You’ve got a fan in me
ALTHOUGH I have now reached the grand old age of 85, I am a new reader of
The Non-League Paper – and what a breath of fresh air this has been for me!
Owing to circumstances beyond my control, i.e. the relegation of my beloved Leyton Orient, I now buy the above instead of The Football League Paper.
The Non-League Paper is a real eyeopener about real football people – the grass-roots of our national game. It evoked memories of my boyhood, for at the age of six years I lived with my grandparents a stone’s throw away from Green Pond Road, the home of the now defunct Walthamstow Avenue.
As football restarted after the war in 1945, ‘the Avenue’ had a wonderful team, winning the Isthmian League with the likes of Dulwich Hamlet, Wycombe Wanderers etc, scoring 100 goals in 26 matches. I particularly remember beating Dulwich Hamlet 9-0 and Finchley 7-5 in the London Senior Cup, with crowds of 4,000.
I am not too sure, but I think the A’s met Manchester United in the FA Cup around the late 40s (1-1 then 2-5 at Old Trafford).
Some of your older readers may vaguely remember Jim Lewis and his son Jimmy, both amateur internationals. However, with my dad returning from the war, he took me to Brisbane Road – and the rest is history!
Under new ownership, I feel the O’s will soon be back where they belong but, whatever happens, I will continue to buy
The Non-League Paper, for you have made me an avid Non-League fan.