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Anthony Lewis
1 Posted 18/11/2014 at 12:39:28
Well you certainly found him. Nice read, Tony, thanks. :)
Geoff Evans
2 Posted 18/11/2014 at 12:59:14
Great research, lot of hard work.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 18/11/2014 at 13:35:31
I thought I'd read this in an idle moment. Glad I did. A nicely-written story. Thanks, Tony.
Mike Childs
4 Posted 18/11/2014 at 21:24:36
As a Yank who only knows the history of the club due to the great writings of fellow TWers, thanks for an interesting piece of the club's history.
David Ellis
5 Posted 19/11/2014 at 06:23:18
Very interesting. It shows how random the success of clubs can be. I did not realise we were ever considered "junior" to Bolton Wanderers – I guess our star started to rise just at the right time to become founder members of the Football League.

I love that they moved a full back to the forward line... that must have been a slap in the face for the forwards. But in those days, given that there were five forwards, some in reality would be considered midfielders nowadays.

And when Dodson moved from full back to centre half – in those days that was a move to a midfield position, but nowadays would be a move accross the defence (which is why for the young uns on here why central defenders are called centre halves – it's the move from a 2-3-5 formation to a 4-4-2 or whatever the modern formation is. The centre of the "3" in midfield was effectively a centre back or defensive centre mid).

Paul Gladwell
6 Posted 24/11/2014 at 16:36:13
Great read, would be nice to see him get a headstone for the man who was our clubs first professional.
Max Wilson
7 Posted 27/11/2014 at 09:53:27
Fascinating. Great work. No monument to them? Are we able to commence a fund?

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