Ivan Sharpe

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Ivan Sharpe
Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics - UK squad.JPG
Sharpe was part of Great Britain's 1912 Olympic gold medal winning football team.
Personal information
Full name Ivan Gordon Sharpe
Date of birth (1889-06-15)15 June 1889
Place of birth St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Date of death 9 February 1968(1968-02-09) (aged 78)
Place of death Southport, Lancashire, England
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
–1907 St Albans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1907–1908 Watford 7 (1)
1908–1911 Glossop North End
1911–1913 Derby County
1913–1919 Leeds City
1920 Leeds United
National team
England amateur
1912 Great Britain
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ivan Gordon Sharpe (15 June 1889 – 9 February 1968) was an English amateur association football player. Although an amateur himself, he played for several professional clubs, including Watford, Derby County— with whom he won the Football League First Division in 1911–12–and later Leeds United. He represented the England national amateur football team, and also the Great Britain Olympic football team, with whom he won an Olympic gold medal at the 1912 games in Sweden. He is also one of very few players to have played for both Leeds City (65 appearances and 17 goals) and Leeds United (1 appearance 0 goals).

After retirement he enjoyed a long career as a sports journalist, becoming president of the Football Writers Association. He served as editor of the Athletic News Football Annual and also of the Athletic News Cricket Annual. In 1936 he was selected by the BBC to be one of two journalists (the other being Mr F N S Creek) who for the first time provided live commentary on the FA Cup Final.[1] He continued to contribute a hard-hitting article to the Wolverhampton Wanderers match day programme for many years right up to his death, and he also produced a volume of memoirs "40 Years in Football" in 1954.


  1. ^ "The Cup Final Broadcast". The Times. 21 April 1936. p. 12.