Joe Dixon’s

Football Memories

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Players and Personalities


Just Some of the Many Players and Personalities I Admired



I was just recently loaned a book by Peter Gibson called 'Sunderland's Beautiful Game' and I enjoyed it that much I now have my own copy. Reading and looking through all the photos made me realise just how many players and personalities I came across and admired throughout my time in local football. Obviously some players were better than others but football will always be a team game and if you played in any team it meant you were an important part of it and had some talent. As I'll never be able to add all of these players and personalities to my website I've added a section below to show those that I didn't admire and if you are not on this list then I'm pleased as I would hate to upset anyone that I admired.

The following lists are, in alphabetical order, are far from finished and I apologise for names not yet added. There has never been any logic in the order that I have added to them. An example of this is Freddie Guy, a player who I had admired for years, and it took over 15 months before I added him. I’m sure I’ve added people that didn’t expect to be mentioned and vice versa.

Please contact me about anyone, I've included or omitted that you have an opinion on, or even if it's just to say hello.

I can be contacted by clicking here to e-mail me.


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For surname initials A-C click here. Last updated : 12/07/11


For surname initials
D-H click here. Last updated : 12/07/11


For surname initials
I-O click here. Last updated : 07/09/10


For surname initials
P-Z click here. Last updated : 21/03/11


For Players and Personalities I Didn't Admire

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If anyone feels I have got some information wrong with my comments please let me know. After all the time that has elapsed and the number of teams and players I have been involved with it's more than likely that I may have my wires crossed occasionally.

An obvious one could be in thinking a player was left footed when in fact he was right footed. This actually reminds me an incident that actually happened when I played for Ryhope CA.

I was playing in one game and a right wing cross came to me on the edge of the penalty area and I hit a first time shot with my left foot and it was a good strike but it rebounded from the right hand post. I didn't think much more about this but when I got back into the dressing room our Trainer Ernie Carlin was giving me some advice, in a nice way I might add, and the conversation(polite version) went something like this :-

Ernie - 'Joe you'll have to try and use your right foot a bit more'

Joe - 'what do you mean'

Ernie - 'that shot of yours that hit the post'

Joe - 'what about it'

Ernie - 'if you are running on to a cross from the right you've got to hit the ball with your right foot'

Joe - 'I normally would but it fell nicely for my left'

Ernie - 'thats because you adjusted yourself so you could hit it with your left'

Joe - 'why would I do that?'

Ernie - 'because you are left footed'

Joe - 'I'm not, I'm right footed'

Ernie - 'you're not, you're left footed'

In the mids't of my laughter I tried to explain that I obviously could use both feet but I really was right footed but he wouldn't have it.

Even to this day I'm not sure if he still thinks that way. (He'd probably tell me that I cannot kick with any now and I couldn’t argue with him on that)

When I think of it now it was a huge compliment although it was never meant that way.