In answer to Bill's query above, Henry still plays golf at Stanton Golf Club near Tollerton.
07-11-19 Richard Skinner
Was mates with Henry late 1950s early 1960s when Henry was just starting on Forest's ground staff. He told me when we were on a short night out that Gil Merick had gone to his house on Firbeck estate to try to sign him for Birmingham city and he also asked his brother Ron. Both turned him down. Would love to see him again, but I don't know how to get in touch.
20-01-19 Bill Hammond
In contrast to a remark about Henry above. My own experience of Joe Baker was very different too.
Henry's wife-to-be was a friend of my sister. In the mid-sixties as a child at school I was involved in a bad road traffic accident and had two broken legs. Laid up in bed for several months, Henry came to visit me and brought along a Christmas tree for the family. He took my autograph book to the City Ground and had all the Forest team of 1966/7 sign it, along with Manager Johnny Carey and Trainer Tommy Cavanagh.
The team finished runners-up to Man Utd that season. The regular line-up was:
12-11-18 Stuart Frew
i remember henry when he was captain of notts fa youth team 1961 and we reached the final of the competion losing narrowly over 2 legs. first at forest where we drew ,then losing away
If I remember rightly Henry lived @ Firbeck Rd Wollaton with his mum & 2 brothers Ron & Alan.All 3 were good standard footballers I played against Ron when he was playing for 360 Club in Notts Sunday Premier League.I believe Alan worked and played for Players.
An early recollection:
Henry, aged 11, was captain of the Firbeck Football Team. In one school match, the team was winning 13-0 at half time. 'For goodness sake lads, ease off' the teacher said.
Henry's response was 'But sir, professional footballers get fined if they ease off'. even at that age, he knew where his future lay.
Yes, Henry Newton and Joe Baker. The only two players in the 1960s who would never sign kids' autograph books. Always told them to go away. Years later Joe Baker said he would sign my photo, I told him if he did I would rip it up.
Henry's brother ron played for Newtown Bulwell not 360. He died a few years ago. A great player and friend. RIP Ron
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