Thanks to the efforts and initiative of Kevin Alderson, a lecturer at Central Bedfordshire College and member of the club’s loyal hardcore fans affectionally known as The Regiment, the club has been invited by his colleague Jade O’Dell to further develop its Community Education project with a group of students who are studying on a sports-based pathway course at the college. As with our work with local schools, the club has agreed to run educational and sporting activities throughout the academic year. To this end, Paul Harris, the club historian, visited the college recently to talk about the club’s history.
Paul obviously talked about the great players such as George Best, Jeff Astle and Kerry Dixon who have played for the club as well as highlighting the fact that the club along with Arsenal and Preston North End are part of a unique group that are called “The Invincibles” having gone a whole season without losing a game on the way to winning a league title.
Paul talked in great detail about the ups and downs of supporting and helping out a non-league team such as Dunstable Town. He showed the students pictures of the old Creasey Park stadium and informed them that there were many occasions where the club had to survive on a match-by-match basis.
The students were fascinated by the many and varied historical points of interest that Paul highlighted in his presentation that demonstrated links with the local and social history of the town over the decades, notably, the different venues the club has played at in Dunstable.
Of particular interest to the students were the old programmes Paul showed the students and how much they cost. An interesting discussion ensued as to the cost of things in the 1960s compared to now in addition to getting to understand “old money”. The students found out what they could buy for one old shilling and tried to compare that to what they could buy today for five pence! They found out through one of the programmes that that a decent pair of Tom Finney boots would set them back 30 shillings!
The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed Paul’s presentation and the ensuing question and answer session. The team photo says it all!