The Slaugham Archives

Handcross football team 1962
The Slaugham Archive
Handcross football team 1962

Handcross football team had folded after the 1957-58 season, and us lads of the village were approached to get together and hold an inaugural meeting in the Social Club with Bill McConnell as chairman.
A couple of years after the club was reformed, Roger Ray took this photograph and had it published in the Mid-Sussex Times.
From the left, with their abode if not Handcross:-
Back row: David Knape, Percy Maynard, Frank Weller (Pease Pottage), Colin Botting, Doug Miles (Crawley), Roger Davidson.
Front row: Ron Cosens, Chris Johnson, Barry Ray, Edward Sayers (Cuckfield), Don Robinson (Faygate).
Another person who deserves to be mentioned is Charlie Atkins who ran the line and attended to any injuries on the pitch. It was wondrous to see how quickly the badly-injured players would recover once they espied Charlie running towards them holding a bucket ready to plunge a sponge of cold water down the front of their shorts!
I was pleased to see the old drinking fountain next to David’s right elbow.
Click on Open Document to view various newspaper reports of the team of that era. Click on + or – to make them readable.
Many thanks to Ron Cosens for having the foresight to collect them and making them available now.

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On the reverse of the photograph is a note which informs us that we were playing in the semi-final of the Edgar German Cup on that day during the 1962-63 season.
Added by Ron Cosens on 23 December 2013
I have found a very tatty copy of a newspaper cutting which features the above photograph and also includes a match report of the cup game when Handcross drew 4-4 against Crawley factory team, Stone-Chance.
Click on Large Version to view the cutting, and on Open Document for a report of the replay when Handcross did rather less well! It seems that the best Handcross player was goalkeeper, Colin Botting.
Select Open Document, page two, to view a match report from about 1937 between Handcross Wednesday team and Haywards Heath Wednesday II. I recognise several players in the Handcross team; Bert Gorringe, Len Snelling, Bill Snelling, Eric Parker and Basil Wilkinson. They were all born within the period 1913 and 1919. Eric Parker was the youngest, being born on 16th December 1919. I have assumed he may have been about 18 years old when the game was played and arrived at an estimated year of 1937.
Presumably, the referee was “Bombardier” Billy Wells (picture #548) who would have been about 48-years-old at the time of the match. But it could have been his son, also called Billy Wells (picture #615).

Added by Barry Ray on 22 February 2017
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