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WIMBLEDON NEWSCLIPPING DEREK PAIN

BOYS WHO LOVE WIMBLEDON SPORTS HEADLINES 1948
DISAPPEARING TRICKS
BY STEVE ROBERTS SPORTS REPORTER.


THE SERVICE BALL STRUCK THE CORD OF THE NET STRETCHED ACROSS WIMBLEDON'S CENTRE COURT,
AND FELL SHORT.
A STOCKY, GREY - FLANNELLED BOY DASHED ACROSS. A SWOOP OF HIS HAND AND THE WHITE BLOB
DISAPPEARED FROM THE CONCENTRATED GAZE OF A 1000 PAIRS OF EYES.
SO EXPERTLY IT WAS DONE PLAY WAS NOT INTERRUPTED. WHO WAS THIS YOUNGSTER HELPING
WIMBLEDON RETAIN IT'S REPUTATION AS THE BEST ORGANISED OF ALL SPORTING EVENTS?
IT MAY HAVE BEEN LEONARD "MURPHY" MOTT, DEREK "SNOWY" PAIN, OR TOM COTTON. THEY ARE THREE
OF THE EIGHT DR BARNARDO'S BOYS FROM WILLIAM BAKER TECHNICAL SCHOOL, HARPENDEN
(a genuine mistake by the reporter) WHO SERVICE DAILY FOR CENTRE COURT.
A SUEDE RED BELT DISTINGUISHES THEM FROM THEIR 47 SCHOOLMATES ON THE OUTER COURTS.
THE BOYS KNOW ALL ABOUT THE "TEMPERAMENTS" THEY ARE THE TARGETS FOR A WANING SCOWLS.
"BUT MOST OF THEM ARE VERY FRIENDLY" THEY SAY, AND WE LOVE THE JOB.

Many thanks to Derek Pain for sending in this photograph and the newspaper cutting of his Wimbledon days

The picture of the Wimbledon ball boys was taken on 24th June 1951. These were the ball boys for the 1951 Wimbledon
fortnight being the last week of June, first week of July. Photo was taken during the 3 day training period prior to the competiton
starting. Anyone wishing to contact Dicky Davies please contact me (Jo) his youngest daughter and I will pass on your contact
details. He is unfortunately unable to email at present as he has only just moved and computer is not yet set up.
Dicky Davies lives in Clacton
Jo Bathurst

Wimbledon Ball Boys early 50s

Wimbledon Continued