Alf Bishop (footballer, born 1902)

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Alf Bishop
Personal information
Full name Alfred Bishop[1]
Date of birth (1902-07-17)17 July 1902
Place of birth Aston, England
Date of death 5 March 1944(1944-03-05) (aged 41)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Royal Air Force
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1926 St Albans City 21 (10)
1926–1927 Southampton 7 (0)
1927–1928 Cradley Heath St Luke's
1928 Barrow 11 (2)
1928–1929 Cradley Heath
1929–1930 Wellington Town
1930 Leamington Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alfred Bishop (17 July 1902 – 5 March 1944) was an English footballer who played as an inside-forward in the 1920s and 1930s.

Bishop joined the RAF as a 16-year-old cadet in 1919. He was originally spotted by scouts from Southampton in 1923 while playing representative football for the Royal Air Force and was given a trial, although he was not then offered a contract[1] because of his RAF service commitments. After spending a year with St Albans City of the Isthmian League, he left the RAF and signed for Southampton in August 1926.[1]

In the summer of 1926, the "Saints" manager Arthur Chadwick had signed several new players, including Dick Rowley and Sammy Taylor, both of whom could play in either of the inside-forward positions. After trying first Rowley and then Bishop at inside-left (for four games), Chadwick recalled Frank Matthews for three games in September, moving Bishop over to the right for a further three games, before Rowley returned at inside-right.[2] The form of Rowley and Taylor prevented Bishop regaining his place in the first-team, and he spent the remainder of his Saints' career in the reserves, where he made 23 appearances before his contract was cancelled in January 1927.[1]

After a period in non-league football, he briefly resurrected his League career with a season in the Third Division North with Barrow. He then returned to the lower leagues with Cradley Heath of the semi-professional Birmingham & District League, before spells with Wellington Town, where he scored 36 goals in the 1929-30 season, Leamington Town,[1] Stafford Rangers and Bromsgrove Rovers (1931). He ended his playing career as an amateur for BSA (Birmingham)(1932) and Billesley Estates (1936).

Bishop later worked at the Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) factories in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent. He rejoined the RAF at the outbreak of World War II, serving as an aircraft gunner in France. He died of tuberculosis in 1944, aged 41.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 76–77. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.