John Davenport (1948-53)

We were very saddened to hear that John had passed away on 31st October 2019. He was a popular member of the football club during the 1950s and 1960s and played a key role in the 3rd XI's 4-0 defeat of Old Cheyneans in the London Old Boys Minor Cup Final of 1959. For much of the game, we were under siege by our skilful opponents, who had lost only once during the season. However, much against the run of play, it was John's stunning 25 yard volley, on the turn, into the top corner of the net which put us on the road to victory and changed the course of the game. However, George Perry, added a hat-trick of breakaway goals thus securing the club's first ever Cup Final success. Happily, there were many more to come.

John was a great club man and clearly enjoyed returning to the fold, from his home in Berkshire, whenever he could to attend our annual reunions. He will long be remembered in club circles, not just for his footballing talents, but for his warm personality, sociability and good humour. Our sincere condolences have gone to Rose, his wife of 62 years, and to the three generations of his devoted family, at their sad loss.

Alan Meyer