Phil Hopkins posted this on Facebook. I’m not sure of the year (he thinks ’80 or ’81), or if it’s a first team squad. If anybody has any info, or can name any of the players, leave a comment or drop me a line.
Archive for the ‘Team Photos’ Category
I’ve had the cover of this programme on the site for a while now, but finally here is the full 4 pages, with some great photos and text; including a rare team photo featuring the recently deceased England cricket legend Trevor Bailey. The back page has a series of photos of Avenue winning the 1952 F.A. Amateur Cup at Wembley.
Apparently Arsenal used to field their Reserve team in the London F.A. Challenge Cup between 1931 and 1974 (with the exception of 61/62 when the first team were entered).
The A’s played at Highbury a fair few times over the years (often with it being used as a neutral venue), but this is the earliest programme I’ve come across for the boys from E17 playing in N5. if anyone knows of any earlier appearances, please let me know.
Love the way the front page says the game will Kick-off at 7 p.m. IN FLOODLIGHT!
I’ll be adding the programme for the replay (which also took place at Highbury with Arsenal winning 8-3) shortly.
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Thanks to Stuart Anderson for sending these photos of his dad Stanley, who spent 6 years at Walthamstow Avenue between 1952-58.
Stanley made 74 first team appearances, notching a very impressive 51 goals. He later joined Finchley FC before rejoining Avenue, but never played again due to injury.
Stanley’s full Avenue record:
52/53 – 3 Apps 3 Goals
53/54 – 13 Apps 10 Goals
54/55 – 16 Apps 10 Goals
55/56 – 14 Apps 10 Goals
56/57- 12 Apps 7 Goals
57/58 – 16 Apps 11 Goals
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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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.
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‘Soccer Star’ magazine (originally ‘Raich Carter’s Soccer Star’) was a national weekly magazine that ran from 20 September 1952 until 19 June 1970 (936 weekly issues in total). Here they preview that day’s Amateur Cup final which The Avenue went on to win 2-1.
From ‘Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly’, July 1961
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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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This team photo is taken from the 1961-62 ‘The Topical Times Football Book”‘ annual by D.C. Thomson.
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Richard Young (who features in the picture) kindly sent in this picture of The Avenue Colts taken around 1982/83.
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.