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  1. My grandfather was Ernest Blenkinsop who played for Wednesday & England between the wars. Somebody told me he worked at Hadfields during the war before he became a publican in Crosspool. Does anybody know if there is any records of who worked at Hadfields anywhere that would enable me to confirm if this is correct, or how long he worked there? Any help really appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Here's one from 1931 when a combined Wednesday and United team played an FA XI. My guess is that it's a testimonial game for Billy Marsden whose career was ended by an injury sustained playing for England the season before. Can anybody confirm this?
  3. Very true, and beating England 5-1 at Wembley in 1928 was a reflection of this, but the Scots didn't only teach the English. In the early 1900's three teams in Czechoslovakia employed Scottish coaches, and the Austrians are reported to have modelled their playing style on the Scottish passing-game following the visit of Glasgow Rangers in 1905. When the Austrian Wunderteam visited Stamford Bridge to play England in 1932, they almost became the first continental team to beat us on home soil (we scraped home 4-3). This match generated interest in the Italian football press, and one correspondent commented on the influences on the Austrian style of play as being a “judicious mix of Scottish play: dribbling and short passing with as much English play…”. My grandfather Ernest Blenkinsop played in a number of the Sheffield-Glasgow games and as far as I can tell it appeared to assume a form of "semi-international" status. The game would be attended by various dignatries from each city, and be followed by a reception which the players would attend.
  4. This photo from 1930 is of the six members of championship-winning Wednesday team who had represented England. I think the players are Alf Strange, Ellis Rimmer, Billy Marsden (back row l-r) and Jack Brown, Ernest Blenkinsop, and Jimmy Seed on the front row. Can anybody confirm or correct?
  5. Can anybody date this one? I think it's mid-1920's
  6. It's probably not of much general interest, but April 21 is the 75th anniversary of the date when my grandfather Ernest Blenkinsop returned to Hillsborough for the first time since being transferred to Liverpool five weeks before. The transfer was hurried through on transfer deadline day and was quite a news story at the time - Ernest was an England international and had played over 400 games for Wednesday, and his transfer prompted several letters of complaint to the local press. Ernest didn't want to leave but in those days the player didn't get much of a say, and a �6,000 fee for a 32 year old playing in a position where Ted Catlin was emerging as a new talent, probably represented good business for Billy Walker. When he returned with Liverpool on April 21, the Management committee of the Football League for some reason refused the Wednesday Supporters Club permission to make a presentation to Ernest, so Councillor Skelton (the Chair of the supporters club) presented my grandmother Winnie with a silver coffee set in the Directors box as a mark of the fans appreciation. The report of the game in the Star described how the Wednesday players lined-up to applauded Ernest onto the pitch as the band played "See the conquering hero comes". It reported that the crowd applause lasted several minutes and that "it was obvious that Blenkinsop was very much affected by the reception". Liverpool won the game 2-1, and Ernest helped them avoid relegation that season. Ernest had 3 seasons at Liverpool before ending his league career at Cardiff prior to the war. He then returned to Sheffield and was a publican at the Sportsman's Inn at Crosspool until his death in 1969.
  7. Ernest, the England captain, was my grandfather. The spanish captain was Ricardo Zamora, who was something of a legend. He played for Barcelona and Real Madrid, smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day, and was reported to be on £25 a week - a fortune compared to the £8 maximum wage that Ernest was paid. The trophy presented to the best goalkeeper in Spain each season is still named after him. I've seen some old Pathe news footage of this game - the Spanish passing game was clearly hindered by the deep Highbury mud, and Zamora had a nightmare. Zamora subsequently had a number of close shaves during the Spanish Civil War, and was decorated by Franco. Ernest captained England 4 times and made a total of 26 international appearances. Billy Walker sold him to Liverpool on transfer deadline day in 1934, and he finished his league career at Cardiff just prior to the war. He returned to Sheffield and ran the Mason's Arms in Crookes and then the Sportsman's Inn at Crosspool until he died in 1969.
  8. Yes. I've just joined the site, but I'll add a few and a reply on the picture from the Spain game.
  9. My late grandmother used to tell a story about how she used to play piano with Reginald Dixon in her youth, and how they came first and second in a regional competition. Although she was a very good piano player, she was also a good story-teller and I suspected this might not be true, until somebody sent me a clip from his autobiography which refers to her! She also lived on Lennox Road, so it all starts to hang together. Apparently Reginald was also a big Wednesday fan, so he would have approved that she eventually married Ernest Blenkinsop, the Wednesday and England left-back.
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