Sport­ing stars of the Fifties

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Mike Ben­nett

THIS week we re­turn to a sport­ing theme for our pic­tures from the past, to fea­ture Wye foot­ball club from the 1950s. More than half a cen­tury ago they were stars of the Ash­ford and Dis­trict league – as for­mer play­ers John Vi­dler, now 70, and still liv­ing in the vil­lage at Lit­tle Che­quers, and Eric Ball from Elm­sted, well re­mem­ber. Th­ese pho­to­graphs come from Mr Ball’s col­lec­tion and be­tween them the for­mer soc­cer stars can still iden­tify all but one of the pos­ing play­ers and of­fi­cials. The pic­ture with the build­ings in the back­ground was prob­a­bly taken in 1950 on their pitch that was then be­hind the vil­lage hall. In the back row from the left are Frank Cur­tis, Don Jor­dan, Ro Hay­ward, Terry Barnes, Henry Luck, Alf Richard­son. The mys­tery man is seated on the left next to Roy Pun­yer, Jack How­land, Tony Austin, Eric Jen­ner and Eric Ball. The peo­ple in the sec­ond team pho­to­graph taken about five years later were, back row from left, Sid Smith, Tony Austin, John Vi­dler, Blacky Wen­zel, Ce­cil Jor­dan, Keith Eyles, Danny Bach­e­lor and in the front Eric Ball, Ro Hay­ward, Frank White­man, Phil Stone and Don Jor­dan.

Above: Wye foot­ball team of 1950 were the stars of the Ash­ford and Dis­trict League. The pitch was then be­hind the vil­lage hall

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