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George Dickens, 2010
Dickins of Riseley
Later Dickens

In 1865 3 Brothers, Andrew, John and George Dickins moved into Denton's Cottages, later renamed Woburn Place. George came to work as a currier, and brought his wife Sarah with him and eldest child John, who was later joined by 2 brothers, Albert and Jesse.

Albert was a keen footballer and helped RUSHDEN BRITONS to become the first winners of the Northants Junior Challenge Cup in March 1888 when they beat Kettering Hawks 4-0.

Albert Dickins
Albert Dickens in later life
Northampton Mercury 17™ March 1888
1888 team
Northants Junior Challenge Cup - Kettering Hawks v Rushden Britons - Score 0-4
Goalkeeper: C Lingard — Full backs: A Dickens, F Ambridge
Halfbacks: F Perkins, C Church, C Chettle — Left wing: O Claridge, J Parker (captain)
Right wing: W Evans, H Tomlin —Centre forward: F Maddams

Albert married Rebecca and they had 3 sons and 3 daughters. The younger son, Harry Reginald Dickens, followed in his father's footsteps playing football in the Rushden and District football league in the 1920's. He also helped train the junior team.

The 1920s The junior team
Two pictures from 1921-22 - Junior team - trainer Harry Dickens
League Football - Harry is 3rd from right back row.

medal inscription
Harry's Medal with a sailing ship crest, is inscribed
'Best of League R & D F L 1924-5'

The family moved to Cromwell Road and Harry became one of the 'Rock Boys' and they had this studio photo taken.

The Rock Boys
The Rock Boys
Front row; ?, Bruno Helsdown, Harry Dickens.

Harry Reginald married Betsy and they had 2 sons and a daughter. The younger son, George worked as a booking clerk from 1958-1960, at the Rushden Railway Station before entering the Salvation Army's Training College. Now retired, he returned to the station for the running of the first passenger train in 50 years. (2009) [His neice Claire tells us George died 12 June 2017]

Railway station
Georeg as a lad
George in retirement
George - a youth
George in retirement

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