Enoch West

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Enoch James "Knocker" West (31 March 1886 – September 1965) was an English footballer.

West was born in Hucknall Torkard in Nottinghamshire. He started his career for Sheffield United.

He transferred in 1905 for a fee of £5 to Nottingham Forest. There he top scored in 1906/07 and 1907/08 outscoring Grenville Morris.[1]

In 1910, he transferred to Manchester United. He helped the club win the 1911 league medal. He scored 80 goals in his Manchester United career, his most successful season being the 1911-12 season when he scored a total of 23 goals; 17 in the league and six in the FA Cup, although United failed to win either of these competitions.[2]

In 1915, he was banned for life by the Football Association, along with three other United players and four Liverpool players after being found guilty of match fixing. West protested his innocence, but his ban was not lifted until 1945. His suspension, which lasted 30 years, was the longest in Football League history. As he was 59 by the time his ban was lifted, he was never involved in football again.[3]

West died in 1965, at the age of 79.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Nordic, Chris. "The 100 goal Club". Nottingham Forest Gazzette. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Free the Manchester United One Archived 2 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.