Poly preseason 2019 returns in just a weeks time as our sides look to build on the successes of recent seasons. The Poly are always on the look out for new players to fill all of our senior Saturday sides so if you are keen to get involved, please do reach out on the details below as we cater for all ages and abilities. Alternatively, feel free to show at our training sessions on the dates below and ask for Laurence Spear to introduce!
Andy, who was recently made a Club Vice President, played all of his football at the Poly and stood out because he was profoundly deaf from birth.
He nevertheless was a gifted player, in fact, one of the best at the Poly of recent times. He joined in 1954 when he was 18 and at about 20 was the regular 1st team centre forward. A fellow team member said that if he could have given up the smoking and the beer he could have been a professional!
Over the years he dropped down to the 3rd’s and then to the Strollers. He was one of the characters of the Weston Super Mare tour from its beginning in 1960 and because he could lip read, many were unaware at first of his disability. His humour will be missed by all.
Here’s Andy scoring for the 1st team on the Stadium pitch in 1954.
Polytechnic FC are saddened to learn of the recent passing of club Vice President Barry Albin-Dyer.
Barry was a Poly player for many years and captained the 2nd team at one stage. He is remembered as a strong and skilful centre-forward and a popular presence at the club.
Away from the Poly, Barry was a prominent businessman and philanthropist in his local community of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. He also authored several books, one of which was made into the ITV serial “Don’t Drop the Coffin” several years ago.
A longer article about Barry’s life can be found here.