Ted Bensley memories


Ted initially joined Margate during the Arsenal 'nursery' years in the 1930's and was Margate's leading goalscorer in the 1946/47 season...

Ted in 1947

Ted in 2003

What is your full name and date and place of birth ?
Edward Arthur Cecil Bensley, 27th August 1914, Margate.

What is your marital Status?

Do you have children ?
One daughter.

Did / do any of your family play football ?
Father, Edward Alan Bensley played.

Where do you live now ?

What is your occupation now ?

What was your occupation during your time with Margate ?

How did you come to join Margate ?
Invited to join by Arsenal FC as Margate were Arsenal's 'nursery' club.

How much were you paid during your time with Margate ? Was this every week of the year ?
Five shillings per match when playing.

What do you remember about your Margate debut ?
Going into the dressing room and seeing all the kit hanging up - waiting to be put on.

Who was the best player you played with at Margate ?
Charlie Walker.

Do you still keep in contact with any of your old Margate team-mates ?
Not now because I think they have all passed away.

What was the best stadium you played in during your entire career ?
Colomb Stadium in Paris.

What ground(s) did you most enjoy playing at during your time at Margate ?

Who was the best manager you played under (and at which club) ?
Charlie Walker at Margate.

Who was the biggest influence on your football career ?
Alex James.

What was your favourite / best Margate goal?
Playing for Margate at Ashford - the first goal I scored.

Do you keep an eye on Margate's progress / results and if so what do you think ?
Yes - playing well.

Did you have a nickname during your career / time at Margate?

What honours did you win during your career ?
Kent League Winners 1946/47, numerous amateur medals and played for England Workers team.

Do you ever watch Margate now or if not, when was the last time you saw them ?
Don't watch them now, saw last game 3 or 4 seasons ago.

Can you recall any funny moments from your time at Margate ?
All the players having to get into the bath together at the end of the match.

Do you have any regrets about your football career ?

What do you think about being featured on a website or the fact that a Margate History site exists ?!
It's nice to pass the history on to all that are interested.

Added to the site in 2002. Ted died on 20th June 2011 aged 96.