Louis Page

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Louis Page
Personal information
Full nameLouis Antonio Page [1]
Date of birth(1899-03-27)27 March 1899
Place of birth Kirkdale, Liverpool, England [1]
Date of death 11 October 1959(1959-10-11) (aged 60) [1]
Place of death Prenton, England [1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [2]
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Everton
South Liverpool
1919–1922 Stoke 21 (1)
1922–1925 Northampton Town 122 (24)
1925–1932 Burnley 248 (111)
1932 Manchester United 12 (0)
1932–1933 Port Vale 18 (2)
1933–1935 Yeovil & Petters United
National team
1927 England 7 (1)
Teams managed
1933–1935 Yeovil & Petters United
1935–1937 Newport County
1939–1940 Glentoran
194?–194? Carlton
1945–1953 Swindon Town
1953–1956 Chester
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Louis Antonio Page (27 March 1899 – 11 October 1959) was an England international football player and football manager. His brothers Tom, Jack and Willie were also professional footballers. [3]

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He spent his youth with Everton and South Liverpool, before beginning his professional career with Stoke in 1919. After the "Potters" won promotion out of the Second Division, he moved on to Northampton Town in 1922. Three years later he moved up to the First Division with Burnley. He scored 111 goals in 248 league games for the "Clarets", before he was sold to Manchester United for a £1,000 fee in March 1932. Seven months later he moved on to Port Vale, before ending his playing career in the Football League in summer 1933.

He started his management career with Yeovil & Petters United, and led the club to the Southern League West Section and Western League Division 1 titles in 1934–35. He then returned to the Football League with Newport County. He later took charge at Glentoran, before he was put in charge at Swindon Town following the conclusion of World War II. He spent eight years in charge of the Third Division South club, before he spent three years in charge at Chester, who were struggling at the foot of the Third Division North table.

Club career

Page began his senior career with Merseyside clubs Everton and South Liverpool. He entered professional football with Stoke during the 1919–20 season, scoring his first senior goal on 13 December, in a 2–1 defeat to Birmingham at St Andrew's. However, he featured just eight times in 1920–21 and then once in 1921–22, as the "Potters" won promotion out of the Second Division.

He left the Victoria Ground to sign with Northampton Town of the Third Division South. The "Cobblers" finished eighth in 1922–23 and 1923–24, and ninth in 1924–25. He scored 24 goals in 122 league games at the County Ground.

Page transferred to Burnley, who finished one place and one point above the First Division relegation zone in 1925–26. He wrote himself into the club's record books on 10 April 1926, when he scored six goals in a 7–1 win over Birmingham. He finished as the club's top scorer in 1925–26 with 26 goals. He scored 15 goals in 1926–27 to again become the club's top scorer, as the "Clarets" achieved a top five finish. They dropped to 19th in 1927–28, two places and one point above the relegation zone. They again finished 19th in 1928–29, but were this time seven points above the drop zone. Burnley were relegated in 1929–30, having attained a lower goal average than Sheffield United. They then finished eighth in the Second Division in 1930–31 and 19th in 1931–32. He made 248 league appearances, scoring 111 goals, during his time at Turf Moor.

Page joined Walter Crickmer's Second Division side Manchester United for a £1,000 fee in March 1932. [2] [4] He played nine games at the end of the 1931–32 season and three games at the start of the 1932–33 season, before falling out of favour under new secretary Scott Duncan and moving on to league rivals Port Vale in October 1932. [1] [4] He played 19 games in all competitions during the 1932–33 season, falling out of favour in March 1933. [1] He was not kept on at The Old Recreation Ground beyond the campaign, and so Page left the Football League to forge a career in management.

International career

Page featured for England seven times in 1927, alongside England and Everton great Dixie Dean. He played four British Home Championship games and three friendlies, and scored against Belgium on 1 May 1927; [5] his goal came in the 63rd minute, in what was a 9–1 victory. [6]

Caps

CapDateVenueOppositionAtt.ResultGoals
112 February 1927 Wrexham Wales 16,100(D) 3–30
22 April 1927 Glasgow Scotland 111,214(W) 2–10
311 May 1927 Brussels Belgium 35,000(W) 9–11
421 May 1927 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5,000(W) 5–20
526 May 1927Paris France 25,000(W) 6–00
622 October 1927 Belfast Northern Ireland 30,000(L) 0–20
728 November 1927 Millwall Wales 32,089(L) 1–20

Management career

Yeovil & Petters United

Page's first managerial post was with Yeovil & Petters United in summer 1933, also being registered as a player. He finished as the club's top scorer in 1933–34 with 23 goals. In the 1934–35 season, Yeovil topped both the Southern League West Section and Western League Division 1 tables.

Newport County

Page was appointed manager at Welsh club Newport County in 1935. The club finished 21st in the 22 team Third Division South in 1935–36, but successfully applied for re-election. Newport then moved up to 19th in the 1936–37 campaign, finishing two places and two points above the re-election zone. He left the club on 9 September 1937, a few games into the 1937–38 season; his successor, Billy McCandless, led the club to a 16th-place finish in the Third Division South.

After leaving Newport he became trainer-coach at Glentoran in 1939–40, as the "Glens" finished third in the Irish League. He later served as manager of Liverpool-based Carlton F.C.

Swindon Town

When league football resumed after the Second World War, he was appointed manager of Swindon Town. [7] Page was forced to build a completely fresh team, and so Swindon's fourth-place finish in the Third Division South in 1946–47 was seen as a highly respectable achievement. [7] The "Robins" slumped to 16th place the following season – just two points off the bottom spot. [7] They did though knock Burnley out of the FA Cup, before being beaten in the Fifth Round by Southampton. In 1948–49, Swindon again finished fourth, without ever challenging for the promotion spot. [7]

Swindon then finished 14th in 1949–50, 17th in 1950–51, 16th in 1951–52, and 18th in 1952–53. Page always had to deal with a shoestring budget at the County Ground, and was forced to sell many of his top players. [7] Page was relieved of his duties at the end of the 1952–53 season, and was handed £500 in compensation. [7]

Chester

He became manager of Chester in 1953. The "Seals" finished bottom of the Third Division North in 1953–54. The Sealand Road outfit again finished last in 1954–55, before rising to 17th in 1955–56. He later worked as a scout for Leicester City.

Career statistics

Source: [8]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Stoke 1919–20 Second Division 12100121
1920–21 Second Division800080
1921–22 Second Division100010
Total21100211
Northampton Town 1922–23 Third Division South 39510405
1923–24 Third Division South42552477
1924–25 Third Division South4114104214
Total122247212926
Burnley 1925–26 First Division 4126204326
1926–27 First Division3613323815
1927–28 First Division4122104222
1928–29 First Division3917324219
1929–30 First Division3215103315
1930–31 Second Division2913002913
1931–32 Second Division30510315
Total248111114259115
Manchester United 1931–32 Second Division900090
1932–33 Second Division300030
Total12000120
Port Vale 1932–33 Second Division18210192
Career total421138196440144

Honours

As a player

Stoke

England

As player-manager

Yeovil & Petters United

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