THE BRAKES FILE

Here are 20 things you never knew about Leamington FC

Here are 20 things you never knew about Leamington FC*England manager Kevin Keegan heads a list of celebrated players appearing at the Windmill ground. He turned out for Scunthorpe United Reserves in a 1960s Midland League match.

*Leamington Town FC also had an athletics section in the early 1900s. Its annual sports day in Victoria park drew regular 2,000-plus crowds to watch running and cycle races.

*The club s 9-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers in 1979 was their worst FA Cup drubbing at the hands of league opposition. Manager Jimmy Knox described it simply as "a nightmare."

*Popular player Ted Rowlatt waited eight years and a world war to make his second appearance for Leamington Town. Joining the Royal Engineers after his debut in 1911, he returned in 1919 - with a Military Medal won at the battle of the Somme in 1916.

*Midfielder Alan Ollis briefly swapped the Windmill ground for 75,000-strong crowds in Bangladesh when he joined a Sussex Wanderers overseas tour in 1983.

*Early rivals Leamington St John s were known as 'the club formed in a pig-sty following a meeting held by supporter Billy Griffiths. The club s real headquarters was the Green Man pub.

*Birmingham City players popularised bathing in the Royal Pump Room s saline waters as a pre-match ritual in the 1940s and 50s.

*Ex-Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City player Sid Ottewell was Brakes longest-serving manager of the modern era. He led the club during its successful 1960-69 period.

*Culworth Close residents forced Brakes to erect high fences in 1979 after complaining mis-hit balls were damaging their houses and gardens.

*Only 350 of the 1,307 fans who saw Brakes lift the Southern League title in 1983 returned for the start of the next campaign following a summer of adverse publicity over the club s future.

"Where did they all go?" manager Graham Allner asked.

*Star-studded forces matches were held at the Windmill ground during the Second World War. Legends Billy Wright and Tommy Lawton were among those appearing.

*A specially-chartered train took 500 Leamington Town fans to Coventry for the 1908 Midland Daily Telegraph Cup final. Town lost 4-3 to Foleshill Great Heath.

*Former Brakes manager Graham Allner steered rivals Kidderminster Harriers to the Vauxhall Conference title, an FA Trophy win and several thrilling cup runs after leaving the Windmill ground in 1983.

*A bad-tempered match between local rivals Leamington St Mark s and Cubbington Albion in 1920 led to assault charges and gave the latter club the nickname they retain today - the Earbiters.

*Leamington Town pulled off a transfer coup in 1924 by signing ex-Notts County, Norwich City and Southend United star Arthur Woodland as player manager.

*Jimmy Knox is probably Leamington s best-remembered manager. Running the side for most of the 70s after appearing as a player the previous decade, he led the club to several cup wins and a place in the Conference - the highest competition outside the Football League.

He later led VS Rugby to an FA Vase win at Wembley. Brother Archie served as number two to Walter Smith at Rangers.

*Coventry City boss Don MacKay presented a 4,500-signature to council officials as the campaign to save Leamington from extinction began to look doomed in 1988.

*The first ever newspaper story about Leamington Town appeared in the Courieron October 3, 1891. It read: "Football - an effort is being made to establish a Leamington football club to play the association game, and it seems likely to be successful."

*In an early, one-sided encounter with the Parish Church club, Leamington Town fans were treated to the sight of goalkeeper Walters smoking a cigar between the posts. He later grew bored and set off up the field as a self-appointed striker.

*Long-time Brakes supporter Jimmy Hill donated his appearance fee to club funds when speaking at the annual dinner at the Regent Hotel in 1998.