Youngsters were setting standard in football and netball in 1980


Harlands School certainly knew how to produce strong sports teams in the 1980s.

In July, we told you about their cricket and swimming squads and this week it’s the turn of the footballers.



This bunch of likely lads won the Haywards Heath area primary school six-a-side tournament in November 1980.

Held at Oathill School, the match was part of the English Schools national six-a-side tournament. Harlands were no strangers to the tournament, having represented Mid Sussex the year before.

The 1980 team was made up of, back row, from left: Magnus Gorham, Jonathan Graham, Roger Tullock, Christian McCleod. Front row, from left: Sean O’Donoghue, Gavan Collins, Rohan Massey and Simon Baker.

The boys won all six of their games, scoring 11 goals and not conceding any.

They went on to play the Burgess Hill area winners to decide which school would represent Mid Sussex in the finals. Does anyone know if they won?

When it came to netball, the school to beat was Oakmeeds, in Burgess Hill.

This picture shows the girls of the under 16 team who had just proved themselves queens of the court.

They beat rivals from seven other local schools to win the regional finals in the preliminary round of the National Schools netball tournament.

Oakmeeds went through to the next round along with the Millais school, from Horsham, who were runners-up.

Pictured are, back row, from left: Amanda Goodwin, Sarah Ashdown, Sarah Ashdown, Carol Auchterlonie, Amanda Fenny. Front row, from left: Paula Dean, Allison Chitty and Jane Cook.

Does anyone know how the team fared against Millais?

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