Seventeen years after losing their premier division place, what an exciting finish Jubilee United served up in their final senior division match of the 1983-84 season.

Needing a win to take the the title, they beat Portsmouth United 3-1 – pipping Ventora on goal average.

The record books will show that very few clubs ever return to premier football after such a long absence. Once the slide begins it takes you down to junior football, then usually ends with the club disbanding.

Jubilee were unique in that they had two stalwarts from their formation in 1948.

They were the Buckett brothers, Ted and Fred, who after their playing days finished continued to give such sterling service.

They were backed up by secretary Ron Packham whose enthusiasm knew no bounds.

Special mention must also go to Nobby Brown who was always around to help out for any task needed. I remember having many a tussle with him in my playing days. He always gave everything for the cause.

Delving into the club’s history it was interesting to discover they had only won two league trophies.

In 1949 they won the North End League division 2 title. And then in 1956 they clinched the junior III crown in the Portsmouth League.

Their only cup success was in 1954 when they beat Havant Rovers 5-2 to win the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

Key players of that 1983-84 season were Nicky Ketchen and Micky Voller up front. Eddie Samson also provided goals.

The Cade brothers, Steve and Richard, had arrived from Leigh Park United and they were also joined by Smudger Smith and Brian Burnett.

Leigh Park United, meanwhile, were going through a transitional period with Mick Gallagher at the helm.

He blooded youngsters Kevin Crellin, Lee Pizey and Nigel Taplin, along with Micheal Burden, Steve Dunning and Kevin Stokes. And they all rewarded him with goals.

They were also fortunate to have Gary Howarth and Kevin Hart return to the club after work commitments kept them absent for a while.

The Camfield brothers, Phil and Charlie, Jimmy Scullion, Nicky Burden and Andy Jeram remained to finish the season with a Billy Hill Cup final appearance against Paulsgrove.

THE SCOUT

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