The Ryburgh Swifts

Ryburgh Swifts Football Team.

This short paragraph in the September 1911 issue of the Ryburgh Parish magazine would seem to indicate the start of a new era in Ryburgh Football or at least the re-invention of the wheel!

To date no team photograph survives from that first season unless of course you know differently, if so please get in touch.

The next mention in the Parish Magazine is in October 1913 ,although giving no clues as to what had been happening in the meantime?

The war years give no mention of football but as soon as "our boys " are back in 1919 things start again as reported in the December issue :

1920 shows that the team was becoming pretty successful,  first in April:

with this season providing the first team photo and a note on the reverse to say they were the winners of the Raynham and District lrague


Back Row:   1. Paddy Tatham,     2. Alec Stark,   3. Horace Leeder,    4. B[ertie] "Knock" Platten, 5. R[obert] Barker.   6. A. More,   7. Guy Savory

Front Row: 1. L[aurence] Tatham,     2. Charles Wilkin,     3. Alec Savory,   4. F.Claxton,   5.  B. Fox.

Paddy Tatham not wearing kit due to a broken leg.

This image was kindly supplied some years ago by Mr. Norman Leeder whose father Horace Leeder is on the backrow 3rd from left.


 Later in October 1920 at the start of the new season:

They clearly have "bucked up" because by  October 1921 we find at the start of the next season:

this produced another team photograph and with the newly presented Junior Village League trophy in the foreground on the left:

Back Row:   1. A Curson,     2. H. Grimson  3. B. Wright,    4. Revd F.H.Tatham,    5. K.Galer,   6.Percy Fox,    7.Herbert Howard Fox,    8. R. Colman   9. M. Ainger

Middle Row: 1. Ernest Abbs,     2. V. Nelson,     3. L. Margetson     4. B. Fox,     5. C Medler     6. Ernest "Trinnie" Nelson,     7. C. Comer.

Front Row: 1. F. [ ]orter     2. W. Grimson,     3. A. Wade,     4.   Alfred Nelson. 


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