The Pontoon club was very important in the history of Arlesey Football Club. They purchased Lamb Meadow ground from the brewery.
I understand why the Pontoon club wanted some say in the running of the club cos they funded nearly everything. The coach travel , the kit , player expenses ,(nearly all players were amateur then) , tea for spectators and players etc. When there was only one player in the team who lived in Arlesey even tho we had a very good youth team.The ground was shut for a year and lambs returned to graze on the pitch.
Eventually Mr Cheshire got the Fund money off the supporters club Pontoon Fund.The money from the Supporters Club (£1,410) transferred to the Football Club. The ground transfer not going so smooth The lease to Lamb Meadow was a much harder task tho.
Dr Davis was in the Pontoon Club commitee so it was quite respectible. Even tho there were mumblings of fiddle and fraud.Henry Wood was fined £11 with £3 costs and J Hughes Snr fined £4 with 3 guineas costs, for infringing …. Small Lotteries and Gaming Act 1956.
Mr. Culpin prosecuting stated that rumours of a fiddle were false. Police had every co-operation and reasonable books and accounts were kept. In the last two and half years the Supporters Club have given the Football Club two and a half thousand pounds in hard cash, also paid for transport, kit, ground improvements, laundry etc. Magnificent assistance for any amateur club to receive.
They purchased the premises and became landlords for the princely sum of just £500 in 1948. Four years later, in 1952, an adjoining area was bought in view of building a clubhouse on it. The area lay unused for a number of years until the arrival of ‘Biggs Wall’ who negotiated with the club to build temporary offices and canteen facilities – which the Football Club then bought back, turning them into what was then, the clubhouse. Mr Cheshire then heavily morgaged the new clubhouse , by remorgaging his own property etc , cos there was no more money coming in from the Pontoon Club. Mr Cheshire then had to run up large solicitor bills over the dispute.When they eventually sold lamb meadow for housing development , and only had to buy agricultural land for the new ground ,it must have been very very good business.
ro legate tim charles mich young stear gear ted saunders pat kruse topper martin emery ? King
tony blythe,jon hughes ? barry reynolds mick owen( 7 from stotfold 4 arlesey) arlesey youth?
stotfold must have been pissed as it was a great team.
W Ansell in a suit Louie Allens husband my great aunt and nobby allen sitting on white chair on ur left
old @ugger Cheshire used to play.Bury owner in this one and his son.
First photo of Arlesey footballers
Headmaster Williams played for Arlesey 1st 11
Reg Everitt roger dilley mick fisher spud murphy george crouch donald jordan
Marcus Baines Ro legate
clive albon sheddie king reg rushbridge george lemmon
john albone paul newbury
steve evans des jeeves ian randall
sheddie john albon paul newbury ian randall
athol street carl houghton sonny albon
w ansell great uncle .aunt louies husband
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