“I couldn’t make the replay though, I already had tickets for Duran Duran at the Poole Arts Centre that night.”

Today should be eve of the FA Cup final day. One of the most momentous occasions in the footballing calendar. Could it have been our year? We’ll never know now as the season has been voided. And yes, we are totally ignoring the fact that were knocked out in the early qualifying rounds by Blackfield and Langley. But in lieu of there being no final to watch, we here at TSOF aim to provide you with an adequate substitute with part two of the FA Cup review.

Now when we finished part one, we had just had our most successful period in the famous old competition as we made at least the first round proper in five out of six seasons between 1954 and 1960. Sadly, our wait for the next first round appearance would be in excess of 20 years. In the period between first round appearances we lost to footballing giants such as Bridport, Bridgewater, Portland and Barnstable among many others. But the Stuart Bell led Magpies of 1981-82 would buck that trend in some style.

Following the league winning campaign under Bell’s then caretaker stewardship in 1979-80 (as documented in a recent blog on the Tumblr account) there was a brief period under player/manager Martin Chivers at the start of 1980-81. When that didn’t work out, it was Bell who got the job on a full time basis having been assistant under Chivers, and he was able to keep together/assemble a successful squad who knew each other well and played with an understanding to match.

The cup campaign would start out in low key fashion with goals from Paul Thorne and Peter Poore seeing off Hungerford 2-1 away from home, before goals from Thorne, Trevor Senior and Ray Ames would see us dispatch of Frome on home turf. An away fixture at Eastleigh would prove a stiffer task. After coming twice from behind to level the game at 2-2, the Magpies would find an extra gear and eventually grind out a 4-2 success with Senior, Ames, Thorne and Poore once again finding the net.

Into the fourth qualifying round and opponents Cheltenham Town had taken to very forward thinking step of having our previous tie at Eastleigh filmed so they could do some scouting and hatch a plan to defeat us. It didn’t work. A hat trick from the prolific Senior would see us take a 3-1 win at Whaddon Road. What of the video, I hear you ask? Well they sold it to us and it was shown in front of an audience of 100 or so at the Magpies social club. The first round proper draw arrived, and there was some disappointment when Minehead at home was our reward as the bigger sides were avoided. But it did present an excellent opportunity to make the second round and following a thrilling 3-3 draw (Miller, Steele x2) which saw us spurn a 3-1 lead late on. But with the second round draw being made prior to the replay, the incentive of AFC Bournemouth at home was all the encouragement we needed as yet another hat trick from Senior and a Tony Chutter goal saw us run our deserved 4-1 winners.

A crowd of over 5,000 would pack into the old Avenue as the Fourth Division promotion contenders came to town, and they would be reward with a left footed shot from Paul Thorne putting us into a first half lead after a period of sustained pressure. Bournemouth would equalise after halftime having missed a penalty as well at the start of the second half, but it was Dorch who would finish the game stronger and would be agonisingly close to winning it. As tensions rose on and off the pitch, skipper Hedley Steele would see his effort strike the bar, and Trevor Senior was just unable to connect with a late cross in from Paul Thorne. Much to Bournemouth’s relief, it would go to a replay that Tuesday.

The relief wasn’t felt by all as some fans had already booked tickets to see up and coming band ‘Duran Duran’ at the nearby Poole Arts Centre, and they would miss an agonising night for the Magpies. In front of a crowd of 6,766 with well over a thousand from Dorch, it had started well as we took the lead. Pressure from Trevor Senior (playing his last game for the club prior to a £35,000 move to Portsmouth) caused confusion in the home defence and captain Hedley Steele slotted home the ball as it broke to him after 18 minutes. A rising Paul Thorne effort almost doubled the league but the hosts would level as a free kick from out wide would see Andy Crawford equalise.

That’s how it would stay meaning extra time and Dorchester hearts were broken as despite good chances for both sides, Keith Williams would score as Dorch were temporarily down to 10 following an injury to Tony Chutter. There were only four minutes remaining and as Hedley Steele would put it, “it was a great journey that ended in heartbreaking fashion.”

It is a cup campaign still fondly remembered and spoken about by players and fans alike. Peter Poore, who played in both games and is the farther of another ex-Maggie in Carl, would say “the first game at home we were so unlucky and should have won. For us it was just 11 vs 11, they had much more ability but we wanted it more. To lose in the last few minutes of extra time and being so close to that third round was hard to take. We got a standing ovation from the home crowd and that’s something I and many others will treasure.”

In typical fashion, we’d not progress past the qualifying rounds for the next seven seasons. The likes of Clandown, Merthyr Tydfil, Cheltenham and Totton proving our undoing. 1989-90 would see a return to the first round proper, albeit without the dream football league tie at the end of it. After seeing off Chard away from home, overcoming Trowbridge after a reply also away, a home win against Cheltenham would see us in the fourth and final qualifying round away at Bognor.

We’d fall behind after a penalty conceded by Tony White was converted, but the real story was the hailstorm which battered the south coast that night. At nearby Fratton Park the referee had stopped the match as conditions were so bad but the official at Bognor had no such idea and the play continued in farcically dangerous conditions. Despite goal kicks being blown back towards goal and going out for corners, a Pete Morrell penalty was good enough to force a replay. The whole ordeal must have annoyed the players somewhat as they proceeded to hammer Bognor 5-1 in the replay. Sadly, the first round produced no outing against football league opposition and we were drawn away to league rivals Gloucester City. Despite a good team performance and Pete Morrell hitting the bar, we would fall to a somewhat harsh 1-0 deafest against a Gloucester side who beat us five times in all competitions in that season.

It would be the 1995-96 season when we next grace the first round with our presence, but it was the qualifying rounds that in many ways provided the better memories. The first qualifying round would see us held 2-2 at home by Wimborne before safely negotiating the away replay by a 2-0 score line. A 2-0 home victory over Basingstoke would see us advance into the third qualifying round where a tie away at rival Weymouth would await. It would prove to me be one of our more memorable days on the other side of the Ridgeway as an Owen Pickard hat trick would help us come from 2-1 down to win 3-2, dumping our rivals out the competition in the process. There It was a win that would see a selection of commemorative mugs produced, some still used as tea vessels to this very day!

A 2-1 victory away at Sittingbourne would see us back in the hat for the first round proper, and we were rewarded with a trip to Oxford. Oxford were 12th in Divison 2 (League One in today’s money) and one of the better sides in the draw. The travelling support was well over a thousand that day as the convoy of coaches set off from the Avenue, all fans being given a letter from the chairman reminding them of their responsibilities given they were representing the club and the town. However, any hopes of a cup upset were quickly diminished. Although only 2-0 down at half-time, we would end up on the wrong end of a 9-1 scoreline, our 1, a Tommy Killick penalty, coming with the score at 8-0.

In an article when he was at Poole in 2010, Taffy Richardson who played for us that day at Oxford would look back on that first round tie from 1995; “It was one of the worst experiences of my life. What should have turned out to be a good day was an awful day.

“We had a good team at Dorchester and we got Oxford United, who were the best team left in the hat. We got drawn away from home and suffered massive injuries and suspensions. Some of the lads who played were Dorset Combination and reserve players and we were beaten 9-1.

“With 20 minutes to go, I lost count. We got a penalty and Tommy Killick scored and he celebrated like he’d won the FA Cup. I had my head down embarrassed. It could have been 20-1 – our keeper was magnificent. You just wanted to get off the pitch at the end.

Now seeing the funny side – almost – Richardson continues: “We had a black and white strip and one of the funny lines the next day in the press said ‘Dorchester came out looking like Del Piero but, once the game started, they looked more like Del Boy’! Everything about it was embarrassing.”

It would take the club a few seasons to get back into the cup groove and the next time we’d get to the first round proper would be the other side of the millennium. But as I’ve ended up with far more material than I thought, that will actually be in part 3, which should be out over the weekend. Some big days and famous games in the clubs history to follow… Stay alert and wash those paws. SV.

A 10 hour journey to Norwich, Dinky Curtis’ goals, Ron Cox’s forehead and the Dorset Regiment Band. Part one of the FA Cup files.

It’s FA Cup final week! Or at least it should be anyway. What was previously one of my favourite sporting days of the year when growing up is now seen as almost an inconvenience by many of the bigger sides. The obvious attraction of finishing fourth in the premier league being far preferable to an actual cup final win not being helped by having such crunch games as Fleetwood vs Portsmouth in round three moved to a 1735 kick off time on a Saturday by the FA for overseas television. I’m not entirely sure that people in either Fleetwood or Portsmouth were that excited by the prospect of playing each other, so I can’t see viewers in Estonia or China being that bothered either.

Obviously we at Dorchester are a million miles away from the glamour of an FA Cup final and our more recent campaigns have seen us knocked out in the early qualifying rounds by such footballing powerhouses as Blackfield & Langley, AFC Portchester and Cirencester. But that said, it wasn’t always the way. So once again with the help of programmes, memories and a Google search history which is even stranger than usual, we invite you to get your old style rattles, tin foil FA Cups and Bovril at the ready as we go back to look at some of the more memorable FA Cup campaigns we’ve had over the years.

(The magpies side in this era before heading off to a footballing twinning match in Bayeux)

For the first of these two parts (a TSOF first: a two parter) we’ll focus on the earlier cup successes we had. From what can be found when researching, since formation in 1880, the club had no notable runs in the FA Cup in the first 70 plus years. (Notable, for the purpose of this piece will be reaching the first round proper.) In fact in the immediate post war era, our best performance in the first seven years was a fourth qualifying round round defeat at home to Glastonbury by a 4-1 score line in the 1950-51 season. Either side of that we would be knocked out in earlier qualifying rounds by Cowes (IoW), Weymouth, Portland and Ryde, as well as not entering in 1947-48. Hardly the glamour that has been associated with the oldest national football competition in the world.

However the arrival of former Bournemouth goalkeeper, Ken Bird, in 1954 would change all that. In his first full season as manager, we’d overcome both Poole Town 2-1 and Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic FC (yes, that was a real team) 4-1 at home in the early qualifying rounds, before wins away at Portland and Winchester, by a 5-1 and a 1-0 margin respectively. This would see us in the hat for the first round draw for the first time ever. Our reward was a home tie against fellow non-league side Bedford and a crowd of over 3,500 would see us overcome them 2-0 as our history making cup campaign continued into the second round for our first ever appearance at that stage.

Our reward was a home tie against Third Division outfit York City – our first ever competitive game against league opposition. York would travel down and stay overnight before and after the game, and the club would put up a marquee for the occasion with the Dorset Regiment Band playing to entertain before the game. A record crowd of 5,750 would pack the old ground out with many fans stood on wooden beer crates from the local Eldridge and Pope Brewery. An early goal from club legend Dinky Curtis would stun our much higher ranked visitors. This goal would be the one that Curtis remembers most fondly, quite the accolade from a man who scored 235 in 458 appearances for the club.

Curtis would later comment in an interview with the echo on the goal:

“We kicked up the slope at the old Avenue in the first half. I played inside right and a pass came through from our right half Derek Presley and I went through as their full back came at me. I still held on to it and when I stopped I thought ‘why the hell didn’t I shoot when I had the chance?’ Anyway two minutes later there was an identical attack and this time I just hit it and it went into the corner. It was a great feeling.”

York would recover and equalise before half time, but it was early in the second half that our luck would change and the course of the match with it. Centre half Ron Cox would sustain a nasty cut to his head which would in today’s game see him substituted immediately. However there were no substitutes in these days, so rather than replace the literal walking wounded, Cox would have to return to play as nuisance value on the right wing. York would take advantage with a hat trick from the quite brilliantly named ‘Arthur Bottom’ to score 4 further goals, but that was not without reply as Tony Spink would net our second goal of the game. Given the circumstance and the gulf in class between the two sides, there was no shame in the 5-2 defeat. This was proved by the fact that York would reach the semifinals of that years competition, defeating a Stanley Matthews led Blackpool on their way to that stage. The FA Cup run was certainly not a hindrance. We would win the league that season scoring 103 goals in the process. It would give us a taste of the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup and we’d soon be out looking for further cup progress.

Dorchester line us vs York: Bird, Gale, Symes, Presley, Cox, West, Curtis, Dobson, Spink, Dare, Moscrop.

The following season in 1955-56, we would be at it again. Exempted from the early rounds of the qualification process, we’d advance into the first round after a 3-0 home win over Newport IoW, we would be drawn away to Third Divison South side Norwich City. Five coaches deported the County Town at midnight with 170 fan on board as they would arrive in Norwich at 1030 for the game, so next time a train journey from Dorchester South to Waterloo to get to Chesham seems a bit much, be thankful for the smoother and shorter ride compared to 65 years ago. Some rare footage of this day was shot on an old nine-five cine camera of the players arriving and some pre-fading light match footage, and that can be found at the following link. https://youtu.be/IlHkjym5wYE

The quality of opposition would prove too much for us as Norwich eased to a 4-0 victory, but it would be another decent season for the club as we finished third in the Western League, bettering our previously seasons tally with 106 goals but finishing an agonising 4 points off winners Trowbridge. Our line up that day would include club legend Dinky Curtis, Derek Stroud, Ken Bird as well as former football league players Reg Dare and Eric Bryant. Dare and Bryant aren’t names known to modern day fans, but with Bryant’s record of 48 goals in 47 appearances and Dare’s of 54 goals in 74 appearances, now is as good a time as any to respectfully nod to those quite staggering goals to game ratios.

Dorchester line up vs Norwich, 19/11/1955: Bird, Gale, Symes, West, Cox, Targett, Curtis, Stroud, Bryant, Dare, Greening.

The following year would be the third in succession that Ken Bird would guide us to the first round proper, but we can find curiously little about it. We would overcome Bideford 3-0 at home in a replay after a 1-1 draw on the road in the fourth qualifying round, but our visit to Loftus Road as we were drawn away to Queens Park Rangers in round one would end our interest in the cup for another year. QPR were in the Third Division South at that point and we would endure a slightly disappointing, albeit high scoring, season finishing seventh in the Western League 1956-57.

1957-58 is a campaign more is known about. Our FA Cup campaign would start once more in the fourth qualifying round and as often was the case in these times, we’d be drawn against Weymouth. Bobby Barker and Charlie Purves would help us get a 2-2 draw away at the Rec, before another strike from Purves and an own goal from Weymouth’s McGuinness would see us advance 2-1 in the replay at home.

The then famous amateurs, Wycombe Wanderers, at home would be our reward in the first round. A goal from Denis Cheney and two strikes (one penalty) from Derek Stroud would see us advance to the second round by a 3-2 score line, and the reward for that would be a tie away at Third Division South high-fliers, Plymouth Argyle. Cheered on by over 1,000 travelling supporters, we would find ourselves outclassed in the first 45 minutes as Plymouth raced into a 3-0 lead, but after halftime, a powerful 56th minute strike from the edge of the box by Bobby Barker would reduce the arrears. This seemed to anger Plymouth as they would score twice more to make it 5-1, but we would have the last word as a Derek Stroud penalty would see the final score be 5-2 to our hosts. We would very much play the long game when it came to extracting our FA Cup revenge…

Dorchester side vs Plymouth Argyle, 07/12/1957; Bird, Targett, Cunningham, O’Boyle, Walbridge, MacDonald, Curtis, Stroud, Cheney, Purves, Barker.

A fourth qualifying round defeat to Weymouth the following year would see our run of four successive seasons in the first round proper come to an end. However, under new manager Arthur Proudler, we’d return to that stage again in the 1959-60 season. A single goal in the fourth qualifying round from Dinky Curtis would see us avenge the defeat from the previous season and our first round opponents would once again come from the Third Division, this time in the form of Port Vale. We’d fall behind to an 8th minute goal but would equalise just before the half hour through a Bill Gillett strike. Sadly, the game would be settled in the 56th minute by Vale’s Graham Barnett and that would see an end to our cup exploits for the decade.

After making the first round in five out of six seasons, I’m sure no one thought it would take us so long to get back to that stage.

Dorchester side vs Port Vale, 14/11/1959; Turner, Targett, Black, Kell, Proudler, MacDonald, Stroud, Curtis, Gillett, Way, Noakes.

In part two we once again hop in the TARDIS and move forward to examine the more recent cup exploits. We will pick back up properly in 1981 after quickly glossing over the years in between. This is because we didn’t make the first round once in that time. Wash those hands folks, back with part two soon. SV.

“It wasn’t until I got home and checked Ceefax that I realised we’d won it.“

I’ll be honest, this lockdown is slightly tedious, but given the whole of the 2019-20 season has now been expunged, we’re now undefeated in over a year and our last league game at home was a 6-0 win over Tivvy. Teams will need to treat us with the respect our undefeated streak deserves when football resumes.

But that won’t be soon, so the archive trawl continues and we now focus on a time we were legitimately a good side. This year and month marks the 40 year anniversary of one of our last league title wins. The start of the 79-80 season saw us in the newly reformed Southern Premier League after finishing a disappointing third from bottom, with only 7 wins to our name the previous term.

But the 1979 was to be a year of changes in the world. McDonald’s launched the happy meal, smallpox was eliminated and Michael Jackson had his first round of cosmetic surgery on the thing he would later refer to as a nose. Expectations weren’t hugely high, but a better season than previous was hoped for. Ray Ames joined the club in 1979 from Poole, and with established players such as Hedley Steele, Peter Poore and Richard Burley alongside such young talent as soon to be professionals (not Bodie and Doyle) Trevor Senior and Graham Roberts, the club certainly had the players at manager David Best’s disposal to achieve something.

This of course saw us lose 3-1 away at Andover in the first game of the season, with a lone Graham Roberts goal to show for our efforts. We’d right that wrong a few days later with a 5-1 thumping on home turf against Ashford Town. A young Trevor Senior would net his first hat trick of an injury interrupted season, with Paul Thorne and Ray Ames adding the other two goals.

Our stuttering start to the season continued thereafter with a LWLLWW record, our first draw coming in October. But by that time we had lost two key players. Graham Roberts had controversially moved south over the ridgeway for £6,000 after 79 Magpies appearances and 33 goals in his two and a bit seasons, and Trevor Senior required a cartilage operation on his knee and wouldn’t feature again until much later in the season. Peter Poore would also find himself sidelined with cartilage issues, and injuries would see a number of youth and reserve players have to step up throughout the season, often causing reserve games to be called off.

Injury woes or not, we’d start to hit our stride in the early part of November, going on a nine game undefeated streak with six wins in that sequence as we looked to move up the table and prove we belonged there. After the disappointment of the previous season, we had a point to prove, as club captain Hedley Steele would acknowledge;

“78/79 was our debut season with all the big boys in Southern Premier and was tough with increased travel and bigger budget clubs. I don’t think we really believed we deserved to be in that league until it was too late. I remember late that season we beat Yeovil at home and looked decent but it was all too late. 79/80 we had something to prove after that disappointment. We had a good team spirit and a number of injuries to key players was ridiculous so I think our secret weapon turned out to be the relationship between 1st & 2nd & Youth teams. Belief grew as the season progressed and support increased so we dared to dream.”

We would end 1979 with a 3-1 revenge home win over Andover, with goals from Hedley Steele, Peter Poore and Kevin Leigh (another man to suffer a fragmented season due to injury), but due to atrocious weather, we’d only play two league games in the month of January. This would also be around the time that manager Dave Best would depart the club. Having joined the club from AFC Bournemouth in February of 1976 and made 121 appearances, he was replaced in caretaker charge by Stuart Bell. The board would want a “big name” as alluded to in the programme notes in early February, but that’s a whole other blog topic.

We’d find ourselves in sixth in February but with many games in hand. Also worth remembering is that it was just two points for a win rather than the three we’re all accustomed to (well, the last win I saw was under Thommo…). Goals scored were in no short supply, but as ever, keeping them out wasn’t always as easy. We would end the leagues second top scorers but have the worst conceded in the top seven. The 4-4 draw away at Ashford proving we were just as capable of scoring as conceding, and a 3-1 loss away at Aylesbury would see us off the pace, albeit with those games still in hand. That defeat would also prove to be our final one of the season as we would embark on a 14 game unbeaten run that would ultimately see us crowned champions.

Now the old adage is that you’re always better off with points on the board than games in hand, but that didn’t seem to bother us. Four straight wins in a packed March would see us right back in contention, with a returning Trevor Senior picking up where he’d left off with a hat trick against Tonbridge as we won four games in 14 days. Wide player Ray Ames would also net two against Tonbridge in a 5-0 home win. Skipper Hedley Steele would describe him as “a larger than life character” who’s left foot alongside his humour and boundless energy would see him become a key player as well as a fan favourite in his time at the club.

Ray Ames, Peter Poore and Paul Thorne discuss tactics in The Junction after training.

As part of the Southern League representatives side, Hedley Steele would be constantly told by players from rival sides that we’d implode and not finish the job, but our form would dictate otherwise. After two drawn games, the Saturday of Easter weekend away at Hastings would see us lose both goalscorer Barrie Thomas and Ray Ames to injury after only 30 minutes. This may not be an issue today, but with only one substitute available back then, it posed a bit of a problem. Our 10 men would hold out for a vital 1-1 draw before overcoming local rivals Salisbury on Easter Monday thanks to goals from skipper Steele and Terry Hinton, having been 1-0 at half time.

With four games to go we were still in good shape, but we fell behind to mid-table Canterbury City early on, and they shut up shop. An equaliser from the captain with 10 minutes to play would spur us on to look for a winner, and that would arrive in injury time as Trevor Senior would score a vital goal to give us a 2-1 win and keep us in touch with Aylesbury. A 0-0 draw away at Folkestone would leave us with two games to play; away at Salisbury and home to Dartford. Goals from the fit again Peter Poore and Kevin Leigh would see us once more defeat Salisbury 2-1, before the final game would arrive. The crunch fixture being Dartford at home.

The equation (we think…) was an Aylesbury win would see them crowned champions. If they dropped points and we won, then the league was ours. Goals for us from the ever present Paul Thorne and Kevin Leigh would see us overcome Dartford 2-1 at home, but would that be enough? Well, initially, no. Or so we thought. As Trevor Senior recalls;

“We all left having been told that Aylesbury had won the league so we all left feeling pretty dejected. It wasn’t until I got home and checked Ceefax that I realised we’d won it. We’d all arranged to go out that evening for an end of season do and there were no mobiles back then. So after ringing up the landlines and letting each other know, we went back to the club in a different mood to how we left.”

The initial TV report was wrong and Aylesbury, despite a bumper 1478 crowd, had drawn 3-3 at home with Gosport, gifting us the title. So as the perms, Ford Capri’s and suspect moustaches returned to the club (Carl Poore, ex-Magpie and son of Peter Poore would describe his Dads 80’s appearance as changing from Hitler to The Fonz in the space of a year) the party would start and a lengthy celebration would begin. A first league win since 1954-55 and we didn’t know until around about six o’clock. We would go on to lose the ‘Champions Championship Shield’ match vs Midland division winners Bridgend Town, but the Southern League was ours, a fitting way to commemorate our centenary year given the club was formed on October 21st 1880 at the Kings Arms.

It was a title won by caretaker manager (who would later get the job full time) and with a squad ravaged by injuries over the season. There would be several key players in the league winning season and many players who would make notable contributions would feature. This would be Peter Poore’s benefit year as well as the centenary year, and the centenary match, that would be part of that benefit, would include a certain Martin Chivers in the Dorchester line up. Peter would make 317 appearances and score 77 goals in that time, transitioning from a striker to central defender. Ray Ames would play 102 games for the club scoring 18 goals following his arrival that season and in the following years. Paul Thorne, who alongside Barry Dominey would play every game this season, would retire in 1989 after 265 appearances and 47 goals in a decade at the club and would be widely regarded as one of the best players to wear the shirt in that time. Paul would also win the golden boot with 13 goals in this season despite being asleep on his travel pillow by Bere Regis on most away games due to the taxing hours he worked at the Dorset Cake Company. Bob Brittain would appear 34 times that season and to this day can still be found running the line in local football or walking the countryside still shouting “away, man on, turn, yes, no, safe”. Captain Hedley Steele would make 298 appearances with 29 goals before moving on to Tivvy, and the list goes on. Sadly, several players from this side are no longer with us. Ray Ames, Barry Dominey, Paul Thorne among those taken far too soon, and there were too many players who played their part to mention individually. But hopefully their key roles in this success and their place in club history won’t be forgotten.

This was a historic season for the club and one that deserves commemorating. It ended a lengthy run without a league success and would help in attracting new fans and a new manager in Martin Chivers, who would bring with him international experience and a medal collection that included the UEFA Cup but was missing the Dorset Senior Cup. But that’s another blog for another time. 40 years on and close to the day we won the league seems an appropriate time to remember the title win that many don’t know of, or seem to have forgotten. Hopefully this refreshes a few memories and it isn’t forgotten anymore. SV.

The 1979/80 Souther League winning side before the DTFC centenary game, which was also in aid of Peter Poore’s benefit year.

Standing, left to right: Pete Peavoy (trainer), Martin Chivers, Tony Chutter, Bob Brittain, Trevor Senior, Mick Stone, Richard Burley, Barry Dominey, Barrie Thomas, Paul Thorne, Bill Hall (physio), Ray Ames

Seated, left to right: Trevor Townsend, Brian Lee, Steve Flay, Hedley Steele (Capt), Stuart Bell (caretaker manager), Kevin Leigh, Barry Harman and Billy Foreman.

Huge thanks to the programme archives and memories of Hedley Steele, Steve Gould for his help with providing me with statistical history of DTFC, Carl and Peter Poore for memories and news clippings, and the memories of Bob Brittain and Trevor Senior.

The DTFC Supporters Club is setting up an appeal designed to support not only the immediate needs of The Magpies through the weeks ahead but also to provide financial assistance to kick start the new season, as and when it commences. If anyone is able to contribute even a small amount it would be gratefully received. All donations will be acknowledged. For more information on how you can help the club, please follow this link; https://dorchestertownfc.co.uk/magpies-appeal/