Orwell FC around 1952

These memories are based upon notes prepared by Tom Harland

Photo:Orwell Football Season 1950-51

Orwell Football Season 1950-51

Orwell FC played in Division 1 of the Cambridgeshire League and had a reputation for being a very competitive and hard tackling team. Matches were played in Mr Peter's field behind Manor Farm in Town Green Road, near the A603. There was an entrance for vehicles opposite what is now Volac, or players and supporters could walk through the farmyard from Town Green Road. The handwritten team sheet was posted on the village noticeboard opposite Huddlestone's shop near the church.

Shirts were black and white stripes (giving the club its nickname, the Magpies), with classic long sleeves and a collar. The goalkeeper (Cliff Bullen) wore a green or blue jersey. The ball often had to be retrieved from the brook which flowed along the bottom side of the

black & white shirts giving the nickname "The Magpies"

field, or from the tall hedgerow alongside the brook, or from the deep ditch near the side facing Manor farm. The ball itself was made of leather, laced to hold in the bladder. It became very heavy in wet conditions, difficult to kick any distance, and painful to head.

Dennis Rolfe was the centre forward and leading goalscorer, typical of the era. He received penetrating passes from Bob Breed and Keith Bullen, or crosses from Stan Mayes and Brian Haines. Cliff Bullen and Bob Breed took the penalties, and rarely failed to score.

Photo:Orwell's mascot

Orwell's mascot

'Curly' Course, father of Cyril Course, was the First Aid man – a vital role as no substitutes were allowed in those days. There were also two players from Lords Bridge RAF station, one of whom was named Paterson. The linesman we provided was usually Ben Jude.

The team travelled to away matches with Carter's Coaches of Royston, with usually three coaches required for big matches or cup finals. Melbourn had the novelty of proper changing rooms for the players. Returning from away matches in the coach was accompanied by the national radio Sports Report, with Eamon Andrews commenting on the day's Football League results with match reports phoned in from public telephone boxes!

usually three coaches for big matches

The most competitive games played were against Swavesey, Willingham, Fulbourn, Pest Control (Fisons/Bayer Chemicals) from Harston and the Atlas Stone Company (Melbourn). The latter two pitches at Harston and Melbourn were considered to be the best locally.


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