Archive for the ‘1940s’ Category

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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Alf Simmonds, Goalkeeper, 1943-51

May 30, 2010

Many, many thanks to Alf Simmonds who has supplied  4 great photos from his time between the sticks  at Walthamstow Avenue.

Alf played for The Avenue between 1943 and 1951, with a few breaks along the way. He played in both The A’s famous games against Oldham in the 1948/49 F.A. Cup 2nd Round – the 2-2 draw at Green Pond Road (see video footage elsewhere on this site) and the 3-1 defeat in the replay at Oldham.

Alf writes;  “I have two different photos to those you show. They include the following players not included so far in other team photos: Freddie Tomlin, Jack Jennings, Eric Hardy (my late wife’s favourite), Reg Stather, Fred Sturgeon, Bob Stringer, Ken Crouch.

At the end of 1948-49 season we played a friendly v Hastings Utd away. I also have a photo of that occasion. It was a club “Day Out”!!!. It includes officials, players, relatives and friends. Just over fifty of us, including eighteen players.

I played for the “A”s From  1943 to 1951 playing for Hayes, Bromley, Spurs and Watford reserves in between. I had two serious injuries at the Avenue, a fractured wrist in my first game, and they were the reason for a couple the moves.”

Alf met his wife of 53 years at Green Pond Road. Sadly, she passed away in 2004.

The Hayes & Yeading United F.C. website writes on Alf:

Another player with a Bromley connection, albeit tenuous, was goalkeeper Alf Simmonds. He joined Hayes from Walthamstow Avenue in March 1946 and worked in the accounts department of the Hayes News. He played for Hayes for three seasons, even turning down the chance to play for Watford in February 1948. In this time he made 80 appearances. During the summer of 1948, together with Ron Gadsden, he toured Holland with the Chelsea Mariners, a selection of amateur players from London. Later that summer he received his cap from Middlesex and played for a Hayes XI against the Indian Olympic team, before taking part in pre-season training at Great Yarmouth. He was pushing for the appointment of an experienced team manager, but when it became apparent that none would be appointed, he left and rejoined Walthamstow. Two seasons later he was playing for Bromley reserves and a season later for Redhill.

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Walthamstow Avenue Team Photo

Walthamstow Avenue Team Photo. Back Row (left to right): Jim Lewis (Senior), Ken Crouch (Right Back), Fred Sturgeon (Inside Left), Alf Simmonds (Goalkeeper), Derek Saunders (Left Half), Eric Hardy (Left Back), Reg Wright (Manager). Front Row (left to right): Bill Banham (Asst. Trainer), Reg Stather (Outside Right), Jim Lewis (Centre Forward), Frank Butterworth (Centre Half (Captain)), Ken Facey (Right Half), Fred Tomlin (Outside Left), Ted Stringer (Inside Right), Fred Bosher (Trainer)

Walthamstow Avenue Team Photo

Walthamstow Avenue Team Photo. Back Row (left to right): Jack Jennings (Inside Right), Eric Hardy (Left Back), Ken Crouch (Right Back), Alf Simmonds (Goalkeeper), Derek Saunders (Left Half), T. O'Connell (?) (Inside Left), Reg Wright (Manager). Front Row (left to right): Reg Stather (Outside Right), Jim Lewis (Centre Forward), Frank Butterworth (Centre Half (Captain)), Ken Facey (Right Half), Fred Tomlin (Outside Left)

'Five Players plus Oldham Ladies and Gent'.

'Five Players plus Oldham Ladies and Gent'. Far Right Front: Ken Facey. In Middle: Ted Stringer. Back (left to right): Alf Simmonds, Fred Sturgeon, Fred Tomlin.

1948/49 Post-Season Friendly at Hastings United

1948/49 Post-Season Friendly at Hastings United. Sitting: 4 Members. First Row: Jim Lewis (Snr), Curly (groundsman). Second Row: 1. Ted Harper. 4. Arthur Kingham. 6&7. Bert Pinner & Wife. Fred Tomlin. Third Row: 1. Mrs Waller & baby. Frank Butterworth & son. Bill Banham. Fred Lamprell & Wife & Scott (?), Jim Jeffrey & girlfriend, Reserve Goalkeeper Eric Hardy. Fourth Row: Alf's Best Man, Sam. Mrs. Sturgeon & Fred. Bob Waller, Mrs. Facey, Mrs. Fuller, Freddie Fuller, Mrs. Stather, Reg Stather, Ken Smith (?). Back Row: Alf Simmonds, Ken Drage & wife. Derek Saunders & wife. Mrs lewis & Jim Lewis Jnr, Fred Bosher & wife. Ken Facey.

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

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.