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The Oldest football Team.

The Oldest football Team.

Yes the Lingdale lads again taken on the 2nd December 1936.  We asked ”Can you name some of them please?” Dorothy Simms tells us: ”I have actually got the paper; Weekly Illustrated 12 December 1936. Lingdale played Canning Town, East End. The team combined ages were 1,000 years including 3 reserves; Skipper Harry Eaton aged 88, his wife Elizabeth Ellen 64. Foxy George 66 [the handsome one], Old Liz Saunders, goalkeeper 84. That’s all I have but there are several photos. Rules. no running. no charging. A quick walk and neat side step are what is needed. First ever match was on Jubilee Day. I hope you find this interesting. I have been in touch with someone about this match but never had a reply. They played 55 minutes; 2 halves of 20 minutes with 1/4 hour interval for a pint and pipe!” Michael Grange tells us: ”My great grandfather was in this team (George ‘Foxy’ Grange), after the game each player was given a clay pipe in the shape of a football boot.”
Photograph courtesy of Derick Pearson and many thanks to Dorothy Simms and Michael Grange for the updates.

2 comments to The Oldest football Team.

  • dorothy simms

    I have actually got the paper; Weekly Illustrated 12 December 1936. Lingdale played Canning Town, East End. The team combined ages were 1,000yrs including 3 reserves; Skipper Harry Eaton aged 88, his wife Elizabeth Ellen 64. Foxy George 66 [the handsome one], Old Liz Saunders, goalkeeper 84. Thats all I have but there are several photos.Rules. no running. no charging. A quick walk and neat side step are what is needed. First ever match was on Jubilee Day. I hope you find this interresting. I have been in touch with someone about this match but never had a reply.They played 55 minutes; 2 halves of 20 minutess with 1/4 hour interval for a pint and pipe! Dorothy, Leicester.

  • michael

    My great grandfather was in this team (George ‘Foxy’ Grange), after the game each player was given a clay pipe in the shape of a football boot.

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