Dick ‘Pincher’ Pym (1893-1988) was a salmon fisherman and a professional footballer. He was famous in the 1920s for playing in goal for Bolton Wanderers in the first FA cup final played at Wembley Stadium, and in two more cup finals, letting in no goals, and for the record-breaking fee Bolton paid for his transfer from Exeter City FC. Less obtrusively, he worked as a salmon fisherman in the River Exe all his life, and served the community of Topsham in many ways including, but not limited to: as parish councillor, in running Topsham Football Club, and as a voluntary scout leader. During the First World War he served in the army, including on the Western Front, and in the Second, he was a section manager at Wippell’s Exeter factory, making parachutes, and was a special constable.
The plaque has been erected by Topsham Museum to coincide with the exhibition currently running at the Museum to celebrate Dick Pym’s life. Many of the Pym family attended the unveiling ceremony, including Richard Pym, a grandson, who spoke of his memories of Dick, and Rosie Jefferies, a granddaughter, who unveiled the plaque.
For more information, see: