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Bexley archives looks into the borough's football history

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:00 15 October 2013

The pitch at Bexley United in 1963 during one of the worst winters ever recorded. Courtsey of Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre

The pitch at Bexley United in 1963 during one of the worst winters ever recorded. Courtsey of Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre

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We've been doing some photo research to see what life was like in Bexley just 50 years ago.

Among the great pictures we found were these two – they were taken at what is now Welling United’s ground in Park View Road, and what a difference there is.

They also made us think about some of present-day football’s more controversial decisions.

The first one shows the condition of the pitch during the winter of 1963, one of the worst winters ever recorded – it’s best described as “heavy underfoot” – and it’s quite a thought-provoking image, bearing in mind FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in the scorching heat of Qatar.

The second picture features a match between Bexley United FC and Cambridge, but obviously without the benefit of goal-line technology.

The year 1963 was an important one for Bexley football – the local club changed its name from Bexleyheath and Welling to Bexley United.

Meanwhile, Welling United FC were founded, originally playing on local park pitches.

Within a few years, though, the roles were reversed and Welling United moved to Park View Road. The pitches and stands improved as well.

Bexley’s Local Studies and Archives Centre has lots more footballing photos from this era – for further details, email archives@bexley.gov.uk.

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