History

History

“It’s a grand old team to play for

It’s a grand old team to support

And if you know your history

Its enough to make your heart go –ooooooooooooooooooo

We don’t care what the red side say

What the heck do we care

Cause we all know that there’s gonna be a show

WHEN THE PUDSEY JUNIORS ARE THERE!!!”

50 Years and Counting…

In 1960 an enthusiastic school teacher from Greenside Primary School in Pudsey, identified the requirement to bring together all the local football talent and form a football team for young  boys. Pudsey Juniors was born!!

With such a rapid rise to success, in the 60s Pudsey Juniors were both  the pride and envy of Yorkshire. Producing many a winning football team and producing a continuing conveyor belt of talented footballers for the professional game. Ex-Pudsey Juniors footballers who made it to the top in the 60s were David Harvey , Terry Hibbit, Roy Greenwood and Pudsey boy Graeme Smith to name but a few.

Their name not only revered throughout Yorkshire but into Europe too. Under the banner of Leeds United juniors, Pudsey Juniors won a under 15 club completion in France, beating such prestigious teams as Ajax, Standard Liege and the mighty Real Madrid. In the 60s they also started the first of many adventures of taking the boys on tour to the Isle of Man.

Pudsey Juniors continued to forge close links with Leeds United and Farsley Celtic. Farsley Celtics under 18s was an extension of Pudsey Juniors to allow young players to step up to open age football.

In the 70s and 80s Pudsey Juniors continued to be synonemous with producing exceptionally talented football teams, footballers and also coaches. One local lad was spotted by Bradford City and went on to have a distinguished career at Everton, Glasgow Rangers and also playing for Scotland his name… Stuart McCall. Pudsey Juniors were heavily involved in the formation and running of the “Bobby Collins Soccer School “ which was held at Holt Park on a Sunday morning. This was a soccer school attended by young boys from 8 -12 with guest appearances by Brian Flynn, Arthur Graham, Gordon McQueen, Joe Jordan and David Harvey bringing one of his old Pudsey Juniors Goalkeeper jerseys to show to the young boys.

In the 80s, Pudsey Juniors not only had the pick of the best young players in the Airedale + Wharfdale area, players also came from Hull, Manchester, Huddersfield and York to represent Pudsey Juniors, such was their reputation. In 1985, four Pudsey Juniors players signed professional apprentice forms with Leeds United. The smallest of the bunch seemed to get the hang of being a professional footballer  and played for England 54 times as well as signing for two other smaller professional teams !! His name ……………… The legend David Batty.

Junior football has changed since the competitive early days and is now all about participation. This has allowed other junior football teams to form , such as Calverley Juniors, Farsley Celtic Juniors, Stanningley Albion and Horsforth Juniors. Pudsey still continue to go from strength to strength with training for boys and girls from 3-5 years of age and teams from U6 right through to open age.

Recently, Greenside school ( Pudsey ) appointed a new teacher called John Alexandra. He realised the need for a school football team and volunteered to train his team after school. In their first season they won the West Leeds Junior Schools football cup, with Pudsey Juniors players representing the team again keeping the link alive between Greenside and Pudsey Juniors.

The Under 6s and Under 11s have two brothers playing for the club, Sam Snee under 6 and Nathan Snee – Under 11s. They are watched on many occasion by their Grandad , who himself played for Pudsey Juniors.. His name the Pudsey legend Graeme Smith, who has kindly donated some of his old scrap book clippings to share with the club.

And if you know your history…

 

Scrap Book Page 1

Scrap Book Page 2

Scrap Book Page 3

Scrap Book Page 4

Scrap Book Page 5

Scrap Book Page 6

Scrap Book Page 7

Letters from Past Players

We are grateful for the following contributions from Pudsey Juniors ex-players. Please keep sending in your memories.