Harold and Gary Sargent: Transcript of Interview
Harold has lived all his life in Turvey after leaving Bedford with his family whilst a baby from 1927 to the present day and whose love of cricket and football led to his son, Gary, successfully pursuing a career in professional football with several clubs.
Harold began his bricklaying apprenticeship with the Warren brothers building company based in Turvey after leaving school in Harrold. After the WWII he was engaged in building the new estate of houses known as Tandys Close in Turvey. During the 1950s Harold married Eileen, a Londoner who had been a Land Army Girl at Crown Farm during WWII. Harold recalls there were soldiers stationed up at Railway End and at Brafield House. During the 1960s Harold, Eileen and their family moved from May Road to Tandys Close, in a house that Harold had laid the bricks with his mate Charlie Jackson. It was also during the 1960s that the mains sewers were laid in Turvey ensuring flushing toilets were available in all older houses.
Harold had played football for Bedford A team as a 15 year old. He and others organised the Turvey football team and he was also involved with starting the cricket club, being the Captain for a good time. Harold and Charlie built the brick cricket pavilion.
Gary played professional football for Norwich, Peterborough, Northampton, Scunthorpe and Barnet. Gary’s professional career started from playing for Turvey and Bedfordshire under 14s, leading to a 4 day trial at Leeds United. Don Revie recommended Gary to Lol Morgan at Norwich and he received the telegram inviting him to Norwich for a trial, subsequently Gary left home to live in digs at 15 and his new life in football. Gary helped Norwich to win the second division in 1971/72 season and hitting the national headlines when he and his wife Sandra, interrupted their wedding to fly down to Luton for him to play whilst Sandra cheered him on, still in her wedding dress before flying back to their wedding reception! Harold and Gary still enjoy the occasional curry and spending time together.