Apprentice intake 1977

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Back row (standing L-R)

Stuart Harries; John Davis; Derrick Morgan; ? ; David Cullen-Smith.

Upper middle row (standing L-R)

William “Bill” Toomney; Andy Jordan; Paul Curtis;¬†Stephen Hanks; ?¬†.

Lower middle row (standing L-R)

Rocco Collabella; Sean Crossan; Steve Bosley; Andrew Harries; John Seddon; Kevin Thomas; Randolph Patterson; Darryl Organ.

Bottom row (kneeling L-R)

Mervyn Sterry; Tony Sysum; Phillip Smith; Roy Stoves; Chris Barber; Tim Carrington-Staite; Jeremy “Jed” Marsh; ? .

Can you help us identify the remaining people in the photo? Or perhaps you are in the photo and remember what it was like to be part of this apprentice intake? If so, please leave a comment below.

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  • Hi
    Top row far right is me David Cullen-Smith.
    never used the Cullen part in those days.
    Second row down, second from right is Stephen Hanks, and very bottom row, first on left is Mervyn Sterry.
    Ed: David, many thanks for adding the names. John B

    By David Cullen-Smith (26/04/2018)
  • That’s John Davis stood between Stuart Harries and Derrick.

    By Chris Barber (14/11/2014)
  • Cheers Tony! What memories of the guys and the apprenticeship in 77 does this photo bring back?!

    By Ollie Taylor (22/10/2013)
  • Great gang of guys. I hope that they are fit and well as they all were then!

    By Tony Sysum (16/10/2013)
  • Thanks Derrick – what memories of the apprenticeship in 1977 did this picture bring back for you? It’d be great to hear what Fielding’s was like then, what the Craft School was like, and of course what the guys who you’re pictured here with were like and the things you got up to…?!

    I wonder, did you play rugby for Fielding’s too? If so, what was your experience of Atlas Rugby like – the ground at Hempsted, the training, atmosphere, match days and social life?

    If you’d like to contribute an interview to the project then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

    Look forward to hearing from you whether by email or in the comments here. Cheers, Ollie

    By Ollie Taylor (28/07/2013)
  • Good to see the picture of the old gang from 77 – what a year that was. Below are a few of the guys names that I can remember.

    Back Row: Stuart Harries (far left); to my left Richard …

    Upper Middle Row: William “Bill” Toomney (far left), Andy Jordan, Paul Curtis (middle).

    By Derrick Morgan (22/07/2013)

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