Ben Goodman's Memories

I had a nice telephone call this morning from Ben Goodman telling me about the Roxeth Manor Old Boys Club and he very kindly sent me some pictures of the Old Boys Rugby Club               Thank you Ben
Ben later kindly sent me the following email with photos, some of which were doubles of the first lot he sent me, So here is all the photos I received excluding the doubles.
Ben kindly gave me permission to use them on both this website and in the ‘Forgotten Memories book.
MEMORIES OF ROXETH MANOR
I (Ray Goodman but usually known as Ben or Benny) lived at 116 Hamilton Crescent, South Harrow with my mother and brothers David and Harry.  We three boys all went to Roxeth Manor School which was just 500 yards or so from our home, Some of the other lads who lived down my road were Jimmy Pusey (?), John and Peter Lowry, Colin Pinkney and his brother, Trevor Holmes and Gordon Miners.
I started school, during the war, in 1942 in Roxeth Manor infants then moving on to the Juniors.  I was evacuated to Sheffield for two years (1944/45). 
In 1948, I moved to Senior School and my form teacher was Mr Coles.  At the time there were a lot of Welsh teachers at the school: Mrs Lewis (Biology), Mr James (Art), Mr Lloyd (PT and Rugby), Mr Callow (Arthur) French and Rugby.  We went to Alexandra Park for our Games and one lesson he asked who would like to play Rugby so we all put up our hands.  And that was the beginning …. Of my rugby career!
The first photograph is one of the School Rugby Teams (1951-2) – I am in the top row, 4th from the left.  Brother Harry is in the front row holding the Rugby ball.

The second photograph is of the athletics team in 1952 – Dave Searle is holding one cup, I am holding the other. We both represented Middlesex in Athletics and Rugby.

Brothers David, Harry and I all swam for the School – but I don’t have any photos.

While at Senior School. I was in Byron House and I was Boxing Captain. On one occasion, I boxed my dear and close friend Bill Bailey - unfortunately, I gave him a bloody nose. I was so sorry but he forgave me the next day.

Leaving school in 1952, I started working at Kodak. This is a photo of Roxeth Manor Youth Club at one of the weekly Kodak dances.

Kodak had a Annual Sports Day and in 1953 I was presented with the Best Performance Cup by (Sir) Roger Bannister. I long jumped 21 feet 10 inches.

Since leaving school I had continued doing athletics with Shaftesbury Harriers. (photo)

I completed two years’ National Service in the Royal Marines
(?1956-58) – photo of me in uniform!

Roxeth Manor Old Boys formed a Rugby team in about (?)1960; regular members included Brian Grover, Brian Coe, Jim Holmes, Dave Searle, Brian Wright, Jim Holmes, Normal Pederson, Dave Shepherd and various others shown in the photos (sorry, memory goes with names and age!) I was Captain in 1965.

The team in 1958 in their match against Llanelli

1965 (My year of Captaincy)

We also had a good 7s team:

On a personal note: Harry died a few years ago from Asbestosis while living in Australia. Mum, Doris, moved to Australia just after brother David. She recovered from a brain tumour (photo below) and lived on for many years reaching the age of 79. David lives happily with his wife, Barbara, their children and grandchildren in Adelaide Australia

Ray (Ben) Goodman
15 November 2015