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.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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14 Responses to Sepia Saturday 205 – They are Good Sports in Surrey!

  1. 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


  2. Kristin says:

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


  3. 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?


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


  5. Deb Gould says:

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


  6. Bob Scotney says:

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


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


  8. 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.


  9. Yes it was great timing.


  10. Wendy says:

    I love those moments of “perfect timing.”


  11. 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 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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!


  14. 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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