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Yesteryears Picture 11 explained: a memorable occasion from May 1970

Arguably the best Ashford Town squad ever assembled. May 1970 with promotion to the Southern League Premier achieved with a 0-0 midweek stalemate at Trowbridge, the side went on to hammer Rugby 4-1 to set the celebrations going. Great times, big crowds and players associated with big clubs representing the Town. The players in their strips are Back row Terry Horton, Terry Street, David Bielkus, David Hills, Bill Dodge, David Hunt. Front row seated David Gillingwater, Ian Broomfield, Bob Harrop, Eddie Clayton, Bobby Laverick, Peter Sillett. Also in the photo are others who played a prominent part in a memorable campaign: Syd Jest, Dave Crust, John Hamblin, Alan Back, legendary trainer George Sargeant and Dr Fitzgerald. Des Hover and Jack Skinner (on the far right) are amongst the Directors and stalwarts. Missing are long-serving Alan and Audrey Lancaster and local boy Gordon Burdon who was watching his new club Brett Sports. For the record, scorers for Town on the day were Ian Broomfield, David Gillingwater and former Spurs star Eddie Clayton (2).

Birthday greetings on Tuesday to Vice President Lee Williams, Tony Osborne, Cara Finn and Rhys Heathcote!

Yesteryears Picture 13: Tony Beale. Another local lad who included Bristol City and Ashford Town amongst his clubs, Tony ended his career at the Green at a time when we were making our way in the old Kent Amateur League. Tony was equally happy in midfield or at the back where he played for Ashford. During his one season with us, we played home matches at Carters Field and Capel Road. ‘Bilko’ scored seven goals in seventeen league and cup appearances for the Green’s first team. 

Yesteryears Picture 12: Gordon Burden. Born locally, the skilful winger had three spells with his home club Ashford Town, beginning in the mid 1950s. One of his most memorable moments was scoring against Chelsea despite a 7-2 defeat in a match arranged to celebrate the new floodlights at Essella Park. Jimmy Greaves netted four that night. Gordon’s other clubs were Doncaster Rovers, Hastings United, Bretts Sports as Player Manager until their folding in 1975, Deal Town (Player Manager), Sheppey United, Sittingbourne (Player Manager) and Herne Bay (Player Manager). But perhaps his most satisfying spell was his three seasons at Margate, whom he joined in March 1966. At Hartsdown, Gordon netted 88 goals from 199 appearances.

Yesteryear Picture No 14 – remembering Derek McQuillan

PICTURE 14: The sad passing last week of Derek McQuillan has led to requests for a photo of Del Boy in his beloved Bromley Green shirt. This one is from 29 March 1989 at Essella Park after winning the Ashford & District Sunday League Division 3 Cup. Back from left Dave Homewood (manager), Mark Valler, Ian Holloway, Steve Hunt, Kerry King, Carlton Wynter, Derek McQuillan; Front from left Clive Webster, Harry Hills, Paul Brenchley, David Stanley, Gary Long. RIP Derek McQuillan.

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