Football teams

Brandon football through the years …

Can you offer names to these people?


1964-64  Brandon Town F.C.
Back, left to right (players) – Terry Norton, George Cook, John Rooky Puttock, Steve Gray (goalkeeper), ?, ?, ?, Dennis Carnellie (manager), ?
Front, left to right – David Kent, Roger Woods, David Aymes, Jock Malone, Colin Hunt, Gwyn Chambers
Image courtesy of Christine Brookman, names supplied by Derek Hunt and Jeannette Baynes.

Brandon Town F.C.

The victorious Town Street over-40s team, after thrashing Brandon Rec over-40s on the Remembrance Playing Field.
Back, left to right: Albert Basham, Royal, Harry Arnold, Percy Basham, Pop Norton, Bosh Elmer, Walker Wharf, ?
Front, left to back: ?, ?, ?, ?, Fred ‘Jigga’ Mail
Photo courtesy John Basham, names from Cherry Rogers, Mark Skinner, John Basham, Nigel Linge, Maggie Corpe, Margaret Arnold

1960s, Town Street over-40s

circa 1930-1, Brandon, Town Street.


“In both cases the goalkeeper is my father, Percy Basham, who always said that he played for Town Street.  The earlier picture, with the trees in the background was taken in 1930 or 31, the ball is clearly labelled ‘TSFC 1930-31 – dad said he was 16.  Town Street won two shields that season: the Ouse Valley League shield and the Brandon Knock out shield.  Brandon Recreational were less successful, playing in the Bury & District league division 2 and ending the season in mid table.  This may have been in the field down Small Fen Lane where the Town Street team played for some time before moving to the field opposite the Crown.  He said he was 25 in the second picture, which would mean it was around 1939. Town Street, played their matches on a field opposite the Crown Public House, in fact it has been said they often took a swift drink to fortify themselves before a match!”

circa 1939

Photos courtesy of John Basham.


1922-23 Brandon Rec (Recreation), back in the day when managers and coaches wore suit, tie, hats and a rosette.  Despite the glum facial expressions on many of the players, this photo looks like it was taken to celebrate the team winning a cup or championship title.

Brandon Rec, 1922-23

Brandon Rec (Recreation) junior squad. 1920s.

Brandon Rec junior squad