Millwey Rise in bygone days!

The Millwey Rise team members on their visit to Hawkchurch in 1959-60. (Left to right); Henry Trench

The Millwey Rise team members on their visit to Hawkchurch in 1959-60. (Left to right); Henry Trenchard, Dave Hawkins, Jack Spiller, Geoff Vicary and Derek ‘Dick’ Sturch. Look at the match ball carried by Jack Spiller, a far cry from the match balls of today! Also the players’ kit bags are also something to behold! - Credit: Archant

A second successive washout for both Millwey Rise senior teams meant some time for some delving into the past in terms of the club history by Dick Sturch, writes Steve Birley.

The Millwey Rise side that won the Perry Street and District League Division 2 Cup in 1958/59. Centr

The Millwey Rise side that won the Perry Street and District League Division 2 Cup in 1958/59. Centre back row: Bernard Hiscox (with moustache). Players, second row (left to right); Percy Downton; Sam Branker; Tony Turner; Dick Sturch; Pete Stevens. Front row (left to right); Dave Mitchell; Skip Willey; Henry Trenchard (capt); Cyril Dickson; Dave Thorne. The mascot is Geoff Every. - Credit: Archant

Dick was part of a successful Rise side in the late 1950’s and early 1960s.

One of our two photographs is a classic football picture in as much as it shows how things have changed since those times!

It shows members of the Millwey Rise team on their visit to Hawkchurch in the 1959060 season.

Henry Trenchard, Dave Hawkins, Jack Spiller, Geoff Vicary and Derek ‘Dick’ Sturch are in the picture and how would modern day players cope with the ball being carried by Jack Spiller?


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What’s more the players kit bags from that era are certainly something to behold!

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