Club are saddened to hear of the passing of former player Roy Gater

Roy Gater was born in Chesterton on the 22nd June 1940 and signed professional terms with Port Vale in April 1960, after progressing through their youth set up. Roy was a tough tackling centre half.

He was then sold to Bournemouth & Boscombe AFC in June 1962, after making just five appearances for The Potteries club.

He spent six years at Dean Court, making 216 league appearances, scoring three goals, before moving to Crewe Alexandra in January 1969 where he made 156 appearances and scored five goals.

In 1972 he signed for Weymouth, where he made a total of 49 appearances, and he then moved to Dorchester Town in February 1974 where he made 73 league appearances (3 as a substitute).

He moved to Christchurch in February 1976, and managed that club with a degree of success before moving to Poole Town and Bournemouth Poppies as Assistant Manager, before returning to Christchurch.

He worked as a painter and decorator until he retired in 2001.

Roy’s son Andy also played as a defender for The Magpies from August 1994 until the end of the 1996/97 season, having made 53 appearances and scoring two goals.

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Dorchester Town are with Roy’s family and friends at this sad time.