Arthur Coates (footballer)
|Place of birth||Wensleydale, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In 1910, he was spotted by former England international Arthur Chadwick, then manager of Southern League team Exeter City. After a season at Exeter, Coates moved along the south coast to join fellow Southern League team, Southampton as a replacement for right-back Jack Eastham who had just retired.
Coates made his debut for the "Saints" in the opening match of the 1912–13 season, a 2–2 draw with Northampton Town. Nine matches into the season, he lost his place to the veteran Bert Lee but returned in December. Despite showing "early promise", his form faded as the season went on and in March he was dropped in favour of Richard Brooks.