YOUNG IN THE HEAD

The club form their first Colts team. However, the vast majority of the team were schoolboys and many of them from Kings School so the club couldn’t be seen as “competing” against the Schools for players, and so a novel solution was proposed. Peter Harper (senior) was approached to captain a “development” team which would be titled Colts and would select mainly boys under 18 to play in a team containing a number of old heads. Sometimes the number of old heads was actually only one – Peter Harper. In the interest of balance and development the number of older heads was frequently as many as two with John Taylor providing advice and guidance to the young forwards as Peter Harper was with the young backs. A set of shirts were purchased and the new team started its life in the short form of the game, sevens. 

Macclesfield Colts entered the North West Colts Sevens Tournament, held at Newton-le-Willows. That seven was actually a Kings School team and they duly won the Tournament by beating West Park Newton, Lymm and Orrell.  Although they were Kings School by another name some of that team had played for club senior sides during the year most notably Steve Smith (later to play for England) and Steve Midgelow (who later played for Wilmslow and Sale).