Action Replay - Can you identify Melton inter-war footballers?
ACTION Replay has uncovered some real gems for you this week with two trophy-winning Melton football teams from the inter-war years.
The photos go back to the days of draw-string shirts and tough, heavy boots, and show the Melton Working Men FC side after their double-winning 1926/27 season, and the Holwell Works FC squad after a successful 1932/33 campaign.
They were brought in by Geoffrey Southam, from Hose, whose father, Lou Southam, appears in both teams. Also pictured in the earlier photo is Mr Southam’s godfather Ray Amer who was a tinsmith at Holwell Works before he gave up the trade to become a bookmaker.
Mr Southam believes the burly footballer holding the ball for the Melton Working Men is Cyril Creed who ran a shop at Holwell Works.
The 1927 photo was taken in Egerton Park with the chimneys in the background thought to be part of former council office buildings.
The Melton Working Men secured the double of Melton District League champions and Melton Hospital Cup winners, while the District League trophy also appears to be pictured with the Holwell Works six seasons later.
Mr Southam, who followed in his father’s footsteps and worked at Holwell as an apprentice in the tinsmith’s shop, said: “When my father died I collected all of these photos up because I thought they looked very interesting.”
l If you can identify the players on either team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01664) 412519.
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