Archive for the ‘Team Photos’ Category

An Eighties Team Photo

June 9, 2016

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.

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Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) (Monday 6th October 1952)

March 10, 2011

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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Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 1

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 1

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 2

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 2

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 3

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 3

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 4

Arsenal 2-2 Walthamstow Avenue (London F.A. Challenge Cup) - Monday 6th October 1952 - Page 4

Stanley Anderson (1952-58)

March 9, 2011

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

Stanley Anderson

Stanley Anderson

The Avenue boys talk tactics with Ron Greenwood (Stanley is 2nd right, standing)

The Avenue boys talk tactics with Ron Greenwood (Stanley is 2nd right, standing)

Walthamstow Avenue team photo (Stanley is 4th sitting player from left)

Walthamstow Avenue team photo (Stanley is 4th sitting player from left)

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.

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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‘Soccer Star’ Magazine. April 22, 1961.

September 9, 2009

‘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.

Soccer Star Vol 9 No 31 April 22 1961 Front Cover

The front cover 'Soccer Star' Magazine. April 22 1961.

Soccer Star Vol 9 No 31 April 22 1961 Page 3

From page 3 of 'Soccer Star' Magazine. April 22 1961.

Avenue’s Pluckiest Side

July 31, 2009

From ‘Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly’, July 1961

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Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, July 1961

Standing - Keenes, Prince, Lewis, Grainger, McGuire, Edwards, Bambridge. Sitting - Groves, Saggers, Andrews, Harvey.

Walthamstow Avenue 1936 photo card

July 31, 2009

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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Left to right, back row:- E. Took (Hon. Sec.), R. Wright, H. Oliver, C. Mercer, A. Pinner, F. Hicks, H. Garner (Trainer), E. Childs, S. Barlow. Front row :- E. Collins, W. Magner, J. Lewis (Capt.), U. Vincent, F. Davis

Left to right, back row:- E. Took (Hon. Sec.), R. Wright, H. Oliver, C. Mercer, A. Pinner, F. Hicks, H. Garner (Trainer), E. Childs, S. Barlow. Front row :- E. Collins, W. Magner, J. Lewis (Capt.), U. Vincent, F. Davis

Ardath Tobacco Photo Card 1936 (back)

Ardath Tobacco Photo Card 1936 (back)

Walthamstow Avenue team photo from 1961

July 31, 2009

This team photo is taken from the 1961-62 ‘The Topical Times Football Book”‘ annual by D.C. Thomson.

Left to right - back row - Ron Bambridge, Stan Prince, Gary McGuire, Brian Edwards, Terry Keenes. Front row - Brian Harvey, Dave Andrews, Alan Minal, Don Saggers, Jim Lewis, Reg Groves.

Left to right - back row - Ron Bambridge, Stan Prince, Gary McGuire, Brian Edwards, Terry Keenes. Front row - Brian Harvey, Dave Andrews, Alan Minall, Don Saggers, Jim Lewis, Reg Groves.

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Walthamstow Avenue Colts in the early 80s

July 20, 2009

Richard Young (who features in the picture) kindly sent in this picture of The Avenue Colts taken around 1982/83.

Top: Mark Salmon, Bobby Eates (Manager), Andy Polston, Ian Levy, Marvin Houston, Richard Green, Lee Woodrow, Micky Munn (Trainer), Dave Birch. Bottom: Andrew Patterson, Dean Bramley, Bradley Wright , Michael Oliver, Richard Young, Glen Batchelor

Top: Mark Salmon, Bobby Eates (Manager), Andy Polston, Ian Levy, Marvin Houston, Richard Green, Lee Woodrow, Micky Munn (Trainer), Dave Birch. Bottom: Andrew Patterson, Dean Bramley, Bradley Wright , Michael Oliver, Richard Young, Glen Batchelor

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.