Calverton Colliery 1955



Standing (from left): W. Standen (secretary), B. McPherson (treasurer), R. Truman (capt.), K. Hinch, R. Kinton, G. Campion, H. Barnes, C. Lawson, J. Love (chairman).

Seated (from left): G. Ashfield, G. O’Dowd, J. Brooks, B. Chapple, R. Farmer


Although only formed three seasons ago, Calverton Colliery have already made their presence felt in local football circles.

In their opening season, 1952-53 competing in the Second Division of the Realm League they were runners up and carried off the Realm Junior K.O. Cup. Last season they were again runners up but this time in the First Division and were finalists in the K.O. Senior Cup.

This season in the League they are having a terrific fight with Bulwell Forest Villa for the championship and at the moment the ‘Colliery’ have not lost a match in the League and have reached the semi-final of the League Cup.

Friendly rivalry exists between the left wing pair for the goal-scoring rights. Outside left R. Farmer, only 18 years old, has scored 31 goals and his inside partner R. Chapple has scored 38. Several of the players have had representative games with the League and G. O’Dowd has made an appearance for Notts FA.

Much of the credit for the club’s success goes to chairman J. Love, A. Matthews, secretary until this season and B. McPherson treasurer. The secretarial duties are now in the hands of W. Standen a player himself until having to temporarily retire this season after only six games owing to ill health.

Last season the club applied for membership of the Notts Alliance but were unsuccessful. It is their intention to apply again this year when they hope to have a more favourable reply. This up and coming young club certainly deserves it!




Nine goals in a 12-1 smash hit! That was last Saturday’s “best” of the day, registered by Calverton Colliery centre forward Barry Chappell. And the Notts. Alliance unfortunates to catch Chappell in such devastating mood were Civil Service.

Chappell, who has played with the Forest A side has again attracted attention from League scouts with his quickfire shooting.

He has helped to weld Calverton into a formidable eleven after a very poor opening to the season. Now the side have won six matches in a row and have reached the semi-final of the Notts Alliance K.O. Cup.

With a lot of promising youngsters coming along there is every indication that the standards being set by Bob Kinton and his men will be maintained.

(acknowledgement Barry Chappell)