Eric Gill is a member of my Indoor Bowls Club at Denton Island, Newhaven, East Sussex. He lives in Seaford with wife Ida and is a very good indoor bowler.
I was lucky enough to be included in his rink which played against Egerton (Bexhill-on-sea) recently. Despite Eric's skill our rink lost overall, Denton Island enjoyed a clear victory.
Dad (and Mum) now living in Peacehaven. After leaving The Albion Eric played for Guildford City in the Southern League for 8 years. Ran a hotel on Brighton seafront for many years before retiring in the 80's.
Eric is liveing in peacehaven with son malcolm and daughter in law Julie.Ida his amazing wife of over sixty years passed away 9 11 12.hes still fit and well and loves playing bowles for denton Island.posted on 15 3 13
I wonder if Eric can remember a quiet Sunday morning on Crayford station ?Must have been in 49 and Eric and I were the only 2 people on the platform. He said hello and that his name was Eric Gill We were both bound for the Eltham playing fields for a trial for Charlton Ath. I believe I played one match with him (me Centre-half) After that it was traing at the valley,25 laps of the pitch first...I went into the army (nat service)soon after that although I did play a few matches for Charlton I dropped out and pursued other things...I followed Erics career and thought Ha Ha he,s got fed up waiting for Sam Bartram to retire hence the move to Brighton.It was a nice Sunday morning that day when I met Eric.because I also had a lift to Crayford station from my home in Barnehurst in a neighbours Jowett Javelin!!!a luxury in those days.I played good class cricket most of my life,finally playing my last match in 2006....and got a wicket ! I,m 82 yrs old now and in the Philipinnes rite now.
Best wishes to all
My Mum and Dad (Jim Clare and Joan Jackson)were very good friends with Eric and Ida. I believe that Eric is one of my Godparents.
we have tried to contact him on a number of occasions but never quite managed to get to talk to Eric since he left the hotel on the Brighton front.
If anyone can get a message through to him, please give him my email address
I remember Eric. I am a fan of Oxford United. When Eric played against we were called Headington United. He always had a blinder against us. Losing 2 0 we started to leave early. There was Eric waiving goodbye to us from the opposition! goalmouth!! Never really forgave him!!
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