Recently moving to Brundall has reminded me of my early recollections of the football club when I witnessed a platoon of Italian prisoners of war marching from Postwick Lane to play a game on our "hallowed turf', all seemingly in good spirits as they were no longer part of Mussolini's campaign! In those days, the pitch was placed north/south rather than as present, to preserve the square used by the cricket club ,and the Edrich family on special occasions. The current children's play area was occupied by a thriving bowls club and the 10' by 8'concrete base of the then football changing facilities is still visible through the gravel car park-no hot water laid on! The "birth' of the original club is unclear, but dates back to well before world war two -in fact my then next door neighbour in Church Road, Verdun Willgress played right back before and after hostilities. In the 50's, the club met regularly at the Globe PH in the street, and next door Tony Rope undertook his daily milk round-Tony was a fleet footed right winger still remembered by a few of today's spectators. The club was withdrawn from the league in the late 50's for irregularities, but was given the kiss of life in "59/60 as a reformed Brundall FC who shortly moved back to the recreation ground as their home.
The past fifty years has seen enormous development of the club both on and off the field. The club facilities are the envy of many organisations and derive from a lot of hard work put in behind the scenes on a consistent basis. It is very much a family club, well populated on match days with wide topics of conversation-from the "soaps' to breast-feeding! Some fellas even talk about football! Events are held regularly throughout the season, and the end of season presentation evenings are always very well attended. On the field, the club has an enviable success record, perhaps the highlight being achieved last season with the treble-the Sterry Cup [for the sixth time!], the Mummery Cup and the Don Frost Cup. The Reserves and A teams both had memorable seasons to be proud of. All this has been achieved as an "amateur' club which has resisted any suggestions that they should pay players for playing, adopted by some of its competitors. The club is full of personalities, with lots of banter and leg-pulling; if you have a "thin skin' you might find it more comfortable at another club, but the very ethos is that of a welcoming club where the trials and tribulations of life can be set aside for at least two hours on a Saturday afternoon. The club is inspired by their support-we have regular friends travelling both home and away from Aylsham, Mulbarton, Norwich and other parts of Norfolk, and by many returning ex Beavers who have enjoyed playing for the club in past years.
What of the future? The development in recent seasons of the Reserve and A teams' pool of players is very encouraging. Jonny's efforts in particular to engage the interest of youngsters to join the club has borne fruit, a difficult role which he enjoys, sometimes with mixed feelings when they are whisked away to play in the Reserves or first teams. I wonder how he manages his mobile bill? Finally, a note to applaud David's efforts in the emergence and development of the club web-site which attracts a lot of interest [but could do with more subscribers!] and in particular Steve's photographic additions which add colour and interest-and goal-line technology!