Arthur Bacon

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Arthur Bacon
Personal information
Date of birth 1905
Place of birth Birdholme, England
Date of death 27 July 1942 (aged 36–37)
Place of death Derby, England
Playing position Centre forward/Inside left
Youth career
New Tupton Ivanhoe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1925 Chesterfield 0 (0)
1925–1927 Derby County 8 (3)
1927–1928 Manchester City 5 (1)
1928–1932 Reading 69 (44)
1932–1933 Chesterfield 30 (6)
1933–1935 Coventry City 16 (17)
1935–? Burton Town ? (?[1])
Total 128 (71)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arthur Bacon (1905 – 27 July 1942) was an English footballer who played as either a striker or an inside forward. Although frequently a reserve throughout his career Bacon managed an impressive strike rate with 71 league goals in 128 games.

After playing his youth football with New Tupton Ivanhoe Bacon signed for Chesterfield but failed to make an appearance at the club before a move to Derby County. Bacon failed to gain a first-team place at Derby and an equally unproductive spell at Manchester City followed before he joined Reading. He became a prolific scorer at Elm Park and even hit six goals in a 7-3 win over Stoke City during the 1930-31 season, which stands as the club record for the most goals by one player in a match.[2]

Bacon returned to Chesterfield for the 1932-33 season, although he managed only six goals in 30 league appearances. Following this he enjoyed a productive spell at Coventry City, where his former Derby team-mate Harry Storer, Jr. was the manager. After Storer added Bacon to his squad in 1933 the striker promptly scored 14 goals over four games, all in the space of 15 days.[3] Despite this he found opportunities at Highfield Road limited and dropped out of the Football League in 1935 to finish his career at Burton Town.

During the Second World War Bacon served as a fire-fighter in Derby where he was killed, aged 37, in Hawthorn Street during an air-raid on 27 July 1942.[4][5]

He is commemorated on the memorial in the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden at the Chesterfield Proact Stadium based on his death while serving in uniform.[6]


  1. ^ Michael Joyce, Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939, Beeston, 2004, p. 13
  2. ^ Top Scorers
  3. ^ Derby's debt to Coventry manager from The Independent
  4. ^ Chesterfield FC's Roll of Honour
  5. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record, Derby County Borough.
  6. ^ Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden