Readers rally to name Letchworth company’s 1947 cup winners
A PHOTO of a company’s 1947 cup winning side which was discovered in a loft has triggered an overwhelming response after Comet readers were asked last week if they could identify any of the football team.
The newsdesk was inundated with calls putting names to faces of the DH Dixons team, a factory based in Works Road, Letchworth GC, following the appeal from Peak Production Ltd who now own the site.
All of the 14 men pictured in our November 18 edition have now been identified as family members and former employees called in to name the individuals.
The Comet was also put in touch with John Norman, believed to be the only surviving member of the cup winning team.
The 88-year-old, who was 25 when the photo was taken and captained the team, said: “I was playing for Letchworth at the time but no one was playing regularly.
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“The boss called me into the office and I thought ‘what does he want’, but he asked me to get a side together and said he would give us time off for training.
“Of course everyone wanted to play so that’s what we did.
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“The first year (1946) we won a couple of games but lost 4-3 in the semi-final.
“Next year we thought we didn’t stand a chance as the team we played in the final had already won the league but we beat them 2-0.”
Mr Norman, who lives in Campfield Way, Letchworth GC, added: “After our games the boss would say ‘John I’ve got a bit of money for the lads so have a drink on me’.
“When we won the cup we had a dinner at a hotel in Hitchin, so we didn’t do bad!
One Comet reader also offered up information on the silverware itself, named the Scott Denington Cup.
The trophy is made of solid silver and was given out as part of the Interworks Sports League, which continued until around 2000.