Sport in Dursley

Sport in Dursley has been a popular past-time ever since people began to appreciate that their leisure time (what little there was) could be fun. One of the oldest organised sporting activities in the town is Association Football and it was way back in 1893 that the first club was formed. In fact the story of football in Dursley deserves its own page and this can be found by following the football link. The rest of this page will therefore be used to show something of all the other sports that have been enjoyed in the town over the last century or so.

  Picture Gallery (Click on picture for larger view)

Dursley Church Lads Brigade gymnastics display
The Church Lads Brigade here put on a display of gymnastics in the grounds of the old Dursley Rectory.

(mid 1930s - courtesy David Evans)

    Dursley gymnastic display
Local gymnasts put on a creative display.
(c1908 - courtesy David Evans)
    Dursley Athletics Club Awards Evening
This picture shows the Annual Dinner and Presentation evening at Rednock Community Centre. Pictured are:
(L-R) Pat Hobbs, Andrew Nolder, Jacqueline, James Drennen, Cecil Pyle, Caroline Green, Trevor Lewis, Sarah Major.
(Feb 5th 1988 - copyright Bailey Newspaper Group)
    Hollies Tennis Club, ladies group
Shown here lined up behind the net are the ladies of Dursley's Hollies Tennis Club.
(c1929 - courtesy David Evans and Connie Cuff)
    Dursley Cricket Club
Pictured here are: Back Row (L-R) J. Audrey, F. Hitchings, H. Adams, D. Seeley, B. Hughes, F. Barnes, P. Hancock, F. Whittard; Front Row (L-R) J. Trayhurn, B. Atkins, E. Pilsworth (Capt), C.H. Wintle, Dacre, C. Adams (President) (1926 - courtesy David Evans)
    Dursley Cricket Club
Pictured are: Back (L-R) Mr Russell (umpire), Mr Daunton (Secretary), F. Hitchings, Toterall, R. Price, Mr Pugh (President), Tony Cleverley, Summers, B. Auger, C. Kingham; Front (L-R) D. Read, A. Evans, C. Wintle (Capt, 50 years with the team), J. Oakley, W. Hughes, Mackerson; Boy in front - Hancock
(1952 - courtesy David Evans and Joan Kingham)
    Dursley Bowls Club
The bowls club played, and still play, at the green next to the Priory at the bottom of Long Street.
(date unknown - courtesy David Evans)
    Dursley Rugby Club - 1898/99
Like football, Rugby was popular in the town in the 19th century and this picture shows one of the early teams.
(1898/99 - courtesy David Evans)
    Dursley Hockey Club
The team is pictured here at Gloucester. Shown are: Back Row (L-R) Rex Howard, Rowland Vigus, Jack Attwool, John Abbot, H.W. (Bill) Vigus, Edgar Letcher; Front Row (L-R) Cecil Giddings, H. Hibbard, Fred Greaves, Arnold Jones, Percy Wood.
(1920 - courtesy David Evans)
    Dursley Pedersen Road Club
At this time the club had as a member Lee Davis who was the National Junior Champion. Some of those pictured are: Back left (in white) Martin Watkins; 6th from left (in dark top) Pat Pinchin; 8th from left (middle row) Neil Dimery; Centre back (with tie) Mike Myers; 7th from right (Lady with white cap) Pat Appleton; Far right (back) Mark Robinson.
(May 6th 1988 - copyright Bailey Newspaper Group)