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Denis Pickles
Friday, June 13, 2008 10:21
Desmond Emmott - Sutton United FC
The latest crop of photographs from Pauline Ann Hartley stirred a few memories. On the picture of the 'Lag shop's' 1949 outing to Blackpool, immediately to the left of Walter Thompson, is Desmond Emmott - probably the best Centre Half ever to have played for Sutton United. I think he captained the side. Yes, he headed a heavy leather ball and his immaculate hair style remained intact! Sutton United had a very good side in the immediate post war years. Does anyone remember who else played? The only name that comes to mind is 'Spike' Ranyard, a master from Keighley Grammar School who, for a while played on the right wing.
David L
Saturday, June 14, 2008 07:12
Hi Dennis, Got your mail re Sheila B. reply on the way?
Re above, if I'm not mistaken he might have played in front of one of the best goalkeepers? Paul still has the photo of some other players I sent.
Saturday, June 14, 2008 09:13
Hi David. Found it! I've previously searched in vain for the photo you sent, I had another look yesterday after seeing the post from Denis. Trawled through again this morning after seeing your post and it turns out the file was called 1953 Coronation! It's now in the gallery, sorry about the delay. Anybody know the likely date?
Duncan McHenry
Saturday, June 14, 2008 21:02
I think George Walker would have played for Sutton United at the same time as Desmond Emmott.
Am I right in thinking that Desmond's brother was Cecil Emmott, who was on the professional stage as Joe King - "always joking !!" ?
If I remember rightly, Desmond Emmott was also a fine cricketer.
Perhaps my memory is playing tricks, it was a long time ago !!
Neil Palfreman
Sutton in Craven
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 10:09

Sutton United F.C. were one of the top local football teams in the early years
after the 2nd World War. They played on what is now part of South Craven's
School playing fields. They won many trophies including the Keighley Cup & the
Bradford Amateur League Premier Division & the West Riding County League. They
seemed to try to go too far too quickly & disbanded in the mid 1950's. Crosshills
played on the pitch for a few seasons before it was taken over by South Craven
Des Emmott was a very good wing half-back. They had several Goalkeepers ,
including George Wellock & Jack Bardgett The Full-backs were Eric Shaw & Jack
Fawcett, other half-backs included Syd Hannam , George Walker & Eddie Kirk
forwards included Jack Greenwood , Jack Hindle, George Howard & Alan Fisher,
we are talking 50 years ago, but maybe somebody can recall other players.
Cec Emmott ( Joe King ) was Des's dad ,he had two brothers Arthur who still
lives in Crosshills & Tommy who lived in Keighley.
Des was a very good cricketer , and played as a professional in the Bradford
League for Lidget Green & also at Saltaire. He was also considered good enough
to be selected as 12th man in 1939 for Yorkshire ,but the outbreak of war ended
his opportunity
He used to practice one night a week at Sutton ,and was very good with the
Juniors if you were prepared to listen to him. Not only was he a good sportsman
but a nice man with a very dry sense of humour, it must have been hereditary
Barbara Chapman
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 14:02
Just letting Allan read the latest and he tells me that in 1946 when he was stationed just outside Brighton in the Royal Engineers he went to the Brighton Theatre to a Variety Show in which Joe King was taking part and afterwards was allowed to go back stage to meet him, as he was a local from Sutton. Joe used to do a comical Drunken Scene against a Lamp Post. Joe was of course pleased to see Allen.
Adrian Emmott
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 06:53
Hi, Desmond Emmott was my granddad (1918-1996) and Cecil Emmott (Joe King) was his dad. I know he was a keen footballer and cricketer, but I'm a bit hazy on the details -- so thanks for the information!
Joan (Cowling)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:26
Joe King - my Dad talks of him - "Always Joking" comedian and entertainer on radio??
Thursday, January 15, 2009 22:13
hi adrian emmott.
Are you any relation to Roy Emmott?
Who lived in Crosshills in the early sixties. He worked at
C,H Fletcher Woodland Mills Steeton.
Leonard Green.

Adrian Emmott
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 20:23
Hi Leonard,

Roy Emmott is my dad and lives in Bradford. I mentioned his post to you and he asked me to pass on his regards.

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