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Remembering Harry
Tuesday 26th May 2015 @ 12:10 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic hosted the Harry Dennison Memorial Rose Bowl competition for the first time in its history last month.


The primary school football tournament was devised in memory of former club stalwart, Harry Dennison.

Despite the weather trying its best to ruin proceedings, the tournament gave rise to some spectacular performances.

Those who were impressed by the quality on show were Harry’s granddaughters, Madeleine and Ann.

The pair had made the long journey from Oxfordshire to take part in the momentous occasion.

Speaking to Reporter Sport, Ann gave some insight about her grandfather’s past. She said “He (Harry) was a school teacher in Blackburn that played for quite a few clubs in the area, including Rochdale and Stockport.

“Harry must have enjoyed his time at Stalybridge though because he was a prolific goal scorer apparently.

“The supporters awarded him a rose bowl for the goals he scored during his time at the club.”

Trevor Grant also made the journey on the day and told Reporter Sport: “I met Harry’s wife in 1972, and she didn’t know what to do with the rose bowl, so I advised her to send it to Stalybridge Celtic.”

Questioned on the importance of such an event, Ann stated “we think the tournament is really inspiring, and it’s good to see them off their computers, getting outdoors and remaining active.”

The tournament appeared to have made an impression on the pair, with Trevor confidently saying “We’re returning home later today, but we hope to come back in the subsequent years and make it a permanent fixture in the calendar.”

Each of the eight schools played a total of seven games, with the top team in each group cementing a place in the semi-final stage.

The penultimate stage of the competition was contested between Silver Springs Academy, Milbrrok Primary, Stalyhill Junior and St Raphael’s Primary, with the latter two securing a place in the final.

A tightly contested affair ended in victory for Stalyhill, who edged their way to glory with a 1-0 win.

A debrief was given at the end of the competition by Community development Officer, Mike Smith.

Amongst a number of people he thanked was Rachel Aitken, who is Community Engagement Officer at Copley Academy.

Questioned why she had brought her pupils on the morning, Rachel said “We were asked to bring some of our kids down to help volunteer with the refereeing and announcing this morning.

“I think they’ve all done a fantastic job and really helped with the organising.”