"Dyke" Davidson Berry's very promising footballing career, amateur throughout, was brief, probably brought to a relatively early end at the age of twenty-five by a leg injury that saw his turn his sporting attention to golf. He would play of a single-figure handicap. But his start in the top-flight game was early too, in 1893 at seventeen and for his only senior club, Queen's Park. He was born in 1875 in Mount Florida, the son of an umbrella manufacturer, growing up a stone's throw of what in 1903 would become today's Hampden Park but would never play there. His Hampden was the second at Cathkin Park. There he had followed his brother, Willie, eight years his senior, who would be regular Queen's Park player from 1886 to 1893, then turning out occasionally, but from from 1888 to 1891 winning four Scotland caps before turning his attentions to the family business. And Dyke was almost to emulate him internationally with three caps between 1894 and 1899 before working as a clerk and then pursuing a career, for much of it with Glasgow Corporation, as an electrical engineer.
As such he remained living with his family even after the death of his mother in 1899 and a move by 1911 the short distance from Mount Florida to Shawlands. And it was there he was to remain for the rest of his life even after the passing of his father in 1919, the same year incidentally that Willie would also die and be buried in the Western Necropolis. And it was still there in Shawlands that Dyke would end his days, in 1952 at the age of eighty-seven, having never married.
21, Grange Terrace, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Glasgow
1881 - 21, Grange Terrace, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Glasgow
1891 - Grange Terrace, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Glasgow
1901 - Prospecthill Road, Cathcart, Glasgow
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