There’s the rub


From the Birmingham Mail, 4th January 1939: Dicky Dorsett looks on as his teammate gets a sporting massage. Click for a larger version.

One recurring theme here on the blog is the story of one of Brownhills’ most notable sons – Dickie Dorsett, ace footballer known as the Brownhills Bomber, who was a major-league football star in times past and by all accounts a thoroughly decent bloke.

A couple of weeks ago, Peter ‘pedro’ Cutler was trawling the archives of the Birmingham Mail and came upon a whole tranche of interesting stuff – more later – not least the above photo of Dickie and teammates preparing for an important game.

This will probably be of interest to Sue Lote, whose work on Dickie is incomparable. Sue states that Dickie actually came from a family with a strong footballing pedigree, and has some really interesting bits an pieces on her page dedicated to him.

What do you know, folks? BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or comment here. Thanks to Richard Lee for the prod.

Sue Lote’s site contains a wealth of information about the Dorsett family. Click on the screenshot to go take a look.

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5 Responses to There’s the rub

  1. graham birch (grandson of George Dorsett) says:

    Hi all, nice to see Dickie remembered so fondly by the people of Brownhills. He was my mothers cousin and I was very lucky to spend a day with him just before he passed away. What a great man he was and sadly missed by all the family.
    Graham Birch.

  2. aerreg says:

    happy days when football was football not tactics the ball was leather with a rubber bladder and dubbin the boots were leather with studs and shin pads and dickies hair was kept in place with brylcreem the ball was dribbled not pass the parcel and every one in the crowd had a cap on re HOPE SPRING ETERNAL yes i know times have changed my apolagies to modern supporters but you must admit the final score lines were bigger and line up more exiting and no i was never any good at football

  3. Pedro says:

    Later in the year Wolves would loose the 1939 FA Cup final to Portsmouth by 4 goals to 1.

    Dorset was the scorer of the Wolverhampton goal.

  4. Stephen cawley says:

    The villa supporters club used to use the top club room every month and would have visiting players occasionally ,Dickie would come to these meetings and always had something to contribute ,he was a real gentleman but I would guess a real hard man in his day

  5. kathy bull nee [cooper] says:

    Dickie was my grans brother ,I didn’t meet him wish I had I have the same photo as above it was my grans,our timmy was good at football I no where he got it from now .

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