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Old Boots and Happy Songs

Today, the children visited Suffolk Archives, whilst the Britten Court Angels explored the Extra Time Kit Bag.

The Kit Bag is full of football memorabilia, from old leather boots—on loan from Laxfield Museum—to pre-loved socks, trophies and a very special Spot the Ball photo.

The items stirred lots of memories, not least about how heavy the boots and footballs used to be, and how uncomfortable they must have been to wear.

A book of photographs of football crowds in the 1960’s sparked lots of conversations about the clothes people wore back then and the session ended with the group singing some of their favourite footballing songs.

Inspecting the kit. The boots date back to 1949 and were worn by a player in the Stradbroke and District league

Old brown leather football boots circa 1940's, shin pads, a small silver trophy and a monochrome photograph of a football team

A gentleman seated in an armchair, holding an old leather football boot and a green football top


Giving a red card: I wonder who got sent off

A gentleman seated at a table on which a green football top is spread out beside a leather boot. The man is holding up a red card


Spot the Ball, but can he spot the Extra Time artists?

A gentleman seated studying a 'Spot the Ball' image


When asked about today’s session, the Britten Court Angels said: –

• I have loved everything today from start to finish
• I really liked looking at the old football pictures, I saw myself in them
• I learnt lots of new things today, like what dubbin is and the age of the old leather boots
• I loved everything, especially the music and the movement, it brings back happy memories
• It’s been really interesting to look at the old objects, I have enjoyed it so much
• I loved singing the old football songs, it makes me happy.

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