Dickie Dowsett

Dickie Dowsett
Dickie Dowsett
Personal information
Full name Gilbert James Dowsett
Date of birth 3 July 1931 (1931-07-03) (age 80)
Place of birth Chelmsford, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–1952 Sudbury Town
1952–1955 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1)
1955–1956 Southend United 20 (4)
1956–1957 Southampton 2 (0)
1957–1962 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 169 (79)
1962–1965 Crystal Palace 54 (22)
1965–19?? Weymouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gilbert James "Dickie" Dowsett (born 3 July 1931) is a former English professional footballer who played for Sudbury Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Southend United, Southampton, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Crystal Palace and Weymouth.[1]


Playing career

Born in Chelmsford, Dowsett began his career at non League club Sudbury Town before joining Tottenham Hotspur in May 1952. The inside forward scored a goal in his one senior appearance against Aston Villa on 21 August 1954.[2][3]

Dowsett transferred to Southend United in May 1955 where he netted four times in 20 matches in the 1955–56 season.[4] Whilst at the Roots Hall club, he was spotted by Frank Dudley, who recommended him to his former colleague Ted Bates, who was now manager at Southampton.[5] He joined the "Saints" in July 1956 and featured in two league matches and one in the FA Cup but was unable to stake a claim for a regular place in the first team.[6]

Dowsett signed for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in June 1957, for a fee of £100.[5] At Dean Court, Dowsett was converted from a winger into an inside forward with great success. In the five years with Bournemouth, he was the club's top scorer in three seasons.[5] Described as "determined, fast and useful in the air", the free scoring player found the net on 67 occasions in 169 matches. Bournemouth's current club badge features the highly regarded player's profile.[7]

In November 1962 he joined Crystal Palace for a fee of £3500;[5] at the Selhurst Park club, he notched up a further 22 goals in 54 outings. In June 1965, Dowsett went on to play for Weymouth of the Southern League, where he ended his competitive career. In his first season at Weymouth, he helped the club take the Southern League Championship for the second successive season.[8]

Post–football career

After retring from playing, Dowsett returned to Dean Court where he became Bournemouth's commercial manager, holding the post from June 1968 until March 1983.[5]

Dowsett is a member of the Dorset Cricket Society and recalled his football experiences in an after dinner speech he made to members in March 2010.[9]




  1. ^ Hugman,B,J, (Ed) The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) ISBN 1-85291-665-6 p178. Retrieved 7 June 2010
  2. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur player details – D". www.tottenhamhotspur.com. http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/history/history_azofplayers.html. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Spurs v Aston Villa notes". Debuts against Aston Villa. "My eyes have seen the glory...". http://www.mehstg.com/astonote.htm. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dickie Dowsett". Southend United database. www.sufcdb.co.uk. http://www.sufcdb.co.uk/index.php?option=com_indplay&Itemid=61&pno=357. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. pp. 505–506. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  6. ^ In That Number. p. 47. 
  7. ^ "Bournemouth football badges". www.footybadges.co.uk. http://www.footybadges.co.uk/Bournemouth_football_badges. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Weymouth FC". Football Club History Database. http://www.fchd.btinternet.co.uk/WEYMOUTH.HTM. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Résumé of events 2009-10". Dorset Cricket Society. 25 March 2010. http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~ccla/memories.html. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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