Strange but true

'1962 Police Raid Sunday Football Match'

Peter Tomlinson has recalled this memory of Dore Football Club who played a match on a Sunday morning in contravention of the rules set down by the council.

"I was Captain of Dore Football Club at this time and well remember the resulting publicity. I was technically arrested."

"The team actually went on Granada TV as the incident attracted national coverage. At this time we normally played our home games on Sheffield United's training ground but this was stunt to protest that you could not play organised football matches in Sheffield parks on a Sunday."

Peter has also filled in some more detail about the later phase of Dore Football Club. He said about the Club:

"In the early 60s there were three teams. The First XI played in the Hope Valley League, the Second XI played in the South Yorkshire Amateur League and Dore Juniors, who played on Sundays, had friendly fixtures."

"I was treasurer for a long time and at that time I was the only local boy playing for Dore FC. I still possess a runners-up medal for the Dore Shield (Hope Valley League) when we lost to Bamford in the 1964-65 final."

"In my generation, I was not aware of anyone else who played 'league' football in the village. I also played for Sheffield F.C. and Sheffield Centralions, and represented Sheffield & Hallamshire Sunday League."

"Dore Football Club was still going in the 1970s. As you will gather I was very proud of Dore FC, and in the mid 70s I was approached by local residents to try to save the Club. Sadly it was not to be."