Footballers on former ‘soldiers’ field

Kevin Bonsall's photograph, which could be the Crown Social Club team in 1951-2.
Kevin Bonsall's photograph, which could be the Crown Social Club team in 1951-2.

Ilkeston resident Kevin Bonsall supplied us with this picture from 60 years ago.

Kevin’s dad George Bonsall is the goalkeeper in the centre of the photograph taken on a field that was known as ‘soldiers’ in Hallam Fields in about 1951 or 1952.

Kevin said it is now where Beauvale Furnishings factory has since been built.

Kevin could also recognise Dennis Crannage, second from the right on the back row, and Eric Rowland, steward. He said the team could have been the Crown Social Club squad, based in Nottingham Road.