Brian Hill

Brian Hill Mexborough Tech Old Boys 1956 with Mexborough Association League Cup, Challenge
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Brian Hill played in the hugely successful Mexborough Tech Old Boys team in the 1950s.  For each match he produced reports and has played a big part in the Old Boys keeping in touch with each other.

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Tech Old Boys in 1995 taken at a presentation to Clarrie Mason on his 90th birthday
Back row : Malcolm Pinder, Roy Massey. Ken Lee, Bob Wakefield, Geoff Church, Brian Dutton, Tommy Richardson, John McCall, Brian Hill. Front row : Don Lancashire, Brian Parks, Clarrie Mason, Ken King.

Roy Massey played in a handful games as a forward during 1958-1961 in the Sheffield Hatchard League. He later became a football coach at Arsenal.

Brian Hill
Born at Conisbrough in 1939. Attended Conisbrough Secondary Modern School 1950-1952 and in 1951-1952 played in goal for the Intermediate team. We finished top of Don & Dearne Intermediate League.

Was a student at Mexborough Schofield Technical School from 1952-1955. Represented the school at football (centre-half), cricket and athletics. Became Head Boy in the final year.

Joined Mexborough Tech Old Boys football team straight from leaving school aged 16 for the 1955-1956 season playing at right back. The first season outside school football brought four trophies: Mexborough Challenge Cup, Invitation Cup, Mexborough Association League Cup and Mexborough Association Cup. The team won every local honour except the Montague Cup, beaten finalists 1-2 against Dearne Community Miners Welfare on Denaby United ground. In the following season 1956-1957 the team won the Montague Cup, after a nail biting extra time, defeating Hickleton Main 3-2 at Hampden Road, Mexborough.  The team also won the Yorkshire Old Boys Shield, defeating Beverley Old Grammarians (Hull) 2-1 under floodlights on Doncaster Rovers Belle Vue ground.  The team finished second in the Mexborough Association League to Hickleton Main and reached the semi-final of the Rotherham Charity Cup, losing 0-3 to Parkgate Welfare in a replay after drawing 3-3. In season 1957-1958 the team played in the West Riding Old Boys League (Division 2) and finished top of the league. The team won the West Riding Old Boys Senior Cup defeating Huddersfield Old Grammarians 5-1 on Denaby United ground. In seasons 1958 -1964 the team played in the Sheffield Hatchard League, finishing 5th in 1958-1959 and 6th in 1959-1960 and 1960-1961. I played at centre-half in seasons 1960-1964.

In January 1964 I moved to Darlington, County Durham to progress my job career in engineering. I continued playing football in the Darlington & District League for Gainford United as a wing half. In season 1965-1966 we were beaten cup finalists after drawing 1-1 on Darlington Feethams ground.

Career wise. On leaving school in 1955 age 16 I joined Robert Jenkins & Co. Limited in Rotherham as an indentured student apprentice engineer and become a Design Draughtsman at 21 after achieving Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.  Joined Whessoe Limited, Darlington in January 1964 as a Design Engineer.  Further progression was achieved with companies Air Products (Surrey and then Acrefair, Wrexham), Conoco (South Killingholme, Humberside) and British Petroleum where a position of General Manager Engineering was held with a BP Venture Company Kaldair Limited (Feltham and later Sunbury, Middlesex) during the 1980’s. These were followed by Engineering Manager and later Operations Director with Urquhart Engineering Co Limited (Perivale, Middlesex) for 5 years. Then Managing Director of Hotwork Development Ltd, Dewsbury a West Yorkshire combustion engineering company for 3 years. In 1994 I joined Hamworthy Combustion Engineering Ltd in Poole, Dorset involved in the management of engineering design and construction of thermal oxidiser international projects, the last 12 years working with South Korean and Japanese shipyards on LNG Carrier projects. I retired in 2016 aged 77 after working full-time for 61 years.

December 2021