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Some Events around the formation of PCOBS in 1894

People's College Old Boys Society was formed in 1894 and below are some events that indicate what was happening at that time.

23 December 1893. Report of the funeral of Mr Thomas Buckley Smith headmaster of People’s College for 30 years.  He was replaced by Mr Edward Francis who was the victim later in the year of an attempted fraud by a former pupil Philip Clarke who was an out of work clerk. It is not clear whether Clarke was a pupil at People's College or whether Edward Francis taught him at another school.  Clarke was described in the Nottingham Evening Post as an ingenious fraudster and he was sent to prison. He attempted to defraud Mr Francis by forging a note to one of the headmaster's friends asking for a loan of £5. The note explained that the money was needed because the Headmaster's wife had gone on a journey and taken his bankbook with her. Probably not Clarkes best scam and he did not get away with it and the suspicious friend called the police. 

In 1994 People’s College Seniors played Nottingham United Schools in a trial match to establish a Nottingham Schoolboys team to play Liverpool Schools at the Everton Ground the following Saturday. No time for training ground tactics there then. College easily won 2-0 . The goalie only touched it once and they had most of the play. Only 15 mins each way –strikes me that the selectors were not really putting too much into this.

1895 People’s College Old Boys FC advertised for fixtures in the Nottingham Evening Post. "Apply to Tom K Loach of Tudor Grove Colville Street. Away matches on Nov 23 and 30".  Again they advertised in December when it is mentioned that they are playing in the Carrington Amateur League.

1898 People’s College won the English Schools swimming Championship beating Alderman Newton school of Leicester and competed at national level on many occasions during the 1890's.

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