The formation of Guildford City Football Club is edging towards its 100 year anniversary on 24 August of this year. With such a long history it isn’t unusual for the club to be offered items of memorabilia as they have been discovered in dusty lofts or cob-webbed corners.
Just this week we received a letter from Mike Carr, who now lives in New Jersey in the USA. Now Mike has no connection with Guildford, and he professes to be a Leicester City supporter. But he had found a City programme for a match against Folkestone Town amongst his collection. He thought that “he might send it “home”. We are touched by the gesture and the programme is shown here.
The match was actually played on 5 November 1960. City won that afternoon 4-3 with goals from Steve Fullick, Ben Newcombe, John Woodhouse and an own goal. Despite that win the season was overall disappointing with a 15th place league finish. The Southern League Cup that season did lift spirits before sadly the lads dipped out to Yeovil Town in the semi-final.
Interestingly the 1960-61 season saw a certain Mickey Stewart make 12 appearances for City, scoring two goals. Mickey went on to have a famous career as a Surrey and England cricketer and administrator. He is also the father of Alex Stewart who has represented both Surrey and England in more recent years.
We also received a donation of programmes from the late 60’s/early 70’s from Mike Saxton who now lives in Geneva. Mike was born and raised in Guildford and attended games during those periods. Suffice to say that we are hugely grateful for all who donate memorabilia back to the club. Our form intention is that when one day we do have our own ground we will include a small museum to house all of these happy memories.
We as a club are determined to keep the memories of those who went before us alive. So we are open to receiving any other memorabilia from Guildford City’s past. Please make initial contact via firstname.lastname@example.org.