Portsmouth League champions

The Havant United team of 1958/59

The Havant United team of 1958/59

Not Portsmouth after all, but Kiel, Germany, shortly before the First World War.

Zeppelin led us up the harbour path... to northern Germany

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Here we see the victorious Portsmouth League Junior Division 1 champions for the season 1958/59.

The picture of Havant United comes from John Stokes, now of Hamble although he lived at Farlington in his playing days.

John says the team played all their home matches at Hooks Lane recreation ground, Bedhampton, on the No1 pitch, the one nearest the dressing rooms.

This has since been taken over by Havant Rugby Club and where there were once three football pitches there are now none.

John had been called up for national service in the army, but as he was based locally he managed to turn up for every game of the season. He played for Havant Utd until they merged with Havant Rovers and took the latter’s name. They played all their matches at Havant Park where visiting teams thought they were playing at Wembley as the playing surface was so good.

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