Memories of St Pius X School

After reading the article in the Catholic Voice about St Pius X School, I thought the following information might be of interest to your readers. Ann Johnston (deceased), Michelle Bartliff and Marie Clapperton and their brother, John McDermott, were pupils of St Pius X. As you will realise, the girls were married at St Pius X and the Sacred Heart churches. I am giving you information about their sporting prowess.

Ann and Michelle were members of Middlesbrough Harriers. Marie was a gymnast and was chosen to represent England in the Olympic Games in South Korea. However, her visa was delayed and she was unable to take part in the games. Later, Marie led the England team in Germany; she carried the ‘Union Jack’.

John McDermott was captain of St Pius X and St Anthony’s schools and also the ‘Boro Boys’ football teams. John signed for Grimsby Town when he was 16 and played for Grimsby Town; his first match when he was eighteen. He played 757 matches for Grimsby. At least five Premiership clubs wished to sign John. However, he decided to remain at Grimsby. John created a club record for his appearances; in fact, it is one of the records for all clubs. The FA decided to give John a trial for ‘England Under 23s’. They decided he was too small at 5′ 7′, playing at right full-back. He was chosen to play for Northern Ireland. Lawrie McMenemy made a mistake; thinking John was able to play for Northern Ireland. John’s ancestors had left Northern and Southern Ireland many years ago. Grimsby appeared at Wembley on two occasions. They won promotion and the ‘Auto-Windscreen’ Shield. John was ‘Man of the Match’ and was presented with his own shield. He was often man of the match in the FA cup games, playing against teams such as Liverpool and Chelsea. John was captain of Grimsby for many years. He is now an Academy Coach; his present team is top of the Academy League. He has coached in the USA, has been awarded a Life-Time Achievement Award by the FA and might become a manager in the near future. John has his UEFA ‘B’ badge and by next year will have his UEFA ‘A’ badge. They were all proud to be pupils of St Pius X School. Their parents still live at Barsby Green.

Bill McDermott
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