This picture comes courtesy of Colin Jeffrey and his Collection of British, European & World football images from 1954 to 1974. Non-commercial website at http://www.csjfootballimages.uku.co.uk.
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:
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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.
A round-by-round summary of how Walthamstow Avenue won the 1952 F.A. Amateur Cup.
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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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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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This enamel badge recently sold for the princely sum of £71 on Ebay. Whilst I’ve heard about most of the other old Walthamstow football teams (and hope to do a piece about them one day), I’d never heard of Walthamstow Rangers.
Anyone know anthing about them?
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!
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.
This page of pictures is taken from Volume 1 Issue 1 of ‘Monthly Soccer’ Magazine, September 1969.
Included in the photos are Avenue players John Mann and Geoff Parsons, and Hendon’s John Baker and Paul Collett.
If anyone knows the competition/ date/ result/ scorers please drop me a line. Since the caption mentions Hendon’s 5th goal, presumably it’s that season’s Isthmian League game, in which Hendon ran out easy 7-0 winners.
The ground pictured is Hendon’s recently defunct Claremont Road.
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