Mick Cooper is a Club volunteer and former Knebworth player, and was a long-standing committee member of the Herts Senior County League.
In nearly seventy years of playing, administrating and watching football I have many happy memories to look back on. My earliest memory takes me back to 1953, as a seven year old. That was the time when Knebworth Primary School decided to provide football training as part of our games lesson. On a Wednesday afternoon we would queue up at the school gates, waiting to be taken up to Knebworth Rec. to play football on what is now A2 pitch. The only problem was that I, like many of the boys did not have a pair of football boots. Times were difficult after the Second World War and finances were strained. The boys that did have football boots were given a football kit and played a match under the jurisdiction of the teacher. Those of us who did not have boots were designated to play in what was known as “The Scraps”. This meant we chased a football around the rec., still dresse d in school uniform and under no control what so ever from the teacher. As there was only one teacher available he would choose to organise and control the boys with boots and a kit who were playing a match. This proved to be a regular occurrence, much to the dismay of my parents, as I would come home plastered in mud from head to toe, with my school uniform filthy.
At about this time we were given an old television with a nine inch screen and a large glass object, tinted pink, which was placed in front of the screen, this was a magnifying glass. On this I watched my first football match, a floodlit friendly between Wolverhampton Wanderers and a team from Argentina, who they comprehensively thrashed by five goals to one. Having watched this, with Wolves becoming the first English team I had seen play, I immediately became their number one supporter.
The First team have had a mixed start to their Herts Senior County League premier division campaign; beginning with home draws against Weston (sixth in the table) and Cuffley (currently third), before defeat at Chipperfield (now ninth). A morale boosting win at home to bottom-of-the-table Sun Sports moved them to 11th and will hopefully ignite their season.
You can view their fixtures and results here; pop down to a home game where the kettle is always on, and you can get a front row view of the action.
The Reserves began with away defeats to Stevenage Borough Community (fourth in Reserves Division One) and Wheathampstead (seventh) before drawing at Bengeo (fifth), and currently sit eighth in the table. Their fixtures and results are here.
Jian Earle on the ball against Sun Sports – image courtesy of Alan Sleator, Wonderful PR, http://www.wonderfulpr.com
The Seniors continue their preparation for the 2018/19 season with friendlies in July and August:
First team vs Caldecote 15:00 at Caldecote: The Playing Fields, Harvey Close, Upper Caldecote SG18 9BQ
First team vs Bedmond – 15:00 at Knebworth Rec
Reserves vs Sawbridgeworth at Sawbridgeworth
Reserves vs Wodson Park Res – 12:00 at Knebworth Rec
First team vs Buntingford Town – 14:00 at Knebworth Rec
First team league fixture TBC
Reserves vs Hatfield Town Res – KO TBC at Knebworth Rec
First team league fixture TBC
Reserves vs Sandy Res at Sandy