P.R.V. - Sports
are the members of the PRV Football Team taken at their inaugural game
after they had been re-formed and managed in circa 1968 by "leading hand" in the blacksmith’s shop.
Darryl Burton went from player to manager..
Row: [L to R] (NK) - (Mike Simpson) - (NK) - (NK) - (NK) -
(John Doyle) - (Daryl
Front Row: [L to R] (NK) - (Dave Edwards) - (Kenny White) - (NK) - (NK) - (Davy Edwards) - (NK)
John Doyle (pictured above) sent in the above image (click to enlarge) and writes: "Earlier teams played on the grounds of the Greyhound Stadium next to the factory; that was demolished by 1975 A Sunday League side was also formed and being a good competitive team moved from Division 12 to Division 3. The teams had their Home-Ground at Kingsbury (not far from the Vanden-Plas factory). They also used the PRV canteen for indoor training as it was large enough to accommodate full five-a-side games. Other known team members were Ray Burrows and Mike Liefboro (& his brother) & some external players. Later Darryl Burton (pictured above) managed the teams. Other sports included a Cricket Team for which myself (John Doyle), Kenny White & Charlie (whose surname isn't known). Additionally there was an indoor 202-calibre rifle range coached by an ex. National Champion. And both Table Tennis, played both in the factory and the local League, and Darts between factory workshops were popular"
(Can anyone identify any of the unnamed players or confirm any uncertain identities? Ed.)
John Doyle recently found this PRV shirt badge and kindly sent in a picture.
And not to be forgotten is the intense and highly competitive sport of Marbles (well Ball Bearings actually).
Here five members of the drawing office gather on the roof of PRV's main building, during lunch, ready to engage in the ancient spectator sport of Ball Bearings (sorry, Marbles). With two contenders per team, one of the group will be taking the important role of Umpire making certain that the "Marbles" are of the correct weight and evenly distributed to ensure fair play. On this occasion the role of 'spectator' was taken by the photographer!