THIS WEEK IN 1974: Boys work hard and play hard in Buckland

Boys from Buckland help to raise cash by collecting waste paper.
Boys from Buckland help to raise cash by collecting waste paper.

The boys of Buckland, who took some beating, were playing hard at their favourite sport.  

But they did so at their own peril, as football in Portsmouth streets in the ‘70s was a far more hazardous affair than it was in the ‘20s.

They took their lives in their hands, and those of the drivers of passing cars, as they released their energy into their play.

Only a few feet away from where these matches took place was an empty playground.

But the residents were taking action. 

Sponsored events of all kinds – even a sponsored pub crawl by the mums whose children went to Binsteed Road School – were taking place frequently.

Pictured were the youngsters themselves, gathering waste paper to raise cash so they could have a proper football pitch to play on. 

They had the backing of the city council which gave top priority to the play scheme in a list of selected Portsmouth projects for submission to the Home Office.

This brought in another £1,500 to the estimated £2,000 cost of opening Binsteed Road School playground as a supervised area out of school hours for children aged seven to 12. 

This campaign was part of wider play scheme, which affected the whole of Portsmouth.