Percy Mackrill

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Percy Mackrill
Personal information
Full name Percy A. Mackrill[1]
Date of birth (1894-10-19)19 October 1894
Place of birth Wynberg, South Africa
Date of death 1949[2]
Place of death Halifax, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Playing position Left-Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1913–1915 Bradford Park Avenue 0 (0)
1915–1919 Rotherham County
1919 Coventry City 1 (0)
1919–1923 Halifax Town 57 (0)
1923–1925 Pontypridd ? (0)
1925–1929 Torquay United 6 (0)
Teams managed
1927–1929 Torquay United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Percy A. Mackrill (born 19 October 1894 – 1949) was a South African-born footballer and football club manager.

Career[edit]

Mackrill joined Bradford Park Avenue in the summer of 1913 and remained with them until the outbreak of war, though failed to make the first team, he spent the war years playing for Rotherham County.

He joined Coventry City in the summer of 1919 as Coventry began their first season in the Football League. However, he played just once before moving to Halifax Town later that year. Halifax were elected to the football league in 1921 and Mackrill played in their first ever league game, a 2-0 defeat away to eventual runners-up Darlington on 27 August 1921.

He played 57 league games for Halifax before leaving at the end of the 1922-23 season to join Pontypridd, where he spent two years before joining Torquay United in 1925, he later became player-manager and led Torquay to the Southern League title in 1927, which they won by 0.002 of a goal from Bristol City reserves. This earned them promotion to the Football League, Torquay winning election in place of Aberdare Athletic.

He left himself out of the starting line-up at the beginning of Torquay's first league season, preferring to play George Smith at left-back.[4] However, after six games, Mackrill returned to the team, playing in the next six games before retiring as a player to concentrate on management, although the team was actually selected by the directors. Torquay finished in last place at the end of their first season in the Division Three (South) and he left in March 1929 with United struggling near the foot of the table once more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Joyce. Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. p. 171. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ "Death Register Scan". Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Dennis Turner & Alex White. Football Managers. Breedon. p. 181. ISBN 1-873626-32-0. 
  4. ^ Leigh Edwards. The Definitive Torquay United F.C. The Association of Football Statisticians. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.