Players' Lists, 1945-50

· These lists have been compiled in the same format as the Best Years Players lists and the notes on the Best Years Introduction Page should be referred to (see Players Lists for the Best Years 1950-67).

· In addition to the sources used for those lists, for this period I have also made use of Michael Joyce’s Football League Players’ Records 1888 to 1939 (Soccerdata, 1994), and Jack Rollin’s Soccer at War 1939-45 (Headline, second edition 2005), which has appearance and goal-scoring statistics for matches in the Football League and FA wartime competitions.

· Details of players who appeared in this period but also appeared in the “Best Years” will be found on the latter pages, where the appearance and scoring statistics include those for this period.

· However it should be noted that because several line-ups are incomplete for this period, some of the appearance statistics may be understated by a few matches, especially for those who played in 1945/6 where nine line-ups are incomplete. Appearances for those who only played in 1947/8 or 1949/50, however, should be complete.

· The scoring statistics are very nearly complete-just one goal (scored in 1946/7) is unattributed.

· In general, information about players in this period is much less detailed than for those who played in the “Best Years”, and in 1945/6 especially there are some about whom virtually nothing can be discovered; the local press often reported only the initials of a player’s first name(s) and sometimes not even that.

· There are also doubts about the precise identities of a few players of this period, which are addressed in the “Notes” entries.

·

Ken Flint (above) was one of the few stars of this period, who later had a lengthy career with Spurs and Aldershot


ALLEN Fred

See Best Years Players A-B


ATKINS Ernest R

Born ?

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 18 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Wolverton

From BTFC to ?Chelmsford

Other clubs before/after BTFC

Notes Signed summer 48 as amateur, turned pro 10/48. Lived at Yardley Gobion. A goalkeeper of the same name played briefly for Chelmsford later, not clear if same man.


BALDIE Douglas Wilson

Born Scoon, 16 April 21

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Bristol Rovers

From BTFC to Bristol Rovers

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Chippenham Town

Notes Guest


BALL Jack

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 28 BTFC goals 9

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Dunstable

Notes At Dunstable by 53/4. Father Jack T Ball played for Southport, Man Utd, Sheff Wed, Huddersfield and Luton pre-WW2. Not related to Stan Ball.


BALL Stanley W (Stan)

Born ?

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 34 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Wolves

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC

Notes Made a handful of first team appearances for Wolves in wartime but none in peacetime


BEDNALL Alan

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from

From BTFC to

Other clubs before/after BTFC

Notes Amateur, from Derbyshire. Played only in Bedford Avenue FAC replay 45/6


BEX William G (Bill)

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45-47

BTFC appearances 68 BTFC goals 14

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Said to have been recommended by Northampton manager Tom Smith, but never played for Northampton first team. Amateur when signed in 3/46, turned pro in summer 46


BICHENER Philip John (Jack)

Born 1922

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Hitchin

Other clubs before/after BTFC Elstow Abbey/Biggleswade (two spells), Potton

Notes Amateur, in reserves 46/7 but played one first team game at end of 46/7. Played for Avenue v BTFC in FA Cup 45/6, and twice for Potton v BTFC in FA Cup in 50s. Died 1984

.

BICKNELL Charlie

See Best Years Players A-B and Managers and Coaches, 1945-82


BIGGS Arthur Gilbert

Born Wootton (Beds), 26 April 15

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 31 BTFC goals 7

To BTFC from Ipswich

From BTFC to Colchester

Other clubs before/after BTFC ? Wootton BC, Arsenal, Hearts, Aberdeen, C Palace, Luton, Portsmouth, Watford/Vauxhall Motors

Notes Wartime guest for C Palace, Luton, Portsmouth, Watford and Ipswich. To Colchester late in 46/7, did not play for them after early 47/8. Later coach at Vauxhall Motors. Died 1996 (see photo at end of this section)


BIRBECK T-----

Born

Position

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 8 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from

From BTFC to

Other clubs before/after BTFC

Notes Amateur. Name sometimes written BIRKBECK.


BIRTWISTLE Gordon L

Born ?

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Nuneaton

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Bedford Avenue

Notes Regular reserve keeper 46/7, at Nuneaton by early 48 (with George Watson, with Bedford Avenue by early 50s


BISHOP E-----

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Queen’s Works

From BTFC to ?Queen’s Works

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur


BOYLE Cwnan (“Jock”)

See Best Years Players A-B


BRINE Albert

Born ?

Position FB or CH

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Guildford

From BTFC to Hastings

Other clubs before/after BTFC Wolves/Headington

Notes


BROWN P----(“Fred”)

Born ?

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC (1) 45, (2) 47

BTFC appearances (1) 4, (2) 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Huddersfield, Sunderland/

Notes Guest in first spell, had to return to West Country on demob in 10/45. Apparently signed permanently in second spell but not clear where from. No known FL appearances


BURR P------

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Eynesbury

Notes Amateur. His single appearance for the first team was against Avenue in FAC, 45/6! At Eynesbury by 51/2 (played for them v BTFC in FA Cup)


CAMPBELL Maurice

Born age 24 in 8/47

Position CF or WH

Seasons for BTFC 47-48

BTFC appearances 39 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Norwich

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes


CAPSTICK Albert Lewin

See Best Years Players C-E


CHAPMAN George

See Best Years Players C-E


CHISHOLM John Richardson (Jack)

Born Edmonton, 9 Oct 24

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Tottenham

From BTFC to Tottenham

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Brentford, Sheffield United, Plymouth

Notes Guest. Later managed Romford. Played first class cricket for Middlesex and also Minor Counties cricket for Beds and Devon. Died 1977.


COLEMAN Sid

See Best Years Players C-E


COMERFORD Pat

See Best Years Players C-E


COUZENS John F

Born Haynes, Beds, date of birth unknown

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Wootton BC

Notes Amateur. Scored twice on senior debut v Chelmsford


CRADDOCK Robert C R (Bob)

Born ?

Position FB or CH

Seasons for BTFC 46-48

BTFC appearances 27 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Biggleswade

Other clubs before/after BTFC ? /Britannia Works

Notes Amateur. To Biggleswade 10/48. With Britannia by 1/49.


CROWE Ronald F H (Ron)

Born age 26 in 8/47, place of birth not known

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Gravesend

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Scored hat trick for Gravesend v BTFC 9/46


CULLEN David

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Queen’s Works

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, brother of Ivor??


CULLEN Ivor A

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45-46 (plus pre-WW2)

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Queen’s Works

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Also played prewar, at least from 38/9 (see Player List, 1908-39. Amateur in 45/6 but pro by early 46/7. Brother of David??


CUMMING Jimmy

See Best Years Players C-E


DAMON Stan

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bedford Corinthians

From BTFC to Bedford Corinthians

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/Kempston

Notes Amateur, in reserves from early 48/9. Two other Damons, R and J, also played for Corinthians; R and S were at Kempston by 52/3


DELAHAY Reginald (Reg)

Born ?

Position F

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur. Had returned to Avenue by 11/46


DENTON C---W---(“Stan”)

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 20 BTFC goals 0 21

To BTFC from Queens’ Works

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Two different Dentons played for BTFC in 38/9, possibly related (see Player List, 1908-39)


DREYER Gordon

Born Whitburn, 1 June 14

Position FB or CH

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 28 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Cheltenham

From BTFC to Gravesend

Other clubs before/after BTFC Washington Colliery, Hartlepools, Hull, Hartlepools, Luton/Rushden

Notes Two spells at Hartlepools. Died 2003


DUFFETT Edgar

See Best Years Players C-E


DUKES Harold Parkinson (Harry)

Born Portsmouth, 31 March 12

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 24 BTFC goals 025

To BTFC from Norwich

From BTFC to Norwich

Other clubs before/after BTFC Orwell Works, Ipswich (am), Brentford, Fulham (guest)/Guildford

Notes Guest in 45/6 while in RAF, but signed for BTFC permanently summer 46, only to rejoin Norwich in autumn 46 to solve a goalkeeper injury crisis there. Also guested for Brentford and Fulham in WW2. Name always spelled DUKE in press while at BTFC, but DUKES at his other clubs. BMD index gives DUKES for birth and death entries, so this spelling has been adopted here. Died 1988


EDWARDS R-----

Born ?

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 19 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Crystal Palace

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Unclear if guest or permanent


EMERY----

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Said to have been a triallist who was not retained despite high strike rate. First name and initials unknown. Possibly related to B Emery and/or Dennis Emery (see Best Years Players C-E??)


EMERY B----

See Best Years Players C-E


EVANS G Roy

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45-46 [plus prewar]

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur. Returned to club 46/7 ?from war service. Not to be confused with an unrelated player of same initials who played in reserves in early 50s


FARROW Desmond Albert (Des)

Born Peterborough, 11 Feb 26

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from QPR

From BTFC to QPR

Other clubs before/after BTFC Leicester (am)/Stoke, Peterborough

Notes Guest. According to local press a young defender on QPR's books, named as FARRELL, played v Colchester in 3/46 but Essex Chronicle report of the match names him as FARROW; seems likely to be this player as there is no trace of a FARRELL at QPR . Farrow became landlord of pub at Farcet near Peterborough and later retired to Norfolk [Eric Heath site]

(See photo at end of this section)


FAULKNER S Frank

See Best Years Players F-H


FEASEY Kenneth (Ken)

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45-48 (at least two spells)

BTFC appearances 17 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Bedford Corinthians

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC /St Neots

Notes Amateur. Also played for Charlton Resereves as an amateur in 45/6. At Avenue by 4/47 but back again summer 48


FILBY Donald H (Don)

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 46-49 (at least two spells)

BTFC appearances 35 BTFC goals 16

To BTFC from Kempston

From BTFC to Potton

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Biggleswade

Notes Amateur, debut early 47. Had joined Potton by Sept 48 but returned for second spell Oct 49. Rejoined Potton for 50/1 (played v BTFC in FAC)


FLINT Kenneth (Ken)

Born Kirkby (Notts), 12 Nov 23

Position IF or W

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 56 BTFC goals 24

To BTFC from Notts County (am)

From BTFC to Tottenham

Other clubs before/after BTFC Leicester (am)/Aldershot, Leyton Orient, Bath, Sittingbourne

Notes Amateur until he left BTFC summer 46, turned pro at Spurs. Uncle Billy Flint played for Notts Co either side of WW1. England schools international. Died May 2010

(see photo at top of this section)


FORD Victor (Vic)

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 20 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Ipswich

From BTFC to Barry Town

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes At RAF Cardington. Unclear if pro or amateur


FRANCIS Walter G---

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Only appearance was in FAC replay v Bedford Avenue. Nothing known, but presumably amateur. (A player of the same surname and initials, said to have previously played for “Liverpool Customs”, appeared in goal in the public trial match in August 1939, but it isn’t clear if he is the same man).


FRANKLIN Clifford G

Born ?Wilstead, age 21 in 9/48

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 11 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Eynesbury

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, "from Wilstead". At Eynesbury by early 49/50. Was he related to the club secretary C J Franklin?


GADSDEN Derek

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 47-48

BTFC appearances 12 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, recommended by Dai Ridley. Said to have played for Watford Reserves


GARNER Charles F (Charlie)

Born ?

Position Utility

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC /Biggleswade

Notes


GARRATT Boris

Born Age 21 in 6/48, birthplace not known

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 48-49

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur. Father Fred played for BTFC pre-WW2, and was reserve trainer in late 40s


GILBERG Harold

Born Tottenham, 27 June 23

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Tottenham

From BTFC to Tottenham

Other clubs before/after BTFC Walthamstow Ave/QPR, Brighton

Notes Guest. Died 1994


GRANT--------

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Nothing else known


GREYGOOSE William F (Bill)

Born ?

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 26 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Southall

From BTFC to Chelmsford

Other clubs before/after BTFC Hayes, Romford/?

Notes Amateur, Said by press at time he was signed to be an England amateur international, but in fact only an international triallist. Played for Hayes and Romford pre-WW2. To Chelmsford 3/48 but had left there by summer 48.


HALL Freddie

See Best Years Players F-H


HALLAM F-----G----

Born Age 19 in 11/48, birthplace unknown

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Notts County

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, in RAF. Failed to turn up at Kidderminster, 4/49, leaving team to play with ten men throughout.


HARTIS John

Born Durham, age unknown

Position G or CF

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Chelsea (am)

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, alleged to have played for Chelsea Res, in RAF. One of his appearances for BTFC was at CF and the other two in goal! (At first wrongly named as HARRIS)


HAYES “Vic”

See Best Years Players F-H


HENSON George Horace (George)

Born Stony Stratford, 26 June 11

Position CH or WH

Seasons for BTFC 45-47

BTFC appearances 76 BTFC goals 9

To BTFC from Queen’s Works

From BTFC to Stony Stratford Town

Other clubs before/after BTFC Wolverton, Northampton, Wolves, Swansea, Bradford PA, Sheffield United/

Notes Played mainly at CF in his Football League career pre-WW2. Later worked at Wolverton Railway Carriage Works. Brother Bill played briefly for BTFC pre WW2. Died 1988. (See photo at end of this section)


HIMSWORTH------

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, nothing else known, but was he identical with or related to Tommy Himsworth, from Stewartby, a well-known local referee of the 1950s?


HOLBORN-----

Born ?

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?Middlesbrough

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Nothing else known, except that he was “from Middlesbrough”. Possibly a guest.


HOLTON William

Born Hamilton, age 26 in 7/49

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 49

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Blantyre Celtic

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bristol Rovers/?

Notes


HUNT John

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Vauxhall Motors

From BTFC to Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur


HUTTON-------

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Guest? Ex RAF, said to have played "in Cheshire League" . Unlikely to be the same man as the Jock Hutton who played in 47-48.


HUTTON John (“Jock”)

Born age 26 in 8/47, birthplace unknown

Position Utility

Seasons for BTFC 47-48

BTFC appearances 54 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Millwall

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Assumed not to be the same man as the Hutton who played in 45/6. A J Hutton played first team football for Millwall in 45/6.


INGLE Douglas H

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48-49

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?Aylesbury

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, “from Aylesbury”, debut in reserves 48/9.


JEFFREY G-----

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45 (and prewar)

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?Rushden

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Said in press at start of 45/6 to have played for BTFC prewar, though no initials given . A “G Jeffrey” was signed from Rushden in summer 1939 and played OL in the two UCL matches played at the start of 39/40 before football was suspended, so it’s likely that he was the same man.


JOHNSON Roy

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC Kempston

Notes Amateur, ex Avenue Minors. Arsenal triallist, Long career with Avenue and Kempston into early 60s


JONES Thomas Cledwyn (Tommy)

Born ?Trehafod, date unknown

Position FB or W

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Guildford

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Bradford City/

Notes Said in local press to have played for Bradford City and guested in WW2 for Bradford PA, St Mirren, Raith, Third Lanark and Airdrie. The only Thomas Jones, of the many listed in Joyce, who played for Bradford City is the man born at Trehafod, for whom no date of birth was stated. A TC Jones played once as a guest for Bradford PA in the war, which also “fits”, although this identification can’t be regarded as 100% reliable.


KELLY-------

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?Coventry

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, “from Coventry”, nothing else known.


KEMP John (Jack)

Born

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 27 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Butterley Welfare

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes “From N Midlands”. Father Haydn played for Notts Co and Thames Association, 1930s


KING Joffre M (“Joff”)

Born Bedford, October quarter 1915

Position WH or IF

Seasons for BTFC 45-46 (plus prewar)

BTFC appearances 10 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, prewar BTFC player. At Avenue by 3/47. Youngest of a large footballing family, see Various topics, 1908-39 under "Odds and Ends" and then "The Remarkable King Brothers"


KINNEAR Samuel D (Sam)

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 47-48 un

BTFC appearances 8 BTFC goals 5

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, reserve debut 11/47


LAWSON Bernard

See Best Years Players J-R


LESSLIE Kenneth Gordon (Ken)

Born West Ham, 4 Jan 23

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 49

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Ipswich/

Notes Died Jan 2015


LIMBERT H-----

Born ?Leicester, age 26 in 8/47

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Nuneaton

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, unclear if played for Leicester or just born there. At Nuneaton (with George Watson) by 11/47.


LINAKER John Edward (Johnny)

Born Southport, 14 Jan 27

Position W or IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Manchester City

From BTFC to Manchester City

Other clubs before/after BTFC Everton(am)/Southport, Notts Forest, York, Hull, York, Scarborough, Crewe, Ashington

Notes Guest. Two spells at York. Died 2014


LUNN George

Born Bolton-on-Dearne, 28 June 15

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 49

BTFC appearances 26 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Kidderminster

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Frickley, Aston Villa, Birmingham, Watford/

Notes Age quoted in Beds Times as 27 in 1949! Contract apparently cancelled after incidents at Yeovil 3/50. Died 2000.


MARRIOTT George W

Born ?

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Derby

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes One wartime appearance for Derby’s first team


McARTHUR-----

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes ?Guest. “A young Scot”. Nothing else known.


McCORMACK ?P-------

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes ?Guest. Also described as “D McCORMICK”.


McCREDDIE P-------

Born ?

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/Ecko Sports (Southend)

Notes At RAF Cardington. Played for Charlton Reserves over Xmas 45. At Ecko Sports by 2/48 (played for them v BTFC Reserves in London League).


McGRORY Frank

Born ?

Position Utility

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Glasgow Celtic/?

Notes Amateur, reserve debut 1/49, said to have been with "an Isthmian League club" immediately beforehand


McNEIL--------

Born ?

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Hibs

From BTFC to Hibs

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Guest . Also spelled McNEAL. ??could he be the Matthew McNeil who later played for Newcastle, Barnsley, Brighton and Norwich, 49-56, who also started at Hibs and was also a CH?


McNEILLY George

Born age 27 in 11/48, birthplace unknown

Position WH or IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Gravesend

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Leyton Orient/?

Notes Reserve debut 11/48 on month’s trial, stayed for rest of season


MILLS R------

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, nothing else known


MOORHOUSE Alan

See Best Years Players J-R


MORRIS -----

Born ?

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 10 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from ?Cardiff

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes ?Guest, Warrant Officer in RAF. Unclear if he played for Cardiff or just lived there.


MORRISON John

Born ?

Position WH or IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Edgware

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur


MULLIGAN--------

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Guest (in RAF). Nothing else known.


MURRAY -----

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Nothing known. Assumed not to have been the same man as “Jock” Murray (47/8)


MURRAY J---- (“Jock”)

Born ?

Position WH or IF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Assumed not to have been same man as the CF who played 45/6. Worked for Horseshoe Coaches and sometimes drove team bus to matches in which he was playing!


NEWMAN-------

Born ?

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Nothing else known. Possibly a pseudonym (like AN Other)?


NICHOLS Frank

Born ?Leicester

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Wellingborough

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Unclear if he had played for Leicester, but lived there. Amateur in 45/6 (while in RAF), pro in 46/7


OATES B-----

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, in RAF, “from Yorkshire”. Nothing else known


O’HAGAN Frank

See Best Years Players J-R


PALMER Ronald W (Ron)

Born ?1915, place unknown

Position Utility

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Aldershot

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Northfleet, Millwall, ?Chelsea (guest)/?

Notes Probably the man shown in Joyce’s Football League Players’ Records 1888-1939 with the above history. However reports on his signing in 8/47 gave his age as only 28, and also said he had been with Chelsea and Spurs. A R W Palmer made two wartime first team appearances for Chelsea as a guest. England schoolboy international (report and Joyce agree).


PARSONS Harold

Born ?

Position CF or IF

Seasons for BTFC 49

BTFC appearances 10 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Redditch

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Walsall/?

Notes Initially signed as an amateur in 9/49 but turned pro soon afterwards. Apparently a different player from Roy Parsons (48/9,) although they played in similar positions and there was a “D R Parsons” playing as an amateur in the reserves at the same time as Harold, plus a "A E Parsons" who played in goal for the "A" team!


PARSONS Roy

Born age 23 in 7/48, place of birth unknown

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 24 BTFC goals 13

To BTFC from Hemel Hempstead

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Watford/?

Notes Apparently a different player from Harold Parsons of 48/9 (qv). A “ D R Parsons” played in reserves in similar positions in 49/50 but as an amateur, whereas Roy was described as a pro when signed and released as such at the end of 48/9, suggesting he was different from this Parsons as well!


PELL Ronald E (Ron)

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 46-48

BTFC appearances 35 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur from Leicester area, reserve debut autumn 46


PIERCE T---W---

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 48-49

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, nothing else known, Some reports spell name PEIRCE and some PEARCE, but majority PIERCE


POOLE Ben

Born Preston, age 27 in 6/46

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45-47

BTFC appearances 63 BTFC goals 5

To BTFC from York

From BTFC to Symingtons (Market Harborough)

Other clubs before/after BTFC Preston, Southport, Man City, Luton /Peterborough

Notes Guested 45/6, signed permanently summer 46. Guested for Southport, Man City and Luton in war. Player-coach at Symingtons (works team from Market Harborough), appointed 12/47. At Peterborough by early 48/9, stayed until retiring as a player and then became groundsman, at least until 62/3


POPE Herbert C (Bert)

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 28 BTFC goals 19

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes In forces at Elstree 45/6, signed permanently summer 46


POPLE ------

Born ?

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Guest, in Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Nothing else known


POTTER Tom

See Best Years Players J-R


QUINLAN Alan

See Best Years Players J-R


REAY Thomas (Tommy) [No 1]

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes See note under “Tommy Reay [No 2]”


REAY Thomas (Tommy) [No 2]

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 2

To BTFC from Millwall

From BTFC to Millwall

Other clubs before/after BTFC Sunderland/?

Notes The local press report of BTFC’s home match v Chelmsford on Christmas Day, 1945, specifically states that they played TWO Tommy Reays, who were said to be cousins. One was a guest from Millwall, previously with Sunderland-and a T Reay is shown as having played for Sunderland in wartime football in Jack Rollin’s Soccer at War. The other was not described in detail but is likely to have been the man playing for Bedford Avenue later in the 40s. I’ve called him “No 1” and the Millwall man “No 2” here but there is obviously some doubt as to exactly who they were. “No 2” is also said to have played in the return match on Boxing Day, and to have scored from the penalty spot in both matches. Neither ever played for the club again.


REID Ernest James (Ernie)

Born Pentrebach, 25 March 13

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 29 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Norwich

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Troedyrhiw, Plymouth, Swansea, Chelsea/

Notes Died 2007


REYNOLDS Leslie

Born Stony Stratford, date unknown

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45-46

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 3

To BTFC from Wolverton

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes


RIDLEY David George Henry (Dai)

Born Pontypridd, 16 Dec 16

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 22 BTFC goals 12

To BTFC from Brighton

From BTFC to Tonbridge

Other clubs before/after BTFC Chelsea (guest), Millwall/Merthyr

Notes Brother of Frank. On trial at Tonbridge autumn 48, but eventually signed for Merthyr. Died 1988


RIDLEY Frank

Born ?Pontypridd, date unknown but younger than Dai

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 27 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Millwall

From BTFC to Merthyr

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur at Millwall, joined on trial at start of 47/8 but signed pro later in season. Younger brother of Dai


ROBINSON-----

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes ?Guest, in RAF. Nothing else known


ROGERS-------

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 2 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes ?Guest "from North", in RAF. Nothing else known


ROWE (or ?ROE) Stanley (Stan)

Born ?

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Chelmsford

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Tottenham, Guildford/?

Notes Flight Lieutenant in RAF, amateur. Reserve debut 1/49, lived in Leighton Buzzard. Almost certainly the same player who appeared -spelled ROE-for Chelmsford v BTFC in both Christmas SL fixtures in 47/8. Left Chelmsford later that season when transferred in the RAF to the Leicester area (thanks to David Selby for information here). Said to have played for Tottenham reserves in the Football Combination.

SAYERS David E----

Born age 21 in 8/47, birthplace not known

Position CF or IF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Ipswich

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur


SCARLETT Charles (Charlie)

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 46-47 (at least three spells)

BTFC appearances 12 BTFC goals 6

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Biggleswade

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, in reserves 45/6, 1st team 46/7; had returned to Avenue by 9/47 but back in reserves 11/47, at Biggleswade 1/48 but back in reserves 3/48


SHARP Kenneth J (Ken)

Born Age 25 in 10/48, birthplace not known

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 24 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Vauxhall Motors

From BTFC to Vauxhall Motors

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur


SHARPE George A T (“Bert”)

Born Age 25 in 8/48, birthplace not known

Position FB

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 19 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from New Brighton

From BTFC to Chingford

Other clubs before/after BTFC Luton/?

Notes Some wartime appearances for Luton but none in peacetime.


SMALE Douglas M (Doug)

Born London, 27 Feb 16

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 14 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Colchester

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Kingstonian, Chelsea/?

Notes Guested for Colchester while in army


SMITH Douglas (Doug)

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Queen’s Works

From BTFC to Bedford Avenue

Other clubs before/after BTFC /St Neots, Biggleswade, Bedford Thursday, Bedford North End

Notes Amateur. More than one spell at Avenue


SMITH J----B----

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 7 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Wolverton

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur. Debut in reserves 10/47. Christian names unknown


SMITH John Trevor (Trevor)

Born West Stanley, 8 Sep 10

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 31 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC South Moor, Annfield Plain, Charlton, Fulham, C Palace, Yeovil, Colchester/

Notes Died 1997


SMITH Roy K

Born Age 21 in 4/49, birthplace unknown

Position W or IF

Seasons for BTFC 48-49

BTFC appearances 50 BTFC goals 9

To BTFC from Luton Amateur

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur on debut 3/49, turned pro 9/49


SMITH Sid G

See Best Years Players S-Z


STANDON A------

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 16 BTFC goals 4

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur initially , in RAF at Milton Ernest but lived in Derby. Signed pro 1/48 on being demobbed


STEWART Sam

Born ?Scotland, date not known

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 6 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Airdrieonians

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Permit player from 11/48, in RAF. Obliged to leave after FA found he had been improperly signed


STONE Jack

Born ?

Position Utility

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 9 BTFC goals 6

To BTFC from Sheffield United

From BTFC to Sheffield United

Other clubs before/after BTFC /?Boston Utd

Notes Guest. Emergency goalkeeper at Bath 45/6. Recalled to Sheff Utd Feb 46. Made several wartime first team appearances for them but none in peacetime. A player of the same name signed for Boston from Sheffield Utd in 46 and played for them until 51, likely to be same man.


TAYLOR S----D---

Born ?Hunts, date unknown

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 5 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, Hunts county player, debut in reserves 46/7


THOMPSON Kenneth (Ken)

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Bedford Thursday

From BTFC to Kempston

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, scored 4 on debut in reserves 11/48, had played for Bedford Thursday but not known who he played for at weekends. At Kempston by 4/50


TOWNSEND Donald (Don)

Born Nottingham, date unknown

Position CH

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Colchester

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes From Notts area (?also from Forest and ? related to Bob), signed Oct 46, amateur. Re-signed summer 47 but with Colchester (still amateur) by 10/47, but doesn't seem to have played in their first team


TOWNSEND Robert (Bob)

Born Nottingham, age 26 in 11/46

Position WH or IG

Seasons for BTFC 46-47

BTFC appearances 43 11BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Notts Forest

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC Derby/?

Notes ?Related to Don. Several wartime first team appearances for Forest but none in peacetime


TRIMBLE-----

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes ?Guest. Nothing known


TUDOR G---A---

Born ?

Position CF

Seasons for BTFC 46

BTFC appearances 3 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Notts County

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur. Said to have guested for Southampton and Derby in WW2, but no first team appearances recorded for either club


TURNER “Larry”

See Best Years Players S-Z


WALKER D-----

Born ?

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Amateur, nothing known


WALTON Harold

Born Manchester, 1 April 24

Position W or IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 4 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Southend

From BTFC to St Neots

Other clubs before/after BTFC Leicester (amateur)/?

Notes Died 1992


WATLING Wilfred F

Born Age 21 in 1/49, birthplace not known

Position IF

Seasons for BTFC 48

BTFC appearances 16 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to Eynesbury

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?/Dunstable

Notes Amateur, reserve debut 1/49, "from Houghton Regis"-see Eynesbury team v BTFC 51/2 and Dunstable v BTFC 53/4


WATMOUGH D---

Born ?

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from Rotherham

From BTFC to Rotherham

Other clubs before/after BTFC York/?

Notes Guest. Two wartime first team appearances recorded for York, none for Rotherham


WATSON Ernest (Ernie)

Born in Yorkshire, date unknown

Position F

Seasons for BTFC 45 (also prewar)

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes Pre-war BTFC amateur. Scored heavily in friendlies in 1939/40, see Results and Teams, 1908-39. Not related to George. Later secretary of Bedfordshire Golf Club


WATSON George

Born Gateshead, 24 April 1912

Position W

Seasons for BTFC 46-47 (also prewar)

BTFC appearances 33 BTFC goals 12

To BTFC from Bedford Avenue

From BTFC to Nuneaton

Other clubs before/after BTFC Rushden/Eynesbury, Kempston

Notes Pre-war BTFC amateur, (had moved to Rushden by 38/9), with Avenue 45/6 (and possibly earlier), turned pro on rejoining BTFC from Avenue summer 46. To Nuneaton 10/47. Player coach at Eynesbury. Later PM at Kempston and continued as manager after retiring as player to 1958. Died 1977. Brother Norman ("Paddy") also played for club prewar and later became assistant trainer


WILKINSON-----

Born ?

Position G

Seasons for BTFC 45

BTFC appearances 1 BTFC goals 0

To BTFC from ?

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC ?

Notes In Army at Kempston Depot, first names unknown. A “J Wilkinson” played in goal for Luton in wartime but not post 46


WILLIAMS Kenneth (Ken)

Born ?

Position W or IF

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 21 BTFC goals 5

To BTFC from Watford

From BTFC to Gravesend

Other clubs before/after BTFC Burnley/?

Notes Hugman gives no birthplace or dob, although he made two League appearances for Watford in 46/7


WILMOT John A

Born Age 23 in 8/47, birthplace unknown

Position WH

Seasons for BTFC 47

BTFC appearances 11 BTFC goals 1

To BTFC from Luton

From BTFC to ?

Other clubs before/after BTFC

Notes A J A Wilmot made one wartime first team appearance for Luton

Arthur Biggs (left) was a local boy from Wootton who returned to the area after a pre-war career with Arsenal, Hearts and Aberdeen. He also played briefly for Colchester before becoming a respected coach at Vauxhall Motors

George Henson (left) had been a centre-forward in League football before the War, but had dropped back into defence by the time he turned out for Bedford in the early post-war seasons.


Des Farrow (left) was one of the many guests who had a short stay at the Eyrie before playing for Stoke and Peterborough

Jack Chisholm (left) was another brief guest who had a long career with Spurs, Brentford, Sheffield United and Plymouth