The year is 1931 – one of Wycombe Wanderers’ greatest as they lift the FA Amateur Cup for the first and only time by beating Hayes at Highbury. Alf Britnell wrote himself into the record books with the late winner. At the other end of the pitch, Jim Kipping was between the posts adding to his reputation which included 289 appearances in a decade of service.
And that was the very year that another future Blues goalkeeper was born. This Saturday we send 90th birthday wishes to Ken Brown. Unlike Jim, he didn’t get to make a Cup Final appearance, being understudy to Dennis Syrett during the 1957 Wembley run in the days before substitutes. But he was good enough to regularly challenge Sid Cann’s regular No 1 and made 104 senior appearances between 1956-62.
A hugely popular figure at Loakes Park along with late wife Maggie, Ken also spent three years at Maidenhead and was assistant manager at Slough Town after starting his career with Slough Centre.
Image: Ken training, in action & more recently recounting stories of past glories. Plus, alongside teammates who were crowned Isthmian League Reserve champions in 1955-56. Back (l-r): Roly Kipping, Ken Brown, George Dawes. Second row: Bill Hayter (Sec), Jack Hathaway (Trainer), Dave Worley, Ron Stagg, Ken Crook, Arthur Burgess, George Jackson (Res Sec), Sid Cann (Coach). Ft: Dave Twitchen, Ray Howson, Ray Butler, Norman West, Derrick Draffan, Terry Lambert, Dennis Way. Sadly, most of these players and staff are no longer with us. Happily, Ray Howson is – having celebrated his 82nd birthday a couple of weeks ago.