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Reporter football mystery solved

PUBLISHED: 14:15 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

FOOTBALL STARS: Three readers have identified relatives in our photograph.

FOOTBALL STARS: Three readers have identified relatives in our photograph.

READERS have answered an appeal to identify spectators featured in a picture taken at a football match more than 80 years ago. The Reporter published a picture under the headline Footie Mystery of a match involving Denton (Gravesend) Boys Football Tea

READERS have answered an appeal to identify spectators featured in a picture taken at a football match more than 80 years ago.

The Reporter published a picture under the headline 'Footie Mystery' of a match involving Denton (Gravesend) Boys' Football Team in 1925/26.

Former Gravesend resident Barry Wise hoped to identify them after discovering the image in a loft.

Sally Wood, from Gravesend, is the granddaughter of the late George Stevens, and spotted him in the picture (arrowed in our photo above)

She said: "My late granddad is in the picture and would have been about 11-years-old when the photograph was taken, roughly the same age as Mr Wise's father."

Mr Stevens was born in November 1914 in Lower Range Road, Denton, and later moved to Alexandra Road, Gravesend, with his mother Maria, father William, and older siblings Ada and William. He attended Denton School.

Sally said: "After spotting my granddad I looked through more old pictures of his, with my mum, and discovered a couple more photographs which may be of interest. Mr Wise's father may even be in the photographs."

The first one is of the football team, taken at Denton School ('Champions 1926 - 27'). Her granddad is the fifth boy from the left in the front row.

The adults standing behind the boys were also named. From left to right, back row they are; Mr Johnson, Mrs Johnson, Mr Crowhurst, Mrs Crowhurst, 'unknown gentleman', Mrs Stevens (her great-grandmother), Mr Macey, (goalkeeper), Mrs Green, Mr Poynter (headmaster), Mrs Macey, Mr Payne, Mrs Tuffield, Mr Stevens (my great-grandfather), unknown gentleman, unknown lady and Mrs Gibbs.

Another picture supplied by Mrs Wood shows a football team of older men, also featuring her granddad. The inscription in this photo reads 'Denton Ath. Champions, Gravesend I. Div. II Winners of Damper Palmer Hospital Cup & Stone (Dartford) Charity Cup 1936 - 7"

Reader Carole Stoneham, from Gravesend, also contacted the Reporter and said her mother had the same photograph as we published..

She identified her mother's brother as the second person from the left in the second row from the front. His name was Leslie Pay (Dick) and lived in Denton Street. During WWII he went to Italy and contracted tuberculosis and died in the 1950s.

Mrs Smith, from Herne Bay, said her brother George Bardoe, who went to Denton School and lived in Scott Road, is the second boy along from the left in the bottom row.

Mr Wise, who made the appeal for information, now lives in Hampshire but still has a keen interest in the borough.

E-mail bazwiz@tiscali.co.uk and michael.adkins@archant.co.uk with information.

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