October 22, 1910
Ilford’s new half-back
Since the days of that successful “angler,” Tommy Randell – now of the A.F.A. Ilford have always been extremely fortunate in the matter of their players, says a writer in the “Star.” As each season comes round some new faces or other is seen in the team. This year, for instance, Guy Watson, the well-known London Caledonian goalkeeper, and Joe Dines, late of King’s Lynn, are the “captures.”
The latter is a gem of the first water, and Ilford are to be congratulated in having secured his services in his coming to reside in the district. Dines first saw the light at King’s Lynn 24 years ago. He commenced his football career with the South Lynn All Saints’ School, but although his team reached the final of the School’s Shield competition three times during four seasons he assisted them, they never won the trophy.
It was at the early age of 16 – when he made his debut in senior ranks as a player for the now defunct Lynn United team – that the original of our article first came into prominence. The club won the Lynn and West Norfolk League in that season (1902-03), and Dines gained his first medal. Hereabouts, Lynn Town, hearing of Dines’ abilities, invited the “promising youngster” to assist them in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup, with the result that Dines received his second medal – a runner’s up! Since that match until he went to Peterborough College in 1908, the subject of our sketch played regularly for the Lynn Club, obtaining, his Norfolk County colours in 1905-06, and a silver Distinction Medal for special service to his country in 1907-08.
While at college he captained the tea, at football, and also gained his spurs at cricket and tennis. Twice he helped Norfolk to win the Southern Counties Championship by his brainy play at centre-half back; and never was success more richly merited than when, as a result of his masterly exhibition in the match Southern Counties v London, and in the trial games South v North, he was awarded his cap in the Amateur International v Wales last February. Now that he has come to reside at Ilford, where he follows the profession of a schoolmaster we may expect to hear more of Joe Dines in the near future.
(Source: Tower Hamlets Independent: October 22, 1910)