List of Nelson F.C. players

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Nelson F.C. is an English semi-professional association football club based in the town of Nelson, Lancashire. The club was founded in 1881 and initially played in the Lancashire Combination; in 1921, Nelson became a professional outfit when they were one of the teams selected to play in the inaugural season of the newly formed Football League Third Division North. The team played in the Football League for the following 10 years, enjoying a season in the Second Division in 1923–24. Nelson were relegated from the Football League in 1931, failing re-election after finishing bottom of the league. Defender Clement Rigg amassed the most league appearances for Nelson during this period with 254, the highest goalscorer was Joe Eddleston who netted on 97 occasions for the club before transferring to Swindon Town in 1926.

This list includes all the players who made at least one league appearance for Nelson during this professional period. Appearances and goals are counted together for players who had more than one spell with the club during this time.

Players[edit]

Joseph Birds
David Wilson
Name Nationality Position Nelson career Appearances Goals
Abbott, HarryHarry Abbott  England GK 1922–1927 154 0
Allen, FrankFrank Allen  England FW 1930 14 0
Andrews, HaroldHarold Andrews  England FW 1921–1922 8 1
Bailey, FrankFrank Bailey  England DF 1925–1927 4 0
Baird, RichardRichard Baird  England MF 1921–1922 2 0
Baker, JimJim Baker  England DF 1926–1927 28 6
Baker, LenLen Baker  England FW 1930–1931 7 0
Baldwin, JosephJoseph Baldwin  England FW 1929–1930 1 0
Bate, ArthurArthur Bate  England MF 1930–1931 24 6
Bedford, LewisLewis Bedford  England MF 1927–1928 32 7
Bennett, WilliamWilliam Bennett  England FW 1922–1923 1 0
Bennie, JohnJohn Bennie  Scotland FW 1921–1922 12 6
Birds, JosephJoseph Birds  England GK 1922–1924 40 0
Black, JohnJohn Black  Scotland DF 1922–1923 29 5
Bossons, WilliamWilliam Bossons  England GK 1927–1928 4 0
Botto, LewisLewis Botto  England GK 1929–1930 1 0
Bottrill, AllanAllan Bottrill  England MF 1924–1925 1 0
Bottrill, BillyBilly Bottrill  England FW 1924–1928 121 35
Braidwood, ErnieErnie Braidwood  England DF 1922–1926 128 10
Broadhead, JimmyJimmy Broadhead  England DF 1922–1926
1927–1928
67 1
Broadhurst, FredFred Broadhurst  England DF 1925–1927 61 0
Brooks, JackJack Brooks  England DF 1929 6 0
Brown, AlfredAlfred Brown  England DF 1927–1928 2 0
Brown, JohnJohn Brown  Scotland MF 1926–1927 2 0
Bruce, RobertRobert Bruce  Scotland GK 1921–1922 7 0
Buchanan, JimJim Buchanan  Scotland FW 1928–1930 66 15
Butterworth, HerbertHerbert Butterworth  England DF 1924–1926 9 0
Caine, JamesJames Caine  England DF 1929–1931 5 0
Cameron, EddieEddie Cameron  Scotland FW 1924–1925
1929
46 10
Carmedy, TomTom Carmedy  England FW 1928–1931 66 20
Caulfield, BillyBilly Caulfield  England FW 1923–1924 18 5
Chadwick, EdgarEdgar Chadwick  England FW 1923–1926 36 19
Chadwick, WalterWalter Chadwick  England DF 1925–1926 2 0
Chapman, RalphRalph Chapman  England MF 1929–1931 10 0
Clayton, HarryHarry Clayton  England DF 1925–1926 4 0
Clegg, HarryHarry Clegg  England GK 1921–1922 5 0
Cochrane, DavidDavid Cochrane  Scotland FW 1927–1928 2 2
Collins, LeighLeigh Collins  England DF 1923–1924 13 0
Counsell, HarryHarry Counsell  England DF 1930–1931 3 0
Cowen, JimmyJimmy Cowen  England FW 1925–1926 3 4
Crawshaw, DickDick Crawshaw  England FW 1922–1924 32 10
Dargan, JamesJames Dargan  England FW 1927–1928 2 0
Dawson, ArthurArthur Dawson  England MF 1930–1931 10 0
Denwood, WilfWilf Denwood  England MF 1925–1926 3 0
Dixon, CharlieCharlie Dixon  England DF 1930–1931 16 1
Dixon, ErnieErnie Dixon  England FW 1929–1930 28 10
Dodsworth, JohnJohn Dodsworth  England DF 1928–1929 2 0
Donkin, BillyBilly Donkin  England DF 1928–1929 8 0
Earle, EdwinEdwin Earle  England MF 1925–1927 54 15
Eastwood, EddieEddie Eastwood  England DF 1921–1923 3 0
Eddleston, JoeJoe Eddleston  England FW 1921–1926 183 97
Ellerington, BillBill Ellerington  England DF 1924–1925 26 2
Fairhurst, BillyBilly Fairhurst  England DF 1929–1931 76 0
Fawcett, DesDes Fawcett  England GK 1928–1929 23 0
Ferguson, RobertRobert Ferguson  England FW 1929–1930 1 0
Ferguson, TedTed Ferguson  England DF 1928–1930 67 0
Ferrari, FredFred Ferrari  England FW 1929–1930 7 3
Fletcher, JackJack Fletcher  England MF 1927–1929 11 1
Garnett, ThomasThomas Garnett  England MF 1921–1922 1 0
Gartside, BobBob Gartside  England FW 1929–1930 1 0
Gaskell, RichardRichard Gaskell  England FW 1927–1928 3 0
Gillan, FelixFelix Gillan  England DF 1928–1929 11 0
Gillibrand, ErnestErnest Gillibrand  England MF 1924–1925 2 0
Halligan, BillyBilly Halligan  Ireland FW 1921–1922 17 6
Halliwell, JoeJoe Halliwell  England FW 1927–1929 74 9
Hampson, JimmyJimmy Hampson  England FW 1925–1927 64 42
Hargreaves, HarryHarry Hargreaves  England FW 1921 13 2
Harker, BillyBilly Harker  England FW 1930–1931 18 5
Harper, BillyBilly Harper  England DF 1924–1925 6 0
Harris, AmbroseAmbrose Harris  England DF 1924–1928 58 1
Hartley, RayRay Hartley  England DF 1921–1922 1 0
Hawes, ArthurArthur Hawes  England FW 1930–1931 26 3
Hayes, GeorgeGeorge Hayes  Wales FW 1927–1928 9 5
Hedley, FosterFoster Hedley  England MF 1929–1930 26 5
Hepworth, ArthurArthur Hepworth  England MF 1927–1929 16 0
Heyes, HarryHarry Heyes  England GK 1921–1922 26 0
Higginbotham, HarryHarry Higginbotham  Scotland FW 1924 4 0
Hillam, CharlieCharlie Hillam  England GK 1930–1931 3 0
Hoad, SidSid Hoad  England MF 1922–1927 152 13
Hooper, AlecAlec Hooper  England DF 1928–1929 9 0
Hooper, HarryHarry Hooper  England DF 1928–1930 21 0
Howarth, ArchieArchie Howarth  England MF 1930–1931 8 2
Howes, GeorgeGeorge Howes  England DF 1930–1931 35 0
Howson, CharlesCharles Howson  England DF 1922–1923 1 0
Humphrey, DuggieDuggie Humphrey  England MF 1924 8 0
Hutchinson, BobBob Hutchinson  England MF 1922–1924 60 1
Jacques, ThomasThomas Jacques  England DF 1921–1922 17 1
Jewell, JohnJohn Jewell  England MF 1930–1931 3 0
Jones, ArthurArthur Jones  England DF 1927–1928 1 0
Jones, JackJack Jones  England DF 1927–1928 12 0
Keers, JohnJohn Keers  England MF 1926–1927 8 3
Kelly, GerryGerry Kelly  England MF 1928–1929 47 15
Kennedy, SamSam Kennedy  England FW 1923–1924 6 0
Lammus, WilliamWilliam Lammus  England DF 1923–1924 8 0
Laycock, FredFred Laycock  England FW 1924–1925 23 12
Lilley, BobBob Lilley  England DF 1921–1925 66 0
Lilley, TomTom Lilley  England DF 1923–1924 14 0
Mace, FredFred Mace  England GK 1925–1927 8 0
Mangham, JamesJames Mangham  England GK 1927–1930 2 0
Manock, EdwardEdward Manock  England FW 1929–1931 18 2
Marsh, CecilCecil Marsh  England FW 1921–1922 17 2
Martin, JackJack Martin  England DF 1930–1931 27 1
McClure, DavidDavid McClure  Scotland DF 1927–1928 28 1
McCulloch, MikeMike McCulloch  Scotland FW 1922–1924 49 8
McDonagh, PatrickPatrick McDonagh  Scotland FW 1928–1929 5 0
McGreevy, WilliamWilliam McGreevy  England FW 1921–1922 3 1
McGuire, JohnJohn McGuire  England FW 1927–1928 20 2
McKinnell, JimmyJimmy McKinnell  Scotland DF 1929–1930 10 0
McLaughlan, GeorgeGeorge McLaughlan  Scotland FW 1929–1930 29 2
Mellor, HarryHarry Mellor  England FW 1921–1922 1 0
Metcalfe, JimJim Metcalfe  England DF 1928–1930 71 1
Mitchell, RonaldRonald Mitchell  England DF 1926–1927 32 0
Moore, WalterWalter Moore  England DF 1924–1925 5 0
Morton, WilliamWilliam Morton  England FW 1928–1929 8 3
Newnes, JackJack Newnes  Wales DF 1923–1926 113 7
Nuttall, RobertRobert Nuttall  England FW 1930–1931 4 0
Nutter, HarryHarry Nutter  England GK 1923–1924 2 0
O'Beirne, JosephJoseph O'Beirne  England FW 1924–1925 16 2
Parry, FrankFrank Parry  England MF 1929–1930 24 2
Pearson, JamesJames Pearson  England DF 1925–1928 38 0
Phizacklea, JamesJames Phizacklea  England DF 1924–1925 19 0
Pickering, TomTom Pickering  England FW 1926–1927 1 0
Price, JamesJames Price  Scotland DF 1921–1923 24 0
Proctor, WilfredWilfred Proctor  England MF 1921–1922 14 1
Radford, BernardBernard Radford  England FW 1927–1929 55 41
Raisbeck, LeslieLeslie Raisbeck  England FW 1930–1931 29 11
Richmond, GilbertGilbert Richmond  England DF 1929–1931 21 0
Ridge, DennisDennis Ridge  England DF 1927–1928 8 0
Ridley, HarryHarry Ridley  England MF 1928–1929 31 7
Rigg, ClementClement Rigg  England DF 1921–1929 254 4
Roberts, PercyPercy Roberts  Wales FW 1926–1927 1 0
Robinson, ErnieErnie Robinson  England DF 1930–1931 27 0
Robinson, HenryHenry Robinson  England MF 1930–1931 20 3
Roseboom, TeddyTeddy Roseboom  Scotland FW 1923–1924 12 1
Ruffell, BillBill Ruffell  England FW 1927–1928 12 3
Sandbach, CharlesCharles Sandbach  England DF 1930–1931 2 0
Sharp, BuchananBuchanan Sharp  Scotland FW 1926–1929 80 35
Shevlin, PeterPeter Shevlin  Scotland GK 1929–1931 53 0
Simpson, EdwinEdwin Simpson  England DF 1926–1928 17 0
Slack, BillBill Slack  England DF 1927–1928 10 3
Smith, FredFred Smith  England FW 1924–1926 2 0
Spargo, SteveSteve Spargo  England DF 1929–1930 21 0
Spence, GeorgeGeorge Spence  England MF 1927–1928 13 2
Steel, JohnJohn Steel  Scotland DF 1921–1923 50 0
Stevenson, JohnJohn Stevenson  Scotland FW 1924–1927 73 26
Stoneham, JohnJohn Stoneham  England GK 1927–1928 6 0
Suttie, DavidDavid Suttie  Scotland DF 1928–1931 104 2
Taylor, HaroldHarold Taylor  England MF 1926–1928 17 4
Tebb, TommyTommy Tebb  England FW 1930–1931 14 2
Thomson, JimJim Thomson  Scotland GK 1924 2 0
Tordoff, HarryHarry Tordoff  England DF 1928–1930 9 0
Turner, AlbertAlbert Turner  England DF 1921–1922 1 0
Walker, StanStan Walker  England FW 1930–1931 2 0
Waller, WilliamWilliam Waller  England FW 1921–1922 25 7
Walmsley, JohnJohn Walmsley  England DF 1921–1922 1 0
Ward, TedTed Ward  England FW 1923–1924 2 0
Warhurst, SamSam Warhurst  England GK 1927–1931 76 0
Weedall, JohnJohn Weedall  England MF 1929–1930 7 3
White, HenryHenry White  England FW 1927–1928 22 15
Wilde, BobBob Wilde  England DF 1921–1922 36 0
Wilkinson, TomTom Wilkinson  England FW 1928–1929 17 5
Wilson, DavidDavid Wilson  Scotland DF 1921–1924 95 3
Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson  England DF 1925–1930 160 16
Wilson, BillyBilly Wilson  England MF 1921–1922 1 0
Wolstenholme, ArthurArthur Wolstenholme  England FW 1922–1925 68 17
Wootton, JamesJames Wootton  England MF 1921–1922 14 1

References[edit]

  • Dykes, Garth (2009). Nelson FC in the Football League: A Complete Record 1921–31. SoccerData. 
  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939. SoccerData.