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Tim Ward, Derby County's manager presents Firecrackers captain Brian Perry with a champions cup


In the last issue of CACN (87 Autumn) I asked for information about this photograph showing the presentation of a football cup.

Patrick Cooke responded with the answer that the photo shows Brian Perry captain of Crich ‘Firecrackers’ being presented with a champions cup by Tim Ward, Derby County’s manager (1962–67). It was taken in May 1965.

He also provided this newspaper clipping dated 29 May 1965 showing a team photograph and brief report.




Crich retained firemen’s team, The Firecrackers, are pictured after winning the Crich Recreation Ground Improvement Committee’s six-a-side competition on Saturday.

Crich retained fireman's team The FirecrackersPaddy Cooke, Graham Hartshorne, Bob Marshall, Brian Start Dave Smith, Brian Perry, Roger Dawes.

They beat Hetherington’s Six, of Whatstandwell, by one penalty in extra time after there was no score in full time.

Tim Ward, Derby County F.C. manager, presented the awards before he joined his team – Sammy Crooks, Reg
Harrison, Gordon Guthrie, Jack Parr and Bob McAndrew – to play and beat the Firecrackers in an exhibition game.

The six-a-side competitions had been organised by Bernard Redfern to raise funds to improve Crich Recreation Ground and ‘The Firecrackers’ had previously won this competition three years running.








Paddy Cooke, the organ grinderIn the early years of the competition, when the Derby County team came to play the winners they were a goal-keeper short. Patrick Cooke stepped in and kept goal for them. One of his claims to fame is that he once played alongside Derby County players of the 1960s.




Patrick is well-known as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable organ grinder. Another of his claims to fame is that he has been guest organ grinder at Chatsworth House for seventeen years.