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This page records mentions of this website and work I have done.  I have included this page mainly to prove to my parents that I am doing something in retirement other than watch football and drink real ale.

Roger Wash, the Club Historian, kindly mentioned the website in the Burton Albion programme of 11th April 2015.

LTFC programme 11th April 2015

The second is an article I was asked to write for the Luton Town programme.

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One of the breakthoughs in my research was contacting Peterhouse, Cambridge University about the records of J.C. and E. H. Lomax.  A wonderful man named Philip Pattenden, a Lutonian, provided me with photos (and other useful information) which helped me identify the brothers in the 1889 team photo and inspired me.  In exchange for his help, I agreed to write an article on the brothers’ lives for the Peterhouse year book.  This was published in 2016.


I helped Paul Brown in a small way on his article on the penalty kick in “When Saturday Comes” issue 363.


1885 Walking Tour:

25th February 2017 – “The tour was excellent Brian – thank you for putting it together and doing it.”
“Really enjoyed your historical walk around the back st. Really loved the way you managed to intwine Luton town with the hat trade & the work house.”
“Very much enjoyed the tour; Good work Sir.  I found all of the content interesting, especially in the context of the town at the time – which was very different from what it is now…”

About £25 raised from donations for the National Osteoporosis Society – I ask people to donate what they think an appropriate sum for the tour so I have no accurate figure.

28th October 2017 – “Yes I did enjoy it. Some of what you told us I did have some knowledge of. Some of it through your website, some I knew anyway. But I did learn some things that I did not know about. So for me all in all it was well worth me coming. It certainly was not dull, and I should think the “uneducated” would get even more out of it than I did.”

“I honestly enjoyed it and learned stuff I didn’t,t know which is always a bonus.I liked the way the timeline and  route fitted together well.”

Talk to the U3A on the 11th October 2017:
“We have had a number of our members tell us today how much they enjoyed your talk yesterday.  You made them laugh, which does not always happen.”

My £50 fee for the talk donated to the National Osteoporosis Society.

Talk to the Markyate Historical Society 5th April 2018

My £50 fee and a collection of £57  donated to the National Osteoporosis Society.


I was chuffed about this haiku which appeared after an 1885 walking tour.


I have been in regular contact with David Moor of and there are a few mentions on his site.

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The following caption refers to the kits above.

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The second follows;

Historical kits 1

And thirdly;

Historical kits 2


Another favourite website of mine also gave the site a mention – also know as “Before the “D”…Association football around the world 1863-1937.”



During the course of my research I have come across information about other clubs as the following clips from the Historical Kits site show;

Historical Kits 26th May 2016

Historical kits 20:5:2016

Historical kits 20:2:2016

Historical kits



Straw to Gold exhibition in Dresden

I helped with this exhibition and loaned items in the Summer of 2017.  It was a hugely popular exhibition with the Straw Plaiters strongly represented.

I helped out Martyn Routledge with his book, “The Beautiful Badge.”  

A closer view here

More from The Historical Kits website below  – December 2019