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Banstead Athletic hero worshipper but who was she?
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Banstead Athletic hero worshipper but who was she?

I was reading a book recently called "The Soccer Tribe" written by Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape.

On page 281 under a section called "Hero Worship" I found this photo. I remember first seeing this young lady at Banstead Athletic home games when we played at Tattenham Way Rec. before moving up to Merland Rise in the late 50's and early 60's.

What I thought was most interesting was that the Banstead photo was in among scenes from all the top football clubs from around the world.

Can you identify the missing names? Pete Gitten, Ray Hack, Len Walker, Walley Chesney?, George Corbett, ...Scott, ...Lucas, ....Taylor.
Picture added on 24 October 2010 at 21:24
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I have been given the privelage of producing the Banstead Athletic match day football programme over the last two seasons. We are currently trying to find out about our club badge, the history of it. We have been in touch with libraries to see if they can help. It would be great if we could include the answer to the puzzle of the picture, maybe even put an article in a future programme from a relative of the above lady. If you know of the identity or maybe a contact please email me, it would be of great interest to our club. Thank you
Added by Bob Lockyer on 30 October 2010
Hello Robin and Bob
My name is Christine Kent and I am a member of the Banstead History Research Group. I have today 3rd November 2010 sent 5 messages to people on the website Friends Reunited who have listed Banstead Athletic as one of their places, and to see if they can identify the young lady in the photo.
Will let you know the outcome.
Added by Christine Kent on 03 November 2010
George Corbett shown on the lady's pullover is my dad. He's now 88 years old & still lives in Banstead village.
Added by Lyn Corbett on 13 December 2010
Hello Lyn
Would you be able to show your Dad the photo?
We have still not been able to identify the lady, maybe your Dad could help.
Many thanks.Christine
Added by Christine Kent on 14 December 2010
Hello Lyn, This is superb news. If he could identify the lady that would be brilliant. I know it's probably a long shot but who knows. My email address is lockyerAstar@aol.com if you find anything out. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I am also trying to find out about the badge of our club. A few ideas have come to light and I'm following those up. Any help would be great. If it would be possible for me to have a chat with your dad it would be very helpful. Before I took over editing the programme for the club someone tried to find things out but didn't get very far. This is certainly great news for the puzzle we are trying to solve. Regards Bob
Added by Bob Lockyer ( Editor/Committee Banstead Athletic FC) on 15 December 2010
Dad doesn't know the lady but remembers seeing her at matches. Also he knows nothing about the origins of the badge.
Players:Ray Taylor, Peter Giffin, Ray Hack, Len Walker, Tommy Williams, Harry Clark & Sid Argent.
He's never heard of Wally Quincy.
Hope this info is useful.
Added by Lyn Corbett on 28 December 2010
Hello Lyn, Thank you for the information. Does your father have any memorabilia from his playing days- badges or programmes? I would like to send your Dad a programme signed by the team from this season for him to have. I would like to include items from any of the ones he may still have in a future match day programme. Kind regards to you & your father. Happy New Year! Bob
Added by Bob Lockyer ( Editor/Committee Banstead Athletic FC) on 28 December 2010
Is it Wally Chesney at right half (as the position would have been called then)?
Added by Graham Firth on 28 December 2010
This picture is on Carole Banstead's (recently deceased) facebook page, if that helps?
Added by Debster on 11 April 2012
Hello Debster, Thank you for that. Do you know how I can contact Carole's family?. I don't want to upset anyone. Would be grateful to find out if they know a name? (I don't do 'facebook)!!
www.facebook.com/banjo.banstead I dont think they would be upset, she was a very popular lady.

NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: Hi Debster thanks for the link which has enabled me to replace our very grainy photo. Do you know any more about this lady? Was Carole Banstead her real name or was she known as that because of her support for the local club? At the Banstead History Centre and the Banstead History Research Group we are embarking on a new project to write about Banstead people, and Carole sounds like an ideal candidate. Perhaps our members were never football fans as we seem to know nothing at all about Carole.
Added by Debster on 12 April 2012
On Carole's facebook page it says that she married a David S Jones. There is a marriage entry for a Carole Banstead to a David S Jones in June 1997 registered at Torbay Devon.
Added by Christine Kent on 13 April 2012
I recall watching Banstead Athletic playing at the recreation ground in Tattenham Way before their move to Merland Rise, and remember several of the players you mention. Harry Clark who was a prolific goalscorer, Peter Giffen the goalkeeper, who I played in a boys team with. Denny Wall was the middle one of three footballing brothers from Kingswood. The eldest boy (whose name I cannot recall) played professionally in Malta and was a short while with Chelsea. The youngest David was my age and appears in the picture of the Picquets Way School team 1948/49.
Added by Derek Hoskin on 19 April 2012
Debster, Sorry I haven't been in touch. Wonder if you would email me an email address for the late Carol Banstead family if you know one.
Added by Bob Lockyer (Banstead Athletic FC) on 07 October 2012
Derek, Sorry it's been a bit hectic. Do you have an email address I can contact you on? mine is lockyerastar@aol.com Thanks
Added by Bob Lockyer (Banstead Athletic FC) on 07 October 2012
Hi I came across your picture recently and as said in an earlier comment Harry Clark is on the jumper. Unfortunalty Dad is no longer with us but we still talk fondly with my Mum about the good old days. We are still in possession of a silver cup and tray presented to Dad after his career.

Regards Gary Clark
Added by Gary Clark on 18 February 2015
Hello Gary,
Thank you for getting in touch. Just picked up your message. Wonderful news. Would like to talk to you more if you wouldn't mind. Do hope you and your mum are keeping well. Would you mind phoning the football club and leaving you phone number. I can then get in touch. The club's number is 01737 350982. Don't want you to put your number here for security reasons. Thank you again. Another piece of the jigsaw could be falling into place. Best regards Bob Lockyer.(Banstead Athletic FC)
Added by Bob Lockyer on 20 February 2015
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