Team spirit lives on for proud son

Pictured are Alec and Mavis Churm with their heirloom photo of Poolsbrook St Alban's 1920-21 Football Club including Alec's dad John.

Pictured are Alec and Mavis Churm with their heirloom photo of Poolsbrook St Alban's 1920-21 Football Club including Alec's dad John.

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A FAMILY’S long history with the beautiful game has been brought back into sharp focus thanks to an an old football team photograph.

Alec Churm, 77, of Middlecroft, Staveley, discovered the photo while he was emptying his deceased father John Churm’s home at Lowgates following his death and he is set to have the picture framed as an heirloom.

Mr Churm said: “It’s marvellous. I was stunned when I set eyes on it and when I spotted my dad I felt ever so proud.

“Dad was a fishmonger at Poolsbrook and was quite well known because he used to go round with a horse and cart making deliveries.

“I picked up my interest in football from him and he was a Chesterfield FC fan and used to take me to the old Saltergate ground and sit me on the wall to watch games.”

The pictures shows the Poolsbrook St Alban’s FC 1920 to 1921 side with all the players’ names printed underneath including John Churm who is sat at the front on the far right handside.

Retired caretaker Alec’s love for the game led to him playing for the German village team Munsterlager while he was doing national service in the 1950s.

His interest continued when he became a co-founder of Staveley Chantry FC during the 1980s and now his son Paul also follows the fortunes of Chesterfield FC.

Alec, who is married to Mavis and has a daughter Faith, added: “This picture and my family’s interest in the game goes back over three generations. What’s really interesting about this picture is that there is a list of players’ names and I think A. Downs was a shopkeeper.”

Another Derbyshire Times reader also submitted two other team pictures, featured left. Those interested in submitting old photos and stories can send them, with your name, contact number and a description of the image to retro@derbyshiretimes.co.uk or post them to Retro, Derbyshire Times, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield S41 7XD.