Hemyock Football Club in 1934

Mr Frank Mellhuish took an active part in many activities in Hemyock. In addition to his position as chairman of the football club as shown in the photo, he was also a member of the bowls club and captain in 1928 when he presented a two-guinea Silver Challenge cup and another cup in 1941 as reported in “The Book of Hemyock”. He became president of the bowls club in 1943. This would have been shortly before his death in October of that year when I remember being a choirboy and following the coffin from the church to the cemetery. He was also responsible for supporting the school with a Good Fellowship prize awarded to the boy and girl voted as being the most popular amongst the pupils. The prize was one guinea. He also paid for a class from the school to visit the cinema in Taunton on more than one occasion. In 1935 he and his wife were living in High Street at Fircroft.

Hemyock A.F.C. – through the ages

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Hemyock A.F.C. 1983/84

1983/84 season. Hemyock Football Club after winning the Seward Cup in Taunton.

L to R Back row -. R. Alford and A. Fuller (Committee), B. Churchill, T. Slater, M. Bailey, R. Hallaran, N. Cridge, T. Bull, T Humphreys (Sec.)

Front Row- D. Jenkins (Committee) S. Knight, F. Greenhalgh, P. Mathews, A. Moon, G. Sparks, A. Brinsford, G. Salter.

Hemyock Football Club, 1948

Hemyock Football Team

Hemyock Football Team

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Upottery Primary School

About 125 years ago, Lord Sidmouth built Upottery School, providing free education for the village children. The distinctive building, with its single high-vaulted schoolroom and the adjacent Victorian schoolhouse, is very much a feature of the village landscape still.

Early Picture of Upottery School

Early Picture of Upottery School

It was built in the centre of the village for the local community and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, in the heart of the Blackdown Hills. The listed original Victorian building has been improved and extended to meet the needs of a modern curriculum, but the school retains much of its close family atmosphere.

Picture of the Upottery Primary School Class of 1928

Class of 1928

The football boots in 1933 look more like a challenge than an advantage and more than one of the boys in the picture looks like they are fully armed with a catapult in their back pocket! In 2011, they would be well in to their 80’s – time to own up lads!

Picture of the 1933 Upottery School Football Team

The 1933 Upottery School Football Squad

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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