Melling Wheelers

Now I don’t want to big up greenjersey but it is remarkable how many hits I get about the Kirkby CC and its predecessor the Melling Wheelers.  I guess too many old cyclists are idling their time away in front of the computer instead of getting the miles in. I was sent these photos by Phil Squires who tells me he was a “social” member of the Wheelers. If you recognise any of these young scallies post a comment.

The bottom photo is of the Melling Wheelers team pursuit squad with the National champs trophy. From left we have Joe McLean, George Evans (maybe), Eddie Soens, Dave Telfer (maybe) and Charlie McCoy.


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  1. keith rea said

    is that “pongo waering “at the back with the glasses I was in the Melling in the late 1950s early 1960

  2. Phil Squires said

    I think you’re correct, although your spelling is a little adrift! I took the photos about mid 1956. Can we put some more names to the faces?
    Shortly after that, I moved to Wellington in Shropshire where I joined the local club, but didn’t enjoy. The following Summer, a friend and I went on a cycling tour of The West Country, during which, I was knocked off my bike by a swaying caravan. I cycled very little thereafter. Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be!

    • Phil Fisher said

      Is that Charlie Mathews (Ken’s brother) standing on the right?

      • Becky Matthews said

        Yes, you are correct. It is Charlie Matthews, sat in front of him is Beryl Matthews.
        (These are my grandparents)

  3. Anonymous said

    The lower photo is me (Phil Fisher) and Tony Workman. Where is he now?

  4. Douglas Howell said

    Anyone remember Fred Nicklin (ex Army champ), or JOhn Geddes, Norman Shiel (who came from Liverpool Mercury for a short time.
    The club house was at the back of my girlfriend’s house in Maghull
    Hi Doug, Yes I remember Fred Nicklin riding Bootle track when I rode as a junior in 1961 or 62. He was considered ancient but was, I think, only about 35!

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