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An undated booklet, about 1948
Poppies Supporter's Club - Who's Who?

This cartoon of Gordon Inwood was done by George Boston and comes from a Poppies Supporter's Club booklet. A potted history of each team member is within and tells us:-
GORDON INWOOD (outside left)

One of the Poppies’ most promising youngsters, Gordon Inwood, started football with Rushden A.T.C. and Rushden Juniors as an inside left.

Son of Bert Inwood, pre-war Rushden Town full-back and present trainer, he joined his father’s club at the end of the war, and during season 1945-46 had two trials for Notts. County. He was transferred to the Poppies at the start of the 1946-47 season as an outside-left.

Non-smoker and teetotaller, he is a plumber by trade, and plays cricket for Rushden Town and Messrs. Marriotts’ works team. He is also a keen snooker player and boxing enthusiast.

Northampton Mercury & Herald, 25th June 1954

She Has To Clean 31 Silver Cups Every Week

GordonOne disadvantage of having star soccer players in the family is that it means plenty of hard work for the housewife.

"I have to clean 31 cups every week," admitted Mrs. Bert Inwood. The cups have all been won by her husband and their 26-years-old son Gordon.

When newcomers call at their Westfield-avenue home, the dazzling array of cups is always the centre of attraction.

Once, Neil Franklin, former England centre-half, went home with Gordon. He said: "My goodness, what a fine collection!"

Mr. Bert Inwood, well-known in Rushden for his work for the town's soccer club, began his playing career with Wolverton.

From centre-half to full-back

He signed as a professional at 18. After staying with Wolverton about six years (as a centre-half) he moved to Rushden, playing as a full-back for 10 years.

When his playing career ended, he became team trainer—a post he held until last season. Recently, Mr. Inwood's attention has been focused on his son's career.

Gordon started by playing for Rushden Adult School. Later he gained a place in the Rushden team.

At 17, he turned professional and moved to Kettering. Later, he joined the West Bromwich Albion staff—then Hull City. At present, Gordon is back with Kettering.

Soon he hopes to bring home a few more cups—just to keep mother busy.

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