Est 1875

The Association of former pupils of Archbishop Tenisons School


Edition 19. Winter 2003

Editorial: Bob’s bollix

Letter(s) From Reader(s):



And Finally:

I could not start without paying tribute to our Rugby World Cup winners (Sorry Taff)?! Truly edge of the seat stuff and once again it is sport that provides a nation starved of heroes with a group of young men who totally fit the bill. Did you know that something like 42% of our nation were not born when we won the footie in’66. However, I shall not be running down the bookies with too much money on the cricketers making it a hat-trick in my lifetime. Of course Rugby’s success has shown up the shortcomings of soccer in a massive way. The genie has been out of the bottle a long time now, and I don’t expect it back any time soon.

As I write, a glorious summer has passed to a golden autumn and we have just had the first meaningful rain for what seems like ages. I had noticed that if there had been either pitches or fixtures, the weather would have allowed the Sunday Taverners to have played on every Sunday in October, that surely can’t have happened too often. But I am afraid that for several members, this summer was touched by loss and sadness. Gary Kedney’s brother died in a tragic road accident, Gerry Reardon’s wife, Celia died after a long battle with cancer, Micky Brown’s dad, Harry, died after a long illness and finally we learnt of the death of Fred Hall.

Perhaps the greatest achievements of Associations like ours are the enduring friendships which are forged during years of shared Saturdays, playing football and cricket. This summer I saw Tenisonians bought together by grief, supporting one another in ways that would be more easily understood if they had shared the same name or blood. As I witnessed some of these events, it reinforced the view of many of us that our Clubs does not exist just to provide sport for its members, there is a lot more to be had for those that want it.

On a lighter note, as you know, I try to make it my business to inform those expatriates of S.E.5/15 of any significant news of God’s chosen area of South East London. What you might not know is that Peckham is fast becoming a premier movie location. I can’t remember if I told you that Peckham (particularly Bellenden Road) was extensively used in the excellent film of “Last Orders” starring Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtney, David Hemmings (who was actually a Glynn O.B.) and Ray Winstone. Even more recently, some of you may have seen Martin Scorsese’s “ Gangs of New York”. One of the stars of this film was Daniel Day Lewis who played the part of ‘Butcher Bill’. As I was walking up Rye Lane with my Mum earlier this year, she told me that Daniel Day Lewis had learned the required knife skills for his role at a butchers just off Choumert Road. Do you think they might remake Lawrenece of Arabia at Camberwell Green? I’ll keep you informed.

Evolution or Revolution.

Edouard Schevadnaze is not the only President to lose his title this year. After three years of excellent and committed effort, John Addlington (after a bloodless coup) has been succeeded as President of the Old Tenisonians Association by Michael Vaughan. Micky was at the School from 1962-70 and has been an active member of the Association ever since. A 1st XI goalkeeper, his football career was curtailed by serious injury. As a younger man he was an opening bowler in the 1st XI and when he could no longer carry out such onerous duties, he turned himself into a batsman. He has skippered both Saturday and Sunday sides and clearly enjoys the responsibilities. The work Micky has done to produce our website www.oldtenisonians.co.uk. has been outstanding.

Dolores is Micky’s far better other half. She already knows the inside of the Motspur Park kitchen at least as well as she does her own, through her long years of producing fine cricket teas.

We wish you both all the best for the future.

Service to the Club.

One day last summer I had an interesting conversation with Taff about the nature of service to the Club. Taff was floating the idea of an award to a player who had given long and loyal service to the Club.

My own position on the individual concerned or anybody else who has played hundreds of games for the Club is this, who is really serving who? As a player, you certainly represent the Club and you pay for the privilege through your subscription. However it is you the player who wants to play football/cricket, so I would suggest that you are ultimately serving yourself.

The true servants of the Club are those that make the whole thing work the captains, secretaries, treasurers, chairman etc I won’t list them, you all know who they are but without this select band there is no Club.

Having said that, if a particular team wanted to recognise the long service of a player, there is nothing to stop them having a whip round for that individual. With the Club continuing to operate at a financial loss, it would almost be irresponsible to stump up for the odd gong.

The Alan Bowers award is presented every year to an individual for his Service to the Football Club. I doubt that Alan would have felt that, just turning up a lot, would have got you on the short list.

Right that’s more than enough from me for now. Time for you lot to have a go. After taking me to task for some editorial aberrations, first up with another slice of a young Tenisonian life during the Second World War, from Colin Steere.

Oakleigh Cottage

Back Lane

Cross In Hand


East Sussex


My sister and I spent the winter of 1940/41 with our mother in South London, with practically nightly air raids. My father, who had been a prisoner of war for over four years in World War 1, had been called up but as he was too old for active service he was seconded to the Royal Army Service Corps, looking after stores for the troops in the Reading area.

We all slept on a mattress on the floor of the dining room, unless there was a lot of activity, when my sister and I would sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Our front room was like a furniture store, as all our bedroom furniture was also in the room – the government having advised everybody to bring all heavy furniture downstairs.

One night, a bomb dropped in a garden behind us. Nearly half of our back roof tiles and most of the back windows were blown out, we also lost a few ceilings. We lived in the middle house of a six or seven house terrace. The tilers started at one end and moved all the good remaining tiles along, re-roofing as many houses as possible. The last couple of houses got new tiles, which put me out no end. Roofing felt was nailed over the gaping windows but the ceilings were just left in whatever condition they were in.

In 1941 my father came home on a 48-hour pass and after one night of air raids, decided he could not leave us in London while he was in the relative safety of Reading. So we all went back to his billet which was a double room in a small hotel. They made up a bed for me on chairs beside my parents; my sister shared a room with a housemaid. Within a few weeks my parents found three rooms in a large house with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Though it was a built up area, there was no electricity – so all the lighting was gas.

Before the war, very few people had cars and it was unheard of for a child to be taken to school by car. At the beginning of the war, what cars there were either laid up or requisitioned. My father had one of the latter to go around the various army camps and it was in that car that I arrived at Tenisons (my fourth school in a year) for my first day in September 1941, causing quite a stir.

As I was living with my parents I could not really count myself as an evacuee but my classmates in the photograph you published in MM15, David Jenks and John Webb together with photographer Alan Lythgoe could probably fill an issue or two with their stories about life with their “hosts”.


Colin Steere.

Thanks very much Colin.

During the summer I was given a couple of letters, one from former Head Master David Powell, who is very well and enjoying life in Bishops Frome and the second was from John Shapter. As some of you may remember, John had suffered a heart attack some time ago. If I tried to do half of the things John does on a week to week basis, I’d have a bloody heart attack! University of the Third Age, local theatre group, the Church, the Lib/Dems, skittles, music, the National Coastwatchers Institute, bowls. Well you see what I mean.

John actually popped into the ground during the summer when I was doing a spot of spectating and he was in fine form and wished to be remembered to all his old friends.


The future of our sports clubs.

As I write, half way through November, The Football Club have had to withdraw one team from its fixtures already and only the next few weeks will confirm whether or not another team will be able to continue their fixtures. The Cricket Club has had similar problems with its Saturday 3rd XI over several seasons. There are many reasons for this situation and many other clubs are in the same or similar boat. But if the Football Club goes down to five teams and the Cricket Club two, is that really a problem? The Club has faced similar situations on many occasions. What is the difference now?

Finance is a massive problem. It stands to reason that the more teams we field the better our financial position should be but our Sports Clubs works at a loss, bailed out by meagre bar profits (See Alan Baker’s note later). That in itself is not a problem as it is the members who support the bar and create those profits but it must be obvious that we cannot go on losing money in the way that we have done. It is extremely important that team representatives carry out their duties in a proper and efficient way (which, incidentally, means submitting reports to the Mumblings) that doesn’t leave the Club being fined by various governing bodies. This has been a particular problem to the Football Club. Our annual subscription, just raised to £30, is less than half the fee charged by most of our peer clubs and still we have trouble collecting it!

The Sports Ground Company had hoped to develop a portion of the ground, to allow it operate in a more comfortable financial environment. Local government, operating on instructions from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, have informed us, that whilst they would consider any application which pertains to sporting activities, under no circumstances would any ‘private’ development be considered. The Ground Company is therefore forced to operate on a hand to mouth basis, in an effort to keep its charges to a minimum for it’s customers. Were it not for it’s charitable status and the voluntary nature of the management, past and present, Motspur Park might already be a memory for many of us. So I am afraid that the Sports Clubs cannot hope from any help from that quarter. It also leaves the Ground Company to work in the unenviable knowledge that one simple act of nature could wipe out it’s meagre reserves.

Undoubtedly a big problem has been the virtual breakdown of the conveyor belt of new members from the School. The Club has been an ‘open’ one for many years now and in many respects has gone from strength to strength, with many of our Associate Members providing service to the Association, through the Sports Clubs, that very few former pupils have matched. Within perhaps five years, unless we suddenly find an accord with the School, to once again support the Old Tenisons Association, it is unlikely that there will be more than one or two former pupils still playing.

Our history shows that only a small minority of committed members play any part in the Club once their playing days are over. So who will take the Club forward? Many times through this magazine, I have asked for members to step forward to see how they might be of service to carry on the traditions of this great Club but to no avail. This suggests that today’s members do not feel sufficiently involved, to guarantee our future.

Do we need to change our name and status? Should we look to recruit more locally, perhaps allying ourselves to a junior Club that might possibly act as a feeder Club?

One thing which would help a great deal, is if some of our footballers also played cricket. Maybe many of them have little or no interest but if we could get more members to spend the whole year at Motspur Park rather than just ‘their’ portion. This ought to promote a more committed feeling for the Club and the Cricket section are desperate for more players, particularly as they are upping the stakes by joining the Fullers League next season.

What I do know is that the answers to whatever questions we pose ourselves have to come from today’s playing members. Soon it will be your Club, you can claim it, or it will slowly but surely die. Please contribute to the debate by contacting the Mumblings.

Fred Hall.

All Old Boys, whether they knew him personally, or by reputation will be

saddened to learn of Fred's death in September from a heart attack.

Unfortunately, it was only after the event that Alan Baker was notified by

Lewisham Borough Council of his funeral. Hopefully, his passing will be

marked in an appropriate way by the OTA at a later date.

Fred was at Tenisons between 1947 and 1955; during the last year he was

employed as the Lab Technician.

I have no strong memories of him as a footballer at school, or anyone else

come to that, but have a much treasured photograph of him and me in the

1953 1st XI. Taken on the roof, there are only nine of us in the photo,

plus the 'Manager', Mr. Hopwood. Perhaps that explains why we rarely won.

Our assortment of white shirts and different coloured socks and shorts were

also a sign of the times, but at least most of us had highly polished

leather boots.

I left school in 1953 and would have played against Fred a couple of times

for the Old Boys, but my real memories of him began after rejoining from

national service in 1957 by which time he and Den Bartlett were the

established stars of the 1st XI. There was a tremendous influx of players

into the Old Boys around this time, and whilst I doubt whether the football

we played could compare with that of more successful sides of recent years

I am sure that Fred in his prime would have graced any of those teams. He

once told me that he learned to play football and cricket around the corner

from where he lived in Ruskin Park, with, among others Mickey Stewart.

Whatever happened to him?

He was regularly selected for Old Boys League representative teams and also

gained an AFA Badge, having played for them on at least five occasions. In

the autumn of 1964 alone he played for the AFA against Cambridge

University, Oxford University, and Sussex County FA - a match the AFA won

5-4, having been 4 - 1 down with ten minutes to go.

A useful wicket-keeper/batsman, Fred was happier opening the innings in

all-day matches when his nudging and deflecting style of batting enabled

him to accumulate his runs. Our friendship at that time resulted in him,

Roger Parker, and Stu Courtenay, and others on a more irregular basis,

joining my team, Wimbledon Town. Naturally this was not greeted with

enthusiasm by the Cricket Section but I like to think that we managed to

stay on good terms, and all played a part in the successful running of the

Old Boys over the next 20 years or so.

On leaving school Fred attended University in London, eventually qualifying

as a Pharmacist, a profession he followed throughout his working life.

Sadly he suffered a serious breakdown in health in the mid 1960's and I

think it is true to say that he never fully recovered. Nevertheless he still managed to play some football, to my knowledge, playing for the Vets on the

left wing during the 1970's. He played cricket for Wimbledon Taverners and the OT

Sunday XI until just two years ago

As a young man Fred was not only an inspirational footballer to our

generation, but an amusing and lovable friend. Reserved by nature, and not

such a confirmed drinker and partygoer as some of us, he joined in with

everything that was going on and played an important role in the

development of sporting and social activities in the OTA at that time.

His memory will long be treasured.

Ken Langford

“Harry Brown”

A Navy man, a docker, a Trades Unionist, a husband, father and grandfather. And a lot more besides. Harry died on 28th August after a long illness, aged 80.

Harry was sports mad, with football being his favourite and the Old Boys got to see a lot of him over a long period of time, following in the footsteps of Mr.Mac’ and Sid Lambert. He followed Mick’s earlier career whenever he could but after Mick had been diagnosed with diabetes, Harry felt he should be at every match. He was instrumental in Mick and I starting our second careers with the Old Boys as he kept his eye on the young Daniel and Patrick. He continued to follow the Club after Mick hung up his boots.

I would suggest that his favourite era would have that period in the late 80’s and early nineties, when Kevin McCarthy’s ‘All Stars’ helped to reinvigorate the Club.

I hope that part of the first sentence bespeaks of the type of honesty that Harry would want to see from any player. Whilst he would undoubtedly have felt a natural pride at seeing Mick win a towering header, he would equally enjoy watching Gerry Reardon’s slightly silkier skills, Johnny Moore striking a forty yard diagonal, Phil Unwin’s spectacular strikes, whilst never underestimating the contributions of those slightly less gifted.

As he got older, standing on the line became more painful but he was back again for Peter Langford’s 70th birthday spectacular.

I always knew him as Mr.Brown. After all I’d known him since I was about eleven. As I grew up I tried calling him Harry, same as everybody else, but for some unknown reason, I couldn’t do it. To me he was always Mr.Brown. He was unfailingly kind to me, Joan and Patrick, even though he didn’t always see us at our best.

An influential man, I know I speak on behalf of the many Old Tenisonians who knew him, we were all the better for having known Harry Brown.

Celia Poulter Reardon

It was the summer of 2002 that I wrote in the Mumblings asking you to consider supporting Celia in her undertaking to trek along the Great Wall of China in aid of a cancer charity. Unfortunately Celia’s illness returned once again to prevent her from fulfilling her quest. Her sister bravely picked up the baton and completed the walk on Celia’s behalf.

Celia’s long battle with cancer was, perhaps typically, a series of highs and lows, which she met with unfailing courage and dignity. Gerry gave up work to spend as much time with Celia as he could, spending many weekends with friends in the bracing winds coming off the Norfolk coast.

Gary and Sharon Kedney and Terry and Dawn Smith gave Celia and Gerry their unfailing friendship and support throughout Celia’s illness. Celia was just forty-one when she died on the 28th July. At her funeral at East Finchley Crematorium there were two teams of Old Tenisonians and various partners, to pay tribute to her and to support their friend and team mate Gerry.

Thank goodness I can report at least one happy event. Incredibly, Mark Booker has found a Mrs.Booker. After copious amounts of stag night bitter, several bleary eyed O.T’s and their partners were present at the happy couples nuptials. What are nuptials?

Sportsground Company Annual Quiz.

Here is a selection of questions, one taken from each round.

1. Who sang ‘The Israelites’, the first reggae record to reach number one in the charts?

2. Which artist is famous for painting ballet dancers and horses?

3. How did Sarah Tether make the headlines in September?

4. Who killed Cock Robin?

5. What is the scientific name for laughing gas?

6. Which actress starred in the T.V. sitcoms ‘As Time Goes By’ and ‘A Fine Romance’?

7. The ‘All England Club’ is concerned with lawn tennis and which other sport?

8. Who wrote and starred in the theatrical comedy ‘Diamond Lil’?

9. In which country would you find the Black Mountains?

10. From which platform at Kings Cross does the Hogwarts Express depart?

Easy, aren’t they? You can have the answers a bit later.

Once again 66 participants enjoyed an excellent evening, hosted by the inimitable Alan Baker who this year was assisted by the digitally enhanced team of Vera and Ground Company Chairman, Ron Forrest.

The winners with 88 points were a team of ‘ringers’ from Wallington put together by Julie Williams, which included Bernie and Susan Johnson. As some of you will know, Bernie has not been too well for a long time and although I had my back to him all night and didn’t get a chance to talk to him, he looked in fine fettle.

Runners up for about the third year running were the Blewers/Browns/Simmons team, who once again played a disastrous joker round. In third place was ‘The Brazier Mob’, who peaked a touch too early, not having dropped a point in the first two rounds. The latest team to carve their name on the loser’s lemons was Carol Mannion and family, with 59 points, the highest ever lowest score, if you see what I mean.

The other winner on the evening was the Ground Company who made a clear profit of £442. Thank you to all those who organised the event and all those who took part.

Cricket Club General Secretary’s Report for 2003

The 2003 season was, in the event, something of a disappointment. Following another keen recruitment campaign during the close season, hopes were high. When the Committee sat down for the first selection meeting, the likely pool of players for the season exceeded 50. However, in the course of the season, no fewer than 15 of these had failed to materialise or had fallen by the wayside for one reason or another.

The departure of players from Motspur Park Youth Club and the absence of three boys from Tenison’s School were particularly disappointing; and key players were lost through injury (Barry Mercer, James Butcher, Patrick Blewer, Tony Farmer, Eddie Myers); business commitments (Neville Drake); or other reason (Patrick Goodwin).

On the credit side, the re-appearance of Graham, Luke and Jake Bennett part way through the season and the recruitment of Mark McGoey, Sam Woldemar and Bruce Allardyce saved the Third Eleven from extinction.

The retirements of Alan Baker, Brian Lester and Eddie Myers compounds the problem for 2004. At the end of the current season, the Club could count only 36 players who might be regarded as ‘definites’ (so far as there is such a thing!) for next season. Without a significant improvement on this number the prospects for running a Third Eleven look bleak.

It is perhaps surprising that this scarcity of players did not reflect itself more fully in the results. The First Eleven put a poor start behind them with some good results, including a notable victory over Champions, Whtyeleafe. A lower half of the table finish was by no means discreditable in a strong top Division.

The Second Eleven, strengthened by the recruitment of two or three good First Eleven players, were in contention for the Division 4 championship right up to the last couple of weeks of the season, when unavailabilities took their toll on all Elevens. The side had to be content with 4th place.

The Third Eleven must be congratulated on surviving the season. That is meant sincerely. All players who kept the side going through the dark days of short teams, conceded matches and defeat after defeat deserve the Club’s gratitude. The side’s only League win was registered on the last day of the season when, for once, the team was boosted by one or two players from higher elevens, instead of being depleted by their demands.

The Annual General Meeting and the incoming Cricket Committee will need to give more attention than ever to recruitment generally and the future of the Third Eleven in particular.

Winter nets at Guildford were well attended; but support for indoor nets at Cheam and outdoor nets at the ground was poor.

The pitches at Motspur Park did not live up to expectations. The application last autumn of a new type of loam with a higher clay content did not result in the improved pace and bounce which had been hoped for. This was partly due to the loss of some new grass pre-season when it was necessary to treat the square for moss; and partly due to the extraordinarily hot summer, which drew the pace out of most pitches.

But this is not to say that the pitch played badly. On the five occasions on which I played, umpired or watched matches at the ground (including the League Cup Final) the pitch played very well. The League Cup Final saw the Abahani batsmen patiently play themselves in against good bowling before recording a total of 250 runs off 45 overs. I think that there is a lesson to be learned by some of our own players who try too soon to play their strokes or shots across the line before they have adjusted to the pace of the pitch; and then blame the pitch!

The Sports Ground Company is aware of the Club’s wish to see improvements in the standard of pitches; and it invested extra resources (on treatment and materials for the square in September) in the hope of laying the foundation for better pitches for next season. I hope that we shall not be disappointed.

The Sunday Taverners were not immune from the shortage of players; and did remarkably well to maintain their high level of performance, thanks in particular to its strong batting line-up. It is a pity that the side does not receive greater support. It has a nicely balanced fixture list; plays attractive cricket; and sets enjoyment on and off the field high up on its agenda.

The awards for the season went to:

First Eleven: Harsha Jayasekera (Batting); Jim Butcher (Bowling)

Second Eleven: Richard Marshall (Batting); John Munden (Bowling)

Third Eleven: No awards

Sunday Taverners: Paul Kain (Batting); Jeremy Borgust (Bowling)

Young Cricketer: Luke Bennett

Fielding Award: Ismail Kadwa

As ever, the Club is indebted to the hard-working Captains and Committee members and to the ladies who so kindly give of their time at week-end to provide excellent teas for the players and our visitors.

Our thanks are also to be recorded to Mr A Mali, the proprietor of Motspur Park Tandoori restaurant, for his generosity in sponsoring the new boundary rope for the ground at a cost of £400.

Turning to the future, I share the hopes of many that the move to the Fullers Brewery Surrey County League for the First and Second Elevens for 2004 will mark a significant step forward for the Club. The change promises better cricket on better grounds and provides the opportunity for a major boost in the Club’s fortunes. I have no doubt that the First Eleven and Second Eleven will be more than able to hold their own in the new League and can look forward to aiming for promotion in due course.

The only note of caution which I offer is that the Club will only benefit from the move if it receives the support of all players in meeting the demands of the new League. This will mean greater commitment so far as availability is concerned and much improved timekeeping. Being available for only half the Saturdays in the season and turning up five minutes before the start time will not help us to compete against good quality, well organised teams.

This is my last General Secretary’s report. I have been on the Cricket Committee for 42 years, since I was first appointed to it as Second Eleven Vice-Captain in 1961. I have also decided that this has been my last playing season. I made my debut for the Old Boys in 1958, while still at School, and have completed 50 seasons playing at Motspur Park. As the strains and pulled muscles take longer to mend and as the demands of 45 overs in the field become more difficult to cope with, now seems the sensible time to be thankful for all the pleasure that I have derived from playing for the Old Boys and to settle for the less demanding role of sometime spectator/umpire.

Alan Baker

Footnote: At the AGM it was decided to continue to run the Third Eleven (in the Kookaburra League). Dave Towse volunteered to coordinate recruitment efforts throughout the Club.

“ When an old cricketer leaves the crease” ( I think this was the title of an album by Roy Harper in the 1970’s, or I might have imagined it. Ed.)

One Saturday afternoon during the summer, I tootled over to Motspur Park to see what was what. It transpired that the 3rd XI was hosting a Cheam side. So far, so ordinary. As I strolled around, I realised that there were a few more Bakers about than the one out on the square and another in the kitchen. This didn’t signify too much to me at the time, I just thought the family had decided to have a nice afternoon together in the sun. As is my custom, I watched for an hour or two and went home.

The next day, Patrick informed me that the previous day’s fixture was of particular note as it was to be Alan Baker’s last ever playing appearance at Motspur Park. The Club’s most senior player was to hang up his boots at the age of 62. I was really surprised; he had looked at least as sprightly as many of his teammates. Still doing things correctly, running to the stumps to take fielders throws, even though he knows there is little chance at this level, of anybody actually hitting his gloves on a regular basis. Encouraging everybody with his unfailing enthusiasm as our attack is given a bit of tap. I know that Alan will have been as delighted as anybody at seeing how well young Luke Bennett bowled under difficult circumstances. All that time he has spent under the tutelage of his Dad is starting to pay off.

I was maybe 15 or 16 when along with Peter Leberl and a couple of other schoolboys, we played our first games for the Sunday XI. Alan was skipper of a side that contained some very good players and some real characters. We were made to feel immediately at home, were extravagantly praised if things went our way and sympathetically dealt with if they didn’t.

In those early days, Alan and Vera would occasionally invite a few of us round for tea on a winter’s Sunday afternoon at their Beulah Hill flat. There were often papers all over the place as Alan, who was the referees secretary for a local Sunday league, got his ‘refs’ organised for the following weeks fixtures. One of the advantages of their flat was a long corridor from the front door. This provided just enough room for Vera to bowl to Alan, in all weathers. At the other end of the corridor, was a full-length mirror, so if Vera got tired or fed up, Alan could continue to check his form. I’m sure I remember Vera telling us that at least one light fitting was sacrificed after an outrageous lofted drive. I don’t remember if Vera ever got a bat. (I don’t think I have made any of this up. Ed.)

So does Alan Baker like cricket? Yes he does! Was he any good at it? Yes he certainly was! A determined, correct and effective batsman, who could play shots all around the wicket. Like most, he could be a nervous starter and therefore vulnerable early in an innings but once set, was capable of making big scores and probably, only Neville Perkins has scored more hundreds for the Club.

He was a very good skipper on the pitch but he got even better, off it. All of us who have skippered sides, football, cricket, it does not matter, know that the hardest part of your duties are still to come once the game has finished. Alan took all of this in his stride, collecting ‘subs’, tea money, beer kitty, whilst balancing tray loads of foaming pints and singing ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’. Vera was just as busy, balancing various daughters and trays of sandwiches whilst knocking out some of Adam Faith’s back catalogue. Now not many of us would want to do any of that but they did and they did it in style. And I haven’t even mentioned his wicket-keeping!

But that will do, the Cricket Club has lost a legend and we were lucky that Vera let us borrow him for such a long time. Doubtless he will still be around next summer, umpiring or spectating or something. Whatever he does, I’m sure we all hope that he thoroughly enjoys himself.


1st XI.

The First Eleven had an enjoyable last season in the Kookaburra League. We finished mid-table and had some good results. Our best by far was against last year’s champions (Whyteleafe) at their ground. We beat them convincingly and demonstrated that we could compete with the best sides when at full strength. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we were not at full strength for too many games.

One of the things that have impressed me since becoming the club captain several years ago is the commitment given by players called up from the second or third elevens. This year was no exception. Kaino, Chris Turner, Cortez, Ozzie, Richard Marshall and Bruce Allardyce all did exceptionally well when asked to play in the team. Apologies if I have missed anyone. The scorebook has gone missing temporarily!

The other thing that has impressed me is the way some of the cricketers wives, mums or girlfriends organise teas. I am extremely grateful to all of them and know that opposition teams enjoy the food provided each week.

I was slightly concerned at the end of this season that we would be losing Harsha and Denim from the team due to them having to return home. I am pleased to be able to report that they will both now be available next year. Not only are they both very good players but they fit in exceptionally well with the rest of the team and club generally.

Cricket nets have been booked at Cheam from mid-January (Sunday evenings from 18.00-19.00) and at Guildford for March and April (Tuesday evenings from 21.00-22.00). I hope to see a good turn out at each. They will give us the opportunity to get ready for the new challenge of the Fullers league next year and will also help us decide if there is enough commitment from sufficient players to keep all three elevens going in 2004 – I really do hope so.

I would like to put on record my personal thanks to Alan Baker for all his hard work over the years as General Secretary. I cannot say enough about the work he has done for the club. I would also like to thank Nev Perkins for all his help as my vice captain. He takes a lot of weight off my shoulders and is a great team player.

Finally, Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year.

2nd XI Report:

By the middle of June the 2ndXI had won their four league games played, with confidence high, the next opponents were bottom of the table Banstead. On a warm afternoon, Mick won the toss and elected to bat. On a good wicket, against some wayward bowling, the innings started rather slowly, reaching just 34 for 1 after 16 overs. Then the batting just fell apart against some fairly average, straight bowling! All out for 77 in only 33 overs!!

Their only two batsmen scored most of the runs in just 17 overs. It was an awful team performance against a side that on that morning had just 6 players and called up five football friends to make up the numbers. Just ONE point from the match! To make matters much worse, Barry Mercer fractured his wrist and did not play another match all summer. This was a great loss in the bowling attack; at this stage Barry had taken 12 wickets at an average of just 11.42.

Also John Johns never watched us again after that showing!

The following week we played Reigate Priory at Motspur Park and on winning the toss skipper Mick invited the opposition to bat. A much improved bowling attack and some excellent fielding saw the opposition all out for just 109(not too many more than the previous week!). John Munden taking 3 for 8 in 11 overs. After a shaky start losing both openers for 24, a solid 45 from Richard Marshall and a quick 21 from Paul Kain saw us home by 5 wickets.

Away to Kempton the following week with just 10 men and a weakened side (Why we couldn’t get eleven players when there was no 3rd XI fixture is beyond me!) Kempton were invited to bat on what looked a poor wicket, however they made steady progress to 44 before losing their first wicket in the 12th over and at 85 for 3 after 25 overs things did not look too good for us! All ten Tenisonians fielded excellently and a good spell of bowling from Neville Drake restricted the final total to 188.

Losing two quick wickets by the 6th over was not the best start to chase 190 for victory, but Mick and John Halsey set about building a partnership, which took the score to 92, when Mick was caught for 52. Kevin was out without scoring and at 92 for 4 the target seemed ever further away. John Munden joined Halsey and both batted extremely well taking the score to 172 before John (M) was run out for 27. Miland joined John (H) and held his end up while John continued his excellent knock, finishing 76 not out ensuring a great win with two overs to spare.

A hot July day at Motspur Park welcomed Peckham Rye and after winning the toss the 2ndXI elected to bat. Neil ran out Mick in the second over, but made up for this by scoring 43. Richard hit a quick 28 and John Halsey had scored 29 when he says he wasn’t out LBW. New boy Sam Woldemar scored 40 not out and shared in a good stand of 70 odd with John Munden, who scored 39. It was slightly fortuitous after 3 Peckham players had all collided going for the same catch early on in the partnership. The final score was 214 for 7. Peckham never really got a good stand together and lost wickets at crucial stages. Excellent bowling and fielding ensured they never looked liked reaching the target and finished 22 runs short.

The only rainy day of mid summer washed out the game against eventual league winners, Wandsworth, where we started with a player considerably late arriving yet again!

The first Saturday of August was nice and sunny at Motspur when the 2ndXI elected to bat.

Some good bowling by the Beddington Village bowlers meant that our batsmen had to work hard to eventually score 139 in our 45 overs. Extras top scoring with 30!

The opposition’s batsmen were not anything like as good as their bowlers and Chris Turner (3 for 11) Gary Parsons (4 for 16) and Jeremy Borgust (3 for 19) demolished their innings for just 57(Quite a few of their runs coming as wides in Gary’s first over!)

The following Saturday was exceptionally hot and thankfully Mick won the toss and batted first against London Welsh. Mick and Oz took the score to 58 in the 15 over before Oz was out. Joe Wallis joined Mick and they took the score to 133 in the 29th over when Mick was out for 71.

Halsey scored a quick 31 and Joe went on to make 57. A flurry by Cortez (32no) at the end of the innings took the total to 243 for 7, which proved much too much for the Welsh.

Again fine bowling from John Munden (2 for 19), Mark Steel (3 for 13) and Cortez (3 for 29) saw the opposition all out for just 93.

Saturday 16th August at Motspur was one of the most important games the 2ndXI had played for years and only three players arrived on time! A last minute call to Brian Lester ensuring we had 11 players. Raynes Park had lost only one game, the same as us. On winning the toss and batting, at 92 for 1 in the 29th over, thanks to Richard (47) and Joe (41), we were set for a reasonable total. Sadly, nerves or what, the last 8 wickets produced only 26 runs and we were all out for 138 in the 43rd over.

After tea the spirit was excellent! A good catch by Richard in the first over dismissed one of their openers. Shortly afterwards a ball from Mark Steel was top edged into the other openers face and he had to leave the field. Tight bowling and fielding made the opposition work hard for their runs, but they reached 50 before losing their 2nd wicket. We kept them under pressure by taking wickets and restricting the run rate. When their 8th wicket fell in the 40th over, their opening bat returned to the crease, with them still needing 20 runs. A crucial catch was missed when the pressure was really on them and they survived to score the winning runs in the final over.

At the end of August, the rearranged game against Rowan was played at Motspur, the visitors scoring 192 for 9. Chris and Gary taking 3 wickets apiece. Tenisons were all out for 167 losing by 25 runs. Richard (who else?) and Paul scored 43. The enthusiasm for this match was reflected in the performance and did not reflect on the whole of the season’s endeavours.

The 2ndXI finally finishing 4th in the league table.

Richard Marshall deservedly received the batting award and John Munden the bowling award. All the other team members contributed to the success of the team this year and it was a very enjoyable and successful season. Just TWO more points at Banstead would have seen us finish in the third promotion place!

On Saturday 1st November, 16 of the squad met at Motspur for drinks and a curry and all had an enjoyable evening. Richard collected his batting trophy. Mark Bradshaw joined us at the ground, telling us about vicious pussies and blood poisoning! (It was a great story Mark I told you they’d never believe it!!) Clive Evans joined us at the curry house.

Well done everyone, it was a good season! Bring on the Fuller’s!!


News from the School.

Well not exactly but towards the end of October, I had a call from Zac Phillips from the School. Zac has been contacting many of his former pupils to ask for photographs of them plus a few biographic details so that he can build a ‘Rogues Gallery’. Being a regular ‘Mumblings’ reader, he thought it would be a great idea to reach out to pupils of earlier generations to see whether they would like to participate. I’m sure that many of us do not have individual portraits of our school days, so I hope that any photo would do, plus the dates you were at school and briefly, what happened next.

This would appear to be real labour of love on Zac’s part and I hope that many of you will make the effort to support him in his efforts. So send your ‘mug shots’ to Zac Phillps, together with any supporting evidence, c/o Archbishop Tenison’s School, well, you know the rest, don’t you!

Quiz answers.

1. Desmond Dekker

2. Degas

3. Won the Brent East By-Election

4. The Sparrow

5. Nitrous Oxide

6. Judy Dench

7. Croquet

8. Mae West

9. Wales

10. Nine and three-quarters

School DinnersIV.

If any of you former pupils haven’t been to any of these extravaganzas, then more fool you, definitely the high point of the social calendar. Should you choose to repent all your sins, you will be able to join the merry throng, on Friday 30th April 2004. The venue remains unchanged, The Heights Restaurant in the Saint Georges Hotel, Langham Place. A little later than last year but Eddie can’t make up his mind whether to go out for the Trinidad Test Match, or not. Life is all about those tough decisions isn’t it?

If you haven’t been able to go in the past and you would like to, you will need to contact the social convenor, Eddie Boyle. The regulars will be notified in due course.

Ed’s e-mail address is: alphawavesnlp@aol.com. If your not ‘webbed-up’, drop me line and I’ll pass it on to Ed.

Society Golf.

I have not commissioned the usual tour report for this summer’s jaunt to County Wicklow. Age seems to have caught up with some of us and our evenings were quieter than they have been in the past but hugely enjoyable nonetheless

The courses were the stars of this year’s tour, we played the Championship course at Druids Glenn, which was fabulous, but the course I am sure everybody will remember was Powerscourt. I think it was a regulation Par 72 and not too long. We were told when we’d come off, that the designer, who didn’t have much too work with in terms of physical relief and protection, decided that his greens would need to be furious. And so they proved. I was playing in a fairly high handicap fourball and after a few holes, some of us were a bit pissed off. The greens were like lightning (one of the highest ‘Stimpmeter’ readings in Europe’) and we didn’t have a proper golfer with us to show us the way. Little did we know that the ‘good’ golfers were having exactly the same problems as us.

After a while we relaxed and just laughed at one another and ourselves as short puts rocketed past the hole, puts that finished short would regularly find their way back to you and past you. At least twice, when attempting to replace my ball, the ball just took off of it’s own accord. An incredible golfing experience

Geoff Brown won almost everything, I lost my ticket home, because I couldn’t remember I’d hidden it in my golf-bag for safe keeping and so ended another fine tour.

Thanks for everything Mick K.

Anyone fancy running a pub?

Bob Blewer wrote in the last Motspur Mumblings that we need a new Manager/Treasurer to run the Bar at the sports ground.

I have been doing the job since I took over from Peter Leberl in 1986; and I shall be giving up the position at the next AGM (next summer).

The Bar is vital to the OTA. It provides a key ‘social’ service for members and brings in essential income which helps to subsidise match fees.

The duties are not onerous; but it is important that they are carried out properly. The main responsibilities are:-

Attend the sports ground once a week (this could be on a match day) to:-

Take out the bar takings (and pay in to bank)

Stock up the drinks shelves

Check what stock needs to be ordered

Order keg beer (our supplier phones and delivers each week)

Visit Makro/Majestic Wine stores to purchase other needs (bottled beer, soft drinks)

Keep cash/account book recording weekly receipts and payments

Prepare annual accounts.

Ideally, the job should be done by one person. But it would also be possible to run it with one person doing the job during the football season and another during the cricket season. If keeping records and preparing accounts frightens you, this aspect could also be done by someone else acting as Treasurer, with one or two Managers undertaking the practical tasks. If you would be interested in offering your (much needed) services or finding out more of what is involved, please give me a call (020 8395 9980).

Alan Baker.

150 Club.

Yes it’s that time of year again, can you afford to throw another log on the fire, and will little Johnnie get that new Barbie accessory he’s always wanted? Of course at the centre of everyone’s financial planning should be the carefree yet somehow judicious investment in the 150 Club and below are some of this years happiest investors. Most Independent Financial Advisors are tipping the 150 Club to have another bumper year in 2004 with many experts predicting it will outperform the Footsie by at least twopence. Buy! Buy! Buy! The man to buy from (commission free) is: -

Mick Keating

58 Feering Hill



C05 9NL.

I was expecting more (there is a Football Club but there has been a glitch in the tom toms) but I’m afraid the Clock has beaten us, ladies and gentlemen, so until we do it all again, same time, same place, same channel, thanks for reading and don’t forget to tune in next time for another MOTSPUR MUMBLINGS.

You have just been reading the MOTSPUR MUMBLINGS, thanks to all our contributors. Thanks once again to Brian Lester who has got more chance of getting out of Colditz than getting out of the printing. Likewise, thanks to Alan Baker for distribution and Patrick for tidying the whole thing up.

The next issue will be No.20, perhaps a good time to take stock of the situation here at Mumblings Towers. So if you have been thinking of writing something for the magazine over the last few years and hadn’t quite got round to it, now might be a good time to have another go.

Hope Christmas and the New Year bring you loads and loads of good stuff!

Bob Blewer Tel:0208 647 4670

286 London Road e-mail: blewerfamily@AOL.Com


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