Millwey Rise - a report from bygone times
PUBLISHED: 08:19 31 December 2017
Our regular correspondent with regard to all things Millwey Rise, Dick Sturch, has been delving into the archives and come up with another ‘gem’.
We go back in time to May 1966, just over a month before England lifted the World Cup, with Millwey Rise landing a win that saw them crowned Perry Street and District League Division Two champions.
The report read: ‘By winning a hard-fought game at Upottery 4-1, Millwey Rise clinched the championship of Perry Street and District League Division Two.
About 50 people from Millwey and Axminster travelled to Upottery for the game and the visiting side included three of the players from their 1958-59 championship side – Tony Turner, Perce Downton and Dick Sturch.
The first-half scoring consisted of goals for Millwey by Roger Hurrell and Ian Galloway and one by J Blackmore for Upottery.
Rise had to play up the slope in the second half and at times their opponents had them at sixes and sevens.
However, after about a quarter of an hour the visitors started clicking again and scored twice within five minutes, both by Ray Tiller following up shots by Roger Hurrell which the goalkeeper failed to hold. Midway through the second half Downton was injured for the second time in the game and was off the field for 10 minutes.
One injury occurred when, in taking a corner, he kicked the corner flag, breaking it and injuring his ankle in the process.
Axminster Town are reported to be interested in several Rise players.’