Former Players Stories

Archie Houston 1967-71
Royal Marines Football Association 1967 – 1971 

Archie joined the Corps in March 1965 and served for 7 years before leaving in 1972. He played football for the Royal Marines from 1967 until 1971. During this time he won medals for the Inter Command Cup twice, in 1968 & 1970, Tunney Cup in 1968 for Depot RM, China Shield for 40 Cdo beating HMS Simbang 4-3 (the last one prior to leaving Singapore), the Navy Cup and he also represented the Royal Navy and Combined Services Far East teams.

The Combined Services fixture was a one off game against the Indonesian National squad in their four match preparation for the Asian games. They were undefeated until they played against the Combined Services team at the National stadium (televised) and the CS beat them 4-1, Archie and Mick Woods both 40 Cdo represented the Royal Navy contingent. Archie recalls a four line spread in the Straits Times which read “Jaded Indonesian team beaten by Combined Service team” and this was after they had full page spreads when they were winning. Archie now lives in Canada.

Archie (2) in action against Naval Air during the 1970 Inter Commands

Archie named some of the characters of the football scene during his time from 1967 - 1971 

Managers; John Ellis & John Bickford

Trainer; Johnny Scott

Referee Officials; Len Huff & Ron Crabb

Goal Keepers; Maxie Maxwell & Bob Fardoe

Defenders; Keith Wilson, Dusty (Jock) Miller, Tony (Hig the Pig) Higgins and Buck Taylor

Midfielders; Davey Hunt, Geordie Kirtley & Curly Barlow

Inside Forwards; Andy Anderson, Stuart Lindsay, Roger Prescott, Josh Holly and Mick Woods

Wingers; Dod Malhan, Richie Wassel and Andy Kerr

1968 Tunney Cup Winners Depot RM Deal

Back row L/R Dave Turner (manager), Dave Roberts, Dusty Miller, Ollie Olliphant, Bill Howie, Tom Rumney (trainer), Geordie Kirtley, Archie Houston. 

Front row L/R Joe (algie) guest, Tommo Thompson, Tanzie Lee, Dod Malhan, Willie Turnbull, George Sturdy

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