Archive for June, 2010

Alf Simmonds is Daggers guest of honour, Sat 17th April 2010

June 17, 2010

I recently featured some wonderful photos sent in by ex-Avenue ‘keeper Alf Simmonds. Well, Alf has been in touch again with more news.

Alf was guest of honour at the recent Dagenham & Redbridge home game against Burton Albion, as the Daggers gave a nod to their heritage.

Amongst other things, the programme includes a great story of how Alf met his wife at Green Pond Road:

Alf Simmonds feature from Dagenham & Rebridge v Burton Albion programme. Saturday 17th April 2010.

Alf Simmonds feature from Dagenham & Rebridge v Burton Albion programme. Saturday 17th April 2010.

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Dickie Lucas coshes Stockport, Sat Jan 10th 1953

June 16, 2010

Dickie Lucas scores both goals as Walthamstow Avenue beat Stockport County 2-1 at Green Pond Road in the F.A. Cup 3rd Round to set up the 4th Round tie with Manchester United.

The Daily Express wrote of Lucas: “The two first-half goals they cracked in came from inside-right Dickie Lucas, the man who, off field, wears a spinal corset to support his injured back and discards it for strips of plaster to fight in furious Cup Soccer.”

Dickie Lucas played for The Avenue for more than 10 years, and coached the team to the 1961 F.A. Amateur Cup victory.

I COSHED IT SAYS DICKIE. Dickie Lucas, 25-year-old Walthamstow stores clerk scored the two goals that knocked Stockport out of the Cup. Of the second one (pictured below, minus the ball) he said: "I didn't know where the pass came from. The ball dropped at my feet from nowhere, and I coshed it for all I was worth." Daily Express. Monday 12th January 1953. Page 8.

I COSHED IT SAYS DICKIE. Dickie Lucas, 25-year-old Walthamstow stores clerk scored the two goals that knocked Stockport out of the Cup. Of the second one (pictured below, minus the ball) he said: "I didn't know where the pass came from. The ball dropped at my feet from nowhere, and I coshed it for all I was worth." Daily Express. Monday 12th January 1953. Page 8.

Walthamstow Avenue 2-1 Stockport County programme. F.A. Cup 3rd Round 1952-53.

Walthamstow Avenue 2-1 Stockport County programme. F.A. Cup 3rd Round 1952-53.

‘How Walthamstow Did It’ – Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, August 1952

June 4, 2010

A round-by-round summary of how Walthamstow Avenue won the 1952 F.A. Amateur Cup.

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Front Cover of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, August 1952.

Front Cover of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, August 1952.

'How Walthamstow Did it' - Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, August 1952. Page 29.

'How Walthamstow Did it' - Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, August 1952. Page 29.

Doug Young ‘Cockney Sparrer’ – Jan 21st 1953

June 1, 2010

Walthamstow Avenue’s Doug Young speaks to The Daily Mirror ten days before the A’s famous 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the F.A. Cup 4th Round.

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Walthamstow Avenue's Doug Young talks to The Daily Mirror, Wednesday January 21st 1953, page 13.

Walthamstow Avenue's Doug Young talks to The Daily Mirror, Wednesday January 21st 1953, page 13.