October 19, 1918
Second-Lieutenant Joe Dines, the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, killed in France, was one of the most popular footballers in London, and one of the best amateur half-backs in Association football during the period immediately preceding the war.
A native of King’s Lynn, he started his football there, but made his name with the Ilford F.C. on coming to London to take up a teaching appointment. A clever and untiring half-back, he gained very high honours. He received his first “cap” for England in the amateur match against Wales in season 1909-10. Between that period and the outbreak of war he was one of the first choices for England in the amateur internationals, and was well-known to the football enthusiasts on the Continent. Altogether he played in twenty-four amateur international matches, including fixtures against Wales, Ireland, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. In 1912 he assisted England to win the Association trophy at the Olympic Games at Stockholm after a hard game against Denmark in the final; and in season 1913-14 he represented the amateur against the professionals in the trial match. He represented London and Essex in county football, and assisted Ilford to win several trophies. After amateur club football was closed down owing to the war he played for Millwall until he was granted leave to enlist by the education authorities.
(Source: Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News: October 19, 1918)