OLDEAGLES HOME PAGE

 
THE OLD EAGLES-A CELEBRATION

1908 TO 1982

 
COMPILED BY DAVID WILLIAMS 
Updated November 2017
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
Welcome to this site which commemorates, in narrative,  statistics and photographs, the history of the original Bedford Town Association Football Club, The (Old) Eagles, formed in 1908 and dissolved in 1982. 
The site was launched in 2010 and in December 2012 it was expanded to cover the whole of the club's years in the Southern League from 1945 to 1982. You can read about historic FA Cup performances such as the two matches against Arsenal in 1955/6 and the defeat of Newcastle in 1963/4, as well as the Southern League title in 1958/9, later FA Cup battles against Exeter, Brighton and Everton and the sadder story of the old club's decline.
The latest additions (March 2017) expand on the in-depth account of the foundation of the club and its early years from 1908 to 1939, by including all traceable results and lineups for the two Bedford Town clubs that existed in the late 19th century. See the Annex site ((https://sites.google.com/site/oldeaglespics/home

A further update in November 2017 includes full league tables for the club's reserve teams from 1946 to 1971-see under "The Rest" on the left hand sidebar.

Please click on the  "About the site" link below to see a summary of the contents of the site, which are also shown on the sidebar which appears on the left hand margin of each page. Wherever you are on the site, you can select another page by simply clicking on the relevant sidebar link. Alternatively, if you're interested in a particular player or opposing club, enter their name in the "Search this Site" box to see all references to that player or club.
 
 Many people have helped in various ways to put this site together and detailed acknowledgements appear on the About the site page , but my main debt of gratitude is to the Bedfordshire Times and Citizen Group for permission to reproduce many photographs which originally appeared in the Bedfordshire Times and Bedford Record newspapers. Unless otherwise credited, all photographs on this site, and on its annex (https://sites.google.com/site/oldeaglespics/home)  are the copyright of the Bedfordshire Times and Citizen Group and are reproduced by their kind permission.
Please note that this is not an official site of the present Bedford Town FC (formed in 1989), but to see their website go to www.bedfordeagles.net/.  
 
Key to photographs above (top to bottom) Team group, 1952/3; the equalising goal v Arsenal at Highbury, 1955/6; team group, 1957/8 ;  Bob Craig and the League Championship shield, 1958/9: the 1958/9 championship-winning team; the second goal v Newcastle, 1963/4; and the last FA Cup tie of all, v Wimbledon, 1981/2.
 COPYRIGHT DAVID WILLIAMS 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
All reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this site but where links to external sites are given, no responsibility can be accepted for the content of such sites.