We would like to thank Gavin Price for contacting us over Christmas with the following informative piece surrounding the Clubs nickname, “The Dragons”.
I stumbled upon the Memories of a Dragon site today and thought the following tale might be of interest.
In 1983 I moved onto the Barretts Estate that had been built behind where Wivenhoe Towns Ground is now. I lived in a flat in James Close.
At some time during 1984 the club sent flyers around to all of the houses on the estate, and probably further afield for all I know, which stated they were holding a competition to give the club a nick name. The person who submitted the winning suggestion being rewarded with a “Life Membership” to the club.
I entered this competition suggesting the name “The Dragons” which I seem to remember was an obvious choice as I think their headed paper had a Dragon on it!!!
After some weeks, and with me having forgotten about it, I received a letter from the club saying I had won and enclosed was the membership card.
It was dated 4th December 1984 and typed with “Life Membership” and LM18 which I take to mean Life Member number 18.
I moved away from Wivenhoe but have always been fairly local. I currently live in Little Clacton.
I only used the card once, some years after I had been given it. When I turned up for the match it caused some confusion at the gate but eventually they let me in.
I suppose the records of this competition have been lost in the intervening 33 years but I assure you this story is true.
I never kept the letter but still have the membership card a copy of which I attach (and can be found below).
Anyway Happy New Year and best wishes