Win two incredible books on Woolverstone United's rich history

By Derek Davis

3rd Dec 2023 | Local History

Win a pair of these fascinating books
Win a pair of these fascinating books

Shotley peninsula Nub News is offering a pair of Tony Gould's republished books by Keith Wood on the rich history of Woolverstone United.

Two, Two, The Lily-white Boys and The Halcyon Years 1921 - 1971, tells more than just the story of a village football team but of a historic commentary on life on the peninsula from the 1920s.

Originally compiled and put together by Woolverstone legend Keith Wood, who was not only an excellent player for the club but also went on to manage them and fill so many other roles - its all in the book.

Lovingly republished and tweaked by Tony Gould, a well -known character of Woolverstone, along with wife Jane, before they made the long journey to live in Stutton after selling their B&B, both books are fascinating reads.

Even the Woolverstone United's ground's is steeped in history with former player, secretary, and manager David Hazelwood the eponymous club legend it is now named after.

It won't just be fans of the Lilywhites, or Woolves, that will be become engaged in this nostalgic look back over the past 100 years or so.

The names alone, with provoke memories and not just for former players but the extended families, so familiar around the Shotley peninsula.

Yes, it goes back generations, but there are also well-known contemporary names that have played together in the distant past, but remain form friends today.

This includes teammates Mark Thurlow and Jamie Barlow, the dynamic duo at the Shotley Rose with Sarah and her merry crew.

There are hundreds more known monikers, many with brief profiles so it is fascinating at so many levels.

It was fitting that under the Catchpoles, Craig chairman, and Clive as manger, that Woolverstone won promotion to SIL Division One in their centenary season.

They are currently doing well in the league, but are pressing superbly in the Suffolk FA Junior Cup, and scoring goals for fun.

Watching them play, at arguably the prettiest non-league ground in the county, Hazelwoods, has been fun again this season.

To win a copy of these pair of books simply name the original author. Send you answer to the Shotley peninsula Nub News editor: [email protected]

If you don't win then order your copy (copies) available for purchase in aid of Woolverstone United funds. They can be purchased separately or as a pair from website Individual books are £11 each or £20 a pair plus £5 postage (or local pickup, COD, can be arranged).


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