Cyril King (footballer)

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Cyril King
Personal information
Full name Cyril William King
Date of birth 16 July 1915
Place of birth Plymouth, England
Date of death July qtr. 1981 (age 66)
Place of death Bristol
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1939 Southampton 93 (2)
1939 Darlington 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Cyril William King (16 July 1915 – 1981)[1] was an English former professional footballer who played his entire career as a half back, with Southampton in the 1930s.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Plymouth he was capped for Devon schools when only fifteen years old, playing his youth football for Plymouth United. He joined Southampton as a trainee in November 1932, signing as a professional the following April. According to Holley & Chalk's "The Alphabet of the Saints" he "used his sturdy build to good effect and served the club well for five years".[2]

His first appearance for the Division Two side was away to Newcastle United on 1 December 1934 as a replacement for Stan Woodhouse. He made a total of 13 appearances that season as The Saints narrowly avoided relegation. The following season had a similar pattern with King replacing the aging Woodhouse, making 21 appearances.

In 1936–37 he lost his place briefly to Bobby Whitelaw, who had been signed by new manager George Goss as a replacement for the now-retired Woodhouse. On regaining his place, King formed a useful partnership with fellow half-backs Bill Kennedy and Billy Kingdon, but again The Saints struggled to avoid relegation finishing 19th in the table. For the following season he again lost his place, this time to Welsh international Alf Day who had arrived on a free transfer from Millwall. Once King got back into the side in December he played in the remainder of the season's matches. He started the following season but after the match against West Bromwich Albion on 1 October 1938, he was replaced by the former Arsenal player Ray Parkin who had dropped back from his previous role as an inside forward.

Although he was retained by Southampton, he returned to Plymouth in 1939 and had started work in the Devonport dockyards before Darlington found he was available and signed him on loan in July. The outbreak of World War II prevented him making any appearances for Darlington.

Career after football[edit]

During the war he joined the Royal Air Force serving in North Africa. After the war he returned to Hampshire and became a prison officer.[1]


  1. ^ a b Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-9926864-0-6. 
  2. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 198. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.