Posts Tagged ‘football’

Opening the Davis Field

August 23, 2016

These days the name ‘Davis Field’ is all but forgotten. The field is just called the football field. It’s the one at the top of Northbrook. This field was given to the football club and then volunteers made it fit for football. It was officially opened on August 23rd 1952. It’s good to say it is still needed and loved now it is 64.

We were recently given a copy of the souvenir programme for the opening to go with a photo we had of the opening party.

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We see that the lucky number programme cost 6d (there were 40 of them to the pound). This is number 226 which sounds like a big attendance but back in 1952 we were before the age of mass TV ownership. Village events were a much appreciated diversion from post war austerity.

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Here we get a brief history of the Lavington and Easterton United club and the programme of events including music by the band, speeches, a couple of matches and other competitions. There was a tea break and then a square dance in the Parish Room in the evening.

And here we have the main protagonists of the day – the players.

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What a lovely document, to remind us of what was clearly a special day.

Fifty years ago

July 30, 2016

Of course, most of us weren’t alive 50 years ago but if you were there’s a fair chance you watched the telly that day for one programme, or event, had the biggest UK TV audience ever. Apparently 32.3 million of us tuned in to watch the football world cup final. Those people saw this man lift the World Cup – the Jules Rimet trophy, for England.

Bobby Moore football token dating from 1972

Bobby Moore football token dating from 1972

This is Bobby Moore who was captain of England for that world cup. But in 1966 he had the still correct short back and sides haircut. This image is a later one. But it is on one of those Esso football medallions which the football enthusiasts collected – and which made youngsters tell dad to fill up with Esso petrol. The back has a little information.

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This Esso token was found under the floorboards at 21 Church Street

This medallion or ‘coin’ actually dates from 1972.

And why are we showing this on the Market Lavington Museum blog? That’s simple. It is an under the floorboards item found during recent renovations at 21 Church Street in Market Lavington.

A football team

April 19, 2016

A few days ago this postcard dropped through our curator’s letter box in an envelope and with accompanying letter.

A football squad - but which team is it and when?

A football squad – but which team is it and when?

The sender, a lovely chap who has suffered a stroke and is bedridden, thought, for a very good reason, that this was the Market Lavington and Easterton Football Club.

The good reason is that this is a Burgess card. The publisher is mentioned on the back.

The card is by Burgess Bros of Market Lavington

The card is by Burgess Bros of Market Lavington

This dates to between the two world wars. And as we see, Burgess Brothers were a Market Lavington company, based on High Street, near the present Co-op.

However, at the moment we recognise nobody in the team. In particular, we’d have expected Bill Elisha to be amongst those present and we don’t spot him. Alfie Alexander was also part of the management of the club and he definitely isn’t there.

We are, of course, more than happy to be proved wrong. We hope somebody out there can put us straight.

If it isn’t our own local team, it is likely to come from a nearby village. We could suggest Urchfont, Potterne, West Lavington, Tilshead, Shrewton, Worton, Marston, Great and Little Cheverell or maybe Erlestoke as possible places where these lads played.

Once again we appeal for help in telling us more about this squad and maybe what trophies had been won and when.

Thanks.

 

A Charabanc trip

March 2, 2016

This photo is a tad careworn but we have enough information to make it interesting. It dates from about 1930 and shows an all-male charabanc party at a stopover, almost certainly in Salisbury.

A charabanc trip in about 1930. Probably a football outing.

A charabanc trip in about 1930. Probably a football outing.

A goodly collection of the people on board have been identified and this has allowed the museum to speculate on the nature of this outing.

Notes from our record card

Notes from our record card

This was the work of former archivist, Priscilla Manley who has suggested this was a football outing for a young team with adult trainers and supporters. Priscilla has sketched the position of heads in the photo and numbered those for whom there are names.

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Here we have 1 – George Hobbs, 2 – Alan Baker and 5- Leslie Merritt

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This pair are 3 – Albert Potter and 4 – Jim Hurkett who was one of the adults on the trip.

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Number 6 – Alf Merritt

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7 – Fred Hurle and 8 – George Pike

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9 was Harry Hobbs, the driver and 10 was Mr Hurkett

We note that they are all wearing buttonhole flowers. This is surely not normal for a football team on their way to a tournament. Could they be going to a wedding?

A Whistle

August 28, 2015

Once again we return to one of metal detectorist Norman’s finds on the old recreation ground. This time it is a whistle.

Whistle found on the old recreation field in Market Lavington

Whistle found on the old recreation field in Market Lavington

Sadly, this is not in working order any more. Although it looks reasonably fresh.

Could this have been a football referee’s whistle. An old and very battered postcard shows football (perhaps training) in progress.

Football on the old rec - an Edwardian postcard

Football on the old rec – an Edwardian postcard

Any other ideas about that whistle would be greatly appreciated.

Stop press – thanks to Len McDowell at http://thewhistlegallery.com/

This whistle was made by Smith and wright from the UK. They made several models all similar with decorative tops around the turn of the 20th century ( 1900 ) They were an inexpensive lower quality whistle.

A Football Team

March 21, 2014

Football teams do seem to give us a problem at Market Lavington Museum. Here’s another photo where our only caption says ‘photograph, football players, Market Lavington, Wiltshire’. There’s no date, no place and no names.

A Football team postcard at Market Lavington Museum

A Football team postcard at Market Lavington Museum

Before we get into enlarged photos of the players, let’s just take a look at the back.

The message written on the card back

The message written on the card back

Someone has written a message on the back which reads ‘Terrible fat. More exercise needed you say.’ The man sitting second from left is marked with an X. Could he be the writer?

Let’s now zoom in on groups of men in the hope that someone out there can identify them.

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image008As ever, we ask you to get in touch if you can identify any of these men.

Football – 1955/56

February 27, 2014

Back in July 2012 we posted a photo of the 1949/50 football team who had clearly won a cup and along with it we had Bill Elisha’s notes. We couldn’t recognise the players so I’ll invite people to look again by clicking here and letting us know who is in that photo.

We have just been given another photo of a football team. Diane, who gave it to us, knows her father is in it. We think this photo could date from the 1955/56 season. It shows not only the team but also a crowd of supporters – men, women and children.

Market Lavington and Easterton United Football Club and supporters - possibly in 1950

Market Lavington and Easterton United Football Club and supporters – 1955/56

The stand behind the people says T. T. Football Club. We guess this is Trowbridge Town.

The two people we can name on the photo are Lavington and Easterton Football Club chairman, Bill Elisha…

Bill Elisha

Bill Elisha

…and Diane’s father, Gilbert Jenks

Gilbert Jenks

Gilbert Jenks

Can anybody name any others? We’ll enlarge them a bit to help identification.

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Another football team mystery

October 18, 2013

Uncaptioned photos of footballers seem to be a speciality of Market Lavington Museum. It has to be said, the complete lack of knowledge regarding this photo makes it all but useless to us. We have to assume it has relevance because Peggy Gye, our founder, gifted it to the museum when we opened back in 1985.

Completely uncaptioned photo of footballers - perhaps Market Lavington and Easterton United

Completely uncaptioned photo of footballers – perhaps Market Lavington and Easterton United

We now hand this to our readers. Please get in touch if you can identify any of these men or can suggest an approximate year. There are enlargements below.

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We look forward to hearing from you.

A mystery football team

October 6, 2013

How we’d love to be able to tell you more about this group of young men who formed a football team.

Unknown football team in 1906/7. This postcard is at Market Lavington Museum

Unknown football team in 1906/7. This postcard is at Market Lavington Museum

Our records just say, ‘Postcard: Market Lavington Football Club’

Well we can do better than that but we can also cast some doubt on the truth of the record.

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There’s the ball. We are not certain whether the top line says ‘FSB’ or ‘F&B but the rest is clear. It’s a football club and the year was 1906-7.

Maybe the back of the card can give a little extra. It has a name on it.

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Apart from the post card information and our museum code numbers, it has the name Mr C Coleman of Easterton written on.

At the time in question there were two Mr C Colemans living in Easterton – actually, both were Charles.

One was a baker on High Street born in about 1869 so in his late 30s when the photo was taken. The other was a tad older – in his early 40s in 1906/7. He was a carter on a farm.

Yet again, we appeal for help. Can anybody name any of the players? Can anybody tell us which Mr Coleman and how he was involved? Can anybody tell us which football club is shown?

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Another football team

May 11, 2013

As the 2012/2013 football seasons grinds to a close, let’s look at another local football team in times past.

Market Lavington - a football team during World war I

Market Lavington – a football team during World war I

This photo dates from almost 100 years ago and it looks as though it was taken at Alf Burgess’s little studio in Market Lavington. We have it dated as ‘First World War’.

We do not know many of the men and boys shown.

Top row, third from left is Bill Elisha.

Bill Elisha

Bill Elisha

Bill was connected with local football for the rest of his life. Fittingly, the playing field on Drove Lane is named after him.

Alan Baker is second from left in the middle row.

Alan Baker

Alan Baker

Front left is Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper

And front right is Alf Merrett

Alf Merrett

Alf Merrett

Of course, we’d like to know who the others are. Can you help?