Events

Eric Brook Plaque Unveiling

The plaque commemorating Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful Footballer, was unveiled on Friday May 25th at the Mexborough Athletic Sports ground. Can You spot Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee in the photograph below?

Summerbee and Brook family

He is the silver haired chap in the white shirt, with his arm around Eric’s Grandson and another member of the Brook family.

After the unveiling all repaired to the bar for a buffet and celebration.

Eric Brook event Heritage group

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Forthcoming Events

Eric Brook Plaque Unveiling

Join us at the Mexborough Athletic Club on Friday 25th of May at 10am to celebrate the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in honour of Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful footballer, in the company of Manchester City’s Mike Summerbee, and Ed Miliband.

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Lectures

Eric Brooke: From Mexborough to Maine Road

The next in the society’s series of lectures, on Wednesday April 25th will be the story of Mexborough’s most accomplished footballer, Eric Brooke, who’s blue plaque is soon to be unveiled at the Athletic ground in in the town. Brooke made 493 appearances for Manchester City between 1928 and 1939, scoring 177 goals, a record that has only recently been elipsed by Sergio Aguero.  He also scored 18 goals in 78 appearances for Barnsley and 10 in 18 for England. Bill Lawrence will be looking at the life of the man behind the statistics. The meeting is, as usual, at the Concertina Band Club on Dolcliffe Road, at 7.15.

 

Allport's Eye

The Footballer and the School Inspector

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Winger Eric Brook who started out with Wath Athletic when he was 16, scored 177 goals for Manchester City between the wars. This remained a record for almost 80 years.

His career began at Barnsley where he scored‘1‘8 goals between 1925 and 1928.

Eric also played 18 times for England between 1929 and 1937 scoring 10 goals.

Historian Bill Lawrence said ‘ Many of us are familiar with some of Mexborough’s famous names such as Ted Hughes, Brian Blessed, Keith Barron and iron Hague but we don’t have much knowledge of Eric, a forgotten hero’.

Anyone with further information about Eric is asked to contact Bill at billwlawrence@hotmail.com or call Margaret Roper at Mexborough library on 01709 582037

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Author of the hilarious Dales school inspector books, Gervaise Phinn was born in Rotherham in 1948. He has had a distinguished career in education, both as a teacher and visiting Prof of education. Same would describe him as the James Herriot of the school inspector world. This is hard to avoid because his books are both hilarious and perceptive.

Derek Allport