A Malvern man’s 40-year quest to learn more about his footballing grandfather

A MAN from Malvern is looking for information about his grandfather’s stay in Malvern.

Paul Walker attempts to piece together the story of his grandfather Harold Hawker, who played football for Malvern Link in the 1920s.

Mr Hawker died in 1979 and Mr Walker’s grandmother died the following year when he was awarded a 1925/26 Malvern and District Amateur Football League football medal.

He said: “In the 1920s my grandfather was playing football for Malvern Link and then Holy Trinity.

“In 1926, for the 1925/26 season, he won a gold and silver medal as champions of the ‘Malvern & District Amateur Football League’.

“Through various archival newspaper articles I found out that he had moved from Malvern Link to Holy Trinty when Malvern disbanded, and I also found out a lot more about how the leagues were then created.

“I put several pleas on other Malvern related sites trying to find out more about my grandfather, who in a newspaper article was shown ‘H. Hawker, a prominent Link player was transferred at Holy Trinity”.

“In the same article, it becomes historic, stating ‘they were defeated in the Hospital Cup, but the following year Link won the trophy. ”

Mr Walker has been trying to find out more since then and asks if anyone in Malvern has any archival material that could help him in his search.

Harold Hawker was born in Malvern in January 1900, living in Hayslan Road near Pickersley Road throughout his life.

Mr Walker believes his grandfather was a metalworker at Birmingham Small Arms before making motorcycles.

At the time of his medal, Malvern was in the Birmingham League, with most teams made up of amateurs.

He is trying to trace more information about the championship from the 1980s and is looking for any records that might exist.

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