Elsworth Rovers football team 1929
This is the Elsworth Rovers football team (Cambridgeshire) of 1929-1930 after winning the Histon and District cup. Elsworth is a small town sited between Cambridge and Huntingdon and quite picturesque if you care to visit the area. The photo was sent into me for restoration and was in very poor condition as you can see below. I suspect the picture was actually a mobile phone snap of the original taken in poor light which resulted in it being blurred. If you aren’t aware, blurring can not be restored no matter how good you are so I had a look around the net to see if there was anything else I could use. Surprisingly I found one straight away but it was from a local chronicle which obviously had copyright affixed to it. After merging the two photos copyright has no sway with ownership so both pictures helped to get the restoration looking really good.
The original photo of Elsworth Rovers football team winning the Histon & district cup in 1929-30.
Just click the photo to enlarge and you will see how bad it was and definitely needed the inclusion of the one I found within the archives of the Elsworth Chronicle.
You may ask why bother with this blurred one when the chronicle one was a much better quality. The answer is pretty simple in that you can’t use copyrighted material without permission. I discovered it was also embedded copyright so using both photos was not just necessary but also very useful when looking for reference points during repair. There was quite a lot of damage on the chronicle photo with things like inclusions and general dust and scratches therefore putting them together gave me that perfect result.
If you enlarge this photo you will see how great the photo restoration turned out. I managed to sharpen it up somewhat from the chronicle photo and then performed all the repairs that were required. I put more contrast in to give it some much needed depth of field and added a few more touches to totally enhance the photo.
This is the names of the team line-up in 1929:
Back row – J W Throssell, S Braybrook, H Noble, W Sulman, T Fountain, W Parnell, C Tabraham, M Fisher, F Wayman.
Middle row – S Buckley, J Parnell, L Jessop, D Circus, B Wayman.
Front row – P Childerley, C Lambert.
The final product.
Unfortunately my research did not find what colours Elsworth Rovers played in, though I’m quite familiar with shades on B&W photos so I decided on Gold and Black.
I doubt they were the actual colours but the team looks damn good to me and the customer so they are staying like this for the history books.
If you know what the colours really were, drop me a line and I’ll change them if they aren’t too drab 🙂