Arthur Capes

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Arthur Capes
Personal information
Full name Arthur John Capes[1]
Date of birth 23 February 1875
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, England[1]
Date of death 26 February 1945 (aged 70)[1]
Place of death Burton upon Trent, England[1]
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1894–1895 Burton Wanderers 57 (23)
1896–1901 Nottingham Forest 168 (33)
1902–1904 Stoke 60 (18)
1904–1905 Bristol City 29 (7)
1905–1906 Swindon Town 22 (5)
Total 336 (86)
National team
1903 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arthur John Capes (23 February 1875 – 26 February 1945) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Bristol City, Burton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Stoke.[1]

Capes played with his brother Adrian at Burton Wanderers before joining Nottingham Forest in 1896. He won the 1898 FA Cup with Forest and scored 42 goals for the club in 197 games. He spent two seasons at Stoke scoring 20 goals in 65 matches and ended his career with Bristol City and Swindon Town. He earned one cap for England in 1903 whilst with Stoke.

Career[edit]

Capes was born in Burton upon Trent and began his career at Burton Wanderers along with his brother Adrian.[1] He and his brother formed a formidable partnership and in two seasons with Burton the pair scored 66 goals between them.[1] This brought the attention of bigger clubs and they both signed for Nottingham Forest in August 1896.[1] Adrian failed to make a lasting impression at Forest leaving after two seasons, but Arthur did scoring in the 1898 FA Cup Final as Forest beat arch rivals Derby County 3–1.[1]

Capes became a vital part of the Forest squad and spent six seasons at the City Ground making 197 appearances scoring 42 goals. He left for Stoke in 1902 becoming the second member of Nottingham's cup winning team to join the "Potters" following Len Benbow.[1] Unlike Benbow, Capes lived up to the expectations of the Stoke fans scoring nine goals in 1902–03 and eleven in 1903–04.[1] After his two season spell at the Victoria Ground Capes spent a season each at Bristol City and then Swindon Town.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burton Wanderers 1894–95 30 13 5 8 35 21
1895–96 27 10 2 0 29 10
Total 57 23 7 8 64 31
Nottingham Forest 1896–97 30 8 2 0 32 8
1897–98 26 8 6 4 32 12
1898–99 28 3 3 1 31 4
1899–1900 27 5 4 3 31 8
1900–01 32 8 2 0 34 8
1901–02 25 1 4 0 29 1
Total 168 33 23 9 197 42
Stoke 1902–03 32 7 4 2 36 9
1903–04 28 11 1 0 29 11
Total 60 18 5 2 65 20
Bristol City 1904–05 29 7 5 0 34 7
Total 29 7 5 0 34 7
Swindon Town 1905–06 22 5 2 1 24 6
Total 22 5 2 1 24 6
Career Total 336 86 42 20 378 106

Honours[edit]

Nottingham Forest

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 

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