memory lane, I was in the class in-take of
66, and the mates around then, were Martin Mayers,Steve
McGrath,Pete Lear, Stuart Wadsworth who travelled from Dukinfield
everyday,Mike Dignan....now a millionaire!! Colin McAlister, and
Barry Dare who resides in Florida, and Dave Hunt.From a sporting
memory, were unbeatable at football and basketball.I still speak
and see Barry Dare and occasionally see Dave Hunt.
My younger brother was Barrie Hayes.
Ray Hayes <ray.hayes@ssl-international>
stockport, Cheshire UK - 05 December 2002 at 17:49:14
Great site - will be back on-line soon. Was at the school
from 1971 onwards - folloed in the footsteps of my brother Brian,
who I see has logged in. Have both happy and sad memories - the
worst of the latter being my 13th birthday when I got six on the
arse THREE TIMES in the one afternoon. Couldn't sit dwon for
days. The first was something to do with a pen that was pinched,
and a whole load of us were sent to Spike. The second was in RE -
was he called Hall? - when I tripped up Paul Bridge (sorry Paul
if yoy see this)on the way back to his desk. The third was the
same lesson - sent again for not doing homework. Bloody
religion!! Must go, will visit again soon.
Mike Davies <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 10 November 2002 at 15:58:05
Webmaster, you are the fat bloke in the John Smiths advert
and I claim my five pounds.
E. L. Wisty
UK - 06 November 2002 at 00:17:15
Having been told this site existed,it evoked many memories
when I logged on. I started in 1966 and have lived and worked in
the area since leaving school. Served on Stockport Council from
1986-99 including a year as Deputy Mayor, Stockport MBC 1992-93.
peter wharton <email@example.com>
stockport, cheshire UK - 27 October 2002 at 12:25:54
Anyone around from '73 get in touch ,like to find out how
people are doing.
Keith Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 18 October 2002 at 20:24:10
Just checking that the guestbook is working again
Peter Fay (webmaster) <email@example.com>
Kirkwall, UK - 15 October 2002 at 14:03:15
I like the website but perhaps not the memories it evokes.
I intend to look in from time to time though. I have only
negative thoughts about school except for certain teachers. I was
never gregarious, still the same I suppose. I can remember very
little about my time there only the bad parts. Thanks to the
peter hartt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
stockport, UK - 10 October 2002 at 17:23:17
MUGUS PLEASE KEEP OOOFFFF
LOME, TOGO UK - 10 October 2002 at 05:41:20
More photos of Rourkey please. I think it would be a good
development of the site.The pupils name was Andrew Michael
Rourke. Mr.A.M. Rourke.
UK - 28 September 2002 at 16:38:35
I was in the original intake in '65 from St John's along
with Joe Booth & Ged Greenhaldge both of whom I subsequently
met up with in the army. I remember the McCloy twins and John
Lally and was often on the wrong end of Spike's justice -
volunteered regularly to do alter boy duties - that's probably
where I aquired my taste for red wine!
Vincent Pagent <email@example.com>
Manchester, UK - 24 September 2002 at 20:10:47
I've stumbled across this site completely by accident and
what a lot of powerful memories have been unleashed as a
result.Seeing the pink and purple stripes once again on the Home
Page has transported me back 30 years in an instant.I was one of
the first intake in '65 and remember the sight of Spike greeting
all and sundry at the enteance on the first day.I haven't clapped
eyes on the place since the day I left in June '72 (I don't
remember it being called 'Gussie's' at all !).I and my family
moved to Devon in August '72 and gradually lost touch over the
years.I was shocked to learn that the school has been demolished
- what a terrible waste.Believe it or not I still have my old
stripey scarf and badge from my blazer - how sad is that ?After
leaving St.A's I went staight into a career in banking (rather
than the University route Spike had mapped out for us all
!).After a few years I decided to train as a teacher and
eventually went on to two headships in Kent primary schools (not
at the same time of course !).Those supposed 'Leadership' courses
at Loyola Hall in the Autumns of '69 and '70 must have done some
good after all - does anyone else remember the high jinx that
went on there,particularly the day Spike was rumoured to be
visiting.All the windows of the study bedrooms immediately flew
open and the column of fag smoke which rose up could probably
have been seen from Liverpool city centre.I marriedmy wife Mary
in '82 and we now have two beautiful teenage daughters.
So many memories,so many good friends - where to begin ?Where are you,my old mates ?:
Andy Kay (loony in residence - we were in touch up to the mid-'80's.You were my best friend over the years.Thanks forall the eccentric laughs !)
Martin Peach (why did we fall out ?You were a great mate for several years,but there again I was such a plonker in thosedays.We must have explored most of the Cheshire countryside on our bikes and your Mum made such brilliant dinners !)
Roger Donbavand (I've just seen your entry in the Visitor's Book - Hello again !Do you remember the endless badminton games in your back garden ?)
Stephen McCann(Such a kind & generous guy)
Johnny Sale(of the unusual hair style & wild taste in music - Flaming Groovies anyone ?)
Ged'The Ted'Hutton(Elvis-style quiff,wild boogie-woogie piano on the hallpiano when Spike wasn't around)
Stephen Twist(Later 'Smith'-do you remember our Friday night sessions at the Bluebell in Wilmslow,getting slowly sozzled,listening to old blokes talking about the war)
Johnny Sefton(Quietly subversive,and very funny)
Jimmy Swain (John Lennon lookalike,who carried a bag of 'drugs' around which he used to snort in assembly-I still maintain it was soap powder.Jimmy was an exam genius who used to write all his notes down on shiny loo paper.He had a complex that Spike was after him about his long hair - he probably was !!)
Paul'Rocker'Rochford(who had a very unusual file and specialsed in 'Rockerees',a very strange series of noises directed at a member of tho office staff as she passed the form room)
Godfrey Reilly-Cooper (Hello again- I've seen your message.I remember befriending you on your first day in '69 and spending each break just walking round the school grounds.You kept telling us how marvellous Yorkshire was compared to Lancashire AND you supported the dreaded Leeds United.But we let you off because you were a funny guy)
Most vivid memories :
1.A bunch of us singing 'Oh God our help in ages past',one of Spike's favourites,in a Cockney accent at a Speech Day practise ie.''Oh Gawd our 'elp in oiges pawst etc.''
2.A row of us cracking up at the Bishop's 'singing' at the Solemn Blessing in '69 (Jimmy Swain's fault) and then getting bollocked by Mr Rice at the end.
3.Father Arthur's 'Model Answers' in RE which seemed to go on for ever.He went ballistic one day when we drew an affectionate cartoon of him on the board .
4.Michael Rothwell accidentally kicking the bell across the altar during one of Father Abbott's masses and trying desperately not to laugh for the next half hour !
5.Me serving at Mass and not having a clue what to do !
6.Sharing a caravan in Wales in Autumn '71with Ged Hutton and Andy Kay,and having to walk back 10 miles to the caravan site in the pitch dark from Bangor (we'd missed the last bus).You never heard so much moaning from 'The Ted' in all your life !
7.Michael Legierski being asked to see if the Physics books were in the lab,4 floors up.After 20 minutes he returned and said to the master(I forget his name) :''Yes Sir,they're there !''Cue whole class creased up !Sorry if you get to read this Michael,but it WAS very funny.
There are loads more memories - I'll add afew more when time allows.Just one small thing,and it's bugged me all these years,I was meant to have received a prize at the 1970 Speech Day for 6th best performance in the GCE's.However on the night I was informed that my book hadn't arrived yet so I received - nothing.I'm still waiting for my prize(the only one I have ever received)32 years later !Typical of St'A's - a weird experience from start to finish,but one I wouldn't have swapped for anything.Please feel free to e-mail me.Peter Yearsley (1965-1972)
Peter Yearsley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Canterbury, Kent UK - 22 September 2002 at 16:53:52
Good to see someone is maintaining a good record, it was
strange seeing all the old names again
Steve Newton <email@example.com>
Stockport, Cheshire UK - 21 September 2002 at 22:18:53
FAO Paul McNabb
You cetainly are persistent, but unwelcome. In the hope of liberating the guest book, if uou have any definite questions e-mail me directly and I will try and answer them or indicate oter SA pupils who may be able to help you more - but they will have to agree before i set you off pestering them.
Tony Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 19 September 2002 at 21:18:53
Hi Dom ,how r u ?what u doing nowadays? get in touch soon.
Keith Foster <email@example.com>
UK - 19 September 2002 at 17:45:34
Despite being in the same year as Andy Rourke,I didn't knoe
him or Johnny Marr well, so i would be of no use to anyone
writing a book on the subject. Sorry.
UK - 18 September 2002 at 20:00:10
FAO Paul Ambrose McNabb
Whilst noting your 'research' requirements, you are both going about it in a rather underhand manner and your abuse of this site is not appreciated.
If you wish to start up another Andy Rourke website then go ahead but please don't clutter our site up.
Your repeated messages in this Visitor's Book will be deleted shortly.
UK - 18 September 2002 at 11:05:57
I will come clean. I am trying to write a book about the
amazing Andy Rourke. I need to do more research. The Kipper Tony
Murray seemed to know about Andy Rourke. Unfortunatly his
messages that I wanted have been deleted. How can I get the
deleted messages? if I can get the answers to the questions that
I have I will leave this site alone. I am really interested in
Andy Rourke and I hope my book will one day be a good book.Some
other people have been printing rubbish and that wasn't me. I
just want Kippos deleted messages please!!!!!! Thank you.
UK - 17 September 2002 at 22:10:10
I used to know what Andy Rourke's nickname was. But if you
ask me I don't think Andy should of gone to Grammar school at
all. I mean he couldn't really keep up with the pace. He only got
in by the skin of his teeth in the first place. I think the
school did him more harm than good. I think he should of gone to
a school with less presure like a mixed boy and girl school that
wasn't a Catholic school. I mean it is not like he came out with
loads of O-levels at the end is it? If you ask me Andy always
seemed a bit childlike to me, young for his age and he was very
shy and quiet he alway spoke in a shakey voice and he was slight
and thin, I don't think the school helped him much with his lack
of confidence. At least he had his music thank God, or he might
of worked in a Timber Yard or something all his life.
Manchester, UK - 10 September 2002 at 23:16:04
Great site ... very interesting stuff ... found it by accident when browsing ...
Couldn't help noticing loads of mentions of "Spike" ... and old headmaster?
I went to St.Brendan's in Bristol ... Irish Christian Brothers ... there was a brother called "Spike" Sheehan there ... could it have been the same one?
I left St. Brendan's in 1966 and I think he was still there then.
Paul Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire UK - 07 September 2002 at 20:33:59
Fantastic site! Hi John Beck, Flannie and keith. Been in
London since '85 but often go past the Salisbury and wonder what
happened to everyone. Full marks to those putting this together.
DOM DELIA <email@example.com>
London, UK - 06 September 2002 at 17:59:17
Holy Shit! Having given up on this site for a while as it
seemed to have turned into a bickering society, I come back to
find it has not lost its power after all!
John Morgan-Evans and Flannie no less - good to hear from you both!
John Morgan-Evans - Am I right it was you who fell of the stage into the Christmas Tree during one carol concert?
And Flannie, the legend! "Flannie the Man" as the old song goes - Bibidi Bobedi Boooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
John Beck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 03 September 2002 at 10:02:23
John Morgan Evans. Remember the All Saints Days. I still
bump into Bill Barker now and again in Ashton-on-M. he's not
changed one bit. I think I look older than him now.
I see you work in a union with a 3 year old. Is that better than working with adults?
Pete Law <email@example.com>
Sale, UK - 03 September 2002 at 08:34:16
Your right Flannie you have turned into a right fat ACORN
but Im not far behind you.Keep in touch mate.
KEITH FOSTER <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 30 August 2002 at 16:59:59
Hello everybody - Just wanted to wish you a great day ...
private Krankenversicherung <->
Frankfurt, Germany - 29 August 2002 at 01:33:43
Hey, Flannie!. Good to hear from you. Well, as i remember
it, we were both on the porky side even then. I thinned out a bit
in my late teens and twenties and now I resuming my former shape!
Now living in London, working for a trade union with 3 year old
kid- how about you?
UK - 28 August 2002 at 23:25:30
Aloha from Jodi's husband
victor ascuena <email@example.com>
lawai, Hawaii U.s.a. - 24 August 2002 at 20:58:09
John Morgan-Evans,man it's good to hear about you - learned
many things in those classes - beyond Academics -
Education,Education,Education ... This little Acorn's grew into a
right fat Bastard - ask Keith ! Take Care - Flannie
Old Trafford, UK - 21 August 2002 at 20:22:49
Amazing. i just put my name in a search engine for fun and
I end up transported back to the seventies. Great to remember you
all. Does anyone else remember Mr Creighton and the holes he
punched in the classroom wall? What about 'Spike' and the 'Green
Room'? Amazing how those things stay with you...
UK - 16 August 2002 at 15:45:14
Good site,found it a little while ago,now just looking for
any old mates like Flannie.Anyone about who knows me get in
Keith Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manchester, Lancashire UK - 14 August 2002 at 20:37:51
Geddin' wrecked again for another wet Summer weekend; -
last year I could smell Johnny Marr's Pitchoulie Oil as he
dis-embarked offa the Manchesta Metro at Altrincham on his way to
Flannie Man <Tonyman2@Supanet.com>
Old Trafford, Manchester 15 UK - 09 August 2002 at 20:54:39
Hello class of '67.Looking at this website (thanks to my
older brother John)I cant believe we really went through all
that.It almost looks like the memoirs of prisoners from Stalag
Luft..."I transfered in from..."etc..Visions of an army
truck (all this is in black and white until 1970)careering down
Stancliffe Road through the school gates like a scene from The
great Escape.I notice some pupils have no initials by the
way.Lets not forget Chris Brady,always off sick but suddenly seen
walking past the classroom window in the playground,probably
smoking too.I still see Danny Hancock,we have been close friends
for years.Danny was best man at both my weddings and I at his one
(in 1975 and still going strong).Lost touch with Loz Tickle after
he was shot at by a crazed sniper in the 80's and moved to a
secret address.Always thinking about absent friends..David
Waddington, back in 67-early 68 we used to sit together in 1F and
he was one of the first people I got to know that wasnt from St
Anthonys in Woodhouse Park.Later myself, Danny Hancock and Loz
Tickle used to go over to Chorlton of a weekend to visit Ged
Sundquist and his family.Strangely enough his dad used to remind
us of Matthews the deputy head.By the way does anyone remember
the "coughing"thing that accompanied Matthews entrance
at assembly while Spike was away?I always remember his son being
asked about some programme that was on telly the night
before(probably Python)to which he replied "we dont have a
television..BUT WE HAVE A DOG!"great web site keep it up
Pete Greenwood <email@example.com>
Altrincham, Cheshire UK - 05 July 2002 at 02:59:52
As an outsider looking in from the school down the
road(sth. wythy high), there seems to be a lot of bitchin going
on...... which is nice!!
manc, gt. manc UK - 29 June 2002 at 23:31:57
Don't worry. We all thought you were a pervert.
UK - 27 June 2002 at 01:10:45
Terrific site to see how old friends are going.
Unfortunately,for me, with a whole lot more life experience behind me,it was the biggest bastard of a place I have ever had the misery to frequent.
Roy Mannion <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Victoria Australia - 26 June 2002 at 10:10:13
What a great site congratulations to all. One small point
though, my name should be under the 1F list on the 1967 home
page. I will be back when I have more time.
Brian Davies <email@example.com>
Manchester, UK - 25 June 2002 at 20:56:45
Hi it's me McNabb is back.Mr.P.A.McNabb.I have moved about
a bit since leaving Manchester. I lived in Edinburgh for a while,
Bristol and Brighton. Always checking out the local gay
scene.Brighton is great it is like Soho-on-Sea.But I got bored
and moved into London.London has a very good gay community but I
don't live in a really gay part of London.I am sure Manchester's
Gay Village is quite good but I never go back to Manchester now.
Paul Ambrose McNabb
London, UK - 23 June 2002 at 15:32:21
Lordy! So many memories of the 75-79 era... Mr Thorpe &
his fuckshop, Mr Addis... Mr Jessett... Mr. Hall with the fungal
I'm not in touch with anyone any more, but I remember many of you fondly ... "Matt" Busby, Caldwell, "Bandy" Andy Murphy, "Girlie" Hurley, "Not" Mutch, "Nasty" Nally and "scope" Proctor. Sorry to all those who slip my addled mind. Shame to see St. A's has gone... a right little hotbed of bumfondling that was though, right? Did anyone hear the rumour about Rourke and Marr? Wow, that must have been so embarrassing, not to mention itchy! Well... better sign off. I have a vote in the house in half an hour.
Reading, Berks UK - 09 June 2002 at 00:02:50
What a find this site si . I remember I left 10 minutes
early every evening to catch the 371 , refrains of twice round
the field and do the Corbett Road, banging desks, brick fight
with the school down the road, buying fags individually from the
farm shop. going to see City in the kippax to meet everyone ,
getting two puddings , getting strapped 3 times in my third week
- too many memories all at once, - i'll revisit now i've found it
and will keep my eyes peeled for anotehr reunion
Richard Titch Page <firstname.lastname@example.org>
South Queensferry, West Lothian UK - 05 June 2002 at 13:53:55
Its all a bit of a blur .Does anyone remember playing in
the basketball (qtr final I believe ) against Sharston at
Sharston it was like going to war .I remember having to get the
bus home from outside Sharston after we won .I ran all the way to
Gatley to pick up the 310 to Stockport.
Fantastic web site any more pics or info on the football team from 77-80.
patrick connolly <email@example.com>
manchester, UK - 30 May 2002 at 19:17:03
I remember Andy Rourke - He was actually quite quiet but I
don't remember him being musical.
I remember him wearing contact lenses at a time when most people had never heard of them.
I recall that he seemed to come from a well-off family as well.
Southampton, Hampshire UK - 28 May 2002 at 23:45:06
Class of '66' They seem very quiet. Notice got my name
wrong, always known as Gerard 'Ged' not bloody Gerald.Its amazing
how nostalga gets to us all eventually. I went into the Army and
then the Police. Even have two degrees, one in social Science and
and an LLB,so I completely understand the St Augustine's
phenomenon. I also have fond memories, it was with the help of
Andy Slater that I was able to become an expert in firearms and
counter-terrorism. In fact I probably no more about you lot than
you do yourselves. Regards to all especially the Plods.
Gerard Wilkinson <GEDWlknsn.aol.com>
UK - 28 May 2002 at 22:34:08
Update to my e.mail address - sorry to the lads that I
couldn't make the bash at Stockport County - family, ill
children, winging wife blah.. blah blah - recently bumped into
Anrhony Cannon and Danny Hurst at Brasingamens in Alderly Edge -
unfortunately none of us could speak English at that time - Spike
would have have been prooud of us!
Mike Start <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 20 May 2002 at 21:05:57
BRINGS BACK GREAT MEMORIES, SORRY I MISSED YOU LAST YEAR TO
ALL WHO ATTENDED. SEEN THE PHOTOS THOUGH AND I'M RELIEVED THAT
IT'S NOT ONLY ME THAT'S GOING BALD AND WRINKLY.
HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU SOON
PAUL QUIN <QUINPAUL1@AOL.COM>
WIGAN, LANCS UK - 20 May 2002 at 12:48:27
I remember Andy Rourke, he was fairly quiet and always hung
around with Johnny Mahr even then. The two of them were more
interested in music and their guitar techniques than conjugating
verbs, but I guess it worked out well for them. In fact I saw him
not that long ago at a New Order gig in Manchester.
Simon Withers <email@example.com>
UK - 13 May 2002 at 18:50:37
Love it! I'll check back soon for new content.
Austin, TX USA - 07 May 2002 at 18:54:47
Does anyone remember or have any good storys about ANDY
ROURKE was he really a bad lad or was that not true.
Paul Ambrose McNabb
London, UK - 07 May 2002 at 02:10:37
Where do I start? I'm pretty internet savvy but never
really thought to look up the school. Good show chaps for putting
on a crackerjack website (did anyone ever really talk like
that?). I found you through Friendsreunited and I'll come back
regularly. I've already emailed 2 of the old boys, and we are
really becoming old boys!
Bill (Billy) Evans <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Perth, Australia - 06 May 2002 at 07:45:12
E-Mail address correction.Andy Slater can be contacted on
Andy Slater <email@example.com>
UK - 30 April 2002 at 22:51:55
lasted 6 weeks at xavs, army, africa(16yrsish),now flying
737 out of manc, living in wyhenshawe.
fav place ..somalia,scariest place.. outside spikes office.
going back to the bush at first oppurtunity.
patrick oneal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
manc, UK - 21 April 2002 at 13:57:54
WOW! What a fantastic web-site for sore eyes! I've suddenly
come over all nostalgic - - perhaps we're getting old. I drive
past our old school site practically every day and remember
something new nearly each time. Remember sliding down 'the mount'
in the snow on the bottom of an upturned broken chair? Remember
'the Congo'? Fantastic!
Antonio Garrido <antonio"garrido.fsbusiness.co.uk>
Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire UK - 16 April 2002 at 21:42:10
Recently loggeg on to this site that bought back distant
memories.Congratulations to all you people that put this site
together.Would like to have an invitation to the next reunion to
renew old aquaintances
Andy Slater <email@example.com>
China - 12 April 2002 at 01:11:40
UK - 09 April 2002 at 23:34:40
My grown up daughters told me about friendsreunited so I
thought I'd look up Gussy's!! What a brilliant site and as so
many others have said, memories flooding back, Jeremy Ranson,
Martin Peach, Stephen Fitch...especially those long hours
travelling from deepest cheshire every day..tho I never had to
make assembly and usually got out earlier too...
I transferred in in January 1969, I think into the fourth year, nicknamed MCGILL, after man in the suitcase cus of the case my parents got me for the dreaded homework.I remeber Spike, god bless him, being totally 'wasted' on the afternoon that Top of the Form came to the school!!.He was a formidable man for all that.I left U6 in 1972, pursued a banking career till 1980 when I became a policeman in Merseyside..
Was sorry to hear Mr Rigby's gone.. fond memories of many detentions for rubbish maths work, then he gave me a lift to Altrincham for the train!!
I'll return for more....
Godfrey Reilly-Cooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wirral UK - 29 March 2002 at 00:38:00
Slight correction to e-mail address.Would like to hear from
class of '68 1L
Henry Dillon <email@example.com>
portsmouth, hants UK - 10 March 2002 at 19:12:41
I Attended South Wythenshawe High during the 70's, ( i once
did cross country at your school during a local meet), in fact
our school can be no more than a few thousands yds apart(or
were), but they could be a million miles apart for all they had
in common.Even though i loved my school...i cant help feeling
cheated on my education,(can feel this is going to be a subject
on my school website), any way..this is great site(hopefully mine
will be half as good),obviously technically acomplished and a
labour of love. Do local councils realise the harm they do when
they decide to close schools? ...i doubt it very much.
manchester , greater manc UK - 03 March 2002 at 21:06:24
Johnny Gill, What a can of worms you have opened!!
Not only do I have your Imagine album but I also have your book
Matlock, Derbyshire UK - 28 February 2002 at 21:33:13
Interesting site! Brings back a lot of memories. Is anyone
still in touch with Liam Heffernan (Class of 1970)? I would
appreciate an e-mail address for him if anyone can help.
Paul Grainger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stockport, Cheshire UK - 24 February 2002 at 20:48:01
What a strange feeling after all these years. I thought I
hated every minute at school. But working my way through this
site, makes me realise i didn't. So many memories triggered.
Where is Shay Dinan? Is Phil Long still huge? What happened to
the band SFW!!! (think that was their name).
In the last five years or so have met again Joe Kirwan (Games teacher). We play Squash at the same place. Guess what, he still beats me!!!! Joe is still very fit, but now has virtually no hair. Other than that he's wearing very well. Anyone who remembers me, please get in touch, especially the bullies, as I'm no longer 10st wet thru!!!
Keep up the great work with the site. Will look out for the next reunion.
David Smith <David28Smith@aol.com>
Bramhall, Cheshire UK - 14 February 2002 at 01:55:25
I wonder if Peter Fay realises just what he has achieved in
putting this site together. To create a place where the alumni of
just about the weirdest school in the state sector can share
memories and anecdotes is truly amazing! Great job, Peter, keep
Paul O'Sullivan <email@example.com>
UK - 14 February 2002 at 00:11:08
Hi to all from 1975, what a great site. Sorry I missed the
So many memories. . I've been on the site so long I've run out of time to wite anything!
Sad to see the housing estate in the place of the school.
regard to all, John
John kirwan <John.Kirwan@lwh-tr.nwest.nhs.uk>
Liverpool, UK - 13 February 2002 at 19:56:45
By the way what happened to Shay Dinan...or shouldn't I ask
Ian Houghton <Ian.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manchester, UK - 13 February 2002 at 17:17:49
From someone who left in 1977 as part of the repatriation
to Rusholme (Xaverian), this brings back memeories. Starkey the
Maths teacher, Spike, Mr McCabe, Mr Quinn. Oh and that music
Ian Houghton <Ian.Houghton@oracle.com>
UK - 13 February 2002 at 16:57:01
Congratulations to Peter Fay on a superb Old Boys website.
Long may the memory of St. Augustine's continue!
Jim Cook <email@example.com>
Pershore, Worcestershire UK - 07 February 2002 at 13:48:41
I would very much like to get in touch with Paul Worswick.
If anyone is in contact with him could they please contact me or
ask him to contact me on the above email address.
Thanks very much.
Joy Ainley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UK - 07 February 2002 at 11:15:44
Have spent countless hours being amused by the site since
being told about it by Peter and Steve Law's brother shortly
before last year's reunion. Absolutely brilliant.
Stephen Humphries <email@example.com>
Stockport, Cheshire UK - 06 February 2002 at 14:05:42
Amazing site.Best wishes.
UK - 05 February 2002 at 16:04:56
Class of 66. Previously "Gillan", the
"a" now changed to an "e".
I was told about the site by Andre Bilyk and made my first visit. Nice to see this kind of thing happening.
Its hard to believe that we can now so easily re-establish links with old friends and past memories, particularly when it can be done from anywhere in the world.
I believe that I can clear up the two question marks on the names in class of 66; John Gregory and Paul Hopkinson. I will notify the postmaster.
Looking forward to see more of the site when I next visit.
Joe Gillen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bangkok, Thailand - 05 February 2002 at 14:29:32
Class of 66
given the web site by my younger brother, Simon (Class of 72?)
Glad to see that the old place is alive an kicking if only in cyberspace. Would welcome any contacts from old class mates - especially the Wild Boys , the motorbike/scooter crowd.
Chris Terry <email@example.com>
Ipswich, Suffolk UK - 28 January 2002 at 20:50:45
Class of 65.
Have just found the site. Creates a strange feeling looking back all those years. Shame I missed the reunion will look out for next.
Michael(Tony) Hurley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Heywood, Lancs UK - 20 January 2002 at 17:13:53
As one of the original 'let's have class of '69 reunion'
organisers, thought I should waste a bit of a day looking at how
the site hgas grown from its early infancy. All I can say is
fabulous - could surf for hours in here.
Stockport, Cheshire UK - 18 January 2002 at 12:05:25
Absolutley amazing site, bringing back floods of memories!
Woonderful to see what everyone is up to.
Kevin O'Sullivan <email@example.com>
Bakewell, Derby UK - 06 January 2002 at 14:29:46
This site is brilliant - have virtually lived in it for the
last week. In no particular order, some of the memories that came
- does anyone remember Barney Quinn taking a lesson in odd shoes - one plain black, one brown brogue?? or, when reading a passage from Animal Farm(?) to the class, spotting and then following two noisy kids as they passed by the open classroom and down the corridor, whilst still reading from the book. I recall we all sat in amazement as his booming voice first faded away down the corridor to the corner and then faded back in as he retraced his steps back into the classroom as if nothing had happened.
- Mdme Fairhurst's lilac jumpsuits?
- Fighting for the best desk in Mrs Dawson's History lesson to await the reaction of sunlight and transparent skirt
- anyone remember Pete Chapman playing rugby? running like a demented giraffe trying to find a path to the tryline that avoided would-be tacklers and muddy puddles?
- Thanks for musical guidance and advice: Mike Duff (Emerson,Lake &Palmer), Titch Page (Hendrix & Thin Lizzy), Ian Stewart (Rush), Tim Matthews (Santana) & Mark "Tash" Tighe (The Stones)
- Did you ever teach us the Human Reproductive System in Biology, Mr Hall?
- What about Fungus and his pencil? dirty t**t - you should have hit him harder, Gunter!!!
- ducking from Kenny Starkey's board rubber? locking him in the store room, using Jimmy McShane as bait, JMc escaping via the fume cupboard? Squeezing 50 kids into one of his lessons, 30 working away quietly at their desks, 20 chattering away hiding underneath the desks?
- I remember s******g myself outside Jessett's music room, awaiting the great man's arrival, praying that someone hadn't already pissed him off...the briefcase trajectory was always the giveaway
- Was the story of Billy Westhall's axe true????
- Did Sgt Deans of the Sidney District Fire Service once teach French at Gussies??
- Can I borrow your rubber, Joey???
- Billy Brennan, thanks for defecting from LFC to the Manc Reds, I've still got your scarf - Dave Hamnett, it's just you and me now..
- Big hello to the St Hughes' contingent - Aidy Columb, Dids Joy, Titch Page, Ged "Sam Swot" Griffiths.
I'm gutted I missed the Reunion last year - really looking forward to making the next one.
Sean Keeley '74 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kettering, UK - 05 January 2002 at 00:42:11
I've just found this site - nice job, brings back memories
I'm not sure I want to remenmber.
Graham Bagshaw <email@example.com>
Chester, New Hampshire USA - 04 January 2002 at 16:24:41
I wish someone would lose the pink stripes, I never did
John McNabb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sale, Cheshire UK - 03 January 2002 at 11:02:17
Great to see this site exists even if the school no longer
does! Like John Taylor I was in the first intake in '65 - the St
Gregs annexe lot.
Brought back lots of memories. Have only got the school photo from 1966 so its good to see the others from '69 and '71 (including names. Not lived in Manchester since 1976 so its terrific to make a connection with the past and home.
Happy 2002 to all and especially to any of the '65 ers out there.
John Greenwood <email@example.com>
Chippenham, Wiltshire UK - 02 January 2002 at 16:10:02
Hi there to any of the class of 1968, especially 1L. Back
in Manchester now after 12 years ex-pat work in the South.
Married to Maggi, ex-Loreto girl with 3 children, living in Hale.
Look forward to hearing from any of the old crowd to reminisce
about those happy, carefree days, the trip to Austria, the Farm,
Horse racing and other memories to far back to recall.
Ian Nuttall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manchester, UK - 02 January 2002 at 12:34:42