Dick was born in Carlisle and he signed for Sheffield Wednesday just prior to
the outbreak of the Second World War. He made his debut for the 'Owls' against
Grimsby Town and immediately helped sink the 'Mariners' by scoring after just 30
With the War disrupting organised football he guested for Darlington, helping
them to win the Durham Senior Cup with a victory over the mighty Sunderland
where he was in direct opposition to a certain Cliff Whitelum with whom he was
to form, in later years, the most feared of all of the 'Linnets' striking
After the war and having doubts about a career in football full time, he opted
for job security and part time football with the Midland League side, Worksop
Town. The 'Tigers' certainly got a bargain as Dick netted 68 goals in his first
season, a total on which he improved the following season with a total 72 making
a total 140 in his two years at Central Avenue.
A chance meeting in the centre of Sheffield with Ken Gadsby led to Dick being
invited to sign for the 'Linnets' and he signed for the club in 1949, making his
debut in a Miller Shield fixture with Gorleston. It was also against the
'Greens' that he made his debut in the Eastern Counties League, this time in a
four nil victory, with Dick, naturally enough, scoring twice.
His appearance and goal scoring whilst at Kings Lynn were as follows:
1949-50: Appearances 49, goals 44
1950-51: Appearances 50, goals 36
1951-52: Appearances 56, goals 49
1952-53: Appearances 30, goals 25
In total 154 goals in only 185 games speaks for itself as a scoring record of
which any centre forward could be proud. For Dick was a real old fashioned
centre forward who lead his line and had a fierce shot and was equally as good
in the air.
He scored six goals in an 8-0 victory over Newmarket Town in 1951-52. He twice
got four in a match, against March Town in a 6-0 win in 1950-51 and against
Newmarket Town in the return fixture in 1951-52, a 10-0 victory this time. He
also managed no fewer than eleven hat-tricks during his career at Kings Lynn.
The biggest F.A. Cup win in which he played for Lynn was a massive 14-1 over
After leaving Lynn he became Player-Manager of Long Sutton Town, taking them to
a Lincolnshire Senior Cup victory over Spalding United after beating Holbeach
United en route. He became a fully qualified FA. Coach, putting his skills to
the test as Coach at Rampton Hospital.