Best Years Players F-H

FAHY John Joseph (John)

Born Paisley, 13 May 43

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC (1) 61-63, (2) 66-67

BTFC appearances (1) 52, (2) 21 BTFC goals (1) 30, (2) 4

To BTFC from (1) Letchworth, (2) Cambridge United

From BTFC to (1) Oxford United, (2) Margate

Other clubs before/after BTFC [before first spell] Luton (am), St Neots/: [after second spell] /Germiston Callies (SA), Toronto Metros

Notes Signed pro end 61/2 after appearing v BTFC for Letchworth in FA Cup and then as amateur in reserves. Two spells at BTFC -to Oxford for £2500 Feb 64, then transferred from Oxford to Cambridge Utd and then back to BTFC. Transfer listed at start of 67/8, left for Margate 9/67. Later emigrated from Canada to Australia (1986).

FARQUHAR Douglas Methven (Doug)

Born Methil, 11 June 21

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 55-56

BTFC appearances 117 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Hereford

From BTFC to New York Hakoah

Other clubs before/after BTFC St Andrew's Utd, Distillery, Arsenal, Reading/?

Notes Emigrated to USA 5/57, one cap for USA v England in 1959. Died 2005

FAULKNER Sidney Frank (Frank)

Born 1927, place n/k

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 49-56

BTFC appearances 103 BTFC goals 28

To BTFC from Marston Shelton

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Biggleswade

Notes Initially appeared as amateur, turned pro for 51/2 season. Testimonial v Northampton, 55/6 (raised £300). Transferred to St Neots Dec 56. Died 1983.

FENN George F

Born Poplar, Jan quarter 39

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 59-60

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from West Ham

From BTFC to Tonbridge

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Bexleyheath

Notes England youth international. First registered West Ham 1/56. Released at own request autumn 60.

FISHER Kenneth Douglas Walter (Ken)

Born Southampton, 30 Sept 21

Position WH or CH

Seasons for BTFC 51-54

BTFC appearances 150 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to Biggleswade

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bitterne Nomads, Southampton/

Notes Not related to Peter. Guested for Bristol City in WW2. Released by Biggleswade 1/57, said he intended to retire. Died 1989

FISHER Peter McArthur

Born Edinburgh, 17 Feb 20

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 54

BTFC appearances 26 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Wrexham

From BTFC to Dunstable

Other clubs before/after BTFC Northampton, Shrewsbury/

Notes Had "retired" by 4/57, when working as a printer in Watford, but reappeared for Dunstable by 12/57. Died 2010. Not related to Ken.

FLYNN Thomas B (Tommy)

Born ?Scotland, age 27 in 11/63

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 63

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Hinkley

From BTFC to Holbeach

Other clubs before/after BTFC St Roch's (jnrs), St Mirren, Folkestone, Northampton, Wisbech, Cheltenham/Rothwell, Rushden, Wellingborough

Notes ?Triallist not retained

FOGG Ronald William James (Ron)

Born Tilbury, 3 June 38

Position CF or MF

Seasons for BTFC 66-68

BTFC appearances 147 BTFC goals 37

To BTFC from Hereford

From BTFC to Chelmsford

Other clubs before/after BTFC Grays, Tilbury, Southend, Weymouth, Aldershot, /Stevenage, Woodford, Dartford

Notes England amateur international triallist while with Grays. Signed summer 66 for undisclosed fee. Released summer 69, initially joined Chelmsford on trial but then permanently. After retiring became secretary at Brentwood FC. Brother-in-law of Alan Wright.

FROST Philip (Phil)

Born London, age 25 in 1960

Position FB or WH

Seasons for BTFC 57-58

BTFC appearances 31 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Weymouth

From BTFC to Sittingbourne

Other clubs before/after BTFC Royal Army Signals Corps/Christchurch (NZ)

Notes Joined Weymouth ?1955 from Army team in Dorset league, emigrated to NZ 60s, played for NZ Touring XI in Western Pacific

GAGE Lawrence Albert (Larry)

Born Walthamstow, 10 Sept 22

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 51-52

BTFC appearances 84 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Gillingham

From BTFC to [?retired]

Other clubs before/after BTFC Walthamstow Ave, Leyton O, Fulham, ??[Canadian club], Fulham/?

Notes Two spells at Fulham either side of a period in Canada. Sometimes referred to as Albert. To BTFC summer 51, Left in summer 53 to devote more time to his business as a publican in Colchester area. Died 1996

GARDINER Douglas (Dougie)

Born Douglas (?Lanarkshire) , 29 March 17

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 51-54, 56

BTFC appearances 92 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to [retired]

Other clubs before/after BTFC Auchinleck Talbot/

Notes Signed summer 1951. Retired summer 55, became first team trainer/coach to 58, then physio 58-61, assistant manager and caretaker manager briefly in 61. One emergency appearance in 56/7. Testimonial v All Star XI, 58/9. Died Feb 1980.

GARWOOD Leonard Frank (Len)

Len Garwood (left) and Colin Gill



Born Raniphet (India), 28 July 23

Position FB or WH

Seasons for BTFC (1) 52-53, (2) 54-58

BTFC appearances (1) 76, (2) 98 BTFC goals (1) 0, (2) 1

To BTFC from (1 Tottenham, (2) Ulster City (Toronto)

From BTFC to (1) Ulster City, (2) St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC [before first spell] Eaton Bray, Waterlows, Dunstable, Cambridge City, Hitchin [all am]/

Notes Lived in Toronto 5/54 to 4/55, played for Ulster City club there, but remained on BTFC books. Testimonial v Eastern Command (Army) XI 57/8. Died 1979

GIBSON David James (Dave)

Born Runcorn, 18 March 31

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 59

BTFC appearances 11 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Headington

From BTFC to Trowbridge

Other clubs before/after BTFC Everton, Swindon/?

Notes England youth international. To Trowbridge on trial at start of 60/1-thought later to have played in N Wales. Died 2014.

GILL Colin

(see photo above)

Born date and place n/k

Position IF or CF

Seasons for BTFC 52-58

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Kempston

From BTFC to Potton

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Biggleswade, Potton

Notes Appeared as amateur in "A" team from 52/3, with Kempston 53/4, reserve debut Aug 56, signed pro 9/58 but released summer 59. At least two spells at Potton

GILMOUR Robert (Bobby)

Born ?Scotland, date n/k

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 63

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Airdrie

From BTFC to Rushden

Other clubs before/after BTFC Stonyburn Jnrs, Partick, Stirling/Potton

Notes Scored 5 of the 10 goals v Gravesend Reserves (A) in 63/4

GOSS William (Billy)

Born place n/k, age 20 in 8/59

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 59-60

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Rushden

From BTFC to Eynesbury

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bedford North End, GF United/?

Notes Signed summer 59, released summer 61. Died 2018

GOUNDRY William (Bill)

Born Middlesbrough, 28 March 34

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 61-64

BTFC appearances 156 BTFC goals 5

To BTFC from Brentford

From BTFC to Hastings

Other clubs before/after BTFC Huddersfield/?

Notes From Brentford on free transfer summer 61, released summer 65. Died 2012

GRAY James Roy (Jimmy)

Photo on right showing Jimmy Gray in the Hampshire nets by courtesy of the Southern Daily Echo

Born Southampton, 19 May 26

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 51-53

BTFC appearances 111 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Arsenal

From BTFC to Salisbury FC

Other clubs before/after BTFC Salisbury Corinthians (am)/

Notes First class cricket for Hampshire 1948-66 (see above photo), opening batsman in their championship winning side of 1961, later chairman of the club's cricket committee. Signed for BTFC summer 51, released summer 53 because he wanted to move nearer to his cricketing base in Hampshire. Retired from football 1958 to concentrate on cricket. Later deputy head of Stroud School, Romsey and partner in a sports goods business with former Hants colleague Peter Sainsbury. Died 31 October 2016.

GREENWOOD Roy Tony (Roy)

Born Croydon, 22 May 31

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 59

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Crystal Palace

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Beckenham/Dulwich Hamlet

Notes Transfer listed for £500 by Palace summer 59. Player coach at Dulwich by 61. Died 2011

GREGORY Anthony Charles (Tony)

Born Luton, 16 May 37

Position MF

Seasons for BTFC 66

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Toronto Steelers

From BTFC to Hastings

Other clubs before/after BTFC Vauxhall Motors (am), Luton, Watford, Bexley/Dover, Barnet, Stevenage, Wolverton

Notes England Youth international. FA Cup finalists’ medal with Luton 59. £6000 fee on transfer to Watford March 60. PC at Toronto Steelers 65/6, and later at Barnet; PM at Stevenage. Became PM at Wolverton (summer 72) and later general manager to 1976. Later in business in Cheshire.

GREGORY Terence (Terry)

Born place n/k, age 22 in 8/56

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 56

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Sheffield Wednesday

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes First registered Sheff Wed 6/55. To BTFC summer 56, shared reserve duties with Ben Kinchin. Released summer 57.

HADDINGTON William Raymond (Ray)

Born Scarborough, 18 Nov 23

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 54

BTFC appearances 12 BTFC goals 4

To BTFC from Halifax

From BTFC to Juventus (Australia)

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bradford PA, Bradford C, Oldham, Man C, Stockport, Bournemouth, Rochdale/?

Notes Died 1994 in Australia

HALL Frederick (Freddie)

Born Worksop, 24 Nov 24

Position CF or MF

Seasons for BTFC 49-51

BTFC appearances 64 BTFC goals 9

To BTFC from Birmingham

From BTFC to Eynesbury

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/

Notes Signed summer 49, released summer 52. Became PM at Eynesbury, then manager (succeeded by Frank O'Hagan summer 72), later chairman of club. Manager of Hunts county XI and President of Hunts FA 1991. Died 2006. The Freddie Hall Trophy is presented annually to Eynesbury's player of the year.

HALL Peter

Born Stoke-on-Trent, 29 Sept 39

Position IF or CF

Seasons for BTFC 65-67

BTFC appearances 103 BTFC goals 60

To BTFC from Yeovil

From BTFC to Gillingham

Other clubs before/after BTFC Stoke, Port Vale, Bournemouth/Margate

Notes Joined Port Vale summer 58, to Bournemouth 61, Yeovil 62. SL championship medal at Yeovil 63/4. Signed summer 65, rejoining manager Basil Hayward. To Gillingham (rejoining Hayward again) Nov 67 for £1500. Persistent knee injuries forced retirement after Margate. (See Wikipedia entry)

HANCOCK Peter

Born Doncaster, Jan quarter 29

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 52-54

BTFC appearances 28 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Arsenal

From BTFC to Borehamwood

Other clubs before/after BTFC Portsmouth (am)/?

Notes FL records show signed pro for Arsenal 10/49 post Navy service, cancelled 31/3/51. Google [self-authored?] says also played for Borehamwood and "retired due to injury in his 20s"; age 73 in 2002.

HARRIES David

Born date and place n/k

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 59

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes “Local triallist”, not retained

HARRIS Peter

Born Wootton, 14 July 1948

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 66-70

BTFC appearances 53 BTFC goals 4

To BTFC from Wootton BC (juniors)

From BTFC to /Bletchley Town

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Wootton BC, MK City, Kempston, Wootton

Notes England schools triallist 63/4. From junior football, in reserves from 65/6. To Bletchley late Feb 71, to Wootton as permit player summer 73. To MK City summer 74. At Kempston by 3/77. Back to Wootton by 1/78

HAWKES Barry

Born Easington, 21 March 38

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 62

BTFC appearances 18 BTFC goals 8

To BTFC from Hartlepools

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC Shotton Colliery, Luton, Darlington/Horden Colliery

Notes Brother of Ken. Released summer 63. Died Feb 2016.

HAWKES Kenneth Kilby (Ken)

Born Easington, 6 May 33

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 62

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Peterborough

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC Shotton Colliery,Luton/Dunstable

Notes Brother of Barry. Signed summer 62, captained reserves to Metropolitan League Professional Cup at end of 62/3 but then released. FA Cup finalists’ medal with Luton 59. Died 2015

HAWKSWORTH Anthony (Tony)

Born Sheffield, 15 Jan 38

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 58-64

BTFC appearances 180 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Manchester Utd

From BTFC to Rushden

Other clubs before/after BTFC none

Notes England schools and youth international. One first team appearance at Man Utd but also won three consecutive FA Youth Cup winners' medals for them (see interesting background in his Wikipedia entry). Testimonial v Ipswich 64/5. Played for Rushden with PM Terry Murray, then retired. Worked as gas meter reader while at BTFC. Now lives in Derbyshire.

HAYES Vernon (“Vic”)

Born Yorkshire, age 27 in 7/49

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 49-50

BTFC appearances 82 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Gravesend

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes Captain in 50/1.

HEATH Dennis John

Born Chiswick, 28 Sept 34

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 19 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Brentford

From BTFC to Trowbridge

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Dover, Chertsey

Notes PM at Chertsey. Died 2006

HECKMAN Ronald Ernest (Ron)

Born Peckham, 13 Nov 29

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 62-64 (plus emergency appearance 68/9)

BTFC appearances 81 BTFC goals 15

To BTFC from Crystal Palace

From BTFC to Dorking

Other clubs before/after BTFC Ilford, Southall, Bromley, Leyton O, Millwall/

Notes Signed Jan 63. Released summer 65 to become PM of Dorking, later coached Aveley. Manager of BTFC 67-69 (made one emergency appearance as sub in 68/9). Five England amateur international caps at Bromley before turning pro at Orient. Died 1990

For a more detailed biography go to Managers and Coaches, 1945-82

HENDERSON John

Born Date and place n/k

Position MF or D

Seasons for BTFC (1) 66, (2) 71, (3) 77

BTFC appearances (1) 2, (2) 41, (3) 17 BTFC goals (1) 0, (2) 2, (3) 1

To BTFC from (1) ?, (2) Bletchley Town, (3) Kempston

From BTFC to (1) Biggleswade, (2) Bletchley Town, (3) Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC Biggleswade (after first spell), Kettering, Wealdstone (between second and third spells), Wootton BC, Kempston again (after third spell)

Notes Made a few reserve appearances early 67, then played twice for first team in EPFC, left end 66/7. At Biggleswade start 67/8, at Bletchley by 10/70. Returned there after second spell with BTFC 71/2. Re-signed Sept 77 as a non-contract player due to business committments, returned to Kempston summer 78, Wootton later that season, back at Kempston by mid 82/3. Lived at Felmersham.

HEPPLE Gordon

Born Sunderland, 16 Sept 25

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 56-60

BTFC appearances 108 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Norwich

From BTFC to Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC Hylton Colliery, Sunderland (am), Middlesbrough/[retired]

Notes Had been selected for England "B" in early 50s while with Middlesbrough but broke leg shortly beforehand. One emergency appearance in goal for first team 59/60, several more for reserves. Player coach at BTFC 60/1. Became PM at Kempston and continued as manager after stopping playing (until 69). Printer. Died 1980.

HICKS William J

Born date and place n/k

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 50

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes Triallist, not retained

HOLLAND E John (Johnny)

Born ?Canning Town, 1927

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 50-54

BTFC appearances 186 BTFC goals 39

To BTFC from Arsenal

From BTFC to Biggleswade

Other clubs before/after BTFC Swindon (guest)/?

Notes Joined Arsenal as amateur 1945. Guested for Swindon during 45/6. Left Biggleswade 11/55. Lived in Essex. (Exact date of birth uncertain).

HOOLEY Joseph Winston (Joe)

Born Barnsley, 26 Dec 38

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bradford PA

From BTFC to Accrington

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bolton, Barnsley, Sheff Utd, Workington, Wisbech, Cambridge City, Holbeach/Dover, Ramsgate, Burton, Poole

Notes Suspended for missing training soon after arriving, then released. Later coached the Sudan national team (1972) and at IBK Keflavik (Iceland) , Molde FK, Lillestrom SK and Bodo Glimt (all in Norway), 1973-84. Won Norwegian league and cup with Lillestrom, 1977 and 1978.

HORNE Henry Leslie (Les)

Born Dudley, 2 May 23

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 54

BTFC appearances 24 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Walsall

From BTFC to Cradley Heath

Other clubs before/after BTFC WBA,Plymouth/

Notes Died 1986

HOWE Denis Cecil (Denis)

Born West Ham, 14 Sept 28

Position FB or CH

Seasons for BTFC 59-60

BTFC appearances 46 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Aldershot

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC West Ham, Darlington, Southend/?

Notes May have retired after 60/1. In 2005 was living in Romford area-invited back to Southend for 50th anniversary of the first match at Roots Hall, in which he played.

HUGHES Harry (“Chick”)

Born date and place n/k

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 66

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Brentwood

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Yiewsley, Wisbech, Bexley, Margate/?

Notes Triallist, not retained

HUGHES Thomas Gwynfor (Gwyn)

Born Blaenau Festiniog, 7 May 22

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 56-57

BTFC appearances 56 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Northampton

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC Blaenau Festiniog/[?retired]

Notes Testimonial at Northampton 1952. Represented Third Division South v North. Signed for BTFC summer 56, released summer 58. Died 1999 (Hugman)

HUKIN Arthur

Born Sheffield, 22 Oct 37

Position CF or IF

Seasons for BTFC 59-62

BTFC appearances 146 BTFC goals 108

To BTFC from Boston Utd

From BTFC to Corby

Other clubs before/after BTFC Sheff Wed, Bury/Dunstable, Biggleswade

Notes Scored twice in FL debut for Wednesday aged 17. Signed for BTFC for £250 Dec 59-had married a Bedford girl and lived in town though playing for Boston. To Corby summer 63. Painter and decorator. Died 1983

HYDE Stephen Leslie (Steve)

Born High Wycombe, 18 Dec 43

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 66

BTFC appearances 10 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Oxford Utd

From BTFC to [?retired]

Other clubs before/after BTFC Wycombe Wdrs/?

Notes Badly injured with Wycombe 62 and advised never to play again, but did so at Oxford and BTFC-signed summer 66, released later in season and probably forced to retire.