Woolverstone United


These reproduced books by Keith Woods are being sold in aid of the football club.

The original, "Woolverstone United - The Halcyon Years 1921-1970" book  was produced by Keith Wood in the late 70's and is full of local history, local names and tells the story of the beginning of the club. He documents most years in that period and has stories of matches between the local rivals, Shotley Swifts, Stutton Victory, Tattingstone, Brantham Lads, East Bergholt, Rayden, Burstall. It also  includes cup games in the local East Samford Charity Cup. The local players names and their playing skills are mentioned and also names such as Warrington Page, Paul Double, Kit Thompson, Austin King, Bill Smith, Ted Wright, Jimmy Scott, Dick Crack, Admiral Lynne, Major Spier, W, Mayhew, Commander Smithwick, Kenneth Fisk, Alf Martin, George Crack, Cecil Crack, Harry Amy,Cecil Crapnell, Ernie Burroughs, Captain Dixon....... and that's just chapter one !

The second book by Keith is entitled

Woolverstone United F.C  " Two, Two, The Lily White Boys."  This book follows on from his previous book and was first published in April 1991, and contains more facts and figures and probably a lot of names that you will know ! It tells the story of the war years, where "war stopped play", the German raiders, the doodlebug that hit Chelmondiston Church and Keith's dog Mac which kept up a solid howl several minutes before the air raid siren went off ! There's mention of Mr Weatherhead who kept the Post Office in Chelmondiston, Mr Last who had the Bakers Shop at the top of Pin Mill Lane, Mr Amy at the General Stores, Mr Goodwin  the butcher, Mr Cadman the shoe repair shop, Mr Webb the undertaker, Mr Steward repaired bicycles, Mr Cotton at Walnut Tree Farm provided Milk, Mr Bax the postman and Ted Aggis the milkman. The end of the book has facts and figures about Woolverstone United Football Teams and there are a number of cartoons and photographs for every decade.

Did you know for instance that Jack Messenger played for Woolverstone, Ipswich Town and Colchester !  Or Frank Messenger (another Woolverstone lad) played for Ipswich Town along with David Deacon.

These books will make an ideal Christmas present for those who love local history and for those who played in the teams or are related to team members.

The books have now been reproduced and can be purchased in aid of club funds. (100% of the book cost is going to Woolverstone United funds after printing costs). They are available from this website (use shop link below) or from

Craig Catchpole, tel. 07743958737  OR

"Local pickup" and "Cash On Pickup" or "delivery" can be chosen at "Checkout", and payment made by Bank Transfer or PayPal (we would prefer bank transfer or Cash On Delivery to avoid PayPal selling payments to maximize profit to the club)

Thank you for your support.