Len Hill (footballer)

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Len Hill
Personal information
Full name Leonard George Hill
Date of birth (1899-02-15)15 February 1899
Place of birth Islington, England
Date of death October qtr. 1979 (aged 80)
Place of death Southend on Sea, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Cranley Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1920 Southend United 0 (0)
1920–1925 Queens Park Rangers 162 (10)
1925–1926 Southampton 10 (0)
1926–1927 Rochdale 34 (0)
1927–1929 Lincoln City 69 (0)
1929–19?? Grays Thurrock
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leonard George "Len" Hill (15 February 1899 – 1979)[1] was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for various clubs in the 1920s, spending the largest part of his career with Queens Park Rangers in the Football League Third Division.

Football career[edit]

Hill was born in Islington and after seeing military service in the First World War, he joined Southend United as an amateur in 1919.[2]

He moved to Queens Park Rangers in August 1920 and remained at the Loftus Road club for five years, in which he made 176[3] appearances of which 162 were in League matches, either in the Third Division or the Third Division South.[1]

In June 1925, he joined Southampton of the Second Division as understudy to Tommy Allen.[2] Hill played in goal for the first four matches of the 1925–26 season, all of which ended in defeats, with 11 goals conceded. At this time, the club had no manager, and the directors decided to replace Hill with Harry Yeomans.[4]

Southampton were drawn against First Division Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup in January 1926. In the first match, at The Dell, Allen was in goal when he collided with his team-mate Michael Keeping and had to leave the pitch with bruised ribs. Arthur Bradford took over in goal for the remainder of the match, which ended goalless. For the replay, Allen was replaced by Hill who was unable to prevent Liverpool winning 1–0. Hill kept his place until Allen returned to the team at the end of February, and was not selected again.[4]

In the summer of 1926, Hill left The Dell and dropped back down to the Third Division in search of regular first-team football with Rochdale. A year later, he was on the move again to Lincoln City, where he spent two seasons before winding down his career with Grays Thurrock in the Southern League Eastern Division.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 124. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 166. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  3. ^ Macey, Gordon (2009). Queens Park Rangers: The Complete Record. Derby, UK: Breedon Books. p. 556. ISBN 1-85983-714-X. 
  4. ^ a b Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 

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