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THE PLAYER LOWDOWN: Dugmore talks three Sporting spells, an adoring fanbase + his footballing family

This feature sees us catch up with former Bromsgrove Sporting midfielder Luke Dugmore. He talked about his trio of spells for the Rouslers, the great memories, his adoration for the club’s fanbase and how his family is getting involved in football.

In 57 appearances, across many years for Sporting, central midfielder Luke cemented his name as a passionate, tough tackling, heart-on-his-sleeve player, who would go down as a true fans favourite in Sporting folklore.

“I joined Sporting under Keith Draper, who I played for at youth level; as soon as he offered me the chance to play for a big club, moving in the right direction, I knew it was a brilliant move.

“I loved my time at the Victoria Ground, over the separate three occasions I’ve played for the club throughout the years.

“I came back when Smudger (Paul Smith) was in charge and I played with some brilliant lads. The craic in the dressing room was top and with the level of ability the lads had, we was unlucky to come 2nd in the league.

Throughout his time at Sporting, there were many amazing points for Luke, including one that came in the midst of a tough time.

“There were some great memories, like the cup runs, and each time I came back to the club, the fanbase was incredible to me, especially when I broke my leg. The club looked after me and the supporters raised funds to help me while I was off work, which was really kind of them.”

His third spell at Sporting saw him play an important squad-role in helping us to Midland Football League Premier Division glory.

“The best memory I have was helping the lads, when Bren (Kelly) phoned to help him out after Smudger left and players moved on. Bren did brilliant to keep the lads on track with the team in a great position to eventually see the season out as champions. It was a great feeling for the fans and the lads.

“After that, I decided to drop down levels and join Alcester town, so I could focus on taking my kids to football, as the travelling and commitment at Sporting’s level would’ve been too much for me. There, I went and captained the side and we won the Midland Football League Divison Two league title.”

Luke explained that he is still playing his football in Worcestershire, whilst still continuing to concentrate on his children’s football.

“I’m now playing for Littleton and enjoying my football, but most of all I love taking my boys to football; watching them progress each week is the best feeling in football.

“I haven’t been up to much during lockdown; mainly, I’ve been preparing to move house to the Bromsgrove area, so hopefully I can get down and support the lads when I can, as I always look out for the clubs results.

“I wish Bren, the lads and also Graham Scott, who I love, all the best in the future and I hope everyone stays safe!”

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