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1935 (19 Jan) Bryan Pringle (1935 – 2002), English character actor who appeared for several decades in television, film and theatre productions, born in Glascote, Tamworth, Staffordshire.                                                               He was brought up in the Lancashire town of Bolton.                                       Died 15 May 2002.


1935 (26 Feb) Walter Hall, politician, born in Wesley Street, Westhoughton

Formed half of the double act with entertainer and actor Jim Dale while doing his National Service in the RAF.


1935 (4 Mar) Christopher Edward "Chris" Goudge, born in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Great Britain.                                                                         Died 7 Nov 2010 in Devon, Great Britain.                                                   Affiliations: Bolton Harriers, Bolton (GBR)


1935 (27 Apr) The 1935 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion at Wembley. Sheffield Wednesday won 4–2, with goals scored by Jack Palethorpe, Mark Hooper and Ellis Rimmer (2). Wally Boyes and Teddy Sandford scored West Brom's goals. It is the most recent time that the trophy has been won by Sheffield Wednesday, and would be their last major trophy win for 56 years, until they won the Football League Cup in 1991. Referee: Bert Fogg (Bolton)


1935 (18 May) Joseph William Foster, the co-founder (with his brother Jeff) of Reebok, born.


1935 (21 Sep) James Christopher "Jimmy" Armfield, CBE, DL, English former professional football player and manager, born in Denton, Lancashire                He currently works as a football pundit for BBC Radio Five Live. He played the whole of his Football League career at Blackpool, usually at right back. Between 1954 and 1971 he played 627 games in all competitions, scored six goals, and spent a decade as the club's captain. He also captained the England national team fifteen times


1935 (29 Oct) Edward Hopkinson, English football goalkeeper, born in Wheatley Hill, near Peterlee, County Durham.                                              During his club career he played for Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers where from 1952 to 1970 and holds the club record for appearances. He earned 14 caps for the England national football team from 1957 to 1959, and was England's reserve goalkeeper at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.                Died 25 Apr 2004.


1935 (Oct) Stan Hanson (1915-1987) signed professional forms for Bolton in October 1935.


1935-36 Bolton Wanderers finished in 13th place in the First Division.


1935-1936 In 1935 and 1936 Fred Perry (born 1909) returned to Bolton to play exhibition matches at Markland Hill and also to support his friend, G T Howcroft, the local sports outfitters and former cup final referee, who had started the Charity Tournament in 1935 at Bolton School.                                         He made four such visits and returned with Dan Maskell after the war when the tournament resumed in 1948.


1936 (19 Jan) Raymond Alan (Ray) Parry, English footballer, born in Derby

Died 23 May 2003

His brothers Jack and Cyril played for Derby and Notts County


1936 (29 Jan) Patrick Joseph Caulfield, painter, was born at 17 All Saints Road, Acton, London, the son of Patrick Caulfield, plate layer, and his wife, Annie, née Gill. During the Second World War the family lived in Bolton, Lancashire, where Caulfield's father worked for the De Havilland aircraft factory; in later years Caulfield took elocution lessons to lose the accent he had picked up there.         Died 2005


1936 (29 Mar) Four new trolleybuses, operated by SLT but owned by Bolton Corporation, go into service to replace the remaining Bolton Corporation trams on the Bolton to Leigh service between Bolton and Four Lane Ends (29 March).


1936 (27 Jun) Shirley Anne Field English actress who has performed on stage, film and television since 1955, born Shirley Broomfield, in Forest Gate, London.  At the age of six, Shirley was placed in the National Children's Home at Edgworth, near Bolton, and four years later was moved to another children's home in Blackburn, where she attended Blakey Moor School for Girls. She subsequently returned to Edgworth until she was 15, when she moved to a children's home hostel in London, training as a typist while still attending school.


1936 (25 Jul) James Brian Finch, British television scriptwriter and dramatist, born in Wigan, the son of a miner.


1936 (2-3 Aug) The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, were held at Olympiastadion on 2 and 3 August. The final was won by American Jesse Owens,


1936 (Oct) Donald "Don" Howe (1917 – 1978) made his league début against Liverpool in October 1936,


1936 (Dec) In December, 1936, Everton signed Tommy Lawton for a fee of £6,500.


1936 William James Ithell (born 1916) joined Bolton Wanderers in 1936 but did not actually play for the first-team.


1936 A right-back, Danny Winter (born 1918) joined Bolton Wanderers in 1936. Over the next three years he played in 37 games for the club.


1936 Yorkshire-born Walter Sidebottom signed for Bolton in 1936 after being spotted playing as a 17-year-old in the West Riding Cup Final. Arsenal had also been keen.


1936 The Cotton Industry (Reorganisation) Act 1936 was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom which introduced a compulsory levy on cotton machinery. The proceeds from this levy were used to scrap surplus spindles


1936 A major breach in the now defunct Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal occurred east of the Nob End locks, which was never repaired.


1936 Cotton Spinning Act

Which allowed the buying up and destruction of surplus looms


1936 Henry Warburton died

A skilled baker, he became involved in local affairs within the community and stood as a Liberal Candidate. He also became mayor of Bolton.


1936 Cyril Butler Holmes (Bolton Harriers) in the 100m at the Olympics


1936-1937 Bolton-born sprinter Cyril Butler Holmes was the AAA indoor champion at 70y in 1936-37.


1936–1956 Stan Hanson made 384 appearances for Bolton Wanderers.


1937 (1 Jan) Alexander (Alex) Finney played his last of his 530 games for Bolton Wanderers.

 After retiring from football, he worked for the Parks Department in Wallasey.


1937 (27 Mar) Easter Saturday


1937 (Mar) Easter Saturday – Lido Cinema, Bradshawgate, opened.


1937 (Mar) The Lido Cinema opened as an independent by John Buckley Theatres Ltd. on Easter Saturday in March 1937 with Jesse Matthews in “Evergreen”.


1937 (Mar) LIDO opened (building started 1936)


1937 (21 Aug) Saturday More than 2,600 packed the Odeon theatre on its first night – when the First Battalion of the Royal Scots struck up the opening music.

The audience was treated to the Gaumont British Sound News, a cartoon and three films, including the feature film, Dark Journey, with Conrad Veidt and Vivien Leigh.


1937 (21 Aug) The Odeon Bolton opened on Saturday 21 August 1937 with Conrad Veidt in “Dark Journey”. It was located on a fine corner site in the centre of Bolton, Lancashire, on the corner of Ashburner Street and Black Horse Street. It occupied the whole of the island site and was, at 2,534 (936 of which were in the balcony), the largest Odeon at the time.


1937 (21 Aug) The Odeon’s first night with the first Battalion of the Royal Scots band

1937 (Sep) Work was in progress, in Sep 1937, at the, then, new De Havilland Air Screw factory near Lostock.


1937 (4 Dec) Laurance Douglas Reed, British MP and political writer, born


1937 Bolton-born Cyril Butler Holmes had his best year, when he won the AAA 100y, both sprints at the World University Games and five times in six starts in individual races for Britain in various international matches. His only international loss that year was in the 100y against Germany when he finished second to Sweeney.


1937 Sir James Andrews (1877-1951) succeeded Sir Willeim Moore as lord chief justice of Northern Ireland, an office which he held until his death.


1937 De Havilland factory started


1937 The Derby Cinema was demolished (> 28 Feb 1938)


1937 When the De Havilland company opened its first factory on Bolton on Garside Street, off Spa Road, in 1937 there were only 50 employees on site.


1937 A de Havilland propeller factory in Horwich was reputedly the largest aircraft propeller plant in Europe when it opened in 1937.


1937 In 1937 Cyril Holmes (1915-1996) won the AAA 100y in 9.9 seconds


1937-38 Bolton Wanderers finished 7th in the First Division.

Ray Westwood was top scorer with 23 goals in 33 league games. This included hat tricks against Chelsea (5-5) and Grimsby Town (3-1)


1937-1938 Humphrey Spender took 900 pictures of Bolton at the request of Thomas Harrison, one of the founders of the Mass Observation project


1937-1940 Humphrey Spender became a member of the Mass Observation movement, taking pictures of daily life in working class communities. His most famous photographs are of the 'Worktown Study'. (Worktown was the Mass Observationist's codename for Bolton). Taken in a period between 1937 and 1940, his photographs cover the full range of Mass-Observation’s interests - politics and elections; religion; street scenes; industrial landscapes; the public house; market scenes; new buildings and developments; observers in action; sport and leisure time; work in the textile mills; on holiday in Blackpool; street hoardings and advertisements. Spender was joined in this project by the artist, Graham Bell. Toward the end of his involvement with Mass Observation, Spender also took on work as a photographer for the recently established, highly successful photographically illustrated magazine Picture Post.


1938 (5-12 Feb)The 1938 British Empire Games was the third British Empire Games, the Commonwealth Games being the modern-day equivalent. Held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from 5–12 February 1938, they were timed to coincide with Sydney's sesqui-centenary (150 years since the foundation of British settlement in Australia).


1938 (28 Feb) Tivoli opened on the site of the Derby



1938 (28 Feb) The Tivoli Cinema was built on the site of the Derby Cinema, opening 28th February 1938. (<1937)


1938 (Mar) In March 1938, once Arsenal’s Ted Drake returned to fitness, George Hunt moved on, sold to First Division Bolton Wanderers for a £4,000 fee.


1938 (Mar) George Hunt moved to Bolton Wanderers for £4,000 in March 1938.


1938 (28 Apr) Frederick “Fred” Dibnah, English steeplejack, engineer, and eccentric, born in Bolton.


1938 (14 May) Sir Thomas Evans Flitcroft (1861-1938) Mayor of Bolton: 1926-28 (Liberal), died: 28 Somerset Road, Bolton 14 May 1938


1938 (23 May) Graham Thorben “Johnny” Ball, presenter of Children’s television programmes, born in Bristol

His family moved to Bolton when he was 11 and he attended Bolton County Grammar School


1938 (27 Jun) Shirley Anne Field, British actress, born Shirley Broomfield

She and her brother were brought up in the Edgworth Children’s Home and Orphanage because their mother was unable to care for them,


1938 (20 Jul) Roger Hunt, MBE, English former footballer who played as a forward, born.


1938 (Jul) After scoring 38 goals in 180 games for Everton Albert Geldard was transferred to Bolton Wanderers for £4,500 in July 1938. Tommy Lawton was very upset by the decision to sell Geldard: "He was the fastest thing on two legs over ten yards. We had other wingers like Torry Gillick, Wally Boyes and Jimmy Caskie, but Albert had played for England only the season before, when he'd kept Stan Matthews out of the team. I thought we'd miss him."


1938 (25 Sep) Ronald "Ron" Hill MBE, English runner and clothing entrepreneur, born in Accrington, Lancashire, England

Set world records for fifteen miles and twenty-five kilometres in Bolton in Jul 1965


1938 (11 Dec) Charles George Wright, former professional footballer and manager, born


1938 Individual stalls constructed in the Market Hall to replace the open area and what were not much more than trestle tables.


1938 The visit of Queen Elizabeth (wife of King George VI, later Queen Mother)


1938 Carr’s Pasties: First shop opens.


1938 Bolton-born sprinter Cyril Butler Holmes was the double sprint champion at the British Empire Games in Sydney (100y and 220y) and he finished second in the 4×110 yards Relay (with the non-Olympians Ken Richardson, Sandy Duncan, and Lawrence Wallace).


1938 Smithills Hall sold to Bolton Corporation


1938 William Coldstream visited Bolton with Graham Bell at the suggestion of Tom Harrison who was conducting Mass Observation there.                             Bolton (No. 9) was painted from the roof of the Art Gallery


1938 Derby Electric Palace, Derby Road, closed



By 1938 there were 7674 gas lamps, 478 sodium vapour lamps, 19 mercury vapour lamps and 117 gas filled lamps within the borough


1938-1939 Bolton finished in 7th place in the 1938-39 season. George Hunt ended up as top scorer with 23 goals in 37 league games.


1938-1939 In the 1938–39 season Don Howe scored nine goals.


1938-1939 Bolton finished in 7th place in first division that season with Hunt, once more a centre forward, top scorer with 23 goals in 37 league games.


1938-1939 At Bolton, George Hunt returned to form and hit 23 goals in the 1938–39 season.


1938-1939 Stan Hanson (1915-1987) did not make the goalkeepers shirt his own until the 1938-39 season and then his career was interrupted by the Second World War, where he saw service in the Royal Artillery


1938–1946 George Hunt scored 24 goals in 45 appearances for Bolton Wanderers 


1939 (6 Jan) Albert Ward (1865 – 1939), English first-class cricketer, died in Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire, England.                                                          He owned a sports outfitters shop in Bolton at one time


1939 (15 Mar) Adolf Hitler ordered the German Army to invade Czechoslovakia


1939 (8 Apr) Bolton Wanderers played a home game against Sunderland

Before the game started, Harry Goslin, the team captain, spoke to the crowd: “We are facing a national emergency. But this danger can be met, if everybody keeps a cool head, and knows what to do. This is something that you can’t leave to the other fellow, everybody has a share to do”  


Bolton Artillery - 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment football team - The Wartime Wanderers
Standing: Danny Winter, Harry Goslin, Stan Hanson, George Catterall, (Lt Col G Bennet), Jimmy Ithell, Jack Hurst, (Capt J J Clavell QM)
Front row: Albert Geldard, Donny Howe, Ray Westwood, Jack Roberts, Tommy Sinclair


Of the 35 players on the staff of Bolton Wanderers, 32 joined the armed services and the other three went into the coal mines and munitions. This included Harry Hubbick, who resumed his career down the pits and Jack Atkinson and George Hunt served in the local police force. A total of 17 players including Ray Westwood, Harry Goslin, Danny Winter, Billy Ithell, Albert Geldard, Tommy Sinclair, Don Howe, Ernie Forrest, Jackie Roberts, Jack Hurst and Stan Hanson joined the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment.


1939 (25 May) Sir Ian Murray McKellen, English actor, born

Received a Tony award and two Academy Award nominations

Attended Bolton School (Boys Division). His acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre.


1939 (25 May) Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH CBE, English actor, born in Burnley, Lancashire, England.                                                                      Relocated to Bolton in 1951, after his father had been promoted, McKellen attended Bolton School (Boys' Division), of which he is still a supporter, attending regularly to talk to pupils. McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which he is now the patron.                                                                   His first role in a Shakespearian play was at Bolton, as Malvolio in "Twelfth Night".                                                                                       McKellen and his first partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton, began their relationship in 1964. Their relationship lasted for eight years, ending in 1972.

1939 (Summer) Bolton Artillery marched along Bradshawgate to Trinity Street Station en route to training camp in summer 1939. They were led by Capt Noel Hall Wood who won the Military Cross at Tournai, Belgium in May 1940

1939 (Jul) Bolton Artillery officers at Trawsfynydd Camp July 1939

1939 (4 Sep) Nat Lofthouse joined Bolton Wanderers


1939 (7 Oct) Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto (Krotoschiner), English chemist, born

His parents had come to Britain in the 1930’s as refugees from the Nazis as his father was Jewish

He lived in Arkwright Street, Bolton

Raised in Bolton, and attended Bolton School where he was a contemporary of the actor Sir Ian McKellen.


1939 (4 Nov) Saturday, November 4 – 1939 Match: Lancashire Cup, First Round, at Burnden Park. Bolton Wanderers – Liverpool 1-3 (1-3). Attendance: 2,000. Referee: Mr. E.W. Baker


1939 (14 Dec) Constance Ann Cryer JP, a former British Labour Party politician, born Constance Place in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.                                     She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keighley from the 1997 general election up until she stood down at the 2010 general election.                         Attended the Bolton Institute of Technology.

1939 Little Lever library built.


1939 The Cotton Industry (Reorganisation) Act 1939 was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. It established the Cotton Board and was responsible for streamlining the industry by closing "surplus" factories.


1939 Extension to Town Hall and Civic Centre opened by Earl of Derby (though parts had been in use since 1937).


1939 Bolton-born sprinter Cyril Butler Holmes won the AAA 220y.


1939 In 1939 Cyril Holmes (1915-1996) won the AAA 220 yards in 21.9 seconds.


1939 In 1939 Charles Foweraker, the manager of Bolton Wanderers, signed the 14 year-old Nat Lofthouse as an amateur


The war against Germany is about to be declared. In front of a 23,000-strong crowd at Burnden Park, Bolton Wanderers captain, Harry Goslin, gives a rousing speech before leading the entire team to the Territorial Army Drill Hall where they all sign up. For the next six years, as gunners in the 53rd Field Regiment of the Bolton Artillery, they face some of the heaviest fighting in the Second World War, in France, North Africa and Italy, and also establish themselves as a formidable Regimental football team throughout the theatre of war. Of the full squad only one is killed in action - the remainder return home to their families and to their football careers.

At the outset of World War II, of the 35 players on the staff of Bolton Wanderers, 32 joined the armed services, a total of 17 players, including; Ernie Forrest, Albert Geldard, Harry Goslin, Stan Hanson, Don Howe, Jack Hurst, Billy Ithell, Jackie Roberts, Tommy Sinclair, Ray Westwood, and Danny Winter, joined the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment.



1939-1940  4th in North West War League

1940-1941  26th in Football League North

1941-1942  34th in Football League North

1942-1943  46th in Football League North

1943-1944  48th in Football League North

1944-1945  9th in Football League North

1945-1946  3rd in Football League North


1939-1940  George Hunt 15

1940-1941  Nat Lofthouse 11

1941-1942  George Hunt 20

1942-1943  George Hunt 17

1943-1944  Jim Currier 17

1944-1945  Nat Lofthouse 30

1945-1946  Nat Lofthouse 20


J. Anderson, John Aspinall, Jack Atkinson, Ralph Banks, H. Barker, Malcolm Barrass,  E.C Beardsman, Colin Beardshaw, John Berry, Ron Bolton, Les Boulter, Jackie Bray, Jack Breedon, S. Briddon, J. Brown, W. Brown, Cam Burgess, Stan Butler, D.F Carter, George Catterall, Cliff Chadwick, S. Charlesworth, D. Clancy, Harry Cload, W. Colclough, J. Connor, J.E Cooper, R.M Cross, J. Crossley, J. Crozier, Jimmy Nat Cunliffe, Jim Currier, H. Dailey, J.K Davies, George Eastham, Harry Eastham, Edmund Eastwood, Bill Fielding, R.J Finan, Tom Finney, Ernie Forrest, R. Foster, J.D Foxton, J.W Gallon, H. Gee, Albert Geldard, Matt Gillies, Eddie Goodall, W.C Gorman, W.E Gorman, Harry Goslin, R.E Graham, R. Grainger, Walter Grimsditch, G. Grosling, A. Grosvenor, R. Gunner, HHC Hall, J. Hall, Lol Hamlett, Charlie Hanks, Alf Hanson, Stan Hanson, J. Harker, F.H Harrison, A.D Haslam, N. Heslop, H. Higham, R.W Hopkins, W. Houghton, Don Howe, Harry Hubbick, A.L Hughes, G.E Hughes, George Hunt, Jack Hurst, Billy Ithell, James Jackson, W.R John, J.W Johnson, W.H Johnson, Sid Jones, WEA Jones, J. Knight, S.J Koffman, J. Lancaster, E.C Leyland, J. Liddle, L. Livesey, Nat Lofthouse, F.H Longman, R. MacFarlane, W. Mangham, D. Mann, R. Marsh, D. Marshall, L. Martindale, LAC Mawdsley, R.C Mawdsley, C. McClelland, J.M McCormick, W. McEwan, Alan Middlesbrough, T. Middleton, J.L Milne, Willie Moir, J. Morris, E.R Morrison, Danny Murphy, J. Myers, C. Neal, R.R Newton, W. O'Neill, J.G Owens, L.T Parker, T.U Pearson, E. Platt, G.F Power, R.I Pryde, A. Richardson, N. Richardson, E. Rigby, J. Rimmer, J.J Robinson, Jack Roberts, Teddy Rothwell, D.W Russell, R. Ryder, R.G Savage, W. Schofield, Bill Shankly, J. Shields, J. Shore, J. Shuttleworth, Walter Sidebottom, Tommy Sinclair, J.D Smith, J.R Smith, RAG Smith, K. Smith, K. Speak, A.W Steen,  H. Stephan, A. Sullivan, T.A Swinburne, N. Tate, G. Taylor, Jack Threlfall, F. Tomlinson, H. Topping, E. Walker, George Walton, A. Watson, J. Watson, F.W West, Ray Westwood, H. Whalley, J.E Wharton, G.K Whitehead, F. Windsor, Danny Winter, J. Woodburn, T. Woodburn, Tom Woodward, H. Wright, J. Wright



1939-1940 In the 1939-40 season Bolton won 13 out of their 22 games and finished in 4th place in the North-East League.

George Hunt’s career was interrupted by the Second World War, although he still played wartime matches for Bolton


1939-1945 During WW2 77,029 propellers were produced at Lostock, plus another 23,210 made from American components


1939-1945 During World War II, the Horwich railway  works built nearly 500 Cruiser, Centaur and Matilda tanks.


1939-1945 The Football League War Cup was a tournament held between 1939 and 1945 which aimed to fill the hole left in English Football by the cancellation of the FA Cup. League football had been regionalised and teams fielded guest players, most who were servicemen on leave. The winners of the respective Football League North and South Cup competitions played each other for this trophy. Appearances and goals in the Football League War Cup or the Football League South do not count in players' official records.

During the Second World War, since many players were in the armed forces, those who remained with their clubs would often make guest appearances for other clubs to make up the numbers.

Two World Wars didn't even come in the way of the running of Bolton Wanderers and this was thanks in no small part to the manager Charles Foweraker who served the club with distinction for nearly four decades.             Foweraker worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure that the club remained on it's feet even though the town and the area around him was disrupted with conflict and devastation. Of the players to go to war the second time around was captain Harry Goslin, sadly killed on duty whilst serving his country in 1943 and the second Wanderers player to be killed in combat following on from the tragic death of seaman Walter Sidebottom nearly four years previous.     Goalkeeper Stan Hanson joined fellow first team regulars Don Howe, Danny Winter, Ray Westwood, Ernie Forrest, Jack Hurst and Albert Geldard in the Wanderers contingent who went to war the second time around.                       During the war years a young Nat Lofthouse also made his debut for Bolton and there where guest appearances for future Liverpool manager Bill Shankly and Preston North End and England legend Sir Tom Finney.


Yates :During World War II the company became the first company in Britain to import Australian wine.

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