East End boys hit the heights

HELLO everyone and welcome to Green'Un Gold.So, we kick-off 2009 with a 40-year-old photograph of East End Exiles FC.And our thanks to Steve Prentice for the photograph and words.

Mike Bacon

HELLO everyone and welcome to Green'Un Gold.

So, we kick-off 2009 with a 40-year-old photograph of East End Exiles FC.

And our thanks to Steve Prentice for the photograph and words.

I'll leave it up to Steve to tell you more about the photograph.

“East End Exiles FC was formed during the 1961-62 season by members of the Ipswich Exiles Cycle Speedway club and their first ever friendly match resulted in a 6-6 draw at USAF Bentwaters.

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“Further friendlies were played against Stonham Aspal, Kesgrave, Manor House, Raydon & Shelley and Ted Pettingales team at Capel St Mary where the first defeat was recorded.

“Club members all came from the Nacton Road area of Ipswich and the club's first headquarters was at the Racecourse pub. In this early period Pat Ryan was a prolific goal scorer and Terry Cullum, Roy Day, Colin Southgate, Mick Copping, Vic Day, Les Parnell, Brian O'Reilly, Steve Prentice, secretary ED Davey and a fresh-faced Dave Calver made up the backbone of the club.

“After two successful years playing friendlies the club joined the Gippeswyk Sunday league, where Clapgate Lane Rec was the home ground and a certain Melvyn 'Buster' Knock became their star player along with a still growing Dave Calver.

“The next stop was the Sunday Combination league, playing home games at Murray Road and sharing a pitch with the legendary Corinthians FC.

“Highlight of the club's history was winning the Sunday Combination cup in 1968, beating league champions Grimwade and Ridley 4-2 in the final at Trimley. Tommy Adams, a hat trick and Mick Bartlett scored the goals in a tremendous all round performance.

“The after match party at the Safe Harbour was enjoyed by both clubs and their many friends.

“The Exiles continued in the Sunday Combination league until their sad demise in 1969. Sadly Sid Vince, Sparky Clarke and Dave Hockley are no longer with us, but most of the club members still live locally and enjoy reminiscing about playing for a great little club.

Thanks Steve for this and I'm sure many of the East End Exiles will enjoy seeing this.

Why don't you do what Steve has done? He simply e-mailed us an old photograph and a few words and look at the result.

Contact me personally mike.bacon@archant.co.uk

East End Exiles FC Sunday Combination Cup winners 1968.

Back Row (LtoR): Neville Rayment, Michael 'Doogie' Willingham, Robert McKenna, David 'Tommy' Adams, Brian 'Sid' Vince and Graham 'Sparky' Clarke.

Front Row: Dave Calver, Steve Prentice, Dave Hockley, Melvyn 'Sid' Sewell and Michael 'Booger' Bartlett.


WE hope you enjoy this picture of Ipswich GPO.

We don't know what year it was taken, or where. Do you know?

Let us know.

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