One passion which has run through the decades at Moor Allerton is that of football. The teams and squads best documented in the school archive are those of the middle decades, between the 60s and the 80s, and here you can see a gallery of teams from this period.

Only a few have records of the actual pupils. So if you are on those line-ups, or you recognise any of the faces, then please leave a reply and let us know.

Likewise, if you have any footballing photos from this or any other period of the school’s history, please let us have them so we can add to the gallery.

The Ashes winter tour of Australia by the England cricket team in Moor Allerton’s centenary year is probably best forgotten (unless you are Australian!) But here are four sets of likely lads from the 1970s who look like they could have given the current England team a run for their money.

Are you in one of the lineups, or do you know anyone who is? Please let us know so we can put names to the faces and include reminiscences of leather against willow.

Further line-ups can be viewed at Ashes to Ashes – Part 2.

One of the star finds we’ve made in going through the Moor Allerton archive is this photograph album which charts every day life at the school between 1936 and 1955. It gives a fascinating insight into what went on at the school. As these first few pages from the start of the album show, some of them are familiar and still go on today – swimming trips and sports matches (how about a Dads [and Mums] v Lads [and Lasses] centenary cricket match, Mr Millard?!); but some of them seem very strange, such as the boxing competitions, mentioned in previous posts!

Look out for more pages from the album appearing here very soon.

Keeping things right up-to-date, here’s some recent press coverage of Moor Allerton’s super-successful football achievements from the end of last term. Moor Allerton – Champions of Manchester – still making history!

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It perhaps seems strange to think of a sport like boxing being one of the key physical activities taking place at Moor Allerton. But it was, certainly up until at least 1948, as this ticket shows. Did you box for or against Moor Allerton, or maybe you had a parent or grandparent who did? We’d love to find out more…

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This programme is from 1939 – the final one before the school was closed temporarily during World War II.

1936_Sports_Cov_ImHere’s a selection of sports day programmes dating back to 1936 and 1938 – a fine afternoon of events taking place in 1936 – including a full programme of boxing!

 

 

 

 

We’ve quite a number of sports team line-ups in the archive. Here’s one of the football team from 1981, in which we are able to put names to the full line-up. If you’re on the picture, get in touch – tell us what you are up to now and what memories you had of playing in the team!

1981 Football Team

Moor Allerton Football Team, 1981

Back – Nawaz; Ette; Wong; Towers; Anderton; Aldrich; Mr. Doyle

Middle – Carmen; O’Driscoll; Ford; Boyd; Drumer; Harrison

Front – Burrows; Ince; Casson; Asanoan; Devaney