Welcome to the world of one-place studies! Twenty-six of our members are sharing something in their particular place for this year's A-Z Blogging Challenge. Today's match report is from Ann Preston's Little Coxwell.
My place is Little Coxwell, a small village, and designated part of Oxfordshire since 1974 but previously in Berkshire. In My Place I have taken ‘F’ for football and footballers.
The names of the players in the football team as shown in the above photograph are:
1. right full back: Ryman
2. goalkeeper: Green
3. left full-back: Edwin Hawkins (Eddie)
4. right half: ?
5. centre-half: Sidney Bowler (Sid)
6. left half: ?
7. outside-right: Cecil Albert Wareham (Bert)
8. inside-right: Frederick Howson (Freddie)
9. centre-forward: George Harold Toon (Harold)
10. inside-left: ?
11. outside left: ?
As you see not all the names are known.
Victory for Coxwell’s fabulous footballers
A report of the football match between Coxwell United and Challow played on Saturday 8th February 1913 appeared in the local newspaper, The Faringdon Advertiser of 15th February 1913:
Before a good number of spectators, and in sunny weather, Coxwell were playing at home on Saturday last in the North Berkshire Junior League with Challow, who were at the head of this Division, and all out to win. Both teams were strongly represented, and a good game was witnessed, resulting in a well-earned victory for Coxwell by 3 goals to 2. Godwin netting twice and Toon once for the home team.
The football team continued playing strongly but folded due to the Great War, when many of the players joined the services. In the 1930s history repeated itself: a fresh football team was founded and had a successful run, but folded with the outbreak of the Second World War with players joining the services.