Letter reunites old pals after 55 years

Roy Telfer from Watford has been reunited with his old best friend, Doug Thompson from Sheffield
Roy Telfer from Watford has been reunited with his old best friend, Doug Thompson from Sheffield
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They lost touch in the 1950s but 55 years on two old mates are set to meet again – thanks to a letter printed in a newspaper.

Doug Thompson and Roy Telfer grew up together in London and stood together on the terraces at Craven Cottage to cheer on Fulham every other Saturday.

Doug Thompson who grew up in London but now lives in Shiregreen spotted a letter in the Daily Mail written by his old mate Roy Telfer who he hadn't seen for 60 years. He has since been in contact and hopes to meet up with him again in the future

Doug Thompson who grew up in London but now lives in Shiregreen spotted a letter in the Daily Mail written by his old mate Roy Telfer who he hadn't seen for 60 years. He has since been in contact and hopes to meet up with him again in the future

But Doug’s work as a TV cable erector brought him to Sheffield in 1958.

He went on to meet a local girl, Barbara, they married and made their home together on Kepple Road, Shiregreen.

The couple had a daughter Rhona and today are proud to have three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A few weeks ago Doug, aged 84, read a letter in a national newspaper written by Roy, who now lives in Watford, paying tribute to the late Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann who he had seen playing against his beloved Fulham.

Doug said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the letter. I thought that’s got to be the Roy Telfer I know because he wrote about Fulham FC.”

Unsure of the exact address, Doug sent a letter to “Roy Telfer, South Oxhey, Herts.”

He wrote: “If this letter reaches you I’d love to hear from you.”

And the postman did a top job by ensuring it got there.

Roy then contacted his old pal by phone – and Doug is now planning to travel to Watford to meet up.

He said: “I’m going to ask my grandson to take me down to Watford. I’m very much excited about meeting up with Roy again.”

Roy, 84, said: “When I first spoke to Doug it was like the last time I had seen him was yesterday, everything came flooding back.

“It is unbelievable to hear from somebody you haven’t heard from in 55 years.”