Gordon Dinnis – Books he liked to read

Gordon Dinnis loved to read books, in particular books about sport.  He loved football books, books about cricket, boxing and biographies of sportsmen.  I was a child in the late 1960s and I remember him sitting in his battered old armchair, cigarette in one hand, book in the other, with his bookcase beside him.  It was his corner of the room, I never realised that until I thought about it just now.  There was a whole room but he had his own space.  His chair, his bookcase, his bureau where he kept all his financial papers, and a small coffee table with an ashtray heaped with old smoked out cigarette ends.  Above his head the ceiling was yellow, the rest of the ceiling was white.  I inherited the bureau, that was almost twelve years ago but if I open it and smell inside I can still smell the cigarettes and that makes me smile.

I kept one or two of his books, football books with a Brighton & Hove Albion interest.  They were published around 1946, there were three in the series but he only had the second and third.  I believe the first title to be ‘Soccer – The Ace Of Games’.  At that time Gordon would have been in Italy, recovering at a re-allocation centre and then working in the Royal Army Pay Corps.

I was surprised to see the book titles, it seems strange seeing the word ‘Soccer’ and not ‘Football’.  The author Alec E. Whitcher was obviously a fan of Brighton & Hove Albion, as ‘Profits from the sale of this book will be devoted to the funds of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.’  I’m sure he would have loved our recent 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, as in his preamble he writes ” After the Brighton team have won an important match, my excitement is such that for two or three days following I am as stiff in the leg muscles as if I had played a hard game!  These encounters are the spice of life to me.”

I have scanned some pages below, I thought it was an interesting chapter about the ‘Gold Stone’, although of course it’s very sad the Goldstone Ground is no longer there.

The Voice of SoccerSoccer Callingpage twopage onepage 97page 98page 99page 100page 1011994 The Goldstone Ground

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