A warm but damp and misty evening at the Old Vicarage.
More photographs on the next page.
Eight year old Cecilia’s own Advent Calendar Window
For almost ten years from 1954, on alternate winter Saturdays the Vicarage had a grandstand view of the Sulgrave Football Team competing in various local leagues and even the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup. A notable victory in the latter was a 3 – 1 win over Brackley Town, now famous as cup “giant killers” themselves. The Vicarage can be seen in the background of this photograph:
See here for location of football pitch 1954 to 1963
This field was the only one in the Parish remotely suitable for football and it left a lot to be desired. It was primarily used for grazing and all equipment had to be removed at the end of each game. Goal posts, nets and corner flags were stored in the nearby barn which was later converted into a house. There was a considerable slope and crops of thistles needed regular clearance. All complaints from visiting teams were met with the traditional response “well, it’s just the same for both teams”! We were fortunate in having a fine goal keeper in the late John Young who had played in a much higher standard when in the army during the last years of the war. During the desperately hard winter of 1963 no football was possible between the first week in January and the middle of March. We were still trying to get through the backlog of fixtures at the end of May. We applied to the Football Assocation for permission to play on Sundays but it was refused. Due to these difficulties interest waned, the best players went elsewhere and no more football was played in the village after that.
Obviously it was impossible to play and do photography so photos from the time are rare. However, I did cover one game whilst injured, probably in about 1962. See pictures below. Sulgrave players in black and white stripes. Jokers would claim that the black and white Fresian cattle seen in some of the pictures were our only supporters! (Click on photos to see bigger versions).
Photo: Roy Branson.
An away game against Helmdon. Sulgrave players, No 4 Geoff Reynolds
and No 5 Nigel Locke