LOOKING BACK - June 25 edition

Kilsby football team 1947-48
Kilsby football team 1947-48

Kilsby football team 1947-48

Tony Lintern, who many of you might know as ‘Snowy’, has given this picture which has a fascinating story behind it.

Paul Dahmen, who died in 2012 aged 90

Paul Dahmen, who died in 2012 aged 90

The football team was Kilsby FC in 1947-48 and he is second from the left on the front row. He remembers all his team mates (back from left) secretary H Dale, Tom Malin, Den Ward, Jim Conopo, Paul Dahmen and T Worster, standing.

(Front row) Ted Perkins, Snowy Lintern, Mick Perkins and Cliff Worste and Brian Oakes.

Paul Dahmen was a German prisoner of war and, like many German prisoners, when the war ended worked on a farm. Paul was employed on a farm in Kilsby for the Ollerenshaws. The following year, 1949, he played for Rugby Town. Soon after that he went back to West Germany and then emigrated to Ontario, Canada. There he continued his interest in football, being a founder member of the Kingston German Club and was an active player and coach in the Kingston soccer community.

Snowy said he didn’t meet him again until about 1997 when he came back to England for a holiday with his wife and one of his daughters, who was a teacher.

“Funnily enough Ollerenshaws farm house had been turned into a guest house and that is where we met up again, with my twin brother Douglas,” he said. “After that we always kept in touch at Christmas, sending Christmas cards.

“Paul was a gentle giant of a man, built like Tarzan and had a shot like a rocket! He passed away at the age of 90 in July 2012.”