The Box Hill Squad Numbers.
|16 to 19 were never used.|
|22||Also Les Bailey!|
Chris Hooper got 1 for obvious reasons,
and even went as far as to have a No 1 sewn on both the jerseys (one yellow and one black)
he had acquired.
Les Bailey originally chose 22,
but claimed his Mum found that a bit too difficult to sew on -
a claim she vehemently denies!
Luckily, no-one else had asked for number 2, so that was allocated to him.
The number 22 was never claimed by anyone else.
Andy Wiffen plumped for number 5 when he took the field as an outfield player,
but the green jersey he wore on his increasingly frequent games in goals
was, I think, numberless.
Andy Porter later inherited the number 5.
Tony Hodgkinson was given number 8,
although he was to play little part once the league season started,
and the shirt passed, somewhat incongruously,
to new right-back Willy Weaver.
Rob Davies initially had the number 11 shirt,
although Pete Steel also wore it from time to time,
and, in the club's latter days,
Les Appleby made it his own.
Well, he didn't pay for it or anything, but you know what I mean.
The numbers 16 to 19 were bypassed.
The 16 was earmarked for Geoff Hall, but he never actually signed for us,
so there wasn't much point getting him a shirt.
Hector MacKay, who had at first told us he'd be available on a fairly regular basis
as alternative goalkeeper,
appears on a list I have (for distribution of league handbooks) as number 17,
though it seems unlikely he had any intention of buying himself a shirt.
The number 18 remains a total mystery (Dave Cochrane, perhaps?),
but I do recall that 19 was meant for Pete Steel,
who always just nicked Rob Davies's shirt when he played.
The white shirts which constituted what we might generously call Box Hill's change kit were of course numberless (the numbers would have been worth more than the shirts!), though I've included the squad numbers in the team line-ups when we played in white for the sake of completeness. While tangerine was a pretty distinctive colour, it did mean that we were forced to change against teams wearing either red or yellow (although they did not invariably return the compliment - cheers, Dales), which resulted in rather more outings for the the white shirts than had been foreseen. Had the club survived into another year, maybe we'd have forked out for a proper second strip (or so I told Eric Sedgman), but in 1974 that was deemed one luxury too many.
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