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Handcross footballers win the Mowatt Cup
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Handcross footballers win the Mowatt Cup

The whole of Handcross celebrated as the village team triumphed in the replay of the final of Mid Sussex Football League’s Mowatt Cup competition.
I am able to identify my mother, Joan Wilson, on the extreme left, and Roger Ray in the top hat.
Of the players standing is fair-haired Billy Wells Jnr, son of champion boxer, Bombardier Billy Wells, landlord of the Red Lion. Next is Nelson Cook, and then my uncle, Tom Wilson.
Kneeling is Arthur Blackman with his son, Basil Blackman, acting as mascot. The goalkeeper is Colin Cook, then Alan Pattenden, and second from right, Les Pateman.
Please can anyone identify others in the picture.
Click on Open Document to view and zoom in to a breathtaking newspaper report of the match, Tom Wilson’s medals of Mid-Sussex Football League Division 3 champions 1936, Mowatt Cup winners 1937, and runners-up of Crawley Charity Cup 1937/38.
The medals are safely stored in the box supplied by Robinson Bros, jewellers of Handcross. See picture #438.

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Picture added on 05 February 2013 at 20:46
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Unfortunately I cannot add names, however Colin and Nelson Cook were my uncles. My name is Clive Tapsell and I have lived in Melbourne, Australia for the past 45 years.
My mother's maiden name was Phyllis Cook, her sister was Edith Cook, and Colin and Nelson were her brothers (along with Ted, Jim and Bob who also lived in or near Crawley and Joe and Jack). Their father, John Cook, worked for the Nix family at Tilgate and then Freechase in Warninglid.
John's brother George was the oldest man in the UK until his death in 1997.
I have a friend in NZ who lived in Crawley. Her father Reg Lee played cricket and soccer (maybe for Handcross). I will check. Regards, Clive T.
Added by Clive Tapsell on 05 May 2013
Wow! Nelson Cook is my grandad. Such a great photo,.
Added by Lisa Phillpot on 18 October 2013
Basil the mascot was a good friend; I was chairman of the team from 1999 to 2003 and also groundsman.
Basil was a tree surgeon but died of a heart attack in about 2005.
His elderly mother lived in a care home and survived him.
Added by Mark Dray on 16 December 2013
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