More memories of girls v boys game

The Cowslips versus The Killers
The Cowslips versus The Killers

A photograph of a 1950s fancy dress football match we featured two weeks ago has brought back some memories for readers.

Esther Collington, from the Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake, sent in this picture from the same game, which pitted the boys’ team The Killers against the girls’ team The Cowslips.

She said the match, in aid of Alf Syson from the town who was ill and couldn’t work, was played on what is now Kirk Hallam Lake and in the picture are Dennis Collington, Raymond Sivills and Mayoress Mrs D. Wright, but she couldn’t name the player on the right in the frilly shorts. The game was included in the book Memories of Kirk Hallam, published in 1998.

In the attached photo, left to right are referee Bill Barrowcliffe, ?, Mayoress Mrs D Wright, ?, Dennis Collington, Raymond Sivills, Peter Hallam, ?.

The match was played on the area of what is now Kirk Hallam lake.

Also, please find below two extracts from the ‘Memories of Kirk Hallam’ which was published in 1998 by the Friends of Kirk Hallam Church, copies of which are available from myself (text only no photos, via email, donations to All Saints’ Church, Kirk Hallam).


By Joyce Sivills (nee Stirland)

What a football match that was. It was played down Parkin’s fields, shortly after the War, and was a charity match for Alf Syson who had been ill.

All the village turned out that Sunday morning to watch. The Cowslips were the local young women and girls, and the Killers (the men) all dressed up. My brother Geoff was a matador, brother Harry dressed like a girl (very pretty) and my husband, Ray, dressed in pyjamas, one leg cut off, a skull cap on, and an aluminium hot water bottle around his waist. Dennis Collington had on a lovely dress and bonnet. Most had lace around their shorts and wore funny hats. Bill Barrowcliffe was referee and Mrs Wright, the Mayoress, kicked off.