George Kay and Albert Shelley at Cowes


April 9, 1933
Mr. J.R. Sargantson, a director of the Southampton F.C., presided at the “Football Sunday” meeting held by the Cowes and East Cowes Brotherhood yesterday

Footballers from several teams in the Island were amongst the 300 men present.

Albert Shelley, the well-known Southampton player, read the lesson, and Mr. George Kay, manager of the Southampton club, gave an interesting address on “Football in England and on the Continent.”

“To me,” said Mr. Kay, “football has been like a magic carpet. It has transported me – as it has hundreds of other players – to the parts of the world which I little expected to visit when I entered the game.”

Football challenged bowls as one of the royal and ancient games. To his mind it was the greatest of sports, for its effects went deep down into the lives of the south of the nation. To those who played it provided a sane, healthy and manly way of expending animal energy, and at the same time it developed the “Temple of God” – the body. It bred character, fostered courage and unselfishness, and put a stopper on false dignity.

Abroad, English, Scottish and Welsh footballers, like other British sportsmen, had set a standard of sportsmanship. “British Sport” was a password on the Continent.

Mr. Kay spoke of his visits, as captain of English teams, to Spain, Germany, Holland, Austria and other countries, and described incidents connected with the games in these countries. He said he was impressed by the Continental practice of providing goal judges, as well as linesmen and a referee. The habit of presenting bouquets to the visiting team, he said, caused many amusing incidents. On one occasion each man in the side had a bunch of roses and did not know what on earth to do with them. A bright idea came to one player, who handed his roses to a lady spectators. The others followed suit.
(Source: Portsmouth Evening News: April 10, 1933)

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