Football in the 1940s and 50s
After the Second World
Trevor Biggin recalls:
"The club won several trophies during this period, including the Lawrence Cup and Dore Shield, and I remember them winning a 'Green 'Un Ball' for beating Tideswell, who had been unbeaten for more than two seasons."
George Thorpe, talking about the 1950s recalls:
"At this time there was a men's football team in the village and a rival team in Totley. They both played in the Hope Valley League. The rivalry between the two teams was strong and it was a tradition that the two teams would play each other at Christmas. On Christmas Day they played at one ground and on Boxing day at the other. The people of Dore and Totley used to really look forward to these matches they would invariably end up with people scrapping in one corner of the pitch or on the touchline because they didn't agree with a decision. The boys always looked
John Taylor remembers:
"Two other greats were, Frankie Row and Stuart Eggo, one of the best wingers in the Hope Valley League. I seem to remember that Trevor Biggin and George Thorpe played for the Hope Valley League side against a first division side."
In 1993 Trevor Biggin
"... the right-half, Jack Kent, had a small haulage business and in the early days as many
"We school boys were a motley crew of supporters, who went home and away in numbers. My cousin Graham Thorpe and I, Mick Ward, Roger and Mick Marvin all eventually played Hope Valley League football ourselves, although not one of us played for Dore! As
Similarly, John Taylor recalled that he too was one of those schoolboy supporters.
"Not only did we go to away games in Jack Kent's lorry, we also went in the back of Bob Atkinson's Luton box van. (
"The games against Totley, Stoney Middleton and Tideswell were always the games that we most wanted to win. There was nearly always some sort of clash in them - both on and off the field!"