Lost Grammar School Football Challenge Cup found at Stockton Sixth Form College

Prior Pursglove Vice Principal, Mike Mackin, has recently stumbled across a rare find that has left the college somewhat puzzled!

In 2017 Prior Pursglove College (formerly Guisborough Grammar School) merged with Stockton Sixth Form College (formerly Grangefield Grammar School).  Many times, in the years before this, Grammar Schools and Colleges faced each other as rivals on the sports field and whilst moving to a new office at the Stockton site, a dusty and tarnished football trophy was found sitting on the very top of a tall bookshelf.

Now, being a keen Boro fan, any cup is a rare sight for the VP, so he took it down to study the engraving.  To his surprise, the Cup proudly declared it belonged to Guisborough Grammar.   The School V Old Boys Challenge Cup is dedicated to the memory Mr I Thomas, who was a School Master between September 1921 and December 1958.

An image of Mr Thomas (below) was then found in the college archives and now the college’s History Enrichment Group have been tasked with investigating more about the teaching career of Mr Thomas.

We are keen to find out more about the Cup and Mr Thomas and would love to hear from members of the public and former staff to help us solve the mystery of how it ended up at Stockton.

If you have any memories, please get in touch via ppc.enquiries@pursglove.ac.uk.