Archive for July, 2009

Avenue’s Pluckiest Side

July 31, 2009

From ‘Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly’, July 1961

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Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, July 1961

Standing - Keenes, Prince, Lewis, Grainger, McGuire, Edwards, Bambridge. Sitting - Groves, Saggers, Andrews, Harvey.

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Walthamstow Avenue 1936 photo card

July 31, 2009

Issued by Ardath Tobacco Co. This is the same picture as featured elsewhere on this site in the 1970 ‘Football Monthly’  article – but this version is less cropped, so you can see the players stockings. I do miss the days when players wore ‘knickers’ and ‘stockings’!

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Left to right, back row:- E. Took (Hon. Sec.), R. Wright, H. Oliver, C. Mercer, A. Pinner, F. Hicks, H. Garner (Trainer), E. Childs, S. Barlow. Front row :- E. Collins, W. Magner, J. Lewis (Capt.), U. Vincent, F. Davis

Left to right, back row:- E. Took (Hon. Sec.), R. Wright, H. Oliver, C. Mercer, A. Pinner, F. Hicks, H. Garner (Trainer), E. Childs, S. Barlow. Front row :- E. Collins, W. Magner, J. Lewis (Capt.), U. Vincent, F. Davis

Ardath Tobacco Photo Card 1936 (back)

Ardath Tobacco Photo Card 1936 (back)

Walthamstow Avenue team photo from 1961

July 31, 2009

This team photo is taken from the 1961-62 ‘The Topical Times Football Book”‘ annual by D.C. Thomson.

Left to right - back row - Ron Bambridge, Stan Prince, Gary McGuire, Brian Edwards, Terry Keenes. Front row - Brian Harvey, Dave Andrews, Alan Minal, Don Saggers, Jim Lewis, Reg Groves.

Left to right - back row - Ron Bambridge, Stan Prince, Gary McGuire, Brian Edwards, Terry Keenes. Front row - Brian Harvey, Dave Andrews, Alan Minall, Don Saggers, Jim Lewis, Reg Groves.

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Pathe footage of Walthamstow Avenue v Oldham Athletic in the 1948/49 F.A. Cup

July 22, 2009

Walthamstow Avenue 2-2 Oldham Athletic in the 2nd Round Proper of the 1948/49 F.A. Cup at Green Pond Road, 11th December 1948.

Also shows The Avenue/Oldham coming out of the hat in the draw for the next round.

Oldham won the replay 3-1 on December 18th.

Wathamstow Avenue v Oldham Athletic. December 11th 1948.

Wathamstow Avenue v Oldham Athletic. December 11th 1948.

“Tussle at Highbury” 1953

July 22, 2009

Another great action shot from The Avenue’s legendary encounter with Manchester United in the 1953 F.A. Cup.

London: J. Lewis, Walthamstow Avenue's centre-forward - who scored two goals in the match - and Chilton, Manchester United's centre-half (plain shirt), in a tussle for the ball in front of the goalmouth in the fourth round replay match of the Football Association Challenge Cup, played at Highbury. February 5th 1953. (Topham).

London: J. Lewis, Walthamstow Avenue's centre-forward - who scored two goals in the match - and Chilton, Manchester United's centre-half (plain shirt), in a tussle for the ball in front of the goalmouth in the fourth round replay match of the Football Association Challenge Cup, played at Highbury. February 5th 1953. (Topham).

Walthamstow Avenue Colts in the early 80s

July 20, 2009

Richard Young (who features in the picture) kindly sent in this picture of The Avenue Colts taken around 1982/83.

Top: Mark Salmon, Bobby Eates (Manager), Andy Polston, Ian Levy, Marvin Houston, Richard Green, Lee Woodrow, Micky Munn (Trainer), Dave Birch. Bottom: Andrew Patterson, Dean Bramley, Bradley Wright , Michael Oliver, Richard Young, Glen Batchelor

Top: Mark Salmon, Bobby Eates (Manager), Andy Polston, Ian Levy, Marvin Houston, Richard Green, Lee Woodrow, Micky Munn (Trainer), Dave Birch. Bottom: Andrew Patterson, Dean Bramley, Bradley Wright , Michael Oliver, Richard Young, Glen Batchelor

Andy Polston went on to play for Spurs (see his Wikipedia page). If you know where any of the other players ended up in their football careers, please drop us a line or leave a comment.