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It’s a treasured photo album charting a soldier’s once-in-a-lifetime trip from a warzone to the FA Cup Final.

Now, after being rediscovered by a Norbreck couple, they are calling on Gazette readers to help reunite it with its rightful owners.

The album belonged to Lance-Corporal Thomas Meadows, from Cartford Bridge, Little Eccleston, who served in the Royal Tank Regiment during the Korean War.

Mr Meadows, who was 31 at the time, won a special competition organised by the Daily Dispatch and Manchester Evening Chronicle newspapers to win an all expenses paid trip to the 1951 FA Cup final between Blackpool and Newcastle United at Wembley.

The album later fell 
into the hands of 92-year-old Jean Cartmell, who in turn has passed it on to her friends Heather and John Henderson, from Nor-breck Road, in the hope they could trace Mr Meadows’ family to return it to them.

Mrs Henderson, 65, said: “She doesn’t remember how it came to her but she thinks her husband John knew Mr Meadows.

“She doesn’t want it now and it’s nothing to us, but there are some really nice pictures in it.”

Mr Meadows, an avid Seasiders supporter, was flown back to England along with Royal Northumberland Fusilier John Hulme, from Newcastle, for the match.

Mr Meadows had previously served in the Second World War, and was sent to Korea shortly after the birth of his second daughter.

Journeying to London via his mother’s house in Alexandra Road, Thornton, Mr Meadows told a reporter at the time: “I am lucky to get this chance to see the Cup final.

“I think Blackpool have done wonderfully and as one of the Spion Kop boys I hope they win the Cup.”

Sadly, Pool lost 2-0, but Mr Meadows and his wife Joan enjoyed the game just a few seats away from King George VI, as well as getting to meet the Tangerines side beforehand.

According to the cuttings, they had also vowed to return home with presents from London for their daughters Patricia and Susan.

Do you know Mr Meadows’ family? 
Please call Gazette reporter David Sharman on (01253) 361772.

 

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