Adam Black (footballer, born 1898)

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Adam Black
Personal information
Full name Adam Hudson Black[1]
Date of birth (1898-02-18)18 February 1898
Place of birth Denny, Scotland
Date of death 30 August 1981(1981-08-30) (aged 83)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1920 Bathgate
1920–1935 Leicester City 528 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Adam Hudson Black (Denny, Stirlingshire, 18 February 1898 – Leicester, 30 August 1981) was a Scottish-born footballer who played for Leicester City in the Football League in the 1920s and 1930s.[1]

He played for Leicester between January 1920 and 1935 and made a total of 557 senior appearances for the Foxes,[2] including 528 league appearances and he thus holds the record for most league appearances for Leicester.[3]

Early life[edit]

Prior to joining Leicester he fought in World War I with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry near Mœuvres on 21 March 1918.[3][4] The citation for his DCM stated that Black "bombed out a large portion of a trench captured by the enemy in spite of strenuous opposition. His initiative, leadership and personal gallantry were worthy of the highest praise".[4]


Black made his debut for Leicester on 24 January 1920 in a 3–2 victory over Hull City after becoming one of Peter Hodge's first signings for the club and began to establish himself as a first team regular the following season. Over the following few seasons under Hodge, Leicester were slowly built into a Second Division force and Black helped the club to the Second Division title in 1924–25. Black later played a key role as part of the team which finished in the club's highest ever league finish of runners-up in the First Division in 1928–29.[5] He progressed to captain the team.[6]

Despite playing 557 times for Leicester, he only managed to score 4 times. Three of his goals were penalties and the other a bizarre 60 yard free-kick against Sunderland in 1933, which Black accidentally over hit.[5]


A suite at Leicester's home ground, the King Power Stadium, is named in his honour.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Black married in Clydebank in 1920.[6] His brother John Black (born 1900) was a more peripatetic footballer playing for Denny Hibs, Sunderland, Nelson, Accrington Stanley, Chesterfield, Luton and Bristol Rovers.[8]


Leicester City
  • Leicester City All-Time Leading League Appearance Maker: 528 games.[6] Black and Jack Bamber were the first Leicester players to play all games in a First Division season in 1925-26 [10]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 28. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ stats Archived 9 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "No more heroes: Adding flesh to the legend of Leicester City's Adam Black". Mirror Football. 9 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Leicester Fosse And The First World War: Part 17". Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b Dave Smith & Paul Taylor (2010). Of Fossils and Foxes. ISBN 1-905411-94-4.
  6. ^ a b c "TWIH: Black's Final Appearance". Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ Function Suites Retrieved 1 April 2011 Archived 1 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Smith, Dave; Taylor, Paul (2010). Of Fossils & Foxes, the official, definitive history of Leicester City Football Club (Third ed.). Pitch. p. 192. ISBN 1905411944.
  9. ^ a b "Adam Black | Leicester City career stats – FoxesTalk". FoxesTalk. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ Smith, Dave; Taylor, Paul (2010). Off Fossils and Foxes (Third ed.). Pitch. p. 519. ISBN 1905411944.