Former FIFA president attends Portsmouth North Finish League bash | Nostalgia

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North Finish League officers with Sir Stanley Rous, second from the left, in 1955. Image: Bob Richards’ assortment.

I keep in mind when the showers after mid-winter matches had been full of mud-covered, bare our bodies all vying to get on the water pouring from the bathe heads, in the event you had been fortunate. Someday the water simply drizzled.

Bob Richards, as soon as of Portsmouth and now of Sutherland on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, has despatched me a number of images and paperwork of the Golden Jubilee of the North Finish League. Bob, 81, and his spouse Pamela (née Dines) emigrated 40 years in the past.

One of many greatest and most profitable leagues in Portsmouth, the North Finish League is now defunct. There we so many leagues and groups I typically surprise how they discovered sufficient referees.

The autographed dinner menu together with the signatures of Sir Stanley Rous and Vernon Stokes.

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In 1955 a Golden Jubilee dinner was held on the Rock Gardens, Southsea. Sir Stanley Rous, the secretary of the Soccer Affiliation and former worldwide referee who later turned the sixth President of FIFA, was visitor of honour.

A while earlier than 1905 the Southsea Newbie League was shaped however was not successful. From that, in 1905, the North Finish League was shaped and continued for 95 years till 2000. 1000’s of footballers performed in tons of of groups in 1000’s of video games over time. What made it profitable had been the officers who ran it.

Many cups had been performed for and there was additionally a North Finish League crew who performed towards different Portsmouth leagues. Every year there was a presentation dinner the place all of the groups had been represented by managers and captains.

One cup was the Oscar Owers Trophy, performed between the 2 groups who had been judged to be probably the most sporting and well-run. All of the cup finals had been performed at Fratton Park. I performed for Minimodels from Havant for this trophy however as three groups had been chosen, a draw was made for a play-off. We had been the unfortunate crew who needed to play to see who would seem at our native Wembley.

Due to all of the readers who instructed me this isn’t Milton Creek, Portsmouth, however Sittingbourne, Kent.

It was a catastrophe with, as I keep in mind, three gamers despatched off, two of ours and certainly one of theirs, considerably ironic when it was alleged to be the 2 most sporting groups. I used to be heartbroken after we misplaced 3-2.

Within the two images, from the left, are Bert Dines, Sir Stanley Rous and George Day, the lord mayor of Portsmouth. You’ll be able to see Sir Stanley’s signature on the menu.

•Seems the current {photograph} of MIlton Creek was nothing to do with Portsmouth however it’s in Kent. A number of former residents from Sittingbourne residing regionally instructed me the realm had an essential brick-making and sea-going barge-building trade. The realm is now a rustic park.



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