Best Years Players A-B

For notes on how these details have been compiled see Players Lists for the Best Years 1950-67
ADAMS Dennis M
Born Olney, Jan quarter 1931
Position  FB
Seasons for BTFC 52-54
BTFC appearances   47         BTFC goals  0
To BTFC from ?
From BTFC to St Neots
Other clubs before/after BTFC /Biggleswade, Bedford North End
Notes First appeared in A team as amateur 52/3, signed pro 9/53
 
ADAMS Donald F (Don)
Born Northampton, 15 Feb 31
Position  CF
Seasons for BTFC 56
BTFC appearances   1         BTFC goals  1
To BTFC from Northampton
From BTFC to Headington
Other clubs before/after BTFC  Chelsea (am)/ Rushden
Notes Was in RAF near Oxford and requested move for ease of travelling. Became architect. Died 1993
 
ADAMS George 
Born Falkirk, 16 Oct 26
Position W
Seasons for BTFC 51
BTFC appearances   7         BTFC goals  2
To BTFC from Bath
From BTFC to Crystal Palace
Other clubs before/after BTFC Falkirk, Brighton, Leyton O/?.
Notes
 
ADAMS Leslie ("Lou")
 
Born
?London, date n/k
Position IF
Seasons for BTFC (1) 66-69, (2)72,  (3) 77
BTFC appearances    (1) 145, (2) 25,   (3) 32   BTFC goals (1) 58,  (2) 8,  (3) 16
To BTFC from (1)QPR, (2) Barnet, (3) Kempston
From BTFC to (1) Barnet, (2) Stevenage, (3) Preston Macedonia (Melbourne)
Other clubs before/after BTFC  / Dunstable, Wellington (NZ), Atherstone, Hillingdon, Kempston (2nd spell), Barnet (2nd spell), Rushden, Wootton BC
Notes FL records show first registered as apprentice at QPR 8/64.  Played in two games for BTFC as triallist end 66/7, signed permanently summer 67. Later BTFC spells 72-73 (from Barnet, early December 72, to end 72/3, then to Stevenage) and 77-78 (from Kempston 8/77, to Australia 1/78).  Broke leg on debut for Preston Macedonia (who were managed by former BTFC reserve coach Bill Dumbell) and returned to England early 79, played briefly for Kempston again; then announced that he had re-signed for BTFC but was immediately injured and did not make another first team appearance. After a few reserve appearances at start of 79/80 signed for Barnet at end of 10/79. At Rushden by Jan 80, Wootton summer 80. Became manager at Kempston summer 84 in sucession to Alan Wright.
 
ADEY Arthur L 
Born Glasgow, 1 March 1930
Position IF
Seasons for BTFC 55
BTFC appearances    29        BTFC goals 15
To BTFC from Bradford PA
From BTFC to Worcester
Other clubs before/after BTFC  Bishop Auckland, Doncaster, Gillingham/Guildford, Chelmsford, Rugby, Kidderminster
Notes Coached in Australia in 60s
 
ALLEN Frederick J (Fred) 
Born date and place n/k, but age 24 in 8/49
Position G
Seasons for BTFC 49-50
BTFC appearances    47      BTFC goals 0*
To BTFC from Coventry
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?
Notes
 
ALLEN A Robert (Bob)
Born 
Bromley-by-Bow, 11 Oct 16
Position FB
Seasons for BTFC 51
BTFC appearances     45       BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Colchester
From BTFC to [retired]
Other clubs before/after BTFC Tottenham (am), Leyton O (am),Leytonstone, Fulham, Doncaster, Brentford, Dartford,Northampton/
Notes England schools international. Retired summer 52 due to illness. Died 1992.
 
ANDERSON Robert (Bobby)
Born ?Scotland, age 22 in 8/63
Position FB or WH
Seasons for BTFC 62-63
BTFC appearances    30        BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Cowdenbeath
From BTFC to Cape Town City (SA)
Other clubs before/after BTFC Cowdenbeath, Tonbridge [loan]/Gloucester
Notes Loaned to Tonbridge by Cowdenbeath while on National Service. Emigrated to South Africa summer 64 (rejoined Reg Smith). Back in UK at Gloucester 8/70-unclear if any clubs betwen Cape Town and then.
 
ANDERSON Ronald J (Ron)
 
 
Born Gateshead, 3 July 22
Position FB
Seasons for BTFC 54
BTFC appearances     10       BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Tonbridge
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC Bury, C Palace/?
Notes
 
ASHER Sidney J (Sid)
Born Portsmouth, 24 Dec 30
Position CF or IF
Seasons for BTFC 57
BTFC appearances    4        BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Northampton
From BTFC to Guildford
Other clubs before/after BTFC Portsmouth,Gloucester, Hastings/Weymouth,Poole,Sittingbourne,Canterbury,Chelmsford,Trowbridge,Crawley.
Notes Died 1994
 
AVIS Vernon C S
 
Born Marylebone, 24 Oct 35
Position FB
Seasons for BTFC 61-66
BTFC appearances     179       BTFC goals 2
To BTFC from Brentford
From BTFC to Rushden
Other clubs before/after BTFC none
Notes Became trainer/ coach summer 66, made 2 emergency appearances 66/7, caretaker manager April 67, then played briefly for Rushden.
 
AYTON James (Jimmy)
Born Barrhead, 15 Oct 23
Position IF
Seasons for BTFC 52-53
BTFC appearances     49       BTFC goals 17
To BTFC from Shrewsbury
From BTFC to Nuneaton
Other clubs before/after BTFC Neilston Victoria, Third Lanark, Leicester/Stamford
Notes   In 1955 was said to be seriously ill and requiring sanitarium treatment. Died 1988.
 
BAILEY Raymond R (Ray) 
Born  St Neots, 16 May 44
Position MF
Seasons for BTFC 63-65
BTFC appearances   82         BTFC goals 13
To BTFC from Queens' Works
From BTFC to Gillingham
Other clubs before/after BTFC Bedford BC/Northampton (loan), Romford, Hitchin, MK City, Wootton BC
Notes  First class cricket for Northants 64-73, later Northants CC groundsman. To Hitchin 74/5. Later PM at MK City (late 70s), at Wootton as player by 80/1

 

BAIN Alexander E (Alex)

 

Born Edinburgh, 22 Jan 36
Position CF
Seasons for BTFC 62-63
BTFC appearances    6        BTFC goals 1
To BTFC from Falkirk
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC  Motherwell,Huddersfield,Chesterfield, Falkirk,Bournemouth, Poole /?
Notes Two spells at Falkirk. Triallist in friendly end 62/3, then signed permanently. Suspended for missing training early 63/4 and missed most of season.
 
BANHAM Roy
Born Nottingham, 30 Oct 36
 
Position CH or WH
 
Seasons for BTFC 62-63
BTFC appearances    56        BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Peterborough
From BTFC to King's Lynn
Other clubs before/after BTFC Notts Forest/Grantham, Spalding
Notes By March 72 was reported to be on Charlton's coaching staff, while working as a private detective!
 
BARON Kevin M P
 
Born Preston, 19 July 26
Position IF
Seasons for BTFC 61
BTFC appearances      7      BTFC goals 2
To BTFC from Cambridge City
From BTFC to Maldon Town
Other clubs before/after BTFC Liverpool,Southend,Northampton, Gravesend, Wisbech,Aldershot/
NotesCup finalist's medal with Liverpool, 1950. Became PM at Maldon, continued as manager after retiring
 
BECKETT William P (Billy)
Born Dumbarton, age 28 in 8/57
Position W
Seasons for BTFC 58
BTFC appearances   1         BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Chelmsford
From BTFC to Rugby
Other clubs before/after BTFC Renfrew Jnrs, Glasgow Rangers, Ashford, Cowdenbeath/Vale of Leven
Notes Died 2006
 
BELL Joseph P (Joe)
Born Sunderland, 28 July 24
Position FB
Seasons for BTFC 52
BTFC appearances      2     BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Coventry
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC Sunderland, Stockton,Chesterfield/?
Notes
 
BELLOTTI Derek C
 
 
 
Born West Ham, 25 Dec 46
Position G
Seasons for BTFC 64-65
BTFC appearances      73      BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from QPR
From BTFC to Gillingham
Other clubs before/after BTFC /Charlton,Southend, Swansea,Maidstone,Margate (loan),St Blazey,Torquay,Bideford,Saltash, Newquay,Torrington. 
Notes  Son Ross played for Exeter. Now owns print and design business in Devon.
 
BENNING Michael D (Mike)  
Born Watford, 3 Feb 38
Position W
Seasons for BTFC 64-66
BTFC appearances    159        BTFC goals 8
To BTFC from Cambridge City
From BTFC to Hatfield
Other clubs before/after BTFC Watford/Dunstable
Notes SL championship medal at Cambridge City 62/3
 
BICKNELL Charles (Charlie)
 
Born Pye Bridge, 6 Nov 05
Position FB
Seasons for BTFC 48-50
BTFC appearances      45      BTFC goals 4
To BTFC from West Ham
From BTFC to [retired]
Other clubs before/after BTFC New Tupton Ivanhoe,Chesterfield, Bradford City/
Notes Player-coach BTFC 48-50, first team trainer 51-55, assistant manager 57-59. Retired from playing end 48/9 but made occasional emergency appearances for reserves and one for first team Nov 50. Died 1994.
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BINES H Mervyn (Mel) 

 

Born Cardiff, 17 April 30
Position FB
Seasons for BTFC 54
BTFC appearances    2        BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Swindon
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC Cardiff (am)/?
Notes Joined Swindon on completion of national service. Left Bedford to take up full-time job in manufacturing in Swindon. Died 1979.
 
BLACKLOCK Robert (Bobby)

 

Born date and place n/k
Position W
Seasons for BTFC 53-54
BTFC appearances   6         BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from ?
From BTFC to Hitchin
Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?
Notes Amateur serving at RAF Henlow
 
BLAKE John
Born date and place n/k
Position WH
Seasons for BTFC 66
BTFC appearances      5      BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Hastings
From BTFC to Brentwood
Other clubs before/after BTFC Watford (am), QPR/?
Notes
 
BOLTON Terence J (Terry)
Born Lambeth, April quarter 38
Position W
Seasons for BTFC 60
BTFC appearances      1      BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Man Utd
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?
Notes First registered at Man Utd 8/59
 
BOULTON Frank P
Born Chipping Sodbury, 12 Aug 17
Position G
Seasons for BTFC 50-53
BTFC appearances   40         BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Swindon
From BTFC to [?retired]
Other clubs before/after BTFC Yate Town, Bristol C, Bath, Arsenal, Derby/
Notes Was butcher in Swindon while with BTFC. Died 1987.
 
BOWIE James D (Jimmy)
Born Aberdeen, 9 August 24
Position W or IF
Seasons for BTFC 55-56
BTFC appearances  42          BTFC goals 14
To BTFC from Watford
From BTFC to Headington
Other clubs before/after BTFC Chelsea, Fulham,Brentford/Fulham, March,Wisbech
Notes Became publican in Trowbridge. Died 2000
 
BOYLE Cwnan ("Jock")
Born date and place n/k
Position CH
Seasons for BTFC 53 [earlier spell 46/7 to 48/9]
BTFC appearances    103        BTFC goals 1
To BTFC from St Neots
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC St Mirren/[retired]
Notes Regular first team player for BTFC from 46/7 to 48/9-had retired after St Neots but returned to help reserves and made one emergency first team appearance 53/4
 
BRANDHAM Royston (Roy)
Born Luton, 5 Aug 29
Position CF
Seasons for BTFC 55
BTFC appearances     6       BTFC goals 3
To BTFC from Vauxhall Motors
From BTFC to Dunstable
Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?
Notes Died 1996
 
BRITTAN Colin
Born Bristol, 27 June 27
Position WH
Seasons for BTFC 58-60
BTFC appearances       95     BTFC goals 2
To BTFC from Tottenham
From BTFC to Tunbridge Wells
Other clubs before/after BTFC Bristol North Old Boys/?
Notes Signed along with Len Duquemin in Nov 1958 for an alleged £2,000
 
BRITTEN Joseph (Joe)

Born date and place n/k

Position 53
Seasons for BTFC 53
BTFC appearances      7      BTFC goals 1
To BTFC from Eynesbury
From BTFC to Eynesbury
Other clubs before/after BTFC Potton, Hitchin/Potton, St Neots
Notes Amateur, at least two spells at Potton 
 
BROWN William T (Bill)
 
 Born Croydon, 7 Feb 43
Position CF
Seasons for BTFC  (1) 65,  (2) 69
BTFC appearances     (1) 42, (2) 12     BTFC goals   (1) 17, (2) 0
To BTFC from (1) Chelmsford, (2) Margate
From BTFC to  (1) Gillingham, (2) Dunstable
Other clubs before/after BTFC Southampton,Charlton,Romford (before first spell),  Portsmouth, Brentford (after first spell), Ford Utd (after second spell)
Notes First signed summer 65, to Gillingham February 66 for about £2000. Second brief spell with club from Feb 70 to end of 69/70.
 
BULL Michael F (Micky) 

BornTwickenham, 3 April 30

 
Position W
Seasons for BTFC 56-59
BTFC appearances      189      BTFC goals 51
To BTFC from Hastings
From BTFC to Hastings
Other clubs before/after BTFC Brentford, Swindon/Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Chatham
Notes
 
BUMSTEAD Charles H (Charlie)
Born Croydon, 8 Jan 22
Position G
Seasons for BTFC 53-54
BTFC appearances   87         BTFC goals 0
To BTFC from Dover
From BTFC to ?
Other clubs before/after BTFC Millwall, C Palace/?
Notes Had retired by 57/8 when he was youth team coach at Millwall. Died 1974
 

BUTLER William (Billy)

Born Portsmouth, 13 Aug 28

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 50-52

BTFC appearances  32       BTFC goals  0

To BTFC from  Aldershot

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Portsmouth/?

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