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A trawl through the archives in search of old club photographs with a tale to tell. By John Fennelly.


One interesting thing about this picture from this month in 1933 is that the man on the left had yet to play his first game for Spurs – yet was on his way to make his senior debut for Wales against Ireland in Belfast!

He is Alf Day and is photographed leaving White Hart Lane with Spurs and Wales regular Eugene O’Callaghan. So the only thing they had in common was that both went by the hardly original nickname of ‘Taffy!’

The game at Windsor Park ended 1-1 with Sam Jones, who had just joined Blackpool from Distillery that month, on target for the home side – his only goal in winning just two full caps. Grimsby Town’s Ernest Glover, who had a better record of seven goals in seven outings, scored for Wales.

Day, from Ebbw Vale, started out with Cheshunt FC, a club that we had strong connections with – in the days when such associations that allowed player exchanges were allowed. He signed for us as a trainee in May, 1931, and followed a well trodden route at the time by being switched to our nursery club, Northfleet United.

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