Memories of the St Mark’s Church football team

The St Mark's Church football team of the 1935/36 season
The St Mark's Church football team of the 1935/36 season
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Seen on the fo'c'sle  of HMS Implacable are Portsmouth Sea Rangers in 1937. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are in the middle. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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Ray Whitehead asked if anyone could identify relatives in this 1935-36 photograph of St Mark’s Church football team, North End, Portsmouth.

Trevor Dobbs spotted his father, Albert (Bert) Dobbs, who is second from the left in the front row wearing the lighter-coloured shorts. Trevor says his dad was 29 at the time and in the summer of 1936 he was married at St Mark’s.

Jackie Gauntlett recognised her father, Eric Cooke, the player with the ball, who was captain that season.

She says: ‘After the war he came back and co-founded the estate agents Butler and Cooke which had offices in Cosham, Fareham, Emsworth and Waterlooville, until he retired well into his 70s. He and his brother enjoyed their football and he was a season ticket holder at Fratton Park for many years.’ Jackie also recognised Bert Dobbs, with whom her father played tennis at the North End club which she thinks was on the corner of Mayfield Road.