YOUR FOOTBALLS NOT COMING HOME AS ECCLES NEIGHBOURS FALL OUT IN FOOTBALL SHOCKER!
And so keeping the ball rolling with the football theme, I bring you this story culled from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal, July 1918.
An everyday story of neighbours falling out over the trivial matter of a football landing in there garden which in turn leads to an appearance at the local court with a charge of assault and wilful damage.
Eccles Magistrates Court heard the case which didn't go into extra time thanks to the Magistrate keeping his eye on his watch and deciding that 90 minutes was enough for anybody.
James Knowles who resided at Stanley Avenue, Eccles was summoned by Alfred Brooke charged with doing wilful damage to the front door of his property in Stanley Avenue, he was also charged with assaulting the tenant of the property, Minnie Birch Williams.
Minnie told the court that she was at in her front garden with her children enjoying the fine weather when a football landed in it, ruining their peaceful afternoon sojourn.
The ball had been kicked in by a boy the younger brother of James Knowles.
According to Minnie the boy in an "insolent manner" told her to give the ball back and then turning towards her son who was sat next to her, threatened to "knock his blithering clock round" if he didn't hurry up and return the ball.
I must admit I have never heard that expression before, how quaint.
James Knowles then appeared on the scene and told her that people could also be awkward and that if the ball was not returned in five minutes he would kick the front door in to get it back.
She then alleged that James leapt over the garden fence in an attempt to snatch the ball back and in so doing, he knocked the garden gate open which hit her, causing bruises to her leg and back.
Not content with bowling her over he chased her son who had wisely raced into the safety of his house, still clutching the football and slammed the door shut behind him.
James with a kick that David Beckham would have been proud of, he booted the door so hard that the front handle came off.
Minnie's father, Alfred Brookes then took the stand and said the damage to the door was three shillings and sixpence, but that the Knowles family had plagued his daughter and her family for a long time and were "unsavoury neighbours".
He was so outraged by the damage to his front door that he waited for a full day before calling at the Knowles house to ask for an apology, possibly luckily for him the house was empty.
Undeterred and no doubt further outraged he then authorised a solicitor to send a letter to the Knowles family demanding an apology.
If you have ever read,"Diary of a Nobody" by George and Weedon Grossmith, you will identify Mr Brookes with the "hero" of the book, Charles Pooter.
James Knowles took to the stand and as can be imagined told a different account of what had happened that fateful day.
He said that he was asked by his younger brother and sister if he would get the ball back for them as they had been waiting for half an hour for it.
He politely asked the boy in the garden if he could have the ball back, only to be told, "Come and get it, if you dare"
James jumped over the garden fence to retrieve the ball and sadly knocked Minnie over, accidentally, of course, the boy had run into the house and slammed the door shut so hard that it caught James boot thus accidentally causing the door handle to fall off.
Sounds plausible enough to me.
The Magistrate no doubt wanting to go home or for his dinner weighed up the options available to him.
He fined James three shillings and sixpence for the damage to the door and court costs.
As for Minnies injuries? he decided that there had been a technical assault but that no injury was intended and the charge was dropped.
Do you think that these two neighbours would soon be throwing open their front doors and welcoming each other in for a brew and a chinwag whilst laughing at the absurdity of the court case?...me neither.
Don't be alarmed if you are walking through the streets of Eccles and see scarecrows popping out of gardens, hedges and bushes, it's only entries for the inaugural Eccles, Winton, and Monton Scarecrow Festival organised by Megan Dwyer a teaching assistant at Clarendon Road School.
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We went down to her school as she explained what the festival was all about.
We took a drive around to see some Scarecrows and were delighted at the variety and imagination that have gone into making them, Super heroes, Harry Potters, Mary Poppins, The Big Friendly Giant, Wee Willy Winkie, and an amazing Yellow Brick Road themed front garden.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EMWScarecrowFestival/
It is great to see so many people coming together and making a concerted effort to have fun and everybody who has participated deserves a pat on the back if not a prize! and hopefully this will be an annual event.
So get out, get spotting and get voting!
There are four easy to follow trails, covering, Eccles, Monton, Peel Green, Brookhouse, Winton which pinpoints where the scarecrows are located, they can be picked up from the following establishments.
Barlow and White, Monton, The Monton Van, Green Lane, Morrisons, Eccles, New Happiness Chippy, Winton
ECCLES BORN JOURNALIST AND 'BRITAINS GREATEST NEWSPAPER EDITOR' SIR HAROLD EVANS, DIES FROM HEART FAILURE IN NY, AGED 92By KARL
A local journalist who was once declared Fleet Streets greatest newspaper editor has died aged 92-years old in New York.
Harold Evans was born on the 28th of June 1928 in Patricroft, Eccles, son of Welsh parents who had moved to Eccles, his father finding employment as a local train driver.
He would go on to enjoy a career in journalism which would span 70 years but very much founded in local journalism.
Sir Harold found employment as a journalist with the Manchester Evening News but built his reputation back in the 1960's as the hard hitting editor of the Northern Echo, working on campaigns which led to national screening for cervical cancer which has undoubtedly saved countless lives over they years as well as in reducing air pollution which at the time and as now, was a major problem in inner cities and urban areas.
He also tirelessly investigated and campaigned for compensation for British expectant mothers who had been prescribed Thalidomide during the late 1950's, which led to thousands of children being born with missing limbs, deformed hearts, as well as a whole host of other birth defects attributed to the drug which was administered to prevent morning sickness.
His campaign led to an increase in the compensation given to victims by drug manufacturer Distillers Company.
Sir Harold would spend some 14-years as editor of the Sunday Times, then moving on to edit the Times of London, not long after Rupert Murdoch bought the paper in 1981. His term with the publication would last only a year as he quit or was rather ousted after a dispute with the Australian media mogul over editorial independence.
The giant of journalism never forgot his humble working class roots and used his talents to both represent and fight for the people of this country during many media campaigns.
For his efforts, in 2004 he was bestowed with a knighthood by the Queen for his services to British Journalism.
However it was during 2002 that he was given the even higher honour in his eyes of being named as the greatest newspaper editor of all time by Britain's Press Gazette and the British Journalism Review, an accolade he cherished.
In his final years, Evans would continue to write and conduct interviews as editor-at-large of Thomson Reuters. He would continue to encourage journalists old both and young.
Sir Harold passed away due to congestive heart failure in New York, according to his second wife Tina Brown.
Police were called after a crash involving a blue Renault and a Grey Vauxhall vehicles outside of the Wellington Pub on Worsley Road in Eccles on Tuesday (8th September).
One of the vehicles is suspected as being stolen and the occupant is said to have fled the scene before the arrival of emergency services.
Fortunately the occupant of the other vehicle who was on his way home from work, was not seriously injured.
Officers from GMP Tweeted: