Bobby Etheridge

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Bobby Etheridge
Personal information
Full name Robert James Etheridge
Date of birth (1934-03-21)21 March 1934
Place of birth Gloucester, England
Date of death 4 April 1988(1988-04-04) (aged 54)
Place of death Gloucester, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
195?–1956 Gloucester City
1956–1964 Bristol City 259 (42)
1964–19?? Cheltenham Town
Teams managed
1966–1973 Cheltenham Town (player manager)
1973–1976 Gloucester City
1985 Gloucester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bobby Etheridge (25 March 1934 – 4 March 1988) was an English footballer who played for Gloucester City, Bristol City and Cheltenham Town. A wing half, Etheridge made over 250 Football League appearances.[1]


Etheridge started his career at Gloucester City where he was the leading scorer in the 1954-55 season and helped Gloucester City to the Southern League Cup success in 1955-56.[2] Pat Beasley signed Etheridge for Bristol City in September 1956 where he played 288 games and scored 47 goals [3] In July 1965 he left Bristol City for Cheltenham Town as player manager.[2]

In his later career in November 1973 he returned to Gloucester City as manager where he remained until 1976. He was also caretaker manager in 1985.[4] He ended his managerial career with local Gloucester team, Longlevens.[2]

He also played cricket as a wicketkeeper and batsman for Gloucestershire[5] between 1954 and 1961. He was generally the understudy to Barry Meyer who was the county first choice wicket keeper in this period. He played 33 matches for Gloucestershire scoring 796 runs with a batting average of 15.92; behind the stumps he achieved 33 catches and 8 stumpings.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry (1998). Football League Players' Records 1946-1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4. 
  2. ^ a b c Woods, David; Leigh Edwards (1997). Bristol City FC — The First 100 Years. Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-900178-26-5. 
  3. ^ Etheridge profile on CityStats
  4. ^ "Bob Etheridge". Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gerald Horlick 1941-2009". Retrieved 14 November 2011.