READER LETTER: Worksop Town - Delving into the history of the Tigers

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I was interested to read John Mann’s comments on the history of Worksop Town Football Club. As many readers know I have been working on a history of the club since September and I have also been liaising with the Tigers’ historian/statistician Steve Jarvis to help fill in gaps in his already extensive data base and tables.

We are now up to 1906 and well on course to meet a self- imposed deadline for the first volume, from 1861-1930, by next Christmas. This will be an anecdote/image rich publication which will hopefully attract people with an interest in the history of the town as well as Tigers fans.

It will also contain the complete record of tables and results known to date. The full, match by match account will be available as an ebook, and then it can be easily revised and updated as new information comes in.

As the fourth oldest club in the world — out of over two million — Worksop has an extensive and fascinating football history.

The Worksop and Retford Derby was being played for at least 20 years before the Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffieldd.

Every long-standing Worksop family will almost certainly have ancestors who either played for the club, or became involved in some aspect of the club’s administration. One example of this would be Harry Beall, a Worksop Town star from 1898-1908 whose family have been very supportive. Harry will be a featured player in the book.

The other players who are likely to feature as key players in the narrative up to 1930 include: Francis or Frank Owtram/Outram-both variations were used- Carey Casson Outram, JG ‘Joe’ and S.Pearson, Hett, CF Mayor and Tom Hutton from the Victorian era. From the professional/Edwardian era, Elija Wigmore, Dick Phillips and Elijah Allsopp, Brailsford, Copestake, Pratt and Binney. From the ‘Golden Era’ of Worksop football in the ‘roaring 20s’, when Town were giantkilling kings of the Midland League, Tommy Lawrie, George Richardson, Bratley and Brown will all almost certainly feature. The events surrounding this game and the players will feature in a separate book, to be written by the writer and sports presenter, Lance Hardy.

We would love to hear from relatives of players listed above who have an interest in their family history and from any other local residents —the Tigers took many players from the surrounding mining villages — who have come across references to football, either amateur or professional, when researching a family tree.

The next few years are going to be critical for the survival and development of football in the town.

I hope that our research and books will help people to feel an affiliation and affection for an institution that has been a part of their families’ lives for generations.

We only have a club because of the hard work of a small group of dedicated supporters giving up hours of their time to keep the Tigers alive.

I hope others will show their appreciation by joining me in the 1861 club, and by donating to the fund to finally provide a permanent home to the world’s fourth oldest team.

John Stocks

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