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    Hounslow Town FC

    Just wondering if any of you the GPG have any memories of Hounslow Town FC especially of their heyday in the 50s and early 60s.
    No particular reason for the request, just interested thats all.

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    Used to go and watch them when The Bees were not at home from 1988 until 1991 when they closed up. They had a great season in 1988-89 and a lot of their players moved on to Yeading to win the Vase in 1990.

    Steve Matthews was a monster midfielder. I remember striker Joe Auguste being wheeled out for some games too when he must of been in his early forties.

    Great memories and the food was good at half time. Sadly missed.
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  3. My word, Joe Auguste! What a blast from the past!

    I seem to remember seeing him dive for a few penalties and some of his drops to the floor were worse than Clive Walker.

    I used to pop down with a mate from school whose Dad was the club secretary. Shame about their demise, used to like the old Denbigh Road ground.

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    I snuck in to Denbigh Road a couple of years after they had left to take some photos of the ground but the film did not come out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee4ever View Post
    Just wondering if any of you the GPG have any memories of Hounslow Town FC especially of their heyday in the 50s and early 60s.
    No particular reason for the request, just interested thats all.
    You need to speak to the maestro one ronny jacobs there only one ronny jacobs lived right next to the ground until very recently you will be able to speak to him in stripes bar next home game bring some money and a chair dont exspect to leave early ???

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    Used to send Joe Auguste on when they needed a goal, he normally obliged by getting a penalty.

    Also remember watching John O'Mara play there for Dover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbfc View Post
    I snuck in to Denbigh Road a couple of years after they had left to take some photos of the ground but the film did not come out.
    I would have thought you should have known not to glue the film in the camera......

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbfc View Post
    I snuck in to Denbigh Road a couple of years after they had left to take some photos of the ground but the film did not come out.
    Post of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon C View Post
    Post of the day.
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    I played for Hounslow as a Junior and went on a tour to Holland with them in 1982 when I was 14, we stayed with the Dutch players families of FC Waalwijk and went to see Ajax one night when we were out there with Cruyff etc still playing - brilliant.

    Hounslow had a player called Arnie Venturini who I still see from time to time as his son is best mates with my wife.
    Let me rephrase that I think there's a better line there !!!

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    Their demise was a shame. In the fifties my Grandad used to take me to Denbigh Road every time the Bees were away.Hounslow were at that time one of the leading amateur sides in the land.
    Their usual gate was around 5,000 (Bees were getting around 20.000) and if my memory serves me correctly it was 1954 when their record gate of 8,900
    packed in to watch a cup tie with Wycombe Wanderers

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    My Dad played for them in the 50's... said that he played with a great player called Alan King who had been selected for England Amateurs at the time..

    He also reckons that Hounslow had one of the first televised games against an African touring side who played in bare feet??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenholme Bee View Post
    My Dad played for them in the 50's...

    What's your Dad's name ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee4ever View Post
    What's your Dad's name ?
    Tony Hester.. went on to play for Bedfont for years and years...

    Reckons he was good but better when he was a schoolboy..claim to fame as he scored an own goal in his Tottenham trial!
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    I remember the season Hounslow got to the Amatuer Cup Final at Wembley - 1962 - beat Bishop Auckland in semis at GP which was packed out before losing 4-0 to Crook Town at Middlesboro after holding them to 1-1 in the Wembley showpiece.

    I often used to go to Denbigh Road when I could not get to Bees away games.(travel not so easy in those days for a 14 year old !) ..Great times sadly missed...and yes Ron Jacobs could always be found in the Clubhouse ..:alcoholic
    Alltid ser det fra den lyse side av liv !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenholme Bee View Post
    My Dad played for them in the 50's... said that he played with a great player called Alan King who had been selected for England Amateurs at the time..

    He also reckons that Hounslow had one of the first televised games against an Africantouring side who played in bare feet??
    Great memories of Alan King,he was indeed an England Amateur International.
    The Hounslow forward line of Bickley,Pope.King,Page and Harper was brilliant.
    Can't remember the televised game against an African side but I do remember
    the second half of a FA Cup qualifying round against Hastings was televised on a Saturday afternoon.I didn't see that game though as Bees were at home at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee4ever View Post
    Great memories of Alan King,he was indeed an England Amateur International.
    The Hounslow forward line of Bickley,Pope.King,Page and Harper was brilliant.
    Can't remember the televised game against an African side but I do remember
    the second half of a FA Cup qualifying round against Hastings was televised on a Saturday afternoon.I didn't see that game though as Bees were at home at the same time.
    Take it my old Man didn't shine then?!

    Think he played left back.. around 57/58??

    Says that the team you mention above was 'the best' !!

    Dad played after these although remembers Jackie Harper being around..??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee4ever View Post
    Just wondering if any of you the GPG have any memories of Hounslow Town
    yep had my 21st Birthday party there, what a night
    RIP Huw Bryant 16-01-07

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenholme Bee View Post
    Take it my old Man didn't shine then?!
    I'm sure your Dad did shine,it's just my memory thats gone dull

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenholme Bee View Post
    Tony Hester.. went on to play for Bedfont for years and years...

    Reckons he was good but better when he was a schoolboy..claim to fame as he scored an own goal in his Tottenham trial!
    Quality.

    Alan King could have played League football no problem. Was an amatuer international too.
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    i went regularly to denbigh road from 1965. at that time hounslow town were still a force in the amateur game. doing well in the athenian league and regularly drawing four figure crowds.

    in 1968 there was a big financial crisis.
    almost the entire team signed for walton & hersham, the result being
    that walton won the champonship and hounslow were relegated

    i remember a fund raising friendly between hounslow and brentford
    under the denbigh road lights around november 1969.
    around 1,800 attended. brentford won 5-1

    i followed them on and off through the early to mid seventies.
    during this time the club produced keith osgood (a free scoring centre forward who tottenham converted to a centre-half) and ernie howe who if i'm not mistaken went on to play for both qpr and fulham

    it's a real shame the club died. with the advent of the pyramid,
    they could have matched what has been achieved by say, dagenham,
    but apathy put paid to that

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    Another memory.
    In 1962,Hounslow reached the Amateur Cup Final and because of this, they were given automatic entry into the FA Cup 1st Round proper the following season.
    They played Mansfield Town at Denbigh Road before a crowd of 5,000.
    With 20 minutes to go Hounslow were 3-0 up,unfortunately Mansfield pegged them back to 3-3.
    Mansfield then went on to win the replay something like 9-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee4ever View Post
    Mansfield then went on to win the replay something like 9-2.
    Mansfield's record win.
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    I remember seeing Newport County play in a Cup Final there after they went out of the league.
    Is THIS the in place to be......?

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    My first Hounslow game was on the same day The Bees won 6-4 at Crewe, I think they were playing Molesey in the FA Cup.
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