Dick Pudan

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Dick Pudan
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Personal information
Full nameAlbert Ernest Pudan
Date of birth 1881
Place of birth West Ham, England
Date of death 1957 (aged 7576)
Place of death Clacton-on-Sea, England
Playing position(s) Full back
Senior career*
1898–1900 Clapton
1900–1902 West Ham United 7 (0)
1902–1907 Bristol Rovers 116 (0)
1907–1909 Newcastle United 24 (0)
1909–1910 Leicester Fosse 29 (7)
1910–1912 Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
1912–1913 Leicester Fosse 17 (0)
Teams managed
1910–1912 Huddersfield Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Albert Ernest "Dick" Pudan (1881–1957) [lower-alpha 1] was a professional footballer, who played as a full-back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During his career he made most appearances for Bristol Rovers, but also featured for West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leicester Fosse. He also managed Huddersfield Town between 1910 and 1912.


Footballing career

Pudan initially played as an amateur for Clapton, turning professional in 1900 when he joined West Ham United. [1] He made his debut for The Hammers on 12 January 1901 in a 1–0 defeat to Bristol City in the Southern League, and played again a week later against Swindon Town. These were his only first team appearances during the 1900–01 season, and he would play just five more Southern League games the following year before signing for Bristol Rovers in the summer of 1902. [2]

He played regularly as a full-back for Bristol Rovers, amassing a total of 116 Southern League appearances and one league title during his five-year stay. [3] He was made club captain in 1906, but his relationship with the team deteriorated when they refused to allow him to take up an offer of a professional cricket contract in April 1907. Pudan walked out of the club, who reported him to The Football Association resulting in him receiving an indefinite ban. Rovers re-signed him ahead of the 1907–08 season, but immediately transferred him to Newcastle United for "a handsome transfer fee". [4]

Pudan won an FA Cup runners-up medal with Newcastle in 1908, and made a total of 24 Football League appearances for them. He moved to Leicester Fosse in 1909 and played 29 league games during the 1909–10 season, scoring seven goals, despite not having scored once in the previous nine years. [5]

He had a spell managing Huddersfield Town between 1910 and 1912, their first two seasons in the Football League, before returning for a second spell playing for Leicester. He turned out a further 17 times for them before finally retiring from playing in 1913. [5]


Personal life

Pudan was born in London in 1881 to parents Thomas Pudan and Martha Wiggins of West Ham. [6] He married Mabel Sheermur in 1903, [7] and at the time of the 1911 census they had one daughter, Edna. [8]


  1. Due to his nickname of Dick, some sources mistakenly refer to him as Richard Pudan.

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  2. "Richard Pudan". westhamstats.info. Retrieved 28 September 2007.
  3. Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club — The Definitive History 1883–2003. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN   0-7524-2717-2.
  4. "Athletic Jottings" . Dundee Evening Telegraph. 18 June 1907. Retrieved 27 January 2016 via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. 1 2 Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 213. ISBN   1899468676.
  6. "England & Wales births 1837–2006" via Findmypast.
  7. "England & Wales marriages 1837–2008" via Findmypast.
  8. "1911 Census for England & Wales" via Findmypast.