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Handcross football team
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Handcross football team

I am not sure of the precise date but this newspaper cutting shows the Handcross football team some time in the 1950s.
Back row from the left:- ? Streeter, Tony Hemsley, Ted Underdown (Capt), Colin Botting, John Hobden, Rob Symes.
Front row from the left:- Mike “Digger” Hemsley, Robin May, Peter Maynard, Percy Maynard, Hedley Botting.
Please can anyone supply a clearer photograph? And the name of “Digger”, and the captain? (Now identified)
Picture added on 03 April 2013 at 09:36
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Tony Hemsley tells me:
Back row: 1st from the left has surname Streeter.
"Digger" Hemsley is his brother - real name Mike.
"Unknown" 3rd from left in front row is Peter Maynard, brother of Percy Maynard who is sitting next to him.
Ted Underdown was the captain.
(Thank you. Now adjusted in the main text above. Barry Ray)
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 05 April 2013
A great picture with my Dad, Mike "Digger" Hemsley, and my uncle, Tony Hemsley, included.
Added by Colin Hemsley on 09 April 2013
Yes, what a lovely pic of these guys. I see my Uncle Colin and Uncle Rob and my dad, Hedley Botting.
Added by Lena Schriever on 05 July 2014
Please, does anyone know if this is Nellie and Horace Hobden's son John?
Added by Hilary Pearce on 31 January 2016
I see Bill Boxall added this picture, is he Daphne Boxall's brother?
If so, I think he is my second cousin, as is my brother, Roger Cooper.
One of the players is John Hobden. Is he related to my grandfather's family, the brothers I know were Lewis, Horace and Edward?
Any help would be appreciated.
Added by Julie Hayes (née Cooper) on 22 February 2016
In response to Julie’s query above, Bill Boxall is indeed the brother of Daphne Lane (née Boxall). They are first cousins to you and Roger as you share the same great-grandparents being Edward Hampton Hobden (1856-1927) and Ellen Stoner (1857-1929).
In addition they were another three sons of the above, making six in total. There were also three daughters, but, of course, they could not pass on the Hobden name. I have searched the records and cannot find any family connection between them and the family of John Hobden, pictured above. He lived with his parents in High Beeches Cottages which lay back on the left in the Balcombe Lane.
I cannot be certain of the facts, but of the brothers, Edward was married but had no children, Lewis (your grandfather) had no sons, Horace married Nellie (of 4, Redgate Cottages) and they had no sons, William Ernest was married and had two sons, but neither of whom married before John was born, Albert George was unmarried and lost his life at Flanders in 1916, and Percy was unmarried.
Rex Ray recalls that John married and moved to the Haywards Heath area. Mrs Elsie Cosens suggests that he may have emigrated later.
There is more information and additional photographs of John Hobden on picture #608.

Added by Barry Ray on 25 February 2016
Bill and Daphne Boxall also had an older sister Ruby, who was active in the Handcross Drama Society.
She was a friend of my older brother Arthur Feist, both can be seen in picture #679.
(Barry Ray writes: Also we should not forget the oldest sister, Janet.)
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 27 February 2016
According to some records I've found it seems Percy Hobden married Sarah Caroline Eleanor Saunders in 1916, but I've not found out if they had children.
William Ernest Hobden had three sons (one of which was my father, David) and a daughter Alice.
I've not found any information at all on Edward and Ellen's daughter, Amy, or sometimes recorded as Annie.
Added by Hilary Pearce on 28 February 2016
Division 2 winners 1957-58.
Added by John Botting on 20 September 2016
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