Childhood memories with Steve Sprake

Steve Sprake
Steve Sprake
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Steve Sprake, 55, is a local estate agent and director of Pearsons in Southsea. Steve lives in Fareham and is a keen golfer, bowler and regular at Fratton Park. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What is your earliest childhood memory?

I can remember watching my dad playing football for the army in Newquay and sitting on his sunglasses.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

My parents always promised very little by way of presents but they always came through with a nice surprise.

Twenty years ago my son Richard was born on the same day so I had to get used to sharing my birthday.

· How was school?

I enjoyed my time at school, more for playing sport than any academic achievements.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

We were all very active – we used to play either in the woods or more likely on the playing field for a game of football.

· What toys did you play with?

We loved playing box games like Monopoly (good training for an estate agent?) or if the sun was out then we would play football or cricket.

· What did you watch on television?

When I was young we had a black-and-white TV and I can remember watching such programmes as Z Cars.

However when my friend’s parents got colour TV we all went round on a Friday night to watch the popular show It’s a Knockout.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I’ve never been a snappy dresser, but I did have a pair of trousers that I loved wearing, which slightly changed colour depending at which angle you looked.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

It seemed like a good idea during the metalwork lesson to drop a piece of hot metal down someone’s neck, but I cannot remember why!

Fortunately we still remained friends, but the teacher was not happy!