These fantastic photos from the LSE Library Flickr site tell the story of men’s football at LSE from the 1930s to1980s.
Students v Porters Football, 1936. There used to be a match every year between the porters and students for the “Blotto Cup” which was an old tea caddy. There was a dance in the evening following the football:
The porters won the match. (Alan Williams back 2nd left, Desmond Leeper middle back, Michael Young back 2nd right, Pearson, back right, Dickie Desborough bottom right):
Here is the LSE Football 1st XI 1944-45. (Back row (left to right): S A Crabbe, M C Tubb, R H Brook, G E Mills, R G Sturley, P B Gascoine. Front row (left to right): T J Idigbe[?], C R Furlong, G K Amachree (Capt), T H Connick (Vice Capt), R A Nicku. Photo taken in Cambridge and donated by Montague Tubb):
Here’s some more about the later careers of some of these LSE footballers:
S A Crabbe – Samuel Azu Crabbe: Ghanaian barrister, solicitor and jurist; fifth Chief Justice of Ghana since it became an independent nation.
G E Mills – Gladstone “Charlie” Everard Maxwell Mills, BSc Economics. Jamaican academic, sportsman and public servant; first chairman of Jamaica’s Electoral Advisory Committee; involved in the foundation of the West Indian Students’ Union in 1946.
G K Amachree – Godfrey Amachree. Nigeria’s Solicitor-General, UN Under-Secretary for Trusteeship Affairs / Trusteeship and Non-Self-Governing Territories, and first Nigerian head of their FA; prominent member of the West African Students’ Union, proponent of WASU’s resolution demanding self-government in Britain’s African colonies.
R A Njoku – Raymond Amanze Njoku: Nigerian politician and First Republic Minister for Transport; Njoku seconded the motion for Nigerian independence raised by Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa on 1 October 1960.
A couple of decades later, here’s the Football Club 3rd XI in 1962. (Left to right: D Walker, P Jones, D Knowles, P Buckle, Bruce Wood, A Yendell. Front row left to right: B Wilson, S Healy, A Rigby (Captain), T Aitken, J Edwards):
And the Football First XI, in 1963, also for the 1962/63 Season. Back row left to right: Colin Dunn, Michael Summers, Trevor Habeshaw, Alistair Mc Duff, Michael Holmes, D Robinson, Alan Morton. Front row left to right: K Oates, Gordon Scott, David Royle (Captain), Robin Phillipson, Bruce Wood):
Students playing football in the gym, c1981:
Lastly, here’s the LSE First XI in 1985-6. Back row, from left to right: Hendrik Meesman (the Netherlands), John Paget (Switzerland/England), ??? (Scotland), Luca Ferrari (Italy), ??? (England), Andy Shingler (England). Front row: Adam Markin (England), ??? (England), Neil Hutchinson (England), John Nolan (England, captain), Martin ??? (USA). Picture taken at the New Malden Sports Ground: