The photo below is the South Park Junior School Football Team that won the HG King Cup in 1949. Six of the team went on to Mayfield; Eric Winters, Willie Hall, Allan Jackson, Colin Beck, Roy Goulden and me.
We all played for the Mayfield School football teams, and Roy Goulden was in the Ilford Boys Squad that became English Schools Champions in 1952. Roy went on to play for Arsenal and Ipswich Town after leaving school. Eric Winters and I played together in a couple of local club sides after leaving Mayfield and Eric eventually became involved in coaching youth teams.
This is my old Ilford Gymnastic Club badge. Colin Price and myself were the first schoolboys to be invited to join the club. That was in 1952 and was, I’m sure, instigated by Stan Frankland.
Taken in 1953 in the playground, me on the left with classmate Paul Wiltshire. It was probably taken by someone in the Camera Club.