Dad is still on the ball
PUBLISHED: 10:36 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 May 2010
When I saw your nostalgia picture of the football team (Crow October 1) I thought that s the old man , aka Trevor Glasscock (far right). After calling my father and asking him if he d seen his claim to fame, he told me the picture was of The Griffins, th
When I saw your nostalgia picture of the football team (Crow October 1) I thought "that's the old man", aka Trevor Glasscock (far right).
After calling my father and asking him if he'd seen his claim to fame, he told me the picture was of The Griffins, the Sainsbury's Sunday league club from the Buntingford depot, where Dad worked for over 35 years.
He still remembers all the old faces. Back row, left to right; Harry Booth, Clive Jones, Ray Charles, John Oakey, Bob Newman, and Nick Crane. Front row, left to right; Derek Hockey, Alan Piggot, Roy Lee, Alan Gray and Dad himself.
This was a regular occurance for the Griffins, playing all over the area, watched by a good of 200 - 300 people at a time. They called themselves The Griffins because that was the name of their social club at Sainsburys.
Football was the love of my Dad's life, a great player, so everyone always tells me. He remembers, with such fondness, his playing days with Manchester United Supporters Club, Sainsbury's Griffins, Buntingford Town, Royston Town, Saffron Walden Lillies and anywhere else he could catch a game. I often wonder how he ever made time to meet and marry my lovely mum and father three children.
Sadly Dad was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis six years ago, so unfortunately his playing days are well and truly over. Oh well Dad, you're stuck with us all now!
Mrs Alison Unsworth (nee Glasscock)
Elm Way, Melbourn.