Archive for October, 2009

Is this Walthamstow Avenue 1913/14 ?

October 6, 2009

Clive Hawtin sends this picture which he is trying to identify.  He says:

“Can you help me please? I have a photo of my wife’s grandfather, Bertie Allen,  and I believe it is a photo of Walthamstow Avenue F C. It was taken in London in 1913-14. Have attached photo. Can anyone confirm this is W.A.F.C.? Thanks.”

If anyone can help, please drop us a line.

Walthamstow Avenue 1913/14?

Walthamstow Avenue 1913/14?

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Leytonstone Ilford 1-0 Slough Town – 1988/89

October 2, 2009

A decent picture of the main stand at Green Pond Road on the front of a programme from the 1988/89 season (the last season football was played at the ground). Leytonstone Ilford had merged with Walthamstow Avenue in the close season (note the ‘Incorporating Walthamstow Avenue Football Club’ at the bottom).

Leytonstone Ilford won the game 1-0.

Coming soon we will be featuring video footage of what I believe was the last game at Green Pond Road –  Leytonstone Ilford v Farnborough Town on 6th May 1989. It includes a tour of the boardroom and dressing rooms before the game, full match action, and Leytonstone Ilford receiving the league trophy after the game.

Leytonstone Ilford v Slough Town programme. Vauxhall-Opel (Isthmian) League Premier Division. 1988/89.

Leytonstone Ilford v Slough Town programme. Vauxhall-Opel (Isthmian) League Premier Division. 1988/89.

Coventry City 1-0 Walthamstow Avenue – F.A. Cup 1st Round – Sat 16/11/1957

October 1, 2009

1957-58: Having beaten Bedford Town 1-0 in a replay at Green Pond Road in the 4th Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup, Avenue were drawn away at Third Division South Coventry City in the 1st Round Proper.

I’m not sure why Coventry wore red & white in this game, as supposedly their home kit was blue & white at the time. The A’s turned out in green & white – was this their away kit at the time?

Coventry went out 4-1 at Aldershot in the next round.

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 1

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 1

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 2

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 2

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 3

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 3

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 4

Coventry City v Walthamstow Avenue F.A. Cup 1st Round 1957-58 Programme 4

Match report from 'The Times' Monday 18th November 1957.

Match report from 'The Times' Monday 18th November 1957.

Stan Gerula appears in ‘Life’ magazine (December 1952)

October 1, 2009

Having dispatched Wimbledon in the 1st Round Proper of the 1952/53 F.A. Cup, Amateur Cup holders Walthamstow Avenue were rewarded with a home tie against Watford in the 2nd Round.

The match took place on Saturday 6th December 1952.  The A’s led at half-time thanks to a Crocker own-goal, but Watford equalised in the 2nd half through Meadows. The game ended 1-1 and was replayed at Watford on Wednesday 10th. Walthamstow won the replay 2-1 and went on to play Stockport, then Manchester United in the 3rd and 4th Rounds.

So noteworthy was the fog that day, that this picture of A’s goalkeeper Stan Gerula appeared as  ‘Life’  magazine’s ‘Picture of the Week’. (Issue dated 22nd December 1952).

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AN INDOMITABLE GOALIE IN RECORD FOG. In the circumstances, it was understandable that Goalkeeper Gerula of Walthamstow had only the foggiest idea what was going on as his team met Watford in the British Football Association Cup match. Somewhere downfield the ball, Gerula's opponents and his teammates were lost from sight in London's worst fog on record. Elsewhere across the city, traffic stalled dead, streetlights were invisible beyond 35 yards and even the ducks got lost from their pond in Green Park and went quacking disconsonately through the streets. But in the traditions of British sports, the game had to go on (just as the Oxford-Cambridge cross-country race had to go on with marshals calling, "This way! This way!" to mark the course in scant five-yard visibility). Lonesome but still alert, Goalkeeper Gerula missed only once in the mist and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.