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Paston School’s champion 1970s’ footballers are reunited

PUBLISHED: 14:45 17 July 2014

The successful Paston School football team in 1976 as they are today. Back, from left: Rod Dicks, Dave Walker, Garry Havens, Clive Baker, Ian Coggins. Front: Stuart Oakley, Nick Woolven, Richard Nichols, Andy Heavens, Jim Moran. Picture: SUBMITTED

The successful Paston School football team in 1976 as they are today. Back, from left: Rod Dicks, Dave Walker, Garry Havens, Clive Baker, Ian Coggins. Front: Stuart Oakley, Nick Woolven, Richard Nichols, Andy Heavens, Jim Moran. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Champion schoolboy footballers from nearly 40 years ago came together again in North Walsham to remember their glory days.

The successful Paston School football team in 1976. Back, from left: Rod Dicks, Dave Walker, Ray Fiske, Garry Havens, Clive Baker, Brian Pardon, Ian Coggins, Ian Robertson. Front: Stuart Oakley, Nick Woolven, Richard Nichols, Andy Heavens, Jim Moran. Picture: SUBMITTED
The successful Paston School football team in 1976. Back, from left: Rod Dicks, Dave Walker, Ray Fiske, Garry Havens, Clive Baker, Brian Pardon, Ian Coggins, Ian Robertson. Front: Stuart Oakley, Nick Woolven, Richard Nichols, Andy Heavens, Jim Moran. Picture: SUBMITTED

Between 1975 and 1978 the Paston School team won the Norfolk Schools’ County Cup for three successive years, and represented Norfolk in the English Schools’ Under-19s’ Championship - reaching the quarter-finals in 1976 and 1977.

And many of those ace players returned to their old school recently after a letter was published in the North Norfolk News, urging them to get in touch, from former team member Ian Coggins, who now lives in Weare Giffard, Devon.

Mr Coggins said 21 members and friends of the Paston football team had gathered for their first reunion.

The event coincided with the 30th anniversary of the former Paston grammar school becoming a sixth-form college and the players were able to walk around the buildings and look at old school photos dating back to the 1970s.

The successful Paston School football team in 1975-1978 reunited.  Standing, from left: Roy Else, Nigel Majewski, Dave Wymer, Stuart Oakley, Rod Dicks, Ady Myhill, Dave Walker, Garry Havens, Mick Abbs, Clive Baker, Lester Marshall,, Brian Green, Steve Lunn, David Fiske, Dave Melton, Ashley Sampson.
Sitting, from left: Ian Coggins, Nick Woolven, Richard Nichols, Andy Heavens, Jim Moran. Picture: SUBMITTEDThe successful Paston School football team in 1975-1978 reunited. Standing, from left: Roy Else, Nigel Majewski, Dave Wymer, Stuart Oakley, Rod Dicks, Ady Myhill, Dave Walker, Garry Havens, Mick Abbs, Clive Baker, Lester Marshall,, Brian Green, Steve Lunn, David Fiske, Dave Melton, Ashley Sampson. Sitting, from left: Ian Coggins, Nick Woolven, Richard Nichols, Andy Heavens, Jim Moran. Picture: SUBMITTED

“The team is scattered far and wide now and players travelled back from all over the UK including Scotland, Yorkshire, Devon and London,” said Mr Coggins.

“One player even flew back from the USA. For most, this was the first time they had seen each other for 38 years.”

In the evening the group met in North Walsham’s Black Swan pub to reminisce and celebrate until the early hours.

Mr Coggins added: “The reunion was a great success and the group plan to meet again on a more regular basis in the future.”

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