Date: 7th August 2011 at 10:38am
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The voting for the first three inductees to our Hall of Fame, in the 1945 – 1960 category has now been completed. A total of 14 nominations were received and 130 votes were cast in voting over the past week.

The results were as follows:

Tommy Godwin 31

Ronnie Bolton 18

Dickie Dowsett 17

Stan Newsham 16

Ollie Norris 15

Freddie Cox 8

Brian Bedford 5

Joe Brown 4

Laurie Cunningham 4

Reg Cutler 4

Nelson Stiffle 3

Doug McGibbon 3

Jack Crosland 1

Harry Hughes 1

Introducing the new AFC Bournemouth Vitals Hall of Fame Members

Tommy Godwin

The runaway winner of the poll, Tommy played over 350 times, as goalkeeper, for Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club (Boscombe) between 1952 and 1962.

He joined Boscombe from Leicester City having spent three seasons with the Midland club. Previous to that he had played for Shamrock Rovers in his native Ireland. He also made 13 appearances for the Irish national team, keeping a clean sheet in a 2 – 0 win against England in September 1949.

When he retired from playing in 1962 Tommy stayed in the Bournemouth area and worked for the local council in the parks department. He died in August 1996, aged 68.

His nominees wrote:

‘Ever present in the 1956-57 cup run, and certainly deserves his place in the Hall of Fame for being our first ever international player. Tommy never left the area and retired after ET. Was a regular at DC.` Al Gard

‘One of the best goalkeepers we’ve ever had AND was the goalkeeper (for Eire) when England lost their first ever international at home against Non – Great Britain opposition – 2-0 in 1949 and played at Goodison Park. Tommy also had a habit of dribbling up the field – the ideal example of goalkeepers having to be slightly ‘mad’. He also lived across the road from me in Pokesdown – just couldn’t leave him out.` Keith Brewer

‘I was privileged to watch the great man play many games for us. He was unbelievably brave, in an era when goalkeepers received little protection, but what sets him apart for me is the fact that he gained International recognition when playing for AFCB. This must be very rare for a club such as AFCB and makes him stand apart when we discuss many of our tremendous goalkeepers.` Glenmorangie

Ronnie Bolton

Born in Golborne, Wigan in 1938 Ronnie was signed from Crompton Recreation, a non league team in Lancashire, and played for Boscombe in two spells.

A controversial, but acceptable, nomination for this era (because he played so many games in 1960 – 1975 era) he made his debut in 1958 and by the time he left to move to Ipswich, in 1966, who were in Division 2 at the time – we always did sell our best players to bigger clubs – he had played one game short of 200, scoring 31 times.

He returned to play for us again between 1967 and 1969, making another 65 appearances and scoring 17 goals. He then emigrated to South Africa to play for Durban City.

On the Vital`s website, in May 2005, Forza Rossoneri! recalled that ‘Ronnie Bolton’s last-minute overhead kick at home against Shrewsbury to salvage a 1-1 draw` was one of the top 3 goals scored for Bournemouth in his lifetime.

His nominees wrote:

‘Quite simply the best midfield player AFCB has ever had (only Ian Bishop would come close). He scored goals, had good pace and amazing skill. Ball juggling was a speciality of his.` Keith Brewer

‘Arguably one of the best attacking midfielders we have produced.` Paul Pearson

Dickie Dowsett

Gilbert James ‘Dickie’ Dowsett was born in Chelmsford, Essex on 3 July 1931. He had played for Sudbury Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Southend United and Southampton before joining

Dickie signed for Boscombe in June 1957, apparently for a fee of £100 = no non disclosed fees in those days. In the five years with Boscombe he played 169 games scoring a prolific 79 goals [Wikipedia] and was the club’s top scorer in three seasons. He left to join Crystal Palace, who were also in the 3rd Division at the time, for £3500 in November 1962 – no transfer window then. Palace finished below Boscombe in that season but finished two places above and were promoted to Division 2 in the next season. Dowsett scored 22 goals in 54 games at Palace.

He returned to the club, following his retirement from playing and became the club`s commercial manager, holding the post from June 1968 until March 1983. It has been claimed that the club`s current badge, a player heading the ball, is apparently the side on image of Dickie Dowsett

‘Another top scorer for three consecutive seasons, and then his service to the club as commercial manager after ET packed up the game deserves a place. 20 years of service for all in the club.` Al Gard

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