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Ullswater Rovers Football Club
Ullswater Rovers has been playing at Patterdale since 1896. At its peak, thanks largely to the swelling numbers of workers at Greenside Mine they could field four teams, and recruited from all around Ullswater and as far afield as Penrith. The team is still going strong and has had much success over the years. So far we have found two photos of the team from before World War One. The first was unearthed by Warren Allison and showing the Ullswater Football Team in April 1914, just 4 months before war was declared. The photo was published in the Mid Cumberland and North Westmorland Herald on the 4th April 1914. It relates to Ullswater Rovers winning the Penrith and District Cup after a replay, when they beat Appleby 3 -
If you can help us to add to the stories of the any of the players then please contact us.
The second picture below shows Ullswater Rovers v Appleby at Patterdale on Good Friday 1906 – on a postcard with a photo by J Lowe of Patterdale. We have no way of knowing who all the players are, but it is more than likely that many of them served in the First World War, with for example Ernest Lake’s obituary in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald highlighting his time at Patterdale Football Club, and many of these players may still have been in the team in 1914. We think the Postcard was sent by a Glenthorne Jubilee Pattinson from Grassthwaite How to Miss Lena Smith who had been in service at the Ullswater Hotel.
The reverse tells of how the “Black & Whites” (Ullswater) had also drawn 0-
Ullswater Football Club November 2013 – Players Past and Present Outside the Travellers Rest in Glenridding. Picture courtesy of Jimmy Brown and Beyond Imagination Photography.
Below are shown other photos of Ullswater Football Club courtesy of Rosie Lightfoot of Gillside Farm.
Standing at Back Bernard Mulligan
Front Row (seated on the ground) Frederick Warwick, John Carter, Thomas Watson, William Copeland
Please see the 1914 Football Team page for details on all the players.