Grandad was a tal­ented sports­man

Derby Telegraph - - BYGONES - By JANE GOD­DARD jane.god­dard@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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