I have today (19th September 2013) spoken to Derek Spratt who, thanks to Mayfield teacher Derek Trewin, was given my phone number as they both live close to each other in Bideford. Derek was a swimmer and later Head Swimming Coach at Ilford Swimming Club. He is recovering from a very bad illness and I am sure a number of Mayfield Memories Members who swam at Ilford, Seven Kings and Sans Egal Swimming Clubs will wish him well. During our conversation he informed me that Gerry Larcombe, a teacher at Mayfield, had died in a traffic accident in the 1980s. Gerry was a diving judge at the 1960 Rome Olympics, and in the 1970s was President of the Southern Counties Swimming Association.
8th December 2013 – I know a number of the Mayfield Memories site members swam competitively for the local swimming clubs in the late 1950s and early 60s and will be sorry to hear that today I recieved an email from Derek Spratt’s daughter that he passed away yesterday. Derek was not a Mayfield School pupil but swam for Ilford Swimming Club and was also Head Coach for a period. He will be well known by many on this site and I am sure they will be sorry to hear the news. I know Derek was particularly keen to make contact with Pat Baines who was a Mayfield School pupil and swam for Great Britain and her brother George who was also a Mayfield pupil.
13th December 2013 – On Wed 18th December I will be travelling down to Devon and staying overnight with Mayfield teacher Derek Trewin so I can attend the funeral of Derek Spratt. Whilst searching through old photos etc to take down to him I found the football team sheet for the 1964 Dagenham Council Playleader Scheme cup final. It was held on the 7th March 1964 at the old Dagenham arena.
In our line up for All Saints United (St Chads Park) were at least eight Mayfield boys including Pat Lavery, who is a regular contributor to this site, and four of us played in the school cup final for Mayfield v Beal a year later. The team was; in Goal D. Smith, RB Geoff Hopkins, LB Colin Webb, RH Paul Cane, CH Micky Pereira, LH Brian Meaks, RW Malcolm Staight, IR Paul Sutton, CF J. Murrey, IL R. Richardson, LW Pat Lavery. I remember we won but does Pat remember the score as I don’t?