Reader in plea to remember names of fellow team-mates

The St Ambrose Church Youth Team, from Leyland, in 1945

The St Ambrose Church Youth Team, from Leyland, in 1945

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A Guardian reader has got in touch in the hope of matching names with some old faces.

Dennis Babbs, who now lives in Rochdale, spent much of the 1930s and 40s living in Farington and Leyland.

Dennis recalled: “My father had a newsagents shops on Stanifield Lane and Hough Lane.

“Our family were well known in the area well into the late 70s but have lived in the Manchester area since 1950.

“As a teenager I played soccer as a goalkeeper for a number of local teams, including Leyland Red Rose, Bretherton, Leyland Motors and the PNE ‘A’ team.”

Dennis was clearing out his cupboards when he came across this picture of the St Ambrose Church Youth Team from around 1945, and hopes fellow readers may be able to help him recall the names of his former team mates.

He said: “I have named a number of the team but the rest are lost to my memory.

“Perhaps some of your readers might remember those days and some of the faces.”

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