In 1957, I joined the staff of Lendrick Muir School (or, as it was then, Naemoor School) as Principal Teacher of French.

Naturally, I have many memories (good and bad!) of my days in Lendrick Muir School but, if reminiscing is expected here, the subject of sport must must take priority.

During the late Fifties Boys Hockey was in the capable hands of Mr. John Grieve (Headmaster) and Mrs. Molly Clark who ensured that the hockey teams gained a good reputation in the Midland Boys League. On taking over the responsibility of Boys Hockey in 1953, I was ably assisted by Alex Morrice, Joe Campbell and Maurice Bridgeland (whose 3rd Eleven was undefeated for a year - if my memory serves me right). But special mention must be made of colleague Ian Kerr who worked unstintingly and with unmatched enthusiasm to help Lendrick Muir produce an excellent team of players. While I had a lengthy stay in hospital, he proved to be an inspiring coach.

What was the most successful year?

I think 1965-66. The Midlands Hockey Sixes Cup was won and we provided an International player Neil Walker. Three years later, Bob Stewart also gained an International Cap. Incidentally, he went on to win Senior International honours. Other Lendrick Muir former pupils who represented their country against England, Ireland and Wales were Kenneth Dick, Alastair Ramsay and Ross Cowan.

While on this subject of Sport I remember the start of official School Cricket. Although, not so successful as the Hockey teams, we had two Cricket Elevens who were no less enthusiastic. I wonder if Brian Hardie (Stenhousemuir Colts) now opening batsman for Essex (along with Graham Gooch) ever thinks of the time he scored a half-century, took 8 wickets and also kept  wicket on pitch No. 1 at Lendrick Muir School!

Ah - yes. these days of the Sixties were the days!

J.S. SIM

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