by Bob Haigh
The late 1950s and early 1960s were halcyon days for Shelley sport after many barren years.
The Cricket Club appeared in three Central League cup finals in four years lifting the trophy in 1957 and 1961. The second eleven also won their championship in 1957.
A feature of 1957 was that, with one exception, all the recipients of prizes in both teams lived in the village. Ever the exception, Les Hobson, had graduated through the village junior teams.
The football club meantime had been wallowing in the lower reaches of Division Two for several seasons with regular heavy defeats being the order of the day.
The club constantly finished in a relegation place but were reprieved time and again by teams dropping out of the league.