Weymouth Football Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Dickie Dowsett.
Dickie, who had been suffering with dementia, passed away in a care home on Sunday, aged 88. His family confirmed to AFC Bournemouth that his death was not related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Christened Gilbert but always known as “Dickie”, Dowsett joined Weymouth from Crystal Palace in June 1965 and helped the Terras retain the Southern League title in the 1965/66 season.
Prior to joining Weymouth, he played for Chelmsford (Youth) and Sudbury Town before, in 1952, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur (1 app. 1 goal). In 1955 he switched to Southend (26 app. 4gls). In 1956 he came south to Southampton, making just 2 appearances, and then to Bournemouth for £100 in 1957 (181 app. 82 goals). In 1962 he joined Crystal Palace for £3,500 adding another 22 goals in 54 matches to his league record. At Palace, he not only played but also had a spell as a trainer.
After making 163 appearances (4 of which were as a sub) and scoring 36 goals for Weymouth, he was released in April 1968 and joined Bournemouth as Commercial Manager where he remained until March 1983. He later worked for Icarus Toys.
After his retirement in 2000, he continued to live locally to Bournemouth and remained a well-known and popular personality, becoming a member of the Dorset Cricket Society.
Weymouth Football Club would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to Dickie’s wife Cynthia, his family and friends.