Sunday, 21 January 2018

Haywood Road Pitsmoor Sheffield

I have just received this photograph from a person who was born in Pitsmoor Road in 1947

They also provided me with the following information

" It’s a photograph taken from Pitsmoor Road looking down Haywood Road . On the right is the old chapel that ran from Pitsmoor Road down to Fowler Street . We lived on Pitsmoor Road towards Pitsmoor Church . We entered on Pitsmoor Road and down a set of stairs out of another door down into a yard down some more steps onto Fowler Street. Called cellar kitchen house.
Looking down on the left side of the photo about half way down .  Behind these houses was Grove Street and further on Marshall Street. The pub at the bottom was the Fowler Hotel on Fowler Street. It’s about where the new road is just before it goes round the corner.    Round the corner down the Street from the pub was my mums house about 20 yards down a left turn up to Grove Street. The first house on the right was where Patricia died . Just higher up on the other side left was another bomb site taking perhaps four or five houses. In the distance on the photo is Woodside Lane and the chimney was a firm on Wood Fold" 

The reference to Patricia relates to a girl who died on the night of the Sheffield Blitz. Patricia Lee was a three year girl who was sheltering from the bombing with her grandparents in the cellar of 70 Grove Street. No-one survived. I have updated the article with the details 

Monday, 15 January 2018

John Hope (1949-2016) - Sheffield United goalkeeper

Well this is the first post of 2018. Such was the nature of the television programmes that were screened over the Xmas and New Year, I spent some time looking at some old Sheffield United programmes dating from the glory days of the early 1970's.

One I came across was from Saturday 3rd April 1971 and it was a game against Norwich in Division 2 at Bramall Lane. The cover featured one of the Blades all-time greats scoring the winning goal against Bristol City a week earlier

But inside the programme was a profile of the United goalkeeper at the time John Hope.

John sadly passed away in 2016 at the age of 67. I was going to add some more information on John but there is this excellent article on View From The John Street blog which sums John's life at the Lane up perfectly. I simply could not better it.

By the way, in the match John kept a clean sheet in a 0 - 0 draw and his, and the teams efforts were rewarded that season with a deserved promotion to the old First Division. In fact the team never lost a game after the  draw against Norwich. And they only conceded two goals!