Archive for March, 2010

Walthamstow Avenue take to the pitch again in Italy

March 25, 2010

Since Walthamstow was  home to the National Plastics factory between 1936 and 1982, I suppose it’s entirely appropriate to see The Avenue honoured in plastic.

Subutteo fan Muccagialla over at the Italian Old Subutteo forum, has lovingly recreated the 1953 A’s team in miniature. I don’t speak Italian, so I’m not quite sure how he did it (I think he may have gone so far as to custom cast the players in a specially created mould – something to do with the old rugby shirt style collars), but I’ve got to admire his work. He even appears to have knocked up a box. Bellissimo!

Walthamstow Avenue Subbuteo team

Walthamstow Avenue Subbuteo team

Walthamstow Avenue Subbuteo team

Walthamstow Avenue Subbuteo team

Walthamstow Avenue Subbuteo team box

Walthamstow Avenue Subbuteo team box

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The Day The Olympics came to Walthamstow

March 25, 2010

Whilst the football at the 2012 London Olympics will be taking place at top-end stadiums all around the UK (including Scotland and Wales), at the 1948 London games things were a little more localised. All but two of the games took place in what would today be considered London.

On Monday August 2nd (the actual kick-off time may be lost in the midsts of time –  FIFA say 18:30 and Wikipedia says 12:00), Turkey took on China in a first round match at Walthamstow Avenue’s Green Pond Road ground. Turkey ran out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Kılıç (18′, 61′), Saygun (72′) and Küçükandonyadis (87′).

I’d imagine a pretty good crowd watched this game (23,485 watched South Korea beat Mexico 5-3 at Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill ground on the same day), but I haven’t been able to find out the attendance.

Sweden went on to win the tournament, beating Yugoslavia 3-1 at The Empire Stadium, Wembley.

Below is a scan of the front cover of the Turkey v China programme, which recently sold on Ebay for £51.

China v Turkey 1948 Olympics programme

Turkey v China 1948 Olympics programme