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Handcross football team 1960
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Handcross football team 1960

This must have been the first year of the re-formed Handcross football club with many of the youth of the village making up the squad.
Behind the players stands the old sports pavilion which used to be the clubhouse of the West Park Golf Club in Coos Lane, see picture #668.
From the left, standing:- Doug Miles (Crawley), Bryan Pattison, Ron Cosens, Bill Boxall, Lionel Copeland, David Knape.
Seated:- Eric Bevan (Cuckfield), Chris Johnson, Barry Ray, Norman Leppard, Rodney Pattison.

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Lionel Copeland (1945-2009) R.I.P.
There is a report on the internet that Lionel Copeland, formerly of Coopers Wood, Handcross, passed away in Australia some five years ago.
For some years the only information available, so far as his sisters, Yvonne in New Zealand and Suzanne, were concerned, was that in about 1965 he followed his girlfriend, Dawn, to Australia where they married and had two children. We then heard that they had divorced and Lionel had married again.
After repeated unsuccessful attempts to make contact with Lionel over the last decade or so, I finally found that someone had compiled a family tree which had been made publicly available. Sometime in the late 1970s, Lionel had married a Joanna Irvine, born in 1951 in Scotland but living in Australia, and they produced two daughters.
Unfortunately, Joanna passed away in 2003 in Gosford, NSW, Australia aged just 52. Some six years later, Lionel passed away on 6th December, 2009 also in Gosford, aged 64.
Lionel had been a coach for nearby Wyoming Football Club, and both his daughters, Amelia and Rebecca, played for the Wyoming Ladies team.
In Handcross in the 1950s and 1960s Lionel was a larger-than-life character, well liked by all who knew him, and an active member of the scouts, youth club, and the village football team.
Another photograph of Lionel can be seen at picture #432.

Added by Barry Ray on 19 January 2015
Hi. This is Lionel's youngest daughter, Rebecca. I am in shock finding all this information on my Dad.
My sister and I have never met or had any information on any other family members.
Please pass on my email address:- phoopu2@hotmail.com.
Added by Rebecca Copeland on 10 February 2015
I am so pleased that you found my tribute to your father. My cousin will call on your father's sister, Suzanne, and bring her up to date with the news. She is not on the internet. Please will you let me know if the above tribute to your father is factually correct.
Added by Barry Ray on 12 February 2015
Barry, it is amazing to find out all this information. Everything you posted was correct except that Dad and Dawn had three children, not two. They are Miranda, Justine, and Natasha.
Dad had another two children with Joanna, being Amelia and me. So in total Dad had five daughters.

Added by Rebecca Copeland on 12 February 2015
Rebecca. My cousin, Sally, has now visited your aunt Suzanne, and informed her that her brother had passed away five years ago. This was upsetting, of course, but my cousin, Sally, could inform her that she had two more nieces.
Your uncle, Norman, and his wife died in 2001 and 1987, respectively, and they had two daughters.
Suzanne had twins followed by a daughter. Yvonne in New Zealand had a son and daughter.
In total you seemed to have gained two aunts, seven cousins, and several cousins once removed, being the children of your cousins.

Added by Barry Ray on 12 February 2015
Barry, thank you so much for the updates on Dad’s family. Even though Dad talked a little about his sisters all I really knew were their names and that’s it. I have never seen pictures, or knew where they lived. I have never known any grandparents, aunties, cousins, and even though I had my parents for a short time, the situation was quite unlike most families, so just seeing messages from you has made me smile and made me and Amelia feel like maybe there is some family out there somewhere.
Dad also had ten grandchildren and one of those belong to me, a son called Brock aged four. Sadly, both my Mum and Dad never got to meet him.
Thank you again,
Rebecca

Added by Rebecca Copeland on 12 February 2015
Rebecca, your whole family in Handcross knew everyone.
Your grandmother, Ada Copeland, worked at the school in Handcross for years. There are generations of kids who enjoyed her cooking.
I was an apprentice with your uncle Norman at the Mullick and Wurzel factory in the village.
Your Dad, Lionel, and I grew up together. He went to Australia and I went to Canada!
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 13 February 2015
Rebecca, both your aunts, Suzanne & Yvonne, were very talented members of Handcross Stoolball Club.
I have a photo of them in a team photo and this can be viewed on picture #1385. You will probably need to Google "stoolball" as it is a game only played in South East England.
Also there is a picture of your grandma when she worked at Handcross County Primary School in the Centenary Book produced in 1978.
Added by Bev Ansell (née Fraser) on 24 February 2015
I have now found two newspaper articles which featured the above photograph together with covering text.
One can be viewed by selecting Large Version and the other by selecting Open Document.
Buoyed up by having their photograph taken, the Handcross players then went on to beat Bolney Rovers 10-6.


Added by Barry Ray on 22 February 2017
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