In the past Tony has requested information from readers who knew or thought they knew that their relatives played for Woolwich Arsenal.
As we are nearing the drafting section of the book, this is a similar request but concerning anyone whose relative was a director or who has been told their ancestor was a shareholder. We have the full list of the 1893 shareholders so can easily check to see who was a shareholder. We have noted that amongst the original 923 shareholders was Charlie Buchan’s dad, as well as the great-great grandfather of one of the authors wives, who was a librarian at the Royal Arsenal.
In particular, but not exclusively, we are looking for any family or other information on the following directors who all served the club at Plumstead:
William Craib (included as he was also the landlord of the “Who’d a thought it”, which was my local when living near Plumstead Common)
Dr John Clarke
There are a few other publicans of interest
Thomas Loader (landlord of the Royal Oak)
John Bailey and his son Walter Bailey (Landlord of the Lord Derby)
George Pike Weaver (owner of the Green Man in Plumstead High Street and the Invicta Ground)
We are also looking for family information about committee men from the Royal Ordnance Factories
Henry Stewart (sometimes Steward)