Best Years Players S-Z

SHORT David (“Joe”)

Born Brampton (Hunts), 14 April 41

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 60-61

BTFC appearances 57 BTFC goals 18

To BTFC from Lincoln

From BTFC to Corby

Other clubs before/after BTFC St Neots/Gloucester, St Neots

Notes Signed summer 60, released end 61/2. Two spells at St Neots

SIM George

Born [?] Scotland, date n/k

Position FB or CH

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 20 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Biggleswade

From BTFC to East Fife

Other clubs before/after BTFC Banks O'Dee, East Fife/?

Notes Was in RAF and played for Biggleswade as permit player, then returned from BTFC to East Fife, who disputed legality of his signing for Biggleswade

SIMMONDS Roger E

Roger Simmonds (striped shirt) in action for Beds v Oxfordshire at the Eyrie in February 1958-by when he was playing for Hitchin

Born [?] Wales, date n/k

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 52-53

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Hitchin

From BTFC to Wolverton

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bedford Avenue/Eynesbury, Hitchin, Kempston

Notes Amateur. Reserve debut at Christmas 52, first team debut at Easter 53, had also played for BTFC "A". To Wolverton 11/53. Returned briefly to BTFC 10/54 after National Service but didn't appear in first team. Welsh amateur international (57/8), two spells at Hitchin

SIMNER Joseph (Joe)

Born Sedgley, 13 March 23

Position IF or CF

Seasons for BTFC 51-52

BTFC appearances 29 BTFC goals 15

To BTFC from Swindon

From BTFC to Dover

Other clubs before/after BTFC Folkestone, Chelsea/Kidderminster

Notes Died 2000

SKINN David

Born Bedford, 8 May 42

Position MF or FB

Seasons for BTFC 62-77

BTFC appearances 894 BTFC goals 59

To BTFC from Eynesbury

From BTFC to Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC London Road BC, Huntingdon, Potton/Wootton BC

Notes Signed as pro summer 62. Testimonials(with Norman Cooley) 70/1 and again 77/8. PM at Kempston 78/9, asst manager BTFC 79/80 (with a few reserve appearances), to Wootton BC as player summer 80, PM there from start of 82/3. Almost certainly holds all-time club appearances record (certainly post 1945).

SLATTER Leslie Arthur Heber (Les)

Born Reading, 22 Nov 31

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 59

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Scarborough

From BTFC to Bletchley Town

Other clubs before/after BTFC Luton, Kettering, Crusaders, A Villa, York/Biggleswade

Notes Brother-in-law of Gordon Turner (Luton), captained reserves for much of 59/60

SMILLIE James (Jim)

Born [?] Scotland, age 24 in 5/57

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 57

BTFC appearances 17 BTFC goals 5

To BTFC from Headington

From BTFC to Dumbarton

Other clubs before/after BTFC Duntocher Hibs, Third Lanark/Stenhousemuir

Notes Signed summer 57, released summer 58. Four of his five goals were in one match, at home to Hastings on Christmas Day 1957.

SMITH Edmund William Alfred (Eddie) ("Smith E")

Born Marylebone, 23 March 29

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 59

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Chelmsford

From BTFC to Wisbech

Other clubs before/after BTFC Wealdstone, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Watford, Northampton, Colchester, QPR/?

Notes Triallist, signed summer 59 but not retained. £5000 fee on moving from Watford to Northampton in 1954. To Wisbech Oct 59. Became newsagent in London, died 1993

SMITH Peter John (Peter) ("Smith P")

Born Balham, 27 May 35

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 60

BTFC appearances 47 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Gillingham

From BTFC to Margate

Other clubs before/after BTFC Fulham (am), Bristol C, Bexleyheath, Tunbridge Wells/

Notes Retired from Margate 65 to devote more time to his butchery business.

SMITH Ronald (Ron) ("Smith R")

Born Aberystwyth, 9 April 34

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 57-59

BTFC appearances 52 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to Didcot

Other clubs before/after BTFC Penparcau, Maidenhead, Arsenal/?

Notes Three Welsh youth caps. Guested in Northampton and Oxford City friendlies 5/57. Permit player at Didcot. Later emigrated to Australia. Died 1987.

SMITH Sidney G (Sid) ("Smith SG")

Born 24 in July 1948, birthplace not known

Position Utility

Seasons for BTFC 48-51

BTFC appearances 28 BTFC goals 9

To BTFC from Vauxhall Motors

From BTFC to Biggleswade

Other clubs before/after BTFC Hitchin/Dunstable, ?

Notes Amateur, played for reserves in all 11 positions though most often CF. Later managed Dunstable

SOUTHGATE Ronald J (Ron)

Born Romford, April quarter 42

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 60-62

BTFC appearances 46 BTFC goals 8

To BTFC from Barking

From BTFC to Sunnyside Rangers (Essex)

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes Amateur with reserves 60/1. Turned pro 61/2. Cartilage op 62/3, failed come back in reserves 8/63, then left-but permit player with Sunnyside Rangers 12/64-lived in Southend

STANBROOK James H (Jim)

Born Shoreditch, July quarter 32

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 59- 60

BTFC appearances 20 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from QPR

From BTFC to Bexleyheath

Other clubs before/after BTFC Barking, Ilford, Basildon/?

Notes First registered at QPR 8/57

STANDING David E

Born Brighton, Oct quarter38

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 59-60

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Haywards Heath

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Brighton/?

Notes Had been permit player at Haywards Heath. Signed late 59/60, released summer 61. First registered at Brighton 11/56 but not retained 57/8

STAROSCIK Felix

Born Silesia, 20 May 20

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 55-58

BTFC appearances 104 BTFC goals 56

To BTFC from Northampton

From BTFC to Potton

Other clubs before/after BTFC Polish Army XI, Wolves, Third Lanark/

Notes Some sources claim two caps (pre WW2) for Poland, but not verified. Played for Polish Army XI during war. To BTFC summer 55. Officially retired to become reserve team trainer/coach summer 58, but played several reserve games 58/9 and played a few games for Potton 59/60. Electrical contractor in Bedford. Died 2009

STEEL Ronald (Ronnie)

Born Newburn, 3 June 29

Position W or IF

Seasons for BTFC 55-56

BTFC appearances 73 BTFC goals 15

To BTFC from Headington

From BTFC to Banbury

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bishop Auckland, Darlington/Nuneaton, Witney

Notes At Banbury start 58/9, at Nuneaton (with Harry Yates) by mid-season but released summer 59, Witney 61/2-but where in between? Died 2009.

STENHOUSE Alexander (Alex)

Born Stirling, 1 Jan 33

Position W or IF

Seasons for BTFC 61-62

BTFC appearances 67 BTFC goals 12

To BTFC from Southend

From BTFC to Corby

Other clubs before/after BTFC Dundee Utd, Guildford [loan], Portsmouth/

Notes Loaned to Guildford by Dundee Utd while on National Service. £1000 fee on moving to Portsmouth, allegedly spotted when playing for an Army team by Field Marshal Montgomery who was Porstmouth's president! Retired after Corby and moved back to Southend. Assistant trainer at Southend by 11/70, later managed Southend FC's social club. Died April 2016-see obituary in http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/661557/Alex-Stenhouse-former-Dundee-United-player-McDonalds-Southend.

STINSON Hugh Michael John (Hugh)

Born Bacup, 18 May 37

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Hastings

From BTFC to Ramsgate

Other clubs before/after BTFC Accrington, Gillingham/Folkestone, Dartford, Chatham, Sheppey., Faversham

Notes Managed Sittingbourne 1988-92 and Faversham Town 1993-6. Died 2015

STOBBART George Campbell

Born Morpeth, 9 Jan 21

Position IF or CF

Seasons for BTFC 55-57

BTFC appearances 50 BTFC goals 18

To BTFC from Brentford

From BTFC to Dartford

Other clubs before/after BTFC Netherfield, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Luton, Millwall/?

Notes To Newcastle for £4650 fee in 1946. To Luton 1949 for £10,000, then a record Luton fee. "Small" fee on signing for BTFC Jan 56. To Dartford early 58, part exchange for Tom Ritchie. Probably retired after leaving Dartford end 57/8. Ran a pub in Brentford. Died 1995 in Newcastle.

STUBBS Leslie Levi (Les)

Born Southend, 18 Feb 29

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 45 BTFC goals 25

To BTFC from Southend

From BTFC to Great Wakering

Other clubs before/after BTFC Gt Wakering, Southend, Chelsea/

Notes Div 1 Championship medal with Chelsea, 1955. Two spells at Southend. Ended career at Gt Wakering where he played to age 52 and where he lived for the rest of his life (invited to celebrations of Chelsea's first championship win since his day). Served in Fire Brigade. Died Feb 2011.

STURROCK David

Born Dundee, 22 Feb 38

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 61-66

BTFC appearances 274 BTFC goals 122

To BTFC from Accrington

From BTFC to Corby

Other clubs before/after BTFC Dundee Utd/Rushden, Stamford

Notes Signed from Accrington shortly before they left the Football League early in 1962, rejoining Reg Smith who had been his manager at Dundee Utd. Testimonial v International Club XI 66/7. To Corby summer 67. Returned to Dundee area after retiring

SUMMERS John (Johnny)

Born [?] Scotland, age 26 in 12/51

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 51-53

BTFC appearances 35 BTFC goals 10

To BTFC from Hamilton Academicals

From BTFC to Rushden

Other clubs before/after BTFC Worcester/Biggleswade, Potton

Notes Triallist 12/51, then signed permanently 2/52. PC at Rushden by 55/6. To Biggleswade from Rushden summer 57, became PM there 4/58, until succeeded by Edgar Duffett in 11/60, when he moved to Potton as a player.

TAFT Douglas (Dougie)

Born Leicester, 9 March 26

Position IF or CF

Seasons for BTFC 52

BTFC appearances 53 BTFC goals 29

To BTFC from Chelmsford

From BTFC to Peterborough

Other clubs before/after BTFC Derby, Wolves/Kettering, Hinckley, Rugby

Notes Died 1987

TEBBUTT Robert Stanley (Bobby)

Born Irchester, 10 March 34

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 61-62

BTFC appearances 11 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Northampton

From BTFC to Kettering

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Stamford, Kettering, Rushden, Raunds

Notes Second spell at Kettering as reserve player/coach. At Raunds by 10/70.

THOMPSON Alan

Born Goole, 2 Sept 31

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 57-61

BTFC appearances 152 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to Rushden

Other clubs before/after BTFC West Park (Luton)/

Notes Guested on NI tour at end of 55/6, but did not sign until a year later. Joined Terry Murray at Rushden when released summer 62. Belated testimonial v Watford in 63/4.

THOMPSON D-----J----

Born date and place n/k

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 50

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes Amateur, in Army at Kempston Barracks, reserve debut 10/50. Christian names unknown

TILSTON Thomas Arthur Anthony (Tommy)

Born Chester, 19 Feb 26

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 58

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Gravesend

From BTFC to Bexleyheath

Other clubs before/after BTFC Chester, Tranmere, Wrexham, C Palace, Chelmsford/Romford

Notes Died 1997

TRAILOR Cyril Henry (Cyril)

Born Merthyr, 15 May 19

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 50-51

BTFC appearances 46 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Leyton Orient

From BTFC to [retired]

Other clubs before/after BTFC Northfleet, Tottenham/

Notes Welsh Schools' international. Career ended by injury late in 1951/2. Returned to Wales and worked for Hoover. Died 1986

TURNER Islwyn (“Larry”)

Born [?]Wales, date n/k

Position FB or CH

Seasons for BTFC 48-51

BTFC appearances 62 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Biggleswade

Notes Amateur, debut in reserves 48/9, turned pro 8/50

UNDERWOOD Keith

Born Luton, 28 Feb 1937

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes First registered Luton 5/56

VICKERS William Keith (Keith)

Born Oxford, 7 June 40

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 61

BTFC appearances 10 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Hamilton (Canada)

From BTFC to WBA

Other clubs before/after BTFC Headington/ C Palace, [Canada],Portsmouth, Gillingham, Margate, Dartford

Notes First registered Palace 11/62, Gillingham11/63, but released end 65/6. Later teacher and restaurateur in Oxfordshire. Died 2003

WADE Donald Geoffrey (Don)

Born Tottenham, 15 June 26

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 52-53

BTFC appearances 35 BTFC goals 12

To BTFC from West Ham

From BTFC to Gravesend

Other clubs before/after BTFC Edgware, Tottenham (am)/Margate, Ashford [Kent]

Notes Died 2013

WALBY Maurice Rodney H (Maurice)

Born Luton, 5 Nov 29

Position WH or CH

Seasons for BTFC 54

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from St Neots

From BTFC to Eynesbury

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Dunstable, St Albans, Letchworth

Notes Amateur-won 2 England amateur caps 58/9 while with Dunstable. Later managed St Albans (early 70s and General Manager 80/1). Also coach at Hertford Town (mid-70s). Died 1999

WALKER John (Jackie)

Born date and place n/k

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 61-62

BTFC appearances 14 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bletchley Town

From BTFC to Dunstable

Other clubs before/after BTFC Luton/Electrolux

Notes At Dunstable by 65/6 but after a gap due to serious injuries. First registered Luton 5/56, cancelled 8/60. To BTFC at end of 61/2. Released summer 63. At Electrolux by 11/69

WALKER Ralph

Born Dundee, age 21 in 11/60

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 60

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Southend

From BTFC to Dartford

Other clubs before/after BTFC Raith Rovers/?

Notes First registered Southend 6/58. Signed 11/60, released end of season. Played several reserve matches as a forward.

WALLACE John Martin Bokas (Jock)

Born Mussleburgh, 6 Sept 35

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 62-63

BTFC appearances 106 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from WBA

From BTFC to Hereford

Other clubs before/after BTFC Blackpool, Workington, Ashton Utd, Berwick, Airdrie/Berwick

Notes PM at Berwick, later coach at Hearts and manager of Glasgow Rangers (two spells), Leicester, Motherwell, Sevilla (Spain) and Colchester. Father John M played for Raith, Blackpool and Derby either side of WW2. Died 1996

WALLBANKS William Horace (Horace)

Born Chopwell (Durham), 9 April 18

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 50-51

BTFC appearances 56 BTFC goals 18

To BTFC from Weymouth

From BTFC to Rushden

Other clubs before/after BTFC Chopwell, Ashington, Sunderland (guest), Aberdeen, Grimsby, Luton/

Notes Sometimes known as Billy. FL Players Records wrongly gives dob as 9 Sept 1918. Older brother Jack Played for Barnsley, pre-WW2; younger brother Harold played for Southend, Fulham and Workington, late 40s-early 50s. Guested for Sunderland in WW2. Died 2004.

WARD Patrick (Pat)

Born Dumbarton, 28 Dec 26

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 59

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Crewe

From BTFC to Rugby

Other clubs before/after BTFC Glasgow Perthshire, Hibernian, Leicester/?

Notes Triallist late 59, not retained. Died 2003

WAUGH William Lindsay (Billy)

Born Edinburgh, 27 Nov 21

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 54-55

BTFC appearances 24 BTFC goals 7

To BTFC from Chelmsford

From BTFC to Ashford [Kent]

Other clubs before/after BTFC Rosewell, Hearts, Bathgate Thistle, Luton, QPR, Bournemouth/March Town Utd, Electrolux (Luton)

Notes Managed Langford and Stotfold late 60s/early 70s. Died 2009

WAYLING John

Born date and place n/k

Position MF

Seasons for BTFC 66

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Dorking

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/?

Notes Amateur, triallist, not retained

WELSH James (Jimmy)

Born Longriggend, date n/k

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 59-60

BTFC appearances 13 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Ards

From BTFC to Vale of Leithen

Other clubs before/after BTFC Coltness Utd, St Johnstone, Airdrie, Stirling, Airdie, Third Lanark, Airdrie/?

Notes Played as guest in friendly v Aston Villa at end 59/60, then signed permanently. Three spells at Airdrie.

WHIFFIN Peter

Born date and place n/k

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 54-55

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Biggleswade

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bedford North End/Eynesbury, Rushden, Potton, Biggleswade

Notes Amateur, at least two spells at Biggleswade. Later managed Bedford North End (82/3)

WHITBY Brian Kenneth (Brian)

Born Luton, 21 Feb 39

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 60-62

BTFC appearances 96 BTFC goals 16

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC Hitchin, Vauxhall Motors/Bletchley Town

Notes Signed summer 60, released summer 62

WILKINS Leonard Henry Jack (Jack)

Born Dublin, 12 Aug 20

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 52-53

BTFC appearances 109 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Brighton

From BTFC to Haywards Heath

Other clubs before/after BTFC Southampton, Guildford/

Notes Acted as co-caretaker manager after departure of Ronnie Rooke in autumn 53, then rejoined him at Haywards Heath summer 54. Wholesale confectionery salesman, lived in Brighton. Died 2009,

WILLIAMS Derek

Born Llandudno, date n/k

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 55

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Chelmsford

From BTFC to Dunstable

Other clubs before/after BTFC Luton/?, Pirelli (Eastleigh)

Notes Welsh youth international. At Eastleigh by 59/60, where after Dunstable? First registration at Luton 50/1

WILLIAMS Tony

Born date and place n/k

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 58-59

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Reading

From BTFC to Reading

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Redhill, Corinthian Casuals, Dulwich Hamlet, Wycombe

Notes Permit player while at RAF Cardington and on Reading's books as an amateur. Played for reserves 58/9. Now a sports journalist.

WILLIS Graham

Born Norwich, 20 Oct 46

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 66

BTFC appearances 33 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Oxford Utd

From BTFC to Lowestoft

Other clubs before/after BTFC Arsenal, Norwich/?

Notes Signed summer 66, released summer 67. Became electrician in Great Yarouth

WINTER John George Adrian (Jack)

Born Hackney, 6 March 28

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 58

BTFC appearances 14 BTFC goals 12

To BTFC from Dartford

From BTFC to Cambridge Utd

Other clubs before/after BTFC Sheff Utd, Walsall, Gravesend, Dover/Cambridge City

Notes Signed summer 58, transferred to Cambridge United late 58. Died 2009

WOODWARD Vivian

Born Troedyrhiw, 20 May 14

Position IF or WH

Seasons for BTFC 50-54

BTFC appearances 149 BTFC goals 62

To BTFC from Aldershot

From BTFC to Biggleswade

Other clubs before/after BTFC Folkestone, Fulham, Millwall, Brentford/

Notes One wartime cap for Wales. Coached mid-week for Biggleswade and Potton while at BTFC. To Biggleswade early 1955. Younger brother Laurance (known as Dai) played for Bournemouth, 40s-50s. By 59/60 on Fulham's coaching staff. looking after their "A" team in Metropolitan League. Died???

WOOLGAR Maurice

Born date and place n/k

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 52

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Brighton

From BTFC to Brighton

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Torquay, ?

Notes Amateur on loan from Brighton, reserve debut 12/52

WRIGHT Alan George (Alan)

Born Birmingham, 20 May 38

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 64-70

BTFC appearances 288 BTFC goals 10

To BTFC from Weymouth

From BTFC to Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC Walsall/

Notes Signed summer 64 for £500 fee. PM of BTFC March 69-summer 71. Officially retired from playing on medical advice August 71. Remained manager to Oct 71. Later managed Kempston (playing again for them by October 72, coach from summer 73, manager summer 75) and Wootton BC and coached at Kettering 76/7. Returned to Kempston as coach early 77/8. Manager of Wootton Blue Cross August 78, with Frank O'Hagan as general manager. Resigned Oct 79 for work reasons, succeeded by Norman Cooley. Manager at Kempston again from Dec 82 to summer 84, then manager at Raunds. Brother-in-law of Ron Fogg. See also Managers and Coaches, 1945-82

WRIGHT Brian Raymond (Brian)

Born Leicester, 9 Jan 37

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 61-63

BTFC appearances 62 BTFC goals 20

To BTFC from Lincoln

From BTFC to Corby

Other clubs before/after BTFC Leicester/Rugby, Bourne Town

Notes England youth international. Signed summer 61, to Corby March 64

YATES Harry

Born Huddersfield, 28 Sept 25

Position CF or IF

Seasons for BTFC 55-57

BTFC appearances 134 BTFC goals 90

To BTFC from Headington

From BTFC to Nuneaton

Other clubs before/after BTFC Huddersfield, Darlington/Wisbech

Notes Lived in Oxford while with BTFC. Released summer 58 to Nuneaton, at Wisbech by early 60/1. Scored notorious disallowed goal in Arsenal replay 55/6. Died 1998.