Story of Ivanhoes FC
Thanks to Martin Morris - November 2020
The brilliant wordsmith Ian Dury released his second single in 1979 titled Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3' a follow up to 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' his number one from the previous year. Well at this stage there had just been part one of the intriguing Ivanhoes story witnessed in the North Derbyshire village of Tupton, but now with The Derbyshire FA Community Club of the Year 2020 award it enters its third part. Here is the story of those parts that have helped the club into being its current success within its close knit community and the ongoing development it seeks.
To arrive at the current club which features double figures as its total teams from all ages to its current senior side which has progressed through the structures set in place to reach Hope Valley League status we have to go right back to the 1920's
Arriving in this era and realising the amount of local football taking place in villages were the players of the day didn't travel too much and so many of their matches were against local sides generating large crowds on the touchline watching the proceedings. One of the early sides in the village was Tupton St Johns but our interest surrounds one of the most successful sides of its era in Tupton Ivanhoe and I was fortunate enough to in the 1980s to spend time with its captain Bill Chinnery and local football fan Dennis Raines who were happy to talk about their knowledge and experience of those times plus get out the old cuttings and pictures, as ever time often loses these and the stories when generations pass away. Two of these pictures date from a year book in the 1980s when believe it or not no mobile phones existed never mind the ability to home publish so they were works of endurance with photocopying machines and typewriters, thank you Margaret Cartwright for the typing, so please take that into account when viewing the quality.
Part one of the clubs existence found them formed in the 20s and over the following years they played at three grounds The Recreation Ground, Tupton Primary School and a ground behind the New Inn. Both of my interviewees confirmed Saturday 2.30pm kick offs with crowds often being around 200 watching with a small charge made to attend. The kit as now was the famous black and amber striped outfit which the original club purchased from Elliott and Crooks in Derby the two surnames being of the former Derbyshire cricketer and Rams footballer.
Ivanhoes Multi Competition Winning Side 1936
The team picture, above, shows the sides most successful year winning The Chesterfield Hospital Cup, Grassmoor Nursing Cup, Morton Hospital Cup, Derbyshire Medal and The Graham League. The first trophy was won by beating Bolsover Church Army 4-1 at The Robinsons Works Ground and mainly in the last fifteen minutes after the proceeding time had produced no goals. Apparently Tommy Alton who went on to play for Derby broke the deadlock with I was told a 'forty yard drive'. The Derbyshire Medal featured teams from all over the county and captain Bill Chinnery described it as "the greatest honour to win". The game saw Ivanhoe's beat Clay Cross Star Rangers 4-2 on Sharley Park on Good Friday morning in front of an estimated 1,500 people.
The Graham League was the summit of the league structure sitting above the Scarsdale and Lampson divisions and contained many local names such as Arkwright Welfare, Temple Normanton Old Boys, Alma Athletic, Bolsover Old Boys, Stretton, Markham Sports and Grassmoor to name a selection.
Often travel to away games would involve two of ,village transport company, Heeleys buses and one for the players would be matched with one for following supporters.
rows of seats in the clubs name when during the show three of the actors came on one in a red and white kit, one in blue and white and the third in amber and black. With the question raised 'who do you play for'? we discovered Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday for the first two but by the time we came to the third the biggest cheer went up when the incumbent dressed in amber and black kit declared 'I play for Tupton Ivanhoe'.
Ivanhoe finished around 1940, with a collection of later named teams being Tupton Comrades, Avenue Athletic and in more recent times Tupton Miners Welfare alongside Tupton United and its reserve side and this is where we meet part two of the story.
Tupton Ivanhoes 1987-88 Team