Leo Loftus

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Leo Loftus
Personal information
Full name Joseph Leo Loftus
Date of birth (1906-01-24)24 January 1906
Place of birth Ferryhill, England
Date of death 23 October 1992(1992-10-23) (aged 86)
Place of death Durham Central, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Inside left
Youth career
Chilton Lane United, Cornforth United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–19?? Bishop Auckland
19??–1925 Willington
1925–1926 Stockport County
1926–1929 South Shields 30 (6)
1929–1932 Nottingham Forest 54 (14)
1932–1935 Bristol City 93 (29)
1935–1935 Gillingham 2 (0)
1935–1936 Burton Town ?? (31)
1936–1937 Barrow 27 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph Leo Loftus (24 January 1906 in Ferryhill – 23 October 1992 in Durham Central) was an English footballer who played as an inside left. He made over 200 Football League appearances in the years before the Second World War.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Loftus played locally for Chilton Lane United and Cornforth United before joining Bishop Auckland. Loftus moved to Willington and played as an amateur for Stockport County.[2] Loftus joined South Shields in July 1926. He moved on to Nottingham Forest in 1929. Bob Hewison signed Loftus for £100 in June 1932 for Bristol City.[3][4] Loftus moved to Gillingham in August 1935. Loftus briefly dropped into non league football with Burton Town in October 1935 where he scored 31 goals in 1935–36.[2] Loftus returned to League football joining Barrow in June 1936. In 1936–37 he made 27 appearances scoring 9 goals with 8 goals coming in an 18 match spell from January onwards after an indifferent start to the campaign.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 – 1939. Tony Brown. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b c d Dykes, Garth (2009). Who's Who of Barrow AFC 1921 – 1972. SoccerData. ISBN 978-1-905891-14-6.
  3. ^ Woods, David; Leigh Edwards (1997). Bristol City FC The First 100 years. Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-900178-26-5.
  4. ^ Woods, David (1994). Bristol Babe The First 100 years of Bristol City FC. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-95-X.