The R O Willis Trophy was
presented to the association by Mrs Willis, widow of Ollie Willis,
in memory of her husband, who died in 1983. Ollie Willis was an
active member of both the football and athletics' associations for
many years. Well known in the area, Ollie was deputy headteacher at
Lumley Junior School and, with headteacher, Mr Keith Garner and
teacher, Mr Colin Friedrichsen, ran Lumley School football team for
many years. He was also secretary of the primary association for a
number of years and an enthusiastic supporter of all things linked
to our association
Ollie was a class one referee and the association's records back in 1963 congratulated him on being given the honour of refereeing the Scotland v Wales Schoolboy International. He was also a cricket umpire for many years in the local leagues.
The competition has always been played late in the season and, even in the days of 11-a-Side inter-schools' football, was always a small-sided competition. Lately, Years 4 & 5 only are allowed to play.
The photograph shows Ollie Willis (third from the right) receiving a presentation from Emmerson McMillan on the first Easter tour to Manchester in 1972
Ollie is far right on this photograph, also taken on our first district tour to Manchester. The presentation took place after playing Sale Boys. Receiving the pennant is Emmerson McMillan, who was association chairman at the time. Also in the photograph are Frank Johnson and Tom Baker.