Football – Hemyock vs Brentford 1949

Hemyock Football Team 1949 - Newspaper Report

Hemyock Football Team 1949 – Newspaper Report



By Yellow Hammer

One of the best games of football seem in the Culm Valley for many years too place at Hemyock, on Saturday, when the home club received a visit from Brentford, the F.A. Division II club, from London.
There was a record crowd of over over [sic] 600 and the visitors included three professionals Woodward, Parker and Francis – in their side.


Early in the second half, Hemyock broke through and Jones brilliantly saved a shot by centre-forward Salter and cleared up field, but the ball was soon back into the Brentford half. Hemyock’s left-winger, Bale, passed to Abbey and again the ball went spinning into the Brentford goal. Hemyock attacked again, but Brown passed the ball to centre-forward Way, who beat the Hemyock backs for Brentford’s second goal.

Hemyock were in no way discouraged, and were soon in the Brentford half again. Abbey, who played a great game, sneaked the ball from Woodward and sent it out to Bale, who in turn shot it into the Brentford goal.
Brentford tried hard to equalise, but Hurst, who gave a masterly exhibition in the Hemyock goal, delighted the crowd by his display in dealing with many difficult shots.


Once more Hemyock took the game into the Brentford half – this time giving Jones a worrying time but they failed to score. After brilliant footwork, Brentford again equalised through Way, and shortly afterwards, Francis again scored for Brentford, taking the lead for the first time. Play was fast and interesting, and just before the end, Bright, being hard pressed, passed back to Hurst, who could not prevent the ball bouncing to the net. The end came with the score 5-3 in Brentford’s favour.


The team played a grand game, and judging by their performance against Brentford should do well in this coming season. The Brentford team were afterwards entertained to tea, and enjoyed a game of skittles and darts.

Hemyock Football Team 1949

Hemyock Football Team 1949

Hemyock: F. Hurst (goal); J. Pitman, J. Parkinson, R. Casely, T. Bright. L. Rowland (capt.), L. Greenslade, R. Abbey, L. Salter, G. Pike and G. Bale.

Brentford: D. Jones (goal) ; J. Yates, Parker, C. Davis, R. Hart, Woodward; J. Blizzard, Francis, H. Brown,  J. Way and A. Hutchins.

Referee: G. G. Butler (Tiverton); linesmen A . Moyland (Taunton League) and A. Seward (Bampton).

Hemyock Football Team 1949 - Player position vs Brentford

Hemyock Football Team 1949 – Player position vs Brentford

Hemyock Football Team 1949 - Programme

Hemyock Football Team 1949 – Programme



  1. It is disapointing that the only image on the artical “Football – Hemyock vs Brentford 1949” that enlarges is the last image of the Programme, all others take you to a google map/image option. Surely this is a website fault?

    • Administrator says

      Obviously the images on this website cannot be simply enlarged and copied but send us a message and we can enlarge for you and print copies. Thanks Michael C.

      • clive baker says

        Please could you send me an enlarge copy of the report of the game between henyock v brentford. I have been trying to get a report of this game for many years, even going to the newspaper office in london. As the local brentford papers did not even note the match.thanks very much for your help and time.

        Clive Baker

        • Administrator says

          Hi Clive,

          I understand you are speaking with Mike about this.


          • clive baker says

            mike has sent on to me a copy of the report which i am very please with please thank him again for me thanks very much clive

  2. clive baker says

    just one small point could you please tell me the newspaper that the report came from. once again thanks for your help clive

  3. Josie McCallum says

    It was great to read this- Leslie Rowland (Hemyock captain) was my Grandfather who only passed away only earlier this year aged 97. I have an original copy of this team photograph shown above.

    • Hello Josie, thanks for sharing your memory of this historic football game and to hear that the Captain of Hemyock in 1949, Leslie Rowland, lived to the age of 97 and sadly passed away this year.

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