From the Advertiser archives - April 3 edition

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April 4, 1914

A most interesting and instructive lecture enlivened with a number of amusing anecdotes was delivered by MP Mr JL Baird at the Co-operative Hall. He gave an account of his recent trip from Constantinople to St Petersburg, through Asia Minor, Mesopotamia and Persia. On one occasion a motor-car with a hood was placed at his disposal. Enquiring of the driver why it was needed, he was told it was to keep the people in as he had lost quite a number of passengers overboard through the bumping on the bad roads.

April 3, 1964

Oakfield erupted at 9pm on Monday when more than 2,000 spectators cheered skipped Jimmy Knox’s equalising goal, which rounded off a thrilling testimonial match. The game between Rugby Town and an All Stars XI was full of incident from the first whistle and served up some class football. It ended 3-3. It was champagne in the dressing room for both teams afterwards Knox presented an initialled wallet to former manager Eric Houghton as a token of the appreciation of the team and trainer Bob Ward.

March 30, 1989

End of season football campaigns don’t come much harder than that facing VS Rugby. The Beazer Premier leaders go into a 12-league game and one cup final finish to their season on Saturday. A very tall order indeed - a game almost every three days for the next 36. On Monday VS sent their present unbeaten run to 20 games and in addition Jimmy Knox’s side has been beaten only once in the league since October 15 - nearly six months! Knox prefers to be cautious about VS bringing GM Vauxhall Conference football to Butlin Road next season and who can blame him?