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Brown leather football boots one size 8 (505) the other size 7 (506). These boots are part of a large collection at Wrexham Museum, consisting of 509 items, from Dodmans Shoe Shop which was situated on Town Hill, Wrexham.

Alderman William Thomas Dodman was born in London on 19 December 1877 and came to Wrexham in 1898 starting a gymnasium in Erddig Road. He later founded a shoe manufacturing and retailing business on Town Hill. At one time William Dodman claimed to be selling over 600 pairs of wooden clogs each week and during the Second World War he won a contract to repair the boots of American servicemen stationed in the Wrexham area.

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J B N Gammond's profile picture
William Dodman was equally well-known locally for his involvement in the Walter Roberts Pantomime Co. (one of the most successful charity fundraising organizations of its time). He was the manager of Johnny Basham, the professional champion boxer. Dodman was an early pioneer in sports science being a great exponent of the importance of diet and sports physiotherapy. He was also closely linked to Wrexham FC.

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