Graffiti, fishing and Mr Whippy – unseen photographs from football’s yesteryear

Graffiti, fishing and Mr Whippy – unseen photographs from football’s yesteryear

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Graffiti, fishing and Mr Whippy – unseen photographs from football’s yesteryear

Graffiti, fishing and Mr Whippy – unseen photographs from football’s yesteryear

As LP Hartley wrote: ‘The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’ These recently discovered images show that life away from the pitch for footballers in the top flight during the 1950s and 60s was a bit different

    Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brian Reeves enjoys a kickaround with local school children after a training session in 1961The series of rare footballing images were captured by Blackburn-based father and son photographers, Wally and Howard Talbot, who were active across the areas of Press, Sport and Commercial Photography from the 1930s-1990s.

    Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brian Reeves enjoys a kickaround with local school children after a training session in 1961.

    Bolton Wanderers footballer Roy Hartle pictured in a laboratory in 1964The collection of images were housed in Howard Talbot’s attic in Blackburn until earlier this year when they were discovered and bought by Popperfoto – it’s the first time in more than 40 years that these photographs have been seen.

    Bolton Wanderers footballer Roy Hartle pictured in a laboratory in 1964

    Blackburn Rovers’ John Byrom feeds the birds outside Blackburn Cathedral in August 1964.Howard joined his father’s business when he was 14 years old, and between them the duo were the only freelancers to cover all of East Lancashire. Saturdays were spent photographing weddings in the morning and racing across county to cover football in the afternoons. They used Howard’s bedroom as a dark room and the bathroom for developing the images which were then sent off by train to Manchester to the national newspapers.

    Blackburn Rovers’ John Byrom feeds the birds outside Blackburn Cathedral in August 1964.

    Blackburn Rovers’ Ally MacLeod retrieves a ball from the River Darwen during a training session in January 1959.Bob Thomas of Popperoto says “Wally and Howard Talbot had remarkably close connections to the football clubs in the north-west of England for over 50 years. Their access was unrivalled, enabling them to capture such personal moments, as well as the match action. Their ability as football photographers is exceptional.”

    Photograph: W & H Talbot Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images

    Blackburn Rovers’ Ally MacLeod retrieves a ball from the River Darwen during a training session in January 1959.

    Blackburn Rovers players gather for a group photograph inside the clubroom at Ewood Park in November 1959. Back row (left-right): Roy Isherwood, Harry Leyland, Dave Whelan, John Bray, Mike England, Andy McEvoy, Mick McGrath and Bob Jones. Front row: Matt Woods, Ally MacLeod, Derek Dougan and Fred Pickering

    Blackburn Rovers players gather for a group photograph inside the clubroom at Ewood Park in November 1959.

    Blackburn Rovers’ Keith Newton (left) and Dick Mulvaney practice their cross-country skiing technique in the snow following a postponed game at Ewood Park in February 1969.

    Blackburn Rovers’ Keith Newton (left) and Dick Mulvaney practice their cross-country skiing technique in the snow following a postponed game at Ewood Park in February 1969.

    Preston North End’s Tom Finney (centre) and members of his team link arms with the officials and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ before the Football League Division One match against Luton Town at Deepdale in April 1960 in Preston, England. This was Finney’s last match for Preston North End.

    Preston North End’s Tom Finney (centre) and members of his team link arms with the officials and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ before the Football League Division One match against Luton Town at Deepdale in April 1960 in Preston, England. This was Finney’s last match for Preston North End.

    The rather aptly named Tom Finney (left) catches a fish whilst fishing from the pier in the Ribble Estuary near Lytham St Annes, in January 1960.

    The rather aptly named Tom Finney (left) catches a fish whilst fishing from the pier in the Ribble Estuary near Lytham St Annes, in January 1960.

    Accrington Stanley players, including George Hudson (far left), take a break during a training session in the snow at Peel Park in Accrington in January 1961.

    Accrington Stanley players, including is George Hudson (far left), take a break during a training session in the snow at Peel Park in Accrington in January 1961.

    Ronnie Clayton of Blackburn Rovers (left) and his wife, Valerie, are surrounded by young autograph hunters outside Ewood Park in in September 1959.

    Ronnie Clayton of Blackburn Rovers (left) and his wife, Valerie, are surrounded by young autograph hunters outside Ewood Park in in September 1959.

    Mr ‘Play up Arsenal’ poses with Blackburn Rovers supporters before the Football League Division One match at Ewood Park in October 1958.

    Photograph: W & H Talbot Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images

    Mr ‘Play up Arsenal’ poses with Blackburn Rovers supporters before the Football League Division One match at Ewood Park in October 1958,

    Preston North End goalkeeper Alan Kelly cutting the hair of teammate Howard Kendall in Preston, England, during March 1966.

    Preston North End goalkeeper Alan Kelly cutting the hair of team mate Howard Kendall in Preston, England, during March 1966.

    Alex Elder of Burnley signs an autograph for a fellow patient whilst he’s staying at Burnley General Hospital with a broken leg during August 1963.

    Alex Elder of Burnley signs an autograph for a fellow patient whilst he’s staying at Burnley General Hospital with a broken leg during August 1963.

    Former Stoke City and England footballer Neil Franklin serving regulars from behind the bar at a Thwaites Pub in Stoke-on-Trent circa February 1969.

    Former Stoke City and England footballer Neil Franklin serving regulars from behind the bar at a Thwaites Pub in Stoke-on-Trent circa February 1969.

    Blackburn Rovers players Billy Wilson (left), Keith Newton (centre) and Ronnie Clayton ‘in the trenches’ as they prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park in March 1966.

    Blackburn Rovers players Billy Wilson (left), Keith Newton (centre) and Ronnie Clayton ‘in the trenches’ as they prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park in March 1966.

    Everton and England’s Alan Ball has a cup of tea outside his childhood home with his mother, Violet and her dog less than a year after England’s World Cup triumph.

    Everton and England’s Alan Ball has a cup of tea outside his childhood home with his mother, Violet and her dog less than a year after England’s World Cup triumph.

    Blackburn Rovers’ Bryan Douglas helps to teach school children to swim at a local swimming baths in Blackburn during March 1958.

    Blackburn Rovers’ Bryan Douglas helping teach school children to swim at a local swimming baths in Blackburn during March 1958.

    Less than two years later and Bryan Douglas (centre left) is showing off his FA Cup final suit and hat at Ewood Park, alongside Ally MacLeod (left), Dave Whelan (centre right) and Harry Leyland.

    Less than two years later and Bryan Douglas (centre left) is showing off his FA Cup Final suit and hat at Ewood Park, alongside Ally MacLeod (left), Dave Whelan (centre right) and Harry Leyland.

    Blackburn Rovers footballer Fred Pickering doing the housework watched by wife, Margaret, in November 1963.

    Blackburn Rovers footballer Fred Pickering doing the housework watched by wife, Margaret, in November 1963.

    Pickering was sold to Everton in March 1964 for £85,000, then a record for a transfer between British clubs, but just a couple of months later he and his wife Margaret were having to remove graffiti from outside their Ormskirk home after it was targeted by Liverpool fans, who were no doubt still celebrating after the club’s title win, their first under Bill Shankley.

    Pickering was sold to Everton in March 1964 for £85,000, then a record for a transfer between British clubs.

    Footballers Tony Hateley of Liverpool (right) with Mike England of Tottenham Hotspur at the beach with their children while on holiday in Mallorca, Spain during June 1968.

    Footballers Tony Hateley of Liverpool (right) with Mike England of Tottenham Hotspur at the beach with their children while on holiday in Mallorca, Spain during June 1968.

    Burnley footballer Ralph Coates signs autographs for young supporters outside the church, alongside his wife Veronica, on their wedding day in January 1968.

    Burnley footballer Ralph Coates signs autographs for young supporters outside the church, alongside his wife Veronica, on their wedding day in January 1968.

    Preston North End’s Dave Wilson (left) with girlfriend Ely Graham, celebrating his 21st birthday 10 days early, at a party in Preston’s Five Barred Gate Hotel on 14 December, 1963.

    Preston North End’s Dave Wilson (left) with girlfriend Ely Graham, celebrating his 21st birthday ten days early, at a party in Preston’s Five Barred Gate Hotel on December 14, 1963.

    Everton and England footballer Alan Ball outside his new business venture, the Hillcrest Service Station near Preston, circa April 1967.

    Everton and England footballer Alan Ball outside his new business venture, the Hillcrest Service Station near Preston, circa April 1967.

    Preparing for the 1962 FA Cup Final, the Burnley players enjoy ice creams from the Mr Whippy van outside Turf Moor. Left-right: Jimmy Adamson, Alex Elder (hidden), Ian Towers, Jimmy McIlroy, Ray Pointer, Gordon Harris, Tommy Cummings, Brian Miller and Adam Blacklaw.

    Preparing for the 1962 FA Cup Final, the Burnley players enjoy ice creams from the Mr Whippy van outside Turf Moor. Left-right: Jimmy Adamson, Alex Elder (hidden), Ian Towers, Jimmy McIlroy, Ray Pointer, Gordon Harris, Tommy Cummings, Brian Miller and Adam Blacklaw.

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