Cyril Spiers

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Cyril Spiers
Personal information
Full name Cyril Henry Spiers
Date of birth (1902-04-04)4 April 1902
Place of birth Witton, England
Date of death 21 May 1967(1967-05-21) (aged 65)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1927 Aston Villa 104 (0)
1927–1932 Tottenham Hotspur 169
Teams managed
1939–1946 Cardiff City
1946–1947 Norwich City
1947–1954 Cardiff City
1954–1958 Crystal Palace
1962–1963 Exeter City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cyril Henry Spiers (4 April 1902 – 21 May 1967) was an English association football goalkeeper who played for Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur and later went on to manage at Football League clubs for twenty years.[1]


Spiers began his professional playing career at Aston Villa where he made 104 League and 8 FA Cup appearances over a seven year career.[2] He was forced to retire after suffering a serious injury and, believing that he could never play again, Aston Villa released him. However he underwent experimental surgery and was able to return to football with Tottenham Hotspur, making 169 appearances between 1927 and 1932. He eventually left the club and became assistant manager to Frank Buckley at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In 1939 he took over as secretary-manager at Cardiff City but his rebuilding of the team was cut short following the outbreak of World War II. He stayed at the club throughout the war and set up a number of nursery teams, including Cardiff Nomads who would go on to bring players such as Alan Harrington and Colin Baker to the club, to bring most of the local football talent to the club. He fell out with the club over a dispute over money and left to manage Norwich City. He was back at Cardiff two years later as manager to replace Billy McCandless, bringing the Cardiff Nomads back with him having adopted the club for Norwich when he joined. He took them to promotion during the 1951-52 season but eventually left to manage Crystal Palace in September 1954. He later had a spell scouting for Leicester City before taking his last managerial post at Exeter City in 1962.[3]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cardiff City Wales April 1939 April 1946 10 3 3 4 30
Norwich City England June 1946 December 1947 64 15 12 37 23.44
Cardiff City Wales April 1948 April 1954 265 107 73 85 40.38
Crystal Palace England September 1954 June 1958 183 52 54 77 28.42
Exeter City England May 1962 February 1963 28 7 4 17 25
Total 550 184 146 220 33.45


  1. ^ "Cyril Spiers". League Managers Association. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  2. ^ Ward, Adam; p.316
  3. ^ "Bob Young's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  • Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy. The essential history of Aston Villa. Headline book publishing (2002). pp. 300–319. ISBN 0-7553-1140-X. 

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