Dave Walker
A Voice from the Past 

We just heard from  Dave Walker who many of you will remember as a regular member of the PRC football team during the 1970’s.  Dave recently found our website and is keen to touch base with his old friends from Bermuda. We asked Dave to write a little about where he is and what he’s doing these days, and he wrote the following:-

“Although I never served in the Bermuda Police Force, during my stay in Bermuda from 1972-1979 I represented the PRC football team for 8 consecutive seasons and also played cricket for the club on occasions.


Dave in action on the football field in a match between the PRC and Somerset in 1977
Who can identify the other PRC players?

After 7 great years in Bermuda, and with fond memories of playing with the PRC side, I returned to the U.K with my wife Auli at the end of 1978.  We quickly found jobs and settled back into life in the London area.  My career in Printing and Advertising went well, and by the end of the 1980’s I was running my own business.  During this period we had two daughters, Amy (34) and Sofie (29)  who now have good careers of their own and happily enjoy the London way of life.

Around 13 years ago I had a chance to sell my share of the business in the U.K. which I did, and decided to do some travelling in south-east Asia which saw me eventually relocate to live in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I have now remarried, and my wife Orasa and I have an 8 year old daughter, Katrina, and a 3 year old son, Daniel.

Dave and his daughter Katrina

Dave's wife, Orasa and 3 year old Danie

Although officially “retired”, as you can imagine with two young children, there is plenty to do and my Thai wife and I are always kept busy with various business interests. This doesn’t leave us with much time to travel but I’m sure that one day I’ll bring the family back to where the story all began in 1972.

Dave's two young children, Katrina and Daniel

I’ve managed to keep in touch with several PRC players from those days, including Frank Dowie, Ernie McCreight, Steve Taylor etc, and I recently met up with Keith Cassidy and his wife Joan when they visited Chiang Mai.

One ex-player who I would dearly like to make contact with again is Les Pearson who became a really good friend of mine during those years, and I wondered if you or anyone else might know where he is and how I could contact him.  I believe Les moved to Canada after Bermuda but that is as much as I know so any help would be appreciated.

I haven’t made it back to the Island since 1989, but I’m sure that will change before too long!

Best regards to all my old mates.

Dave Walker
May 2014

Editors note   -   We have had several enquiries from former colleagues about Les Pearson but have had no luck tracing him so far.  If anyone can assist please contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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#12 Davie Kerr 2015-06-28 16:00
Dai, I respectfully refer you to the previous comments on this thread!
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#11 Dai Thomas 2015-06-28 06:30
Pat Hamlett in the goal mouth and Lennie Edwards with the beard on the left.

Editors note - Have to disagree with you on these two Dai. Your recollections of football players does not match your ability to pick out rugby players!
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#10 Davie Kerr 2014-12-29 17:43
Sorry John L, that's definitely Matty Lindo (now sadly deceased).
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#9 John Latoszek 2014-12-29 13:30
Just an observation on the first soccer player named. I believe this is Ralph Lindo not Matty. I also believe Ralph did have a younger brother named Mathew, correct me if I am wrong, regards
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#8 Iain Morrison 2014-11-20 16:16
Have re-visited this photo. Having looked at it again, I am certain it is not against Somerset. Whilst the venue is Somerset C.C. the match is against North Village and is the FA Cup semi-final clash between Police and N. Village in 1977(?). The player partially hidden behind Gilbert Sousa is a very young Ralph 'Gumbo' Bean, one of Bermuda's finest home grown talents, and always a Village player. I played against Bean on several other occasions over the course of the next decade after I left Police and joined Hotels International in the 1st Division. Incidentally, we lost the game 2 - 0 as I recall.

Editors note - Amazing how the memory clicks in! Thanls Iain.
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#7 Davie Kerr 2014-10-08 18:15
John, I think the Policeman who played for Colts would be either Larry Smith or Albert Dowling, and Albert would be my choice.
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#6 Frank Dowie 2014-08-22 03:54
I stand corrected! The coach was, indeed , Alan Jones. I did the course with Bob Cain.
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#5 Davie Kerr 2014-08-21 16:29
I thought the coach's name was Allan Jones, but am open to correction.

Editors note - After receiving this note from Davie Kerr, we received a follow-up message from John Riordan on 21st August as follows:-

Davie, I hate to contradict Frank but I think you're right, it was Alan Jones. He used to work for The FA. I remember him coming to watch my first match for the police team, a friendly against Devonshire Colts. I've been trying to remember the CID man who played for them. I always wondered why at the time he didn't play for the police team. After watching them play, I knew why! Such a good team. Come to think of it I think he was called Frank too?
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#4 Frank Dowie 2014-08-21 14:12
Nice "report", Dave. I did that coaching course too, John but on a different week than you guys. The coach was David Jones who wrote a coaching manual for the FA. I had a copy but it is long lost.
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#3 John Riordan 2014-07-28 18:49
I was a fellow player in the team in 1974 alongside Dave and remember well the coachng course we attended. The instructor was the Bermuda National Coach, I think he was called Jones. Dave and I were used as guinea pigs in many of the exercises. Still have sore heels to this day, Dave! Would be great to get in touch
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