Monday, 22 April 2019

My father was quite a sportsman

My father was quite a sportsman

Sir, — I have sent you this photograph of the Henley YMCA football team from 1949 because I only recognise four team members — my father Fred Taylor, who was the captain and is seen holding the ball, Reg Francis and his brother George and Roy Sadler.

I wonder if the other players can be identified by your readers?

An article in the Henley Standard in 1957 headlined “Personality this week” read as follows:

“Frederick William Thomas Taylor, aged 39, of Park View, Lower Assendon, has been nominated by the Stuart Sports and Social Club, of which he is the chairman.

“He has been a member of the club for 21 years and is a member of the club’s tennis team [with his wife Joyce]. He is the buyer at the firm of Messrs. Stuart Turner Ltd.

“Fred, as he is known to his friends, is also a member of the Henley YMCA Sports Club, being an all-rounder with the cricket team. He was a member of the football team until two seasons ago and captained the team when it won the Town and Comrades Cup and the Reading Institute League. He was also a member of the table tennis team in the pre-war years.

“Fred, who is married with four children, was born in Avonmouth and was educated at Henley Grammar School, where he was a member of the 1st XI at cricket and the 1st XV at rugby.

“He served in the Royal Navy from December 1939 to March 1946 with the rank of lieutenant RNVR and was mentioned in despatches for minesweeping.

“In addition to all his other activities, he is also vice-chairman of the Reading and District Institute Football League and a member of the management commitee of the Reading Town Cup football competitions.”

Later, he became chairman of Henley YMCA and of the Reading Combination football league. — Yours faithfully,

Tony Taylor

Knappe Close, Henley

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