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The idea for forming the ’50s Boys came to Paul Nihill M.B.E. in 2007 when at the opening of the Paul Nihill M.B.E. hall at the Sir Philip Game Centre he realised that amongst those present was the SPG winning team of the 1959 Croydon Youth Cross Country Championship: Stan Rogers (1st), Paul Nihill (2nd), John Flynn (3rd) and John Quinn (7th). In 2009 he organised their first reunion at the Alma Tavern. The winning squad was present together with several other rivals from the 1950s including Mickey Mead and Jack Seymour, both boys’ club runners.

With the help of Mickey Mead, Paul set about tracing the Surrey County NABC team that travelled to Manchester in April 1957 to contest the National NABC Cross Country Championship. They located six of the eight competitors from the two teams (Junior/Senior). They being Steve Warzee (3rd) and Mickey Mead (13th) from the Juniors and Mike Hindle (6th), Jack Seymour (10th), Paul Nihill (69th) and John Quinn (94) from the Seniors. Their trip to Manchester was all paid for and for the majority of the boys it was probably the furthest any of them had travelled. It was for Paul and the majority of the other boys a big deal. The second reunion in 2010 saw five of the six Manchester 1957 boys in attendance. The only one who could not make it was Mick Kindle who lived way down in Devon.

The 2011 reunion got together the first four Surrey/Croydon boy race walkers: Paul Nihill (1956), Peter Selby (1957), Dave Delaney (1957) and Richard Miles (1957). Few kids tried race walking in those days. Their first four reunions were held at the Alma Tavern, not a hundred yards from where Paul was brought up in the war years.

The 2013 reunion took place at The Orchard on Cherry Orchard Road, near East Croydon station. The 2014 reunion celebrated the 60th anniversary of Stan Rogers (1st), Jack Seymour (3rd), Mick Hindle (5), and Paul Nihill (6th), all competing against each other for the first time in the 1954 Surrey NABC Cross Country Championship at Tattenham Corner in May 1954.

Whilst they started out as the ’50s Boys they welcome everybody to their reunions including local veteran road runners and veteran race walkers.

Email the club at contact@spgcentre.co.uk for further details

Saturday 6th July, 2013 at 11 noon to 4pm
Join us for our annual fun day. This year the chaps from BECW will be erecting a ring and creating total wrestle mayhem.

Sir Philip Game Centre

This year our guest of honour will be Dorit Oliver-Wolff. Dorit was a pop singer back in the ’60s who once performed a fundraiser for the club at the Fairfield Halls. What people may not know is that Dorit is a Holocaust survivor. She survived the war in Budapest with her mother — they were on the run for years narrowly evading capture. After the war as a singer she was popular in Germany and was, ironically, a pin up for the German Air Force. You can find out more about her amazing life on her website — www.doritoliverwolff.com.

Dorit Oliver-Wolff

What a knockout. Dorit Oliver-Wolff in ring at the Sir Philip Game Club in Croydon.


A big thank you to Menta Redrow Ltd. for donating some much needed furniture to the Sir Philip Game Centre. Thanks guys.


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Friday Evenings – April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
6.30pm -9.00pm

Following on from the success of The London School of Lucha Libre visit back in June, 2012, we are please to announce that BECW (British Extreme Championship Wrestling) will be running a six week wrestling course at the club ending with show at the Addiscombe Carnival on 26th May, 2013.

BECW is a London based Family run Professional Wrestling promotion founded in 2003 by Ben & Nicole Lawrence featuring high-octane shows and offering expert training. With nearly 20 years Wrestling experience they offer training to anyone over the age of 12. Big, small,large or slim… it does not matter, as long as you have the willingness to learn.

One of the best things about BECW is that they are local. They train every Sunday down the road at Beverly Hall on Grant Road.

Wrestling Poster, BECW

South Croydon Table Tennis Club will be running sessions for under 16s from 5th March 2013. The sessions will run from 6 pm until 7:30 pm on a Tuesday evening. All are welcome from beginners to more experienced players. The sessions will be run by qualified coaches in a group format. The cost to participants will be £5 per session.

Drop them a line for more info.
Mobile: 07889 648925
Email: southcroydontabletennisclub@yahoo.co.uk

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