H06925 — Pells School Football Group, 1914

Box 77


Image 2: Pells Admission Register

Image 3: Pells Log Book


Sussex Express 3 April 1914 — Brilliant Football by Lewes Schoolboys’ — Christopher Nichols, Researcher Reeves Archive Project

Audio transcript at bottom of page


The Pells School team were the champions of the Lewes and District Elementary Schools Football League in 1913/1914. This picture shows the boys spruced up for the presentation of the cup, with Mr Cull who was in charge of the team. An afternoon school holiday celebrated their success.


This picture shows the Pells School football team , proud winners of the Lewes and District Elementary Schools Football League for the 1913/1914 season. They clinched the league with a 3-2 win over the Central School at the Convent Field, the scorers were Daniel Pender with two and Arthur Nichols. The teacher in charge was Mr Cull, ’(his) knowledge of the game has enabled him to bring out some promising young players’ according to the Sussex Express. This was most likely taken on the 14th May 1914 when the cup was awarded.


The team all lived in streets local to the school, most were 13 and would be leaving school on their 14th birthday. Their fathers were employed in a mixture of skilled jobs like blacksmiths, house painters, iron founders and one (Butchers) was a race horse trainer. One of them, Arthur Sales left just five days after the match was played, Two of the players in the team were to lose elder brothers in the war ; Harold Butchers’ brother George Frederick was killed near Arras in May 1917 and is buried in the Roeux British Cemetery  and John Johnson’s brother George Edward died at Richebourg in May 1915, he is buried at the Bethune Town Cemetery.


“Report of a football match played on April 3rd 1914 in the Sussex Express




By defeating the Lewes Central School on Friday last the Pells School became champions of the Lewes and District Elementary Schools Football League. The game was played in the Convent Field before a large and enthusiastic crowd, and provided as much excitement and interesting play as any cup final. The game was very fast and the play on both sides was far above the average school football. In the first half the Central School had the advantage of wind and sun and soon became aggressive and the Pells defence was given an anxious and busy time. Huggett, in the Pells goal, made many fine saves, stopping and clearing shots in brilliant style. A clever combined run up the field relieved the pressure, and a great centre by B. Care was steered between the sticks by Pender. The Central played up hard for the equalizer, and it was only the clever goalkeeping of Huggett which prevented a score on several occasions. Just before the interval Guy obtained a goal from a centre by Miller, and the halftime score was one all. The second half opened with fast and even play, both goalkeepers being frequently tested. The Pells boys were lasting better than their opponents and after Blaber had partly cleared a well-placed corner kick, Pender secured and scored with a fast grounder. A break away resulted in Burbridge being given offside, but soon after the same player got clean away again and equalized with a splendid shot. The Pells now fairly bombarded the Central goal and Blaber showed great skill in his clearances, one save at full length being very fine. A miskick by the Central left back let in Nichols who gave the Pells the victory, and the championship with a grand goal and the best shot of the match. The end came soon after, amid scenes of great excitement, and much cheering from the supporters of the “reds,” with the scores: Pell, 3; Central, 2.”