1963 The England team
The programme from the first World Netball Tournament held at Eastbourne in 1963 had detailed information about the squad members from all the competing countries. Here you can see a picture of the players and read information about the whole squad. You will find some familiar names here.
Ellen Marsh – coach and AENA chairman
Mary Preston – umpire
Marion Wall – umpire
Rose Harris – delegate
Elsie Sanders – delegate and AENA Secretary
Kathleen Bays – Goal Attack
Betty Burke – Goal Attack
Annette Cairncross – Goal Shooter
Margaret Eve – Centre
Blanche Fidler – Wing Defence
Jean Heath – Centre
Josephine Higgins – Goal Defence/Goal Keeper (Captain)
Valerie Hindmarsh – Goal Shooter
Judith Iddon – Wing Attack
Patricia Spratt – Goal Keeper
Anne Stephenson – Goal Defence (Vice-Captain)
Pat Wells – Wing Attack
You can find out more about all the players and which teams they played for by viewing the team information image.
This is the first time I have seen this page or learned of the death of Betty Burke, who was great fun and a talented Player. I always met her at the Inter Counties and later we met at a County League Match and always had a good natter.
My thoughts go to her Family with sympathies for their sad loss.
Regarding 1963 – what an experience. I could write reams about kit, practice, training, colleagues and opponents but it would be too lengthy. However it would be great to catch up with any survivors of that Squad – the first to play in a World Tournament.
Incidentally my Christian name is Pat and not Jean and my Surname is now Harris (formerly Wells).
My auntie was Jo Higgins. Unfortunately she died quite a few years back. I always remember the family taking about the brilliant team captained by her, but was s bit young to understand the significance of it.
However, she was also a great teacher and taught me logarithms in about 10 mins flat.
I also remember her whizzing around in her 3-wheeled bubble car back in the late 60s!
Josie Higgins was my god mother having played netball and been at school with my mum. She lived with Mary Preston until her death and they were both teachers. Jennifer Hirst