Until quite recently I've always played one sport or another so this week's prompt struck a chord with me.
I have never grown a moustache and no longer have a singlet like the one he's wearing. However there are still some golfing trophies on the top of my filing cabinet.
|Golfing trophies and souvenir golf balls.|
The first trophy I won was for the shot put in the U14 age group at Stamford School's sports day in 1950 (I think). I don't remember what it was like or the Fielding Cup for cricket that was to come later when I was in the 1st XI.
I played cricket for many years and was always proud to wear my School Cricket Colour Blazer, long after I left school. Black and white photos don't do it justice at all.
|Cricket blazer - Lincoln Lindum Ground, 1950s|
Same ground, same blazer accompanied by a girl.
|The girl who was to become my wife.|
So cricket has a lot to answer for. What you can't see here is that her dress has thin red strips that went with the red in my blazer.
My first job in industry was at Richard Thomas & Baldwins, Redbourn Works in Scunthorpe where I collected the Interdepartmental Cricket Cup for 1963 on behalf of the Laboratory team.
|Who should have combed his hair?|
Our children played sport as well and I have managed to find some photos including trophies.
|Rachel with her teddy; Andrew with his trophy (1970s)|
And later an older Rachel with a tennis trophy of her own.
I played my last games of cricket during the 1980s in Norway. It was there that now aged 50 and too old and slow for hockey that I discovered golf. I never played golf while at St Andrews University at the end of the 1950s - something I'll always regret.
I suppose that brings me back to the trophies in my first picture - the ones I have been allowed to keep. At one time I could have shown off a lot more.
|Golfing success in 1989|
I guess time has caught up with me so I have only small replicas to admire. However especially for you I have had my photo taken again today.
|Bob in that School Cricket Blazer from the 1950s.|
I can still wear it as you can see - but it's tight across the shoulders and ...
|I can't do the damned thing up!|
To see what others have on show this week run across to Sepia-Saturday-205. And you Aussies - no sledging!