Peter Pursell

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Peter Pursell
Personal information
Full name Peter Pursell[1]
Date of birth (1894-07-01)1 July 1894
Place of birth Campbeltown, Scotland[1]
Date of death 14 August 1968(1968-08-14) (aged 74)[1]
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Campbeltown Academicals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Queens Park
1914–1919 Rangers 128 (1)
1919–1924 Port Vale 169 (0)
1924–1926 Wigan Borough 35 (0)
Congleton Town
National team
1914 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
Congleton Town
Dordrecht
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Pursell (1 July 1894 – 14 August 1968) was a Scottish footballer. A defender, he won one cap for Scotland in 1914. He was the younger brother of Robert Russell Pursell, and the father of Robert Wilson Pursell.

He spent time with Campbeltown Academicals and Queens Park, before joining Rangers in 1914. He helped the club to the league title in 1917–18 and 1918–19, before he signed with English club Port Vale for a £2,500 fee in August 1919. He spent five years with the Vale, before joining Wigan Borough for a two-year spell. He later became player-manager at non-league side Congleton Town and then manager at Dutch outfit Dordrecht.

Club career[edit]

Pursell played for Campbeltown Academicals and Queens Park, before joining Rangers in 1914. He made 31 appearances in 1914–15, as the club finished third in Division One. He played 20 games in 1915–16, as "Gers" finished second behind Old Firm rivals Celtic. The Ibrox Park club again finished third in 1916–17, before winning the league title in 1917–18, with Pursell making 24 appearances. He featured 23 times in 1918–19, as the "Teddy Bears" retained the league title.

He joined Port Vale for a £2,500 fee in August 1919.[1] When Vale were elected to the Football League two months later, the club had to fork out an extra £500 to Rangers for the services of Pursell and Willie Aitken.[1] He played 49 of the club's 51 games in 1919–20, and also helped Vale to lift the Staffordshire Senior Cup and North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup.[1] He played alongside brother Bob in 1920–21, making 34 Second Division appearances.[1] He featured 32 times in 1921–22, though his brother was forced to retire with a broken leg.[1] Pursell featured 42 times in 1922–23 and 25 times in 1923–24, before leaving The Old Recreation Ground for Wigan Borough at the end of the campaign.[1] Pursell played a total of 183 matches for the Vale without finding the net.[1] He played 35 Third Division North games for Wigan, helping the club to finish 11th in 1924–25 and 17th in 1925–26.

International career[edit]

Pursell received his sole Scotland cap on 28 February 1914, in a British Home Championship match against Wales which ended in a 0–0 draw.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

After leaving Wigan Borough, Pursell became player-manager of Congleton Town and also managed Dutch club Dordrecht.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Peter Pursell profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers[3][4] 1914–15 Scottish Division One 31 0 2 0 33 0
1915–16 Scottish Division One 20 0 3 0 23 0
1916–17 Scottish Division One 30 1 2 0 32 1
1917–18 Scottish Division One 24 0 3 0 27 0
1918–19 Scottish Division One 23 0 3 0 26 0
Total 128 1 13 0 141 0
Port Vale 1919–20 Second Division 33 0 2 0 35 0
1921–22 Second Division 34 0 1 0 35 0
1922–23 Second Division 30 0 1 0 31 0
1923–24 Second Division 41 0 1 0 42 0
1924–25 Second Division 24 0 0 0 24 0
Total 162 0 5 0 167 0
Wigan Borough 1924–25 Third Division North 32 0 1 0 33 0
1925–26 Third Division North 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 163 1 1 0 164 1

Honours[edit]

with Rangers
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 242. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Peter Pursell – A Squad". The Scottish Football Association Fans. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Peter Pursell". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rangers Player Peter Pursell Details". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017.