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Sorry Thomas but you are wrong: Jan was known as Onslo not Onz and I am unaware why you should believe his nickname was Onz. As for "Willie Duggan" anyone who called Bill Duggan "Willie" would have lost several front teeth, Bill was probably the biggest bully ever to attend Sloane and bullied masters and pupils alike. Bill was called the "Duke" but was not a cockney as he was born and brought up in Hammersmith, it is a popular misconception that all Londoners are cockneys, that is not the case, a genuine cockney is rarer than you think.
bob johnson (who is a genuine cockney)
Posted on: Feb 24, 2017 at 9:33 AM
I only knew John as Jan or Onslo as he was known to his classmates. We were close friends particularly when in the lower forms and I was inivited to tea with his family several times. He was a big strong centre forward for More House. We never met again after I left Sloane and was called for my National Service.
I am devastated to learn of his death as when his brother Thomas came to the site I looked forward to being able to contact Jan again. I am however only slightly surprised to hear of his exploits, Jan was hewn out of granite and was destined to be a hero whatever path he chose to follow in life .
RIP my old form mate. Dollar
I was in the upper vth when you came to Sloane in the first year and our paths never crossed although I was quite notorious (known as "Dollar" by both boys and masters) so it is just possible you heard my name. You would certainly have seen me as I sat on the stage alongside Guy Boas! That aside the reason I've written is that I noticed that you broke your leg playing against Walton and Hersham. John Grondona in the year above you at Sloane played for Walton for several years, do you recall John! I was at Maidstone and played against John and also against Wimbledon on many occasions, the four years difference in our ages isn't very meaningful when you pass twenty and the name Lennard rings vague bells. My brother Vic (now deceased) was in the year above you.
I also moved to Ilford in 1986 and became physio for Dagenham and Ilford FC subsequently became part of Dagenham as Dagenham and Redbridge.
Posted on: Feb 14, 2017 at 11:43 AM
Joe, I mentioned that your year looked like men in the 1949 school photo but we still looked like schoolchildren when we were vth year. I post a photo of six members of the upper vth to support my opinion but it appears to have gone missing!!! Ergo I will send it straight to you. I am the only one not wearing school uniform.
Thomas, good to hear from you, I was a mate of Jan (Onslo) and came to tea at the Embassy sometimes. My brother Vic Johnson was in your form the year that I left Sloane. I was known as "Dollar" and Vic was called "little dollar" although he was over 6ft when in the second year. Sadly Vic died in 1986. Something really odd! You do not appear in the names of boys in the Autumn 1954 list, but I know for a fact you were at Sloane at the time and spoke to you many times. Onslo was in the sixth form then while I remained in the upper vth. Is Jan ok? I often think about him as we had several altercations on the football field although we were mates!
Stay safe Bob Johnson (Dollar)
I have exchanging messages with Joe Cook who was in the vth year in 1949 and mentioned that whereas the vth year looked like men n the school photo, when my lot reached the vth form we still looked like schoolchildren!
I have discovered a photograph of six members of the upper fifth in 1954 which I believe supports my opinion.
top row: Bridgford, Brian Fernee, Mike Potter, Bottom Row: Bobby Strachan, Keith (Birdie) Burgess-Allen Bob (Dollar) Johnson
Posted on: Feb 01, 2017 at 8:52 PM
Hi Joe Cook, I guess you were in the Vth or V1th year when the 1949 photograph was taken. Can you find yourself in the photo? Where are you? I still have an original and can remember almost all of the first year, many second year, every master plus several of the elite, Don Wheal, Harry Turner and Benyon etc. Maybe I can recall you! I received a clipped ear from a vth year called Sandshaw during my first week at Sloane and Harry Turner put me on the wall between Sloane and St Marks Obviously made an instant impression!
There are still a dozen or so of the 1949 intake around and in touch, probably not too many of your year though!
Where did you do your National Service? I was a rockape and got about quite a bit, but not in the UK.
Posted on: Jan 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM
Regarding David Mitchell's comments on Ian Black, I recall the year he coached us, but the following year it was Eddie Lowe, left half for Fulham and England, then Roy Bentley the Chelsea and England centre forward for two years: I don't remember any other players coaching us and am unsure exactly who they coached! It could not have been only the year I was in at the time, because I was only in the second year (I think) when Ian Black was coach, who coached the first team that year?
I attended Sloane many years before Dr Henry came on the scene and was only as a result of the sudden number of comments relating to him that I decided to take a butchers. Wow, can't recognise it as the Sloane that I went to, despite reference to teachers that I remember (and respected). Guy Boas caning pupils, almost unheard of in my era, similarly I cannot recall either Percy Pledger or Biff Bailey ever having to result to using the cane. I confess to being a little git, possibly even a thug whilst at Sloane but I was never caned maybe because despite all my shortcomings, I was (as mentioned above) respectful to the staff, proud to be at Sloane and proud of the school and its' traditions. Guy Boas epitomized Sloane and I believe that when he retired Sloane School died. Those among you who attended the school in Pimlico didn't really go to Sloane, sadly you have no idea what a wonderful experience it was.
Posted on: Dec 20, 2016 at 3:21 PM
Greetings old form-mates and old sloanies,even those who now reside in far off lands. Sad news from the capital today as I have just returned from the funeral of my long time friend Peter Brabrook who you will recall played for Chelsea, West Ham and indeed England. I first met Peter in 1952 when he was 15 and we were both playing for Tudor Rose, along with Les Allen, David Cliss, Bobby Laverick and Barry Sluman; some went on to become famous, others (such as me) didn't.
The funeral was held less than 1/2 mile from my home and was like a who's who of footballers for the past 60 years including modern managers and players. I must have a face that people think they know because although I was known by some twenty to thirty of the 600 odd people present, I was approached at different times by Eddie Bovingdon. Brian Dear and Trevor Brooking who all shook my hand and said they knew my face from years ago! Peter's grandson played for Thurrock so he did know me very well and we spoke for a while. Harry Rednapp spoke in tribute to Peter and although it was a sad occasion he had everyone in fits of laughter recounting what Peter used to get up to at West Ham.
Won't mention all the numerous others who spoke to me (Joe Cole, the Ferdinands, Julian Dick) or you will think I'm name dropping but it was a very sad day for me to lose a close friend. All you old Chelsea supporters will remember Peter, a good footballer and a good man.