Geoff Sidebottom

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Geoff Sidebottom
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Sidebottom
Date of birth (1936-12-26)26 December 1936
Place of birth Mapplewell, Yorkshire, England
Date of death 3 November 2008(2008-11-03) (aged 71)
Place of death Scunthorpe, England
Playing position Goalkeeper[1]
Youth career
Mapplewell Village Youth
Wath Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers[1] 28 (0)
1961–1965 Aston Villa[2] 70 (0)
1965–1968 Scunthorpe United[3] 59 (0)
1967–1968 New York Generals 44 (0)
1969–1971 Brighton & Hove Albion[4] 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Geoffrey Sidebottom (26 December 1936 – 3 November 2008) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Career[edit]

Sidebottom joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from their Yorkshire-based nursery club Wath Wanderers in 1954. Due to the talent of Bert Williams and Malcolm Finlayson, he had to wait until 1 November 1958 to make his first team debut, in a 2–1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

He managed 35 appearances for Wolves, including playing in the 1960 Charity Shield, before moving to their Midlands neighbours Aston Villa in February 1961. He broke through to their starting XI and played in their 1961 League Cup triumph over Rotherham United.

After 88 games in total for Villa, he joined Scunthorpe United in January 1965 and was a near-ever present in the 1965-66 season for them before losing his spot to the emerging Ray Clemence.

He had a spell playing in America with the New York Generals during 1967-68 when signed by his former Scunthorpe manager Freddie Goodwin. He later followed Goodwin back to England to join Brighton and Hove Albion in January 1969 before retiring in 1971.

He died on 3 November 2008, aged 71.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "ASTON VILLA : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "SCUNTHORPE UNITED : 1950/51 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 

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