HOME AIR COMMAND SPOIl Association
Home Air Command Challenge Cup Final
WITH BOTH finalists coming from the extreme ends of the British Isles,
R.N.A.S. Bramcote was selected as the
neutral venue for the final of the Air Command Challenge Cup, between R.N.A.S. lee-on-Solent and R.N.A.S.
I .OSSlCfllOUth on Wednesday, l)ecem- her II. After a morning of torrential rain I.
and high wind the ground conditions weather broke and he rain stopped I-
were extremely had, but. fortunately. j, he
just prior to the kick-off. Lossiernotith kicked off and within ii b
ard into attack, culminating n a very eat pass by Honey, through to lulry, who scored an excellent goal to
events the Lee forwards. pressed iouth at this stage were gradually Hockcg
Home Air Command Week
veil the score. The game slowed tip THE HOME Air Command Hockey ansiderably as it progressed: Lossie-
Week, held November 17 to 24. was
arcing the pace, and in the 73rd the most successful for many years. tinute (rawley, their centre forward, The most encouraging feature this based a loose ball out to the right ing and, from practically on the goal
ne, crossed a splendid high centre. A very hard game ensued versus his was deflected off the head of the
season was the appearance of a fast and lively young forward line.
seconds had forced a cdrner, which the tI I cc defence managed to clear. It was t I evident that both teams s crc experi- e encing cup tic nerves, resulting in rash
ar, to rebound on to the foot of FI.A.C. to emerge winners by the Ia iii i It on, s ho drove it well into he narrow margin of 3 goals to 2. ack of theThematch against Sussex "A'' on I.ee
struggled hard to equalise i le closing rain tites of the game, hi
cc centre half into the hands of the 17, in which the speed and skill of the oalkeepcr, who parried it along the Command forwards enabled
Bournemouth on Sunday, November the
ic final whistle beat all their last the Command won 5--I. it was liv no Iforts and the honours weni it) I
10111 h. ss ho are to be most htea rt ii ., -. - --, .
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uIc Ill this
means a runass .iy victory, but mainly _.
I I: match. . .igainst
November 20. when again the forwards blended well to achieve a win by 3
Areasonably easy game was played Havant
on Wednesday. __________ . - ' ' . . ' - .
played at }I.M.S. Sultan on Thurs(l.o. Nvember 2 1. the Con~niand expe te'(]' a hard battle. but once again our for-
'SaRI line really came into their own and proved to he much faster
.The only match lost was against .
their opponents, resulting in another splendid win by 4 goals to 2.
than I - I. -
Dorset "A" on Friday. November 22. This game was played in bitterly cold
weather, and because of the had con- ditions the game developed into a
- Winning team, R.N.A.S., I.ossuciiiouth
scrappy affair in which the Command lost Lw 3 goals to 2.
teams, Lee were the more balanced on-Solent, 1
Final result: Lossiernouth, 2- Lee- Portsmouth, on Saturday. November 23, when both forward lines played
HOME AIR COMMAND ., SOUTHAMPTON F.C. XI
team opened the score with two quick -.
and wild kicking: therefore, very little congratulated on winning this coveted in the game versus Portsmouth Corn- constructive football was seen in the trophy for the first time. early stages of the game. Of the two
A hue exhibition of hockey was seen rn.in
d played at U.S. Officers ground.
side initially and blended well con-superblythroughout. I he Portsmouth sidering the muddy and slippery state of the pitch; they pressed home re-
pealed attacks, only to falter in frontA friendly trial game versus a
of goal. Credit must he given to Cairns, Southampton F.C. XI was played on the l.ossiemouth goalkeeper. who Monday. December 16, with the object
handled the slippery ball splendidly of trying out some new players against and hought off many a spectacular strong opposition.
save. The teams struggled hard, but at half-time there was no score,
the first half but after a few positional\ Southampton had most of the play in
Both teams settled down in the changes at half-time, the H.A.C. Selec- second half, having go accustomed to tors were well satisfied in that, as a
the heavy ground conditions, and result of this trial, they have now estab- better football was produced, play lished
two swinging from end to end. Lossiemouth positions. previously doubtful opened tip the score in the 55th minuteThe hard and frozen ground made I
through Burden, their inside right, who play most difficult throughout the on receiving the ball from a goal kick match in which the outstanding player took a first-time drive, from 30 yards, was N. A. Long, the H.A.C. goal-
to steer the ball into an unguarded keeper. goalmouth.Finalresult: Home Air Command, Spurred on by this unexpected (urn 2; Southampton F.C. Xl. 3.
lluqbq, Football Bainbara Trophy Final
AFTER WINNING their way through at hay with very good kicking by Ford, three earlier rounds of inter-station who by now were gradually demon- rugby, R.N.A.S. Ford and R.N.A.S. strating their superior skill. The packs
At the start both teams quickly three-quarter line.
settled down. Stretton opened the score, I penalty); Stretton, 6 points (I drop after a series of strong forward attacks, goal, I penalty). with a drop goal and they continued to
do most of the pressing, helped on by troduced to Flag Officer Air (Home), a strong wind at their hacks.
"-" . .
After the game the teams were in- - $. _ . (11 -
"By jove, I didn't know they wore bell-bottoms too"
Streilon competed in he final game, were evenly matched, but Ford showed played at R.N.A.S. Ycovilton on Mon- greater strength and ability in their goals which only served to increase the day, December 2.
Final score: Ford, 13 points (2 goals,prepared to give an inch throughout this enjoyable match, which resulted in
"t raw 44.
In the annual fixture. Combined Air/Porismuth Commands versus the
In the second half, Stretton con- C.V.O., D.S.O.. O.B.F., who presented players were selected. This was an tinned to force the pace, but were kept the coveted "Banihara" Trophy.
Vice-Admiral W. T. Couchman C.B.. Royal Artillery. 6 the score 2-- -2.
extremely interesting game, with both sides evenly matched, as evidenced by
Summary of results
Home Air Command, 3; Bourne- mouth, 2.
Home Air Command, 5; Sussex I-Ionic Air Command, 3; Havant, 0.
I ' - . - " - . - - . H ome Air Command, 4; Hampshire, Home Air Command, 2; Dorset "A,"
Home Air Command, 4; Ports- mouthCommind4
AIR/PORTSMOUTH % inning team, R .S., Ford .'illlllllllllhlllhlllltllllllllttlltlllllhllllhl
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MANI)S, 2, ROYAL AR1IL I.E.RY, 2.
com- I./SMN. PETER JAMES was born in
they moved to Bournemouth and James se:tlcd down at Ashley Secon-
dary School. New Milton. At the age of 16 he joined the Royal Navy at H.M.S. St. Vincent, and it was (here
ing. Within a 'ear he had won the St. Vincent light heavy-weight title and was runner-up in the Navy Junior
Championships. Next he went to H.M.S. Vanguard.
and in 1948 joined H.M.S. Nigeria and set off for two years in he South Atlantic Station, where there was not
much time for boxing. However, he
Brighton on March 3, 1931, where his family lived until lie was 10 years old:
Air Command tempu of the game; neither side was - - - - - - -k-, I " .- - ,
goals to 0. In the match against Hampshire.
. - ! I The angled flight deck of the Victorious
C. Tupper, C. Lc Messurier Scott, A. A. T. Seyrnour-llaydon, Ci. .1. Kirkhy, N. Ci. I lallctt. F. 0. hlolford, R. A. Begs. 3. E. L. Martin, A. Turnhull, D. L. Davenport;
J. S. Stevens. F. I'.ilrncr. L. 1). Enipson. D. B. Law, R. R. It. Macken,ie.
Kelly, J. t). Sayer. 3. I'. II. hllison. R. F. Park. A. J. hloyall. J. F. Moore. A. M.
Lt.-Cdr. to ('dr.: J. R. Stephens. 3. W.
J. B. (oltins. S. Jenncr. J. K. Stevens. R. t). Butt, D. W. I t:isla iii, J. W. t). Cook. F. Ci. Stearns, M. 11.3. Petrie. C. R. P. C. Branson. P. S. lOcks-Beach. C. 3. tIalfour. J. 0. Roberts, S. R. Sandford. I'. F. C.
Dennis. J - R. Routtey. I.. W. It. Taylor.
Iterger, R. II. Reynolds. M. It. hutton. K. M. Crosley. Engineering Branch-Cdr. to Capt.:
R. A. It. Hartley. K. I'. l'ratl, I'. L. Cloete. W. T. C. Ridley. t). B. II. Wildish.
Lt.-Cdr. to Cdr.: S. C. Ilayncs. T. P.
Irwin, P. S. Sindery. K. I.. I tcwitt. Ci. A. C. Edlcston. K. Ci. Hoddie. 3. C. Ilallifax. F. 3. W. Flower. It. V. W. Tyler. J. S. C.
Croshie. T. C. C. Greares. M. 3. Button. C. Reynolds.
Executive Branch.-Cdr. to Capt.: A.
HALF-YEARLY PROMOTIONS Electrical Branch.-Cdr. to Capt.: K.
A. Goudge. C. It. S. Wise.
Ci. H. Jessey, 6.-W. Bridle., R. Ci. -Lewis- Jones.
to (apt.: P. Weekcs. II. S. Spittle. Lt.-Cdr. to (dr.: M. IL.
Lt.-Cdr. to Cdr.: I'. D. Guy, 0. G. Morrison, C. F. Pullan. C. P. II. Gibbon,
I)ouglas.lhiley. t). J. P. M. Calnan. C. J. II. (;enge, W. N. Ash, K. A. Clarkson.
ch.-Instr.-Cdr. to Instr.-
('apt.: Ci. IL. ('. tt,itton. lnstr. Lt-Cdr. to Insir-Cdr. : I. R.
Finch. F. L. Campbell. P. 3. Poll. Medical Branch.-Sgn.-Cdr. to Sgn.-
Capt.: W. IL. Taylor, F. D. Catdwell.
Act. Int. Sgn.-Cdr. to Sgn.-Cdr.: W. E. Crockcr. Sgn. I.t.-Cdr. to Sgn.-Cdr.: K. T. John,
t.. C. It. Le Clerut. B. V. Jones, K. hI. Cowling. Dental B,nch.-Sgn. Lt.-Cdr. to Sgn.- Cdr. (I)): J. Ci. Richards. 0. N. Pleasant.
Carter. F. A. Allenhy.
Royal Marines.-Li.-Col. to Col.: P. L. Norcock, K. t). ltouighton. T. M. Gray. Major to Lt.-Col.: M. I'ound, J.
Supply and Secretariat Branch.-Cdr. I harvey. J.
Tuesday. November 19 produced the highest score of the series. Although
due to the brilliance of N. A. Prescott,. .l
I - -,-
.H.M.S. Victorious THE PILOT'S VIEW
Sportsman L./SMN. PETER JAMES
)f the Month
managed to win the Station Champion- ships at Simonstown, heating A.B. Stringer by a knock-out in the second round.
moving up into the heavyweight class, he was runner-up in the Plymouth
Command Championships. hul, as luck would have it, was taken to Portsmouth
string. There lie got through to the final and became Navy Champion for the first time, apart from 1952 when he was in hospital, and 195354 when lie %%-as abroad, he has never lost it. Whilst in lie Far Fast lie had plenty of time to indulge in his other interests
won the I.S.H.A. title and reached the finals of the A.B.A.. where he was
narrowly outpointed by I)ennis Rowe. In June he received the great honour
of being asked o box for England
against Norway and against Wales, both of which contests he won. On October 12 lie met (lie Russian and
that he first became interested in box- European champion. Aldigras Shot-
sikas. at Wembley and was beaten. In October. 1956. lie joined H.M.S.
Ark Royal, where he has done much to encourage the younger members of
the ship's company to take tip boxing and has been in many ways respon- sible for their successes.
He is expecting o heave the Navy in January and live in Bournemouth.
Iii 1955, representing the Navy, he for the Navy Championships as second Returning to Devonport in 1951 and
such as soccer and rugger. both of which lie played for his ship, II. M S. St. Bride's Bay.
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