Sepia Saturday 205 – They are Good Sports in Surrey!

This week on Saturday Sepia I am going to go along with the sports theme.

By coincidence I had an email yesterday that talked about the Ellis family of Elstead in Surrey and several other associated names.

This morning whilst in the bathroom I recalled the first photograph I am going share here, as I thought I would share the photograph with the person who emailed me yesterday, then I spotted the theme for this week. Some things happen, by coincidence, but does it exist or is it destiny? What a deep question and all before lunch!

Elstead Football Club 1911

So here are the team, left to right

Standing Row – Herbert ELLIS, u/k, u/k, William BIAS, George WARNER, Alfred NOVELL, Guy BOVINGTON, Sandy TILSON, u/k, Henry ELLIS, Lewis NOVELL, u/k.

Sitting – first 3 u/k, Hubert HARDY, Jack BOND

Guildford Football Club 1905


Back Row – Left to Right – R.G.Harris, R. Jupp. A.Tyrell, W.G. Bridger, A.J.May, S.W. Turner, L.Green

Front Row – Left to Right – A. Groves, M.Avery. L.C. Ede, F.Luck (captain), C Ellis, W. Rossiter, Alb Giles

Wanborough Cricket Team – circa 1920

Sadly no one from this photograph of a Wanborough cricket team can be identified – I date this about 1930.

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14 Responses to Sepia Saturday 205 – They are Good Sports in Surrey!

  1. Great, there are a few moustaches amongst those team members, and lots of folded arms, which somehow seem to be a standard pose in sporting team photos 🙂

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  2. Gail Perlee says:

    How neat to have so many names to go with the players – except for that last photo. Too bad someone forgot to write them down. Go team!

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  3. boundforoz says:

    I much prefer local sports team with the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker to the high profile professional teams. I love the above groups.

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  4. These local amateur clubs that predate the modern professional sports era, seem more genuine and a better place for the stories of real athletic heroes.

    I noticed that you have a Kiva.org link as I have a promo for them on my blog too. I've been a supporter for several years and hope it introduces people to their great micro-lending work.

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  5. Wendy says:

    I love those moments of “perfect timing.”

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  6. Yes it was great timing.

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  7. I agree with you Mike and more so because some of the men in this 1911 photo joined the military during the First World War and some never made it home.

    I have supported Kiva for several years and am part of the Genealogist for Families Team. I made a loan last week and will do another in memory of my late Grandmother's birthday just before Christmas.

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  8. I love these to. The catching of the average Jo and these pictures are true “village life” although Guildford is a major town.

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  9. Bob Scotney says:

    That cricket team is a gem; those caps and the man in pads with his braces.

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  10. Deb Gould says:

    Yes, what is it with those folded arms, anyway? But such a good group of guys here!

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  11. I always thought sportsmen folded their arms to make their upper arm muscles look bigger!

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  12. There are the butcher, baker etc etc…and nobody was getting paid to play sports I'll bet. Just for the joy of competition, eh?

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  13. Kristin says:

    I do like the folded arms. Makes them look so serious about it all.

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  14. Joan says:

    I never thought about the folded arms before — but after looking at your photo selections, I mentally went thru sports photos I have — and some rather recent — and folded arms are rather prevalent. Interesting. Thanks

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