Thomas Spilsbury

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Thomas Spilsbury
Personal information
Full nameThomas John Spilsbury [1]
Date of birth 1874
Place of birth Stoke-upon-Trent, England
Date of death 1947 (aged 7273)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
Dresden United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1897–1901 Burslem Port Vale 41 (0)
Total41(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas John "Spill" Spilsbury (1874–1947) was a footballer who played 57 games at left-back for Burslem Port Vale (25 in the Midland Football League, 16 in the Football League).

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Port Vale F.C. association football club

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Playing career

Spilsbury played for Dresden United, before joining Burslem Port Vale in February 1897. [1] His debut match could hardly have gone better; an 8–0 romp over Grantham Rovers at the Athletic Ground. [1] He was a regular until January 1899, and was a member of the 1898 Staffordshire Senior Cup winning side during his run. [1] He played 15 Second Division and two FA Cup games in the 1898–99 season, but featured just once in the 1899–1900 season and retired at the end of the 1900–01 campaign. [1]

Dresden United Football Club was a football club based in the Dresden area of Stoke-on-Trent who were active at the end of the nineteenth century.

The Athletic Ground also known as Cobridge Stadium was a football stadium and greyhound racing stadium, located in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire Senior Cup

The Staffordshire Senior Challenge Cup is a football cup tournament based in the county of Staffordshire in England first competed for in 1877–78. Organised by the Staffordshire Football Association, it is competed for by a mix of clubs from Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. Both professional and amateur clubs may enter. In the modern age however professional teams such as Stoke City and Port Vale, the main clubs in Staffordshire, usually field a reserve team as they place more prestige on their respective leagues and professional cup competitions. This has left the door open for non-league sides to have more success in the cup as it is classed as a bigger achievement for them to win it.

Statistics

Source: [2]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeague FA Cup Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Burslem Port Vale 1896–97 Midland League 900090
1897–98Midland League16050210
1898–99 Second Division 15020170
1899–1900 Second Division100010
Total41070480

Honours

Port Vale

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 277. ISBN   0-9529152-0-0.
  2. Thomas Spilsbury at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)