Mr Thomas (aka Tiny Tim) playing Cricket

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Mr Thomas (aka Tiny Tim) playing Cricket

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Julian Atkinson

By Martin Hearnden on Friday, March 01, 2002 - 02:39 am: Julian walks away from the Pavilion after the match on Parents Day in 1971. Chris Bevan holds forth on the balcony and Mr. Thomas (Christian name eludes me) returns the stumps to the Pavilion. Julian, sadly no longer with us, would have been one of the better cricketers to grace the school during the entire time it was open By Andrew Goolding on Friday, March 01, 2002 - 02:52 am: Thanks for the great photo Martin. Any of us who remember facing Julian's bowling in the nets or on the field have reason to remember his cricketing skills. Apart from his sporting abilities he was a very nice chap and I took on his role as dining room supervisor (special duties) when he moved up to prefect. Mr Thomas's christian name is Angus. Mr Thomas had the honour of giving me my very first lesson at Ottershaw - metalwork, where I learned how to file and use a hacksaw but went on to greater things with planished bowls, coffee tables, lathed brass thingies and many other items, some of which I still have. I'd see him now and then after he left the school to work elsewhere and he always had the time to say hello. He was one of the few teachers who managed to get any decent work out of me and I thoroughly enjoyed his Technical Drawing and metalwork lessons. By Collins 133 on Friday, March 01, 2002 - 09:20 am: Great photo Martin. We need to see more of this sort of thing! I think that this Parents Day match was the one were John Hampson smashed my Dads off-breaks all over the park! When Julian left he joined the cricket club that my Dad and I played for. (Olinda CC who have since become Olinda Vandals CC having amalgamated with University Vandals Rugby Club. I kept wicket for a couple of seasons in the first eleven with Julian opening the bowling and I can vouch for his abilities. Apart from being genuinely quick he had great control and many wickets were taken behind the stumps and at slip. He was much liked by the other players and respected by the opposition at a time when cricket was competitive but not full of the nonsense that is prevalent now. (Example 1 - Glenn McGrath, having beaten the outside edge of Edo Brandes of Zimbabwe for the fifth consecutive delivery, "Why are you so fat Edo?" Edo without hesitation, "Cos every time I f*** your wife she gives me a biscuit!" Quality sledge! By Collins 133 on Monday, March 04, 2002 - 01:30 pm: Having looked at this picture again I think that it is me in the yellow North house vest on the right talking to Andy Purcell in the hooped cap. Any one spot any other faces?