Above. The Rose And Crown pictured in 1986. Note the tables outside that eventually caused a stir nearly three decades later.During our first season in the Isthmian League we travelled to see the ‘Hoe play promotion chasing Haringey Borough on Tuesday 14th April 1987. We were just settling down for a pre match pint when a local approached us and asked “Hey mate, how much did you have to play for the publicity then ?”. When we replied that we had not got a clue what he was on about he showed us a copy of that day’s Daily Mail which included this cartoon;
(Above. The Rose And Crown pictured in 1986. Note the tables outside that eventually caused a stir nearly three decades later)
It features the interior of the Rose And Crown (plus a couple of the locals in cartoon form !) with Wivenhoe v Braintree being advertised on the wall. The bloke was kind enough to give me the paper (actually I tore out the page when he went off to the loo !) enabling us to reproduce it here now. It turned out to be a bad night for “local bloke” as, not only did I rip his newspaper, the Dragons also put a dent in his team’s Promotion hopes as Peter Licence scored a late equalizer to earn a 1-1 draw on the night.
I am led to believe the reason for Wivenhoe featuring in at least three cartoons that I am aware of (one of the railway station and the other being the interior of the Black Buoy with a Wivenhoe v Brightlingsea poster on the wall) is that “Mac” lived around this area at one time. If you wish to seek out these other two plus any other Wivenhoe connected cartoons by Mac that may be available, go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/coffeebreak/cartoons/mac.html.
On the subject of the Dragons and cartoons can anyone enlighten us as to the origins of the “Wivenhoe Willy” character who featured in the club’s programme on and off for just over a decade.