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You may wonder from the title why this image is here - read on!
Howard Webb sent this (unused) postcard image:
I reckon that this is a little later than that. More women spectators than I'd imagine for a football match though. The mens' hats are interesting, more homburgs and almost trilby-like hats and fewer boaters so I guess this postcard to be 1915-1925 but that is a wild guess."
Please get in touch if you recognise anyone, or know the location, or can suggest a date. Howard also sent a high resolution scan from which the second image is taken.
In April 2021 Charlton Athletic Museum sent the following:
"We have a very similar image with "Aberdare No.8" on it and some of the same people in the shot."
"Local photographers would take a series of such photos at games (hence the numbering) and then offer them for sale to fans in an era when very few would have access to a camera but could afford a postcard."
"Geo A Levar took many photographs of the Charlton Athletic team in that era and we have other postcards from this firm in Thornton Heath in our collection."
"You can see a list of the relevant games between the two sides on the link below but it doesn't help us beyond that."
"In 1923 there was a major incident at a FA Cup game at the Valley when the fencing seen in the photo collapsed and many were injured. Some time after that the same railings were sunk into a low concrete wall so with the fashion I believe it is 1921 or 1922 but I doubt we will ever know for sure."
This postcard is staying as the explanation from Charlton Athletic Museum is helpful; and there must be some postcards of BFC fans too - somewhere?
Published December 2012; updated April 2021