Nine Elms Football Team
The Nine Elms football team was formed sometime after the Second World War. It wasn't just footplate staff that were solely involved in the team selection but many other railwaymen from various grades in and around the Battersea area. Fitters, Shunters, Clerks, Guards were all part of the post war team. During these times rationing still existed and it was a period of continued austerity that lasted well in to the fifties. As such much of the team's kit was hand made, the shorts seen in the photograph being made from redundant 'black-out curtains'!
The team continued to thrive and play competitive football for many years after this event such was the enthusiasm of those involved. The Southern's Sports Ground at Raynes Park alongside the SW mainline provided the venue for the 'Home' matches for the Nine Elms team and in order to make players available for games a lot of shift changes were required to field the strongest team on many occasions!
Maurice Hunt - Nine Elms Engineman
Here are two photographs of the Nine Elms Football Team provided by Mrs. Hazel Hedgecock, Reggie Reid's daughter.
Les Hoath has kindly identified some of the players. If anyone can fill in any of the gaps in the names, please email the Shedmaster Nine Elms
Dick Wheller emailed us to say he thinks he has spotted his father, Leonard Wheller, the bald man third from the right in the standing row.
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