Dowty Sports Teams - Through the Ages

Many Dowty sites had their own Sports & Social Clubs with excellent facilities, with sports teams that actively participated in local leagues at all levels and some even nationally.

Then there were the inter-departmental sporting activities, which were taken very seriously indeed, especially when you had to return to work the next day and face your victors!

Sir George Dowty & Team - Snooker Championship
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Hydraulic Units Club House 1967. That is John Nation firing his tiddly wink.
James Parker
L-R: John Herring; Dennis Langley; ?
John Herring
John Herring 4th right
John Herring
DHU Interdepartmental c.1977/78
Chris Taylor
Dowty Skittle Presentation - Cheltenham Racecourse Prestbury Suite
Ken Giles
Dowty Rotol Inter-Departmental Cricket Team. 1978
Dowty Rotol Inter-Departmental Football around 1978.
Roly Jenkins benefit at Dowty's George Dowty X1 v Worcester CC
Roly Jenkins benefit at Dowty's George Dowty X1 v Worcester CC
Dowty Rotol Inter-Departmental Football 1984
Dowty Rotol Inter-Departmental Football Team
Dowty Hydraulics skittle team dinner at Cheltenham racecourse 1978
Dowty Fuel Systems v Apprentices - Final. DFS won 2-1 in 1950 or 1951
The Court - Football Team 1980 This was a independent team set up by a number of former Dowty Arle Court players. Mike waring (Goalie) with Mike Mitchell; Andy Price; Tim Richards
Dowty Rotol Football Team
Dowty Electrics Interdepartmental Cricket Team (circa 1965/1968)
Dowty Rotol Inter departmental Rugby union winners 1981 Experimental ~ Ade Stephenson with cup, John Clay with cup on his head, John Evans, Gary Payne, Mark Teague, Steve Dunn, Kev Noonan, Mark Owen, Sean Nealy, Stu Dix, Paul Kennett, Errol Westcarr
DFS Machine Shop Interdepartmental Cricket Team Final 1979
Annual DFS Summer BBQ at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean circa mid 1980’s
Dowty cricket team
Gloucestershire Archives
G H Dowty's XI. v Worcestershire County XI - July 1950
Carol John Sharrock
G H Dowty's XI. v Worcestershire County XI - July 1950
Carol John Sharrock
Dowty Rotol Repair - Inter-Departmental Rugby Team early 80's
Dowty Rotol No1 Assembly - Inter-Departmental Rugby
Dowty Repair - Inter-Departmental Football Team 1990-91 featuring: Back L-R: Justin Dowle; Tony Colucci; Mark Williams; John Maquire; Charlie Taylor; Rich Venn; Steve Powell Front L-R: Chris Kenwood; Dean Swinford; Gareth Rossiter; Simon Probyn; Rich Lloyd; Gary Murdoch; Paul Brown
Rotol Experimental Department Skittle Team. Front L-R Don Wakefield; Centre Ernie Roberts, 2nd from right Peter Britten
DOWTY RFC 1ST XV – 1956-57 Rear – W.Burford (Committee), (Referee), M.Canning, K.Browning, G.Picard, J.Brown, G.Llyod, J.Wood, F.Lomax, (St John’s Ambulance Officer), R.Davies, P.Matthews Middle – B.Payne, D.H.G.Lewis, K.Billing (Captain), E.Gater, M.Crouch Front – E.J.Smith, R.Morgan
Dowty RFC
Dave Mace with the Dowty Mining Equipment Football Team in 1960's
The day Imran Khan, Mike Proctor and Allan Border played with Dowty Arle Court Cricket Club - but can you spot them?
Dowty Rotol Bowling Club Badge
Dowty Bowling Club Badge
Back row left to right: Mike Ashmead; Terry, Mike Poole; Front: Ernie Spires and Charlie Dunn
DFS Interdepartmental Winners
Rick Washbourne
Back Row: Andy McQuarrie, Pete Willis, Me, Andy Brown?, Angus Dulake, Rick and ??? Front Row: Graham Bendall, Rich Morgan, Terry Cerrone, Chris Chant and Alec Herbert ?? Frank Griffiths is ‘The Manager’ he was Steward of the Dowty Staverton clubhouse at the time with his wife Kay.
Rick Washbourne
Dowty Rugby Football Club Team
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Comments about this page

  • Thank you Mike… happy to put the record straight!

    By John Redfern (15/11/2019)
  • May I make a small correction please? In the scroll down of football teams there is a pic of the ‘Arle Court Football team in the 1980’s’ (Black and White striped shirts.) Not so.

    This is a independent team called The Court set up by a number of former Dowty Arle Court players. The Dowty side was disbanded in the late 1970’s by Dowty because it had no employees in the team – yet we continued to use the magnificent Arle Court pitch. So, understandable.
    In the picture (I am the goalkeeper with more hair and less weight than the present day!) but next to me is Mike Mitchell who was a long standing Dowty employee as were Andy Price and Tim Richards who played many seasons. I hope you appreciate the clarification.

    By Mike Waring (15/11/2019)

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