At the start of the 1957/58 season I moved up to Heathcote Secondary Modern
School, where I was fortunate enough to be selected to play for the school team. The
school played in an organised league against teams, from the North Herts. and South
Beds. area, including Barclay School, Baldock School, Bessemer School, Etonbury
School and Pixmore School. In our first season we were fortunate enough to win the
league, despite being pushed hard all the way by Barclay School.
It was also a good season for Wolves, winning the First Division Championship for
the second time. In the FA Cup Bolton Wanderers defeated Manchester United by two
goals to nil. This was only a short time after the Munich air disaster. Manchester
United had played the first leg of the semi-final of the European Cup in Milan and
drawn three-all with AC Milan. On the way home the plane had landed at Munich and
on attempting to take off during freezing conditions the accident occurred. Milan
contested the European Cup Final and lost 3-2 to Real Madrid after extra time,
making it a hat trick of wins for the Spanish side.
Knebworth had a slightly better season in the Herts. County League Division One,
managing to win 8 out of 24 matches. They again did not enter a reserve side into the
competition but a new team, English Electric, entered Division One. They were the
predecessors of BAC and would ground share with Knebworth for this season, until
their Bragbury End facility was ready, they finished bottom of Division One.
Leavesden Hospital won the Premier Division and Allenbury’s Association Division
One. Dickinson’s (Croxley) won the Aubrey Cup, defeating London Colney 4-3 after
a one-all draw.
The Amateur Cup was won by Woking, defeating Ilford 3-0.
Whilst not being greatly interested in international football I watched the 1958 World
Cup Final, which was won by Brazil, beating hosts Sweden 5-2. In the Brazilian team
that day was a young Pele and on the right wing Garrincha, a player who had been so
badly crippled by polio as a young boy, that he had to wear his right boot on his left
foot and vice versa. He was the outstanding player that day in a team that contained so
many superbly talented individuals.