John Dutchman was an England Amateur International and distinguished forward for Corinthian-Casuals during the 1950s and 60s. Born at Harrogate in Yorkshire on 8 October 1925 he went to school at Cockburn G.S in Leeds and soon attracted the attention of Leeds United, totting up some 30 games for the Reserves and a number for the First Team.
After six months at Cambridge in 1943 under a special wartime dispensation, where he quickly won a "blue" against Oxford, he was called up for fulltime RAF service and went to train as a bomb aimer in South Africa where, in an unusual side-line, he also wrote a dissertation on ostriches. A Flight/Lieut when the war ended he was posted to Germany as a Sports and Welfare officer. Back at Cambridge in 1948 he won another "blue" and scored in the university side captained by Doug Insole. He also played and scored against Oxford the following year. Later while doing teacher training in Scotland he played a number of games for Queens Park scoring three goals.
In 1951 he was a member of the recently formed combined Oxford and Cambridge side, Pegasus, that achieved a historic victory in the final of F.A. Amateur Cup against Bishop Auckland at Wembley in front of 100,000 spectators. John, at inside right, laid on one of the two goals in the 2- 1 win. Ken Shearwood, in his book on Pegasus, described John as: "leggy, tall and dangerous, a footballer through and through".
From the early 50s, having taken up a job teaching Geography at Chigwell School, he began to play regularly for Corinthian-Casuals, at inside forward or centre forward. In four seasons from 1951 he averaged some 30 First team games a season, scoring 37 goals. In 1952 he became the first Corinthian-Casuals' player to be awarded an England amateur international cap, scoring in the 8 - 3 defeat of the Republic of Ireland. He won a second cap against Wales in 1954.
In 1955/6 after a handful of games he moved to Walthamstow Avenue, thereby missing out on a possible place in the Corinthian-Casuals' team that reached the Amateur Cup Final that season. But he never lost touch with the club and played for the "A" and Schools team, alongside Doug Insole, until the mid sixties. His son David, who'd been at Chigwell, also played occasional games.
Throughout these years he was Head of Geography at Chigwell, also for a time, with his wife, Margaret, supervised the school's senior boarding house; he also ran football, coached cricket and swimming - and welcomed regular visits from our own Schools Team.
In February 2010 the School and Old Boys held a special dinner to mark his 60 years of association.
John died on 22 June after a long illness. After cremation at Forest Park Crematorium, Hainault on 9 July a memorial service will be held at Chigwell School on 4 October.
Written by David Harrison, with thanks to Norman Epps, Brian Wakefield and Doug Insole and David Morrison. 3/7/2014