The Caldicotts were a prominent influential family in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire for over a hundred years running a successful newspaper and publishing business and serving their community in many ways – See Gainsborough Caldicotts – Prominent Newspaper Publishers for the full story about their business.
However, this is not the end of the family’s story as they were also heavily involved in Gainsborough Trinity Football Club.
Charles Caldicott (1857-1914) was keenly interested in all kinds of sport and prior to the establishment of league football, he inaugurated a charity competition which secured a large entry from Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire clubs. He also became Chairman of Gainsborough Trinity Football Club.
His sons continued the interest of his father, William Hargrave Caldicott (1885-1956) succeeded him as chairman and Charles Hubert Caldicott (1892-1985) became honorary manager and also served as Vice-President of the Midland Football League.
Under the brothers’ leadership the club won the Midland League Championships in 1927/28 and 1948/9. Charles’ shrewd judgement of players was shown in his dealings in the transfer market as he introduced more than fifty players to the Football League.
Most outstanding were Jackie Morton to West Ham who became an England international, and in later years Norman Curtis who played twelve years for Sheffield Wednesday. Other former Trinity stars who went on to play for England were goalkeeper Ronnie Sewell, who also played for Burnley and left winger Fred Spicksley who went to Sheffield Wednesday and played seven times for his country, twice scoring hat tricks against Scotland.
In March 1945 they launched an appeal to restart Gainsborough Trinity and in 1947 they purchased the club’s ground, Northolme from Lt. Col. Edmund Bacon as it was under threat of being built on.
After William’s death in 1956, Charles relinquished his position as manager of the club in March 1959, but remained chairman. He also sold Northolme to Trinity Supporters Club to preserve the ground for the use of sport forever.
This article has been produced largely because of research undertaken by Gainsborough Heritage Association. I would like to give warm and sincere thanks to the volunteers who committed their time to discovering a treasure trove of stories and information.