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I am new to this sort of thing so bear with me if I make a mess of it.

I worked at Cotgrave colliery from 1972 - 1979, does anyone remember the fitters v electricians football matches that were an annual event. Main players, that I can remember, were my old mate Keith "Aussie" Austin, my travel partner Don Parsons, "legend in his own mind" Paul 'Ando' Anderson and I think that the lad who sent a write up to the local paper every year was named Malc Woods.

We had some great times, especially during my last 3 years when I was permanently in the surface fitting shop. I had asked Charlie Brentnal if I could go on the surface as we were covering winders at college. He agreed and then forgot about me, I certainly wasn't going to remind him, I was getting underground rate all the time I was on the surface.

If any of the lads from the fitting shop, electrical shop or stockyard read this please respond it would be great to hear from you.

I have one question, however, that has always bothered me, who was 'UGGY and ARTY'? if you worked in the fitting shop you will know what I mean.

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Welcome to Nottstalgia, Dave Spence. I look forward to reading your posts and sharing your memories.

There are a few ex-miners on Nottstalgia who will respond to your post. There's a few threads regarding the pits and here's one to start you off.

http://nottstalgia.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=178&hl=cotgrave

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I finished my last few months of my apprenticeship at Cotgrave after Clifton closed, there was no football matches at that time. I know my old mate Clem played footie, his wife Sheila is on my FB friends list, Clem's to lazy to get on a computer.

Mick Wolvin is a member of my coal and mining forum, I doubt he'd have played football..LOL

I worked under Mick in 68 up until I left that year.

Two leckos I worked with in the mid 70's at Boulby were ex Cotgrave leckos, George "Geordie" James and Malcolm "Wanker" Bell.

Couple of other old mates, served their apprenticeships same time as me John Booth and Bill "Lou" Blair, lost contact with them years back.

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I worked with a lad named Clem on, it was either 3's or 5's, I was just an apprentice fitter working with Jack Hallam on 3's or Bill Thompson on 5's.

If I remember right all Clem could talk about was fishing, this suited me as I was, and still am fishing mad. I remember him moaning for the whole shift about the number of 'Monsters' that had snapped him the day before at the Pod-Hole.

The name Mick Wolvin rings a very loud bell but I cannot put a face to the name.

My Dad has asked me to ask if any of his old mates are members. His name is Kenny Spence and he worked at Radford, then a short time at Cotgrave before transferring to Babbington where he stayed until he took early retirement in the 80's. I will try to get him to open up over the next few months, some of his stories are priceless.

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That's Clem, known him since the mid 60's, he's still an avid angler, well according to his missus.

Mick Wolvin was a shift elec engineer.

When I arrived at Cotgrave in early 1968, the last of the deep soft faces were being drawn off, all five operating faces were in deep hard.

I also worked with a Father and Son from Cotgrave in Australia, Clarrie Beresford, he was a Deputy and Mal Beresford, he was the leading hand elec on the shift I worked on. Ironically, I they were both at Cotgrave when I was there and I never knew either of them. I had to travel half the way around the world to meet them...

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#1: You might know Keith Bamford from Clifton. I believe he was at Cotgrave around the same time as yourself. Don't know what trade he was though.

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I worked at Cotgrave in 1971, only for a few months though. I worked with a sparky called Jess, only thing I can remember is that he drove a Marcos car.

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Thanks for your replies folks, I remember Mick Wolvin now that you tell me he was a shift charge electrician.

Back in the 70's all the mineworkers were given the option of buying their pit houses and a lot of them did so. Are there many still living there?

I transferred to Bentinck training centre in 1979 after gaining my AMEMME Hons. If you were a fitter or an electrician from 1970 ish through to 1986 you will surely remember, Barry Parnham, Bram Butt, Charlie Pass, Jack Clarke and co. They were all Instructors and you couldn't have wished for a more miserable bunch of so and so's.

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Click on "Forums" at the top of this page.

Scroll down till you find a suitable one to put your thread in.

Click on the heading of the chosen forum.

Then on the right-hand side near the top, click on the black "Start new topic" box.

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No Dave, Mick was a shift Elec Engineer.

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Thanks for the info on a new thread, much appreciated.

Thanks for clarifying Mick Wolvins' position, I think I can place him, do you know who his counterpart was on the fitting side? If I remember correctly they were Norman White, Norman Evans and George McNeil.

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I don't recall any names on the fitting side Dave, 47 years have flown by and I was only there a few months.

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Hi Chaps

Paul Taylor here... Fitter at Cotgrave from 1972 to 1992

Started on Regular days with Jimmy Gordon in the surface shops

Then onto Shifts on Brian Renshaws watch, mates with Aussie (Keith Austin)

Onto shifts down the pit with Alec Hannah Shift Charge Engineer and Norman Evans.

Apprentice with John Merriman on 63s and then onto my first face with Clem as the Sparkie - Mick Wolvin was their SCE

Played football with Clem and others for Star United

My dad is Ralph Taylor, Overman at the pit

Loads more to tell

Cheers

Paul

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This post was made as a "Report" by a "Guest",  which means it won't be seen by anyone unless I copy it here. 

 

I was at cotgrave between 1986-1992 , on various jobs . Back up , materials and on loco's partnering Bob Law . I remember a short film of Graham Edwards and myself in the pit bottom and riding out on the cage . Many good memories with top lads but I can't find the short film from central news sadly . My name is Pete Giddens if anyone remembers , also remember the Loco fitters Bob and Stan

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On 6/29/2015 at 8:06 AM, Dave Spence said:

Ayup me ducks

I am new to this sort of thing so bear with me if I make a mess of it.

I worked at Cotgrave colliery from 1972 - 1979, does anyone remember the fitters v electricians football matches that were an annual event. Main players, that I can remember, were my old mate Keith "Aussie" Austin, my travel partner Don Parsons, "legend in his own mind" Paul 'Ando' Anderson and I think that the lad who sent a write up to the local paper every year was named Malc Woods.

We had some great times, especially during my last 3 years when I was permanently in the surface fitting shop. I had asked Charlie Brentnal if I could go on the surface as we were covering winders at college. He agreed and then forgot about me, I certainly wasn't going to remind him, I was getting underground rate all the time I was on the surface.

If any of the lads from the fitting shop, electrical shop or stockyard read this please respond it would be great to hear from you.

I have one question, however, that has always bothered me, who was 'UGGY and ARTY'? if you worked in the fitting shop you will know what I mean.

HI Dave .Do you remember my dad.

Gordon Lea. was a fitter turner from the early 60`s till 79.

He had polio and walk with a stick.He was on shop floor fitter turner.

 

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Welcome Cotgrave girl.

 

Dave Spence posted that message in June 2015 and only ever returned to the site for a few days after that, so you probably won't get a reply to your question. But there's a chance that someone else (who isn't Dave Spence) might know something, so don't give up hope.

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The only two people I knew from Cotgrave colliery, although I didn’t work there, was Bill Longworth and Ivan McClean. I think both relocated from the northeast. 

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