Well with the new season just a week old, we are delighted to welcome Walsham-le-Willows for their first ever visit and indeed our first ever meeting.
I have to admit to having to look up where Walsham-le-Willows was situated. So, it was some surprise when talking to Tony last week to hear he actually went there with the school (rumoured to be Dotheboys Hall).
I gather the ‘Willows’ were founded in 1890 and during the second world war had to plough up their pitch for growing food for the war effort.
Sounds a bit like the Hare & Hounds, but without the food. According to the records Walsham-le-Willows have not progressed beyond the Preliminary stage of the FA Challenge Cup.
Sorry lads I hope you do, but not this season.
Despite our recent change of name, the FA still think we must be domiciled somewhere north of Ipswich. As last year we were drawn away to Framlingham.
So, todays programme features another early FA Cup-Tie, this time the opponents were Liverpool.
The match took place on Saturday 13th January 1912 at Anfield, originally Everton’s home ground! After a close game we lost by the only goal of the game.
There was one interesting player on the Liverpool side, Ephraim Longworth. He had signed for The Reds in 1910, from Leyton. He went on to make nearly four hundred appearance for the Merseysiders, many as captain, and became a Liverpool legend.
Playing for Leyton that day was the Reverend Kenneth Hunt, an England full international, with Leyton, as well as an amateur international, Olympic gold medallist and FA Cup winners with Wolves.
An Oxford blue he played for The Corinthians and Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Leyton. He became a Church of England minister and a teacher at Highgate School, which is why he was able play for Leyton. He later went onto play for Crystal Palace.
He died just two days before Wolves beat Leicester City in the 1949 cup final. He lies buried in a quiet county churchyard at Waldron, in East Sussex.