You’ve got a fan in me

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - ALAN HAR­VEY Rochford, Es­sex

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.