The team were photographed outside the Railway Hotel on Bakewell
Road, where they used to change before their home matches.
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, but it
is unclear whether the hotel was used as the headquarters before
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).
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! 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.
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
Back Row, left to right:
Mr. J. Johnson, club secretary? | --- | --- | --- [Goalkeeper] |
--- | --- | --- | --- | --- [Manager?]
Front row, left to right (seated):
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If you can help with any names, please email.
the letterhead for the Matlock & District Sports Club (1922),
which lists the Club's earlier achievements. You will need to scroll
Also see Matlock & Matlock