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Charlton Park end successful season with two league wins
Charlton Park Rugby Club ended one of the best seasons ever in their 120 year history with both their first and second teams winning their leagues.
The firsts, captained by Kent county prop Terry Read (second left at bottom), beat Medway 43-22 to put the final stamp on the league championship they had already achieved two games ago. They finished the season 9 points ahead of second-placed Maidstone and are promoted into London League One.
The date of this photo is uncertain, but we do know some of the people in it so it will come from just before the First World War, round about 1912 when we had a pretty strong team. At the time, of course, we were the Old Charltonians.
The captain, holding the ball, is FR (Freddie) Roberts. He played half-back (scrum-half?) for Kent and also represented London against Paris that year. We cannot be completely certain but the player on his right is probably HJ Turpin, who also played for the county.
Roberts survived the war to be captain again in 1919. On his left is Harold Hollis who was in the Kent side that won the County Championship in 1923.