Grandad was a talented sportsman
OUR recent photograph, far right, of St Anne’s FC in the 1930s prompted reader Craig Jeffery to get in touch.
Mr Jeffery, who lives in Mickleover, was delighted to see his grandad in the photo.
He said: “My grandad, Stanley Jeffery, was St Anne’s FC team captain and is front centre with the ball at his feet. Born 1911, he lived a few streets away in the old Quarn Street at No. 29, with my grandma, Annie (nee Watson) and dad Tony, born in 1939.
“Billy Elkes is third from the right on the back row and lived next door to my grandad and grandma. I have a vague recollection of toddling into Mr and Mrs Elkes’ back kitchen circa 1970 in search of sweets!
“Grandad was a great centreforward, scoring four goals in one match against Rose Hill Wesleyan’s.
“He had been a St. Anne’s choirboy and I always remember him humming or singing when I was a boy in the 70s. ‘Lily the Pink’ was a favourite. Probably not a song the vicar would have approved of all them years before!
“Grandad’s early life was tough, like many, losing his dad, Thomas, in the First World War. Young Stanley drew a picture of an English aeroplane for his dad’s birthday, sending it to him overseas, only for it to be sent back as his dad had been killed.
“Grandad went on to work as a textiles manager at Moore & Eady’s and later at Courtaulds in Spondon.
“He typically wanted to participate ‘up front’ during the Second World War but found himself staying in the West End, in a reserved occupation, making parachutes, which probably saved his life!
“Grandad was a talented sporting all rounder, batting and bowling for Moore & Eady’s cricket team, scoring 127 not out in one game against Cox lead works.
“My dad, Tony, was a good fast bowler playing for International Combustion. A love of sports was given to me, my brother, Paul, and passed on to our kids, but I think our Grandad Stanley’s skills eclipsed us all.
“I close my eyes and I’m back playing football and cricket with my brother, dad and grandad on Brook Street Rec.”
Left, St Anne’s FC in 1935-36. Captain Stanley Jeffery is holding the ball and the League cup. Right, Stanley as a St Anne’s choirboy.