Adam Black (footballer born 1898)

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Adam Black
Personal information
Date of birth (1898-02-18)18 February 1898
Place of birth Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Date of death 30 August 1981(1981-08-30) (aged 83)
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1920 Bathgate
1920–1935 Leicester City 528 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adam Black (18 February 1898 - 1981) was a Scottish-born footballer who played for Leicester City in the Football League in the 1920s and 1930s.[1]

He played for Leicester between January 1920 and 1935 and made a total of 557 senior appearances for the Foxes,[2] including 528 league appearances and he thus holds the record for most league appearances for Leicester.[3]

Early life[edit]

Prior to joining Leicester he fought in World War I with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and won the Distinguished Conduct Medal.[3]

Career[edit]

Black made his debut for Leicester on 24 January 1920 in a 3–2 victory over Hull City after becoming one of Peter Hodge's first signings for the club and began to establish himself as a first team regular the following season. Over the following few seasons under Hodge, Leicester were slowly built into a Second Division force and Black helped the club to the Second Division title in 1924–25. Black later played a key role as part of the team which finished in the club's highest ever league finish of runners-up in the First Division in 1928–29.[4]

Despite playing 557 times for Leicester, he only managed to score 4 times. Three of his goals were penalties and the other a bizarre 60 yard free-kick against Sunderland in 1933, which Black accidentally over hit.[4]

Legacy[edit]

A suite at Leicester's home ground, the King Power Stadium, is named in his honour.[5]

Honours[edit]

Leicester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ filbertstreet.net stats
  3. ^ a b "No more heroes: Adding flesh to the legend of Leicester City's Adam Black". Mirror Football. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Dave Smith & Paul Taylor (2010). Of Fossils and Foxes. ISBN 1-905411-94-4. 
  5. ^ Function Suites thewalkersstadium.com. Retrieved 1 April 2011[dead link]