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Obituary: David Bumpstead

14 September 2017

We were saddened to learn of the death of former Rovers player David Bumpstead, who passed away on 26th August, aged 81 and offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Thanks to Stephen Byrne and Mike Jay for this resume of his career.

David John Bumpstead
b 6.11.1935 Rainham, Kent d 26.08.2017

Career: Grays Primary School
Essex Grammar Schools
Briggs Sports
1954 Tottenham Hotspur (amateur)
Ashford Town
1956 Hitchin Town (trial)
1956 Uxbridge (trial)
1956 Luton Town
1957 Tooting and Mitcham United
June 1958 Millwall [84, 8]
28.11.61 Bristol Rovers [40, 0] (retired, October 1963)
1966 Brentwood (manager, 1967-70)
1970 Chelmsford City (manager) (to 1974).
 
An England amateur international at inside-right, Dave Bumpstead was converted to right half at Millwall and was a reliable and dependable figure at Bristol Rovers.

The ninth of ten children and sixth son to Ernest Bumpstead (1899-1972) and his wife Lilian Bertha Leek (1900-59), he followed his elder brothers into football, Bob reaching an Amateur Cup semi final with Briggs Sports in 1955, George joining Bob as an amateur at Millwall, Dennis playing for Rainham, Bert at Brentwood and Ernie and Ray with Dagenham.

Dave Bumpstead helped Tooting and Mitcham secure the 1957/58 Isthmian League title before making his League bow in Fourth Division Millwall’s 2-1 win at Gillingham in August 1958.

His England amateur cap had come against France and he toured Holland and Germany with the itinerant Middlesex Wanderers side. Having appeared in the May 1961 Kent FA Challenge Cup Final, which was lost 5-1 to Charlton Athletic, Bumpstead joined Bristol Rovers but was transfer listed after a contractual dispute.

He had conceded an own goal after 74 minutes at Roker Park in January 1962, Sunderland’s fifth goal in a 6-1 victory.

Out of football for three years, during which time he worked for the car company Ford, he signed former Rovers’ goalkeeper Ray White for Brentwood and led his side to the Southern League Division One championship in 1968/69. Briefly manager at Brentwood and Chelmsford simultaneously, his FA Cup journey at the former included a 10-1 thumping at Southend United in 1968 and a 1-0 home victory over Third Division Reading twelve months later.

Having studied accountancy earlier in his life, Dave Bumpstead later ran an off licence for many years in Crow Lane, Romford and also lived in the village of Ingatestone, near Chelmsford.


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