An entry to Sepia Saturday. "Using old images to prompt new reflections"
Bobby was the mascot of the football team Preston North End from 1951-57 and the occasion on the postcard is a buffet held following their defeat in the 1954 cup final against West Bromwich Albion (3-2). Preston are a club with a long history as they were one of the founding members of the Football Association in 1888. In that first season they were undefeated in both cup matches and league gaining the nickname "The Invincibles". Today those halcyon days are behind them as they are way down in League 1 but still have mascots and in 2007 the grandson of Bobby Roe, William (aged 9), in his role as mascot lead the team out onto the Deepdale pitch. He will never compete with the more than 170 games that his grandfather took the pitch.
Wondering about those paintings on the wall? The buffet was set up in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, perhaps feeding both the body and the soul. Today there is also a painting of Preston's most famous player, Sir Tom Finney (who celebrated his 90th birthday this year) in the gallery although it has proved illusive on my last couple of visits, perhaps it has been loaned out.