Ivor Bastow with his sister, 'Auntie'.

Remembering 'Mr Upton Athletic' Ivor Bastow

Dave Thomas

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the death of one of South Devon football’s most unforgettable figures, Ivor ‘Mr Upton Athletic’ Bastow.

Ivor was father to Brian, Alan, Terry, Micky, Peter and Richard, who made Upton a dominant force in the South Devon League and a match for any team in Devon.

After wartime service across Europe, Bastow spent his working life in the building trade, but football – he played for Dartmouth United and Brixham United – was his passion.

After the death of his wife, Ivor and his sister, known to all as ‘Auntie, tackled every job that needed doing around Cricketfield Road.

He was groundsman, kitman, masseur and assistant manager, with long-serving defender Mike Griffiths recalling: “Ivor would never tell you if you’d played well, but he would give you both barrels if you’d messed up.

“He was a great friend and a true football man.”