Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
1947 – Roy Wood
Roy Wood is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was particularly successful in the 1960s and 1970s as member and co-founder of the Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard. As a songwriter, he contributed a number of hits to the repertoire of these bands.
The BBC has described Wood as being “responsible for some of the most memorable sounds of the Seventies” and “credited as playing a major role in the Glam Rock, Psychedelic and Prog Rock movements”. In 2008, Wood was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to rock and pop by the University of Derby. In 2015, his long and eclectic career was recognised with the “Outer Limits” award at the Progressive Music Awards in London. Wood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of Electric Light Orchestra.
1982 – Jimmy Dickinson
Born: 25 April 1925
James William Dickinson MBE was an English footballer.
Dickinson holds the record for number of league appearances for Portsmouth (764). Only Swindon Town’s John Trollope (770) has made more appearances for a single club.
He signed for Portsmouth as a trainee and made his debut in 1946 against Blackburn Rovers Settling into the side quickly at either wing-half or left-half, he was part of the team that won successive league championships in 1948–49 and 1949–50. His performances earned him a call-up to the England national football team. He went on to win 48 caps for England, making him Portsmouth’s most capped English player of all time. During his record 845 club appearances for Pompey and his 48 England caps he was never once booked or sent off, earning him the nickname Gentleman Jim.
Awarded the MBE in 1964, he played his last match for Pompey a year later, helping Pompey to a 1–1 end-of-season draw at Northampton Town that secured safety from relegation. And when he retired from playing, his association with the club continued. He served Pompey as public relations officer and then secretary before accepting the position of manager in May 1977. Relegation from the Third Division was avoided, but the next year Pompey dropped down a league.
After three heart attacks, Dickinson died aged 57 in 1982. The famous ‘Pompey Chimes’ rang hauntingly around St Mary’s Church in Fratton at a packed memorial service. He is buried in Alton Cemetery.
Dickinson played 834 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1946 – 1965. He was Portsmouth manager between 1977 – 1979
Died Aged 57