So THIS is where Peter Crouch got his robot dance!

Galactic Funk Masters in 1984
Galactic Funk Masters in 1984

Despite the best efforts of footballer Peter Crouch during his goal celebrations, the robot dance hasn’t really been ‘a thing’ since the 1980s.

If you wanted to the see the dance done well in Horsham 1984, you turned to the Galactic Funk Master boys.

Football at St Mary's in 1984

Football at St Mary's in 1984

They were Charlie Hobbs, Paul Cooke and Ian Davies and they performed at discos, roadshows and in the town centre during their lunch hour. Charlie was in charge of the electro funk music.

The County Times reported: “Their street performance entertained passers-by for an hour. Toddlers pointed and stared open-mouthed, teenagers in various styles of weekend dress socialised in herds, while pensioners either amazed or amused, stopped to watch.”

While the Funk Masters were getting all robotic, some of the girls at St Mary’s School were showing off their footballing skills. Thanks to lessons from teacher Miss Singleton – who had earned an FA teaching certificate – Suzannah Burgess and Kate Ormsby earned their Coca Cola blue award for soccer skills.

The County Times reported: “The boys don’t seem to mind this encroachment on their game. They encourage the girls and treat them like anyone else with a limited experience of football.

Horsham Girls' Brigade 1984

Horsham Girls' Brigade 1984

“Off the pitch, they are equally enthusiastic about football. Both Suzannah and Paula Goldsmith, another young footballer, were unanimous in telling everyone they support Liverpool.”

While some children were playing, others were working.

Younger members of the Horsham Girls Brigade took to the streets for an afternoon of picking up litter, while the junior girls were busy shining shoes for shoppers in Swan Walk.

Back at their Brighton Baptist Church HQ, the older girls were cleaning everything people had to offer, from silverware to leather to cars – and all for a donation to charity.

Horsham Joggers in 1984

Horsham Joggers in 1984

And finally, the Horsham Joggers proved they really loved running when they took first place in the St Valentine’s Day fun run. Mina Whitehead was the first woman to cross the finishing line – winning herself a chocolate heart. The rest of her team were Malcolm Lipscombe, Glen O’Connell, Ted Coleman and Phil Holman.

Does anyone recognise any of the people in these pictures?

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