Ossett Pictures - Ossett Teddies Football Team 1910

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Ossett Teddies football team were recruited from members of the Ossett Temperance movement who met at the Temperance Hall on Illingworth Street in Ossett. The gentleman on the right with the suit, the flat cap and the moustache is my grandfather, Gerald Emil Wilson (1887-1971) who also played for Ossett Teddies.

The Temperance movement was a national crusade to rid Britain of the 'curse' of alcohol. My grandfather took the 'pledge' and drank 'water bright' all his life. He never took alcohol, despite a short spell as stand-in landlord at the Little Bull, Ossett in 1911.

The Ossett Temperance football team was formed early in the 20th Century and played at various grounds in Ossett, for example, in 1907/08, at the top of Wesley Street. Sadly, the football team seems to have disappeared altogether as the Temperance movement faded away after the end of WW1.