Ton up for record-breaking side
A BIG thanks to Jamie Versey from Felixstowe Harpers.He has sent in a picture of the team from 1976.I'll leave Jamie to take up the story.“I have enclosed a picture from 1976 for the Green'Un Gold section of the paper which I know so many people enjoy.
A BIG thanks to Jamie Versey from Felixstowe Harpers.
He has sent in a picture of the team from 1976.
I'll leave Jamie to take up the story.
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“I have enclosed a picture from 1976 for the Green'Un Gold section of the paper which I know so many people enjoy.
This is the Harpers first team slap bang in the middle of their record breaking 100 game unbeaten run. Glenn Appleby (back row with big hair) is still playing for Harpers today at almost 52 after making his debut in 1969!
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Felixstowe Harpers were formed back in 1963 and in 1972 they moved to the Ipswich Sunday Morning League (now the Flare Recruitment Ipswich Sunday Football League).
The first competitive season saw Harpers romp to the title by scoring 215 goals and only conceding 11.
Over the next few seasons Harpers won title after title moving through the divisional structure with relative ease.
1974-1975 Division Six Goals For 131 Goals Against 17
1975-1976 Division Five Goals For 126 Goals Against 13
1976-1977 Division Four Goals For 92 Goals Against 8
The team were flying and they were beating all comers with ease.
The 1977/1978 season saw Harpers play in division 3. As they season wore on Harpers achieved what is still a league record to this day when they went 100 games unbeaten.
Unfortunately the record stopped at 100 as Armada won Harpers' 101st league game 2-1. That one defeat failed to dishearten the boys too much as the league was wrapped up by a margin of six points (two points for a win in those days).
Throughout this record breaking run the team consisted of David Brewster, Geoff Brewster, Neville Sawyer, John Baldwin, Malcolm Warburton, Terry Versey, Ian Young, Norman Elliott, Tony Lazell, Mick Collins, Dave Manning, John Pettitt, Brian Rentos, Gordon Good, Graham Harrison, Howard Osbourne, Ken Hope, Paul Proctor, Glenn Appleby, Dave Sayers, Ray Stanbridge, David Hope, John Hope, Dougie Bell, Mick Banham, Robert Race, Mickey Gaunt, Chic Shawler, Porky Murton and Titch Pooley.”