Let’s get those cow­pats away

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I was in­ter­ested in the let­ter from Lynn Loader (Septem­ber is­sue) re­gard­ing the matches be­fore the war in­volv­ing Low­est­oft Boys against Frank­furt am Main.

I has­ten to add that I was not in­volved, hav­ing been born in April 1939, but my un­cle, Fred Hutch­ings, played in at least one of these games.

Un­for­tu­nately, he died some years ago but I do re­mem­ber him telling me and I also seem to re­call him say­ing there were re­turn fix­tures in Ger­many but I have never seen any ver­i­fi­ca­tion of that.

He was a good foot­baller who, af­ter the war, left Oul­ton Broad to live in Mil­ford Haven for whom he played in the Welsh League for sev­eral sea­sons.

The men­tion of Somer­ley­ton re­minds me of the time I played for Old Low­est­of­tians in that vil­lage, hav­ing to change in the open and be­ing forced to wait while ‘cow­pats’ were scraped up prior to kick-off.

For­tu­nately, the cat­tle had been moved by then!

Also, talk­ing of the Crown Meadow, I played there in the mid 1950s in a trial for Low­est­oft boys, but I never made the grade.

It was good to read George Danby’s rec­ol­lec­tions of foot­ball be­fore and just af­ter. I have sim­i­lar mem­o­ries.

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