Best Years Players A-B

ADAMS Dennis Michael (Dennis)

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 Frederick (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 Died 2011 (Hugman)

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 Lewis (Arthur)

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. According to Wikipedia, died 1994 in Surrey

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 Albert 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. Testimonial v Colchester 52/3. Became Education Welfare Officer for Redbridge Council. 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 James (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 Died 1984

ASHER Sidney James (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 Released because of travelling problems. Died 1994

AVIS Vernon Charles Sidney (Vernon)

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. Testimonial v International Club XI 66/7. Died 1996.

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 Reginald (Ray)

Born St Neots, 16 May 44

Position MF

Seasons for BTFC 62-65

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, Dunstable, MK City, Wootton BC

Notes Debut in reserves 62/3, signed professional 64. To Hitchin 74/5. Later PM at MK City (late 70s), at Wootton as player by 80/1. First class cricket for Northants 64-73, and Minor Counties cricket for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Later Northants CC and Northampton Town FC groundsman (1986-96).

BAIN Alexander Edward (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 v Arbroath at end of 62/3, then signed permanently. Suspended for missing training early 63/4 and missed most of season. Died 2014.

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 Michael Patrick (Kevin)

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/

Notes Cup finalist's medal with Liverpool, 1950. Became PM at Maldon, continued as manager after retiring. Died 1971.

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 Died 2007

BELLOTTI Derek Christopher (Derek)

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 David (Mike)

Born Croxley Green, Herts, 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 Croxley Boys' Club, Luton (am), Watford/Dunstable, Tudor Corinthians(Herts)

Notes Divison 4 promotion medal with Watford, 59/60. SL championship medal at Cambridge City 62/3. Later managed Tudor Corinthians. Son Paul played for Peterborough, 1987

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.

For a detailed biography go to Managers in the Best Years


BINES Henry 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. (Hugman gives name as MELVIN)

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. Reserve debut Feb 54. To Hitchin autumn 1954

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. Transfer listed for £250 by them 59/60.

BOULTON Frank Preece

Born Chipping Sodbury, 12 Aug 17

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 50-53

BTFC appearances 40 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Crystal Palace

From BTFC to [?retired]

Other clubs before/after BTFC Yate Town, Bristol C, Bath, Arsenal, Derby, Swindon/

Notes Transferred from Arsenal to Derby in 1938 but guested for Arsenal during WW2. Had been on trial at Palace during Ronnie Rooke's last few weeks as manager there, but released when he was sacked. Was butcher in Swindon while with BTFC. Thought to have retired after his release in summer 1954. Died 1987.

BOWIE James Duncan (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 Parkvale Jnrs, Chelsea, Fulham, Brentford/Fulham, March, Wisbech

Notes Guested for Middlesbrough in WW2. Transferred from Chelsea to Fulham for £20K (and player exchange) in January 1951. To BTFC for about £500 Jan 56. Second spell at Fulham was as reserve player-coach. To March summer 58, Wisbech 12/59. Later manager at Trowbridge, where he became a publican. Also kept pubs at Northwood and Great Wakering near Southend. 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 104 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 being player-coach at 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 Amateur, Beds county capped, turned pro on joining BTFC summer 55. Died 1996. ??related to Jimmy Brandham, pre-war BTFC player.

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. Returned to Bristol area after retiring from Tunbridge Wells. Died 2013(see obituary at http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/obituary-colin-brittan-150413/)

Joe Britten (right) in action in a reserve match against Biggleswade in 1954/5. The Waders defender is Dennis Adams, a former Eagles player (see above).'

BRITTEN Joseph (Joe)

(see photo above)

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 Frederick Thomas (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 Frederick (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. Died 2011.

Notes Rejoined Tim Kelly (with Len Duquemin) at Hastings summer 60

BUMSTEAD Charles Henry (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 50-51

BTFC appearances 32 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Aldershot

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Portsmouth/?

Notes One of Ronnie Rooke's first signings in late 50/1, released summer 52

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