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The team were photographed outside the Railway Hotel on Bakewell Road, where they used to change before their home matches[1]. You can see some of their coats and a hat piled up behind them on the wall at the top of the steps (now part of the hotel's entrance). The Railway Hotel was chosen as the club's headquarters in 1933[2], but it is unclear whether the hotel was used as the headquarters before then.

In 1931-2 Matlock Town Football Club played in the Derbyshire Senior League and in November 1931, when they played against Corinthian Reserves, the team members were Sellors, Williams, Ashall, Greenwood, Keightley, Wallace, Andrews, Fletcher, Birks, Bacon and Webster (sorry, no first names)[3]. Presumably, all those players were in this picture.

It was announced at the club's end of season annual meeting in the Town Hall that in 1931-2 they made a £38 profit, which reduced the club's deficit to £20. Mr. Joe W. Johnson, the then secretary of Matlock Town F.C., stated that if the team they had got together for next season was not good enough to win the Derbyshire Senior League, they would never have one that could do so![4] Interestingly, of the eighteen names given out for the 1932-3 team, thirteen were newcomers from other Derbyshire clubs so were untried in the Matlock colours. The 1931-2 team who would continue were backs N. Ashall and A. Williams; half back E. Keightley; and forwards H. Andrews and T. Ashall. There seem to have been two members of the Ashall family who played in 1931-2, although only one of them seems to have played against Corinthian Reserves.

During that season the Club's President was E. W. Wilcock, the Chairman was Cyril Harrison and the secretary, as already stated, was J. W. Johnson[4]. They were supported in the running of the club by a committee. In the 1950s and 60s Cyril Harrison was the chairman of Matlock Town Football Club Supporters' Auxiliary Association, and it is likely the 1931-2 end of season report missed out what he was chairman of[1].


Back Row, left to right:
Mr. J. Johnson, club secretary? | --- | --- | --- [Goalkeeper] | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- [Manager?]

Front row, left to right (seated):
--- | --- | --- | --- | ---

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See the letterhead for the Matlock & District Sports Club (1922), which lists the Club's earlier achievements. You will need to scroll down.
Also see Matlock & Matlock Bath Miscellany


Photograph taken by Harry Gill (Matlock Bath). Image supplied by and copyright © Glynn Waite collection.
Researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] Susan and Mick Tomlinson have said that once the Lido was built in 1938 the team used the changing facilities there.
[2] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 20 July 1933.
[3] "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald", 13 November 1931. Report on who was playing the following day.
[4] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 14 July 1932. Matlock Town F.C.