JTC Jersey Wanderers not only greeted Rozel Rovers to JTC Park on Saturday 7 October 2017 (resulting in a 6-1 win to us) but the Club also warmly welcomed Bob Wells and his wife Gill who had travelled from the UK to make a sentimental trip to the Island to commemorate the day when, 50 years ago, Bob signed up to play for Jersey Wanderers.
Hosted on match day by Honorary Life President Gary Dauvin, Bob was delighted to share the fact that, in his first season at Wanderers, he was part of the team that won the old Marquis League together with the Upton Trophy after a replay (3.0 v St Martins Guernsey) in 1967/1968. He also proudly showed photos and the two match programmes from the 67/68 season and told Gary that it was all down to Mo Vowden that he signed for Jersey Wanderers in the first place. Bob has originally come to Jersey to work for British United Airways replenishing the up drink trollies between flights and apparently, was scouted after Mo saw him play in the Caearean League which ran on Thursday afternoons.
Bob went onto to enjoy playing for Wanderers for another season before leaving his airport job and ultimately Jersey itself.
Fondly remembering his own old Club, Bob found us again through our website in 2012 and continues to be an avid follower of the fortunes of all teams at JTC Jersey Wanderers. Indeed the following year, in 2013 he and Gill visited us at JTC Park and took home one of our red and white striped shirts as a memento! And returning this weekend, Bob very kindly donated £250 to us in appreciation of the good times he had at Jersey Wanderers in the sixties and cited that the phrase we have a above our bar which reads: ‘Our Club. Our Community’ as something close to his heart.
And what’s more, left us with the interesting fact that the Upton Park Trophy is not named after West Ham United as most people think but was donated to the Guernsey F.A. by Upton Park F.C. to mark their tenth consecutive annual visit to the island, which they made in 1906. So now we know!
We are most grateful to them both for their generous donation which we will be looking to put good use in the not too distant future and we very much look forward to seeing Bob and Gill again.