Dockers’ football team caught on camera

SHIPSHAPE....Middle Docks football players in the 1930s.
SHIPSHAPE....Middle Docks football players in the 1930s.

IT had a reputation as one of the finest ship repair yards on the east coast.

But was its football team equally as exemplary? Well, they didn’t seem to do too badly.

This picture is of Middle Dock FC in Shields in the 1930s, kindly loaned by Kevin Blair.

It’s from the Ardath series, Ardath being one of the best known names associated with cigarette cards in their day.

I can’t tell you a great deal about the team’s playing record.

But I have unearthed a record of them in 1938, when they were playing in the Tyneside League in which they were placed fifth, below Reyrolle’s but above Windy Nook.

The nice thing is that we have all the names of the lads here, so in that back row, left to right, are S Camillieri (trainer), W Davidson, J Spence, J Rowe, R Longmore, C Guyan (captain), E Sarginson and G Gray (secretary).

Front row: N Franks, M Bainbridge, R Gidney, S Nichols and A Common.

Hopefully, family and friends may recognise some of them.