Richard York

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Richard York
Personal information
Full name Richard Ernest York[1]
Date of birth (1899-04-25)25 April 1899[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Date of death 9 December 1969(1969-12-09) (aged 70)[1]
Place of death Handsworth, West Midlands, England[1]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Handsworth Royal
Birchfield Rangers
the RAF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1915–1931 Aston Villa 356 (79)
1931–1932 Port Vale 26 (5)
Brierley Hill Alliance
Total 382+ (84+)
National team
1922–1926 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard Ernest "Dickie" York (25 April 1899 – 9 December 1969) was an English footballer, who in addition to a long club career with Aston Villa in the Football League appeared twice for the England national team. A winger, he spent 16 years at Villa from 1915 to 1931, and was on the losing team in the 1924 FA Cup Final. He later had brief spells with Port Vale and Brierley Hill Alliance.

Club career[edit]

York started his career with Handsworth Royal, Birchfield Rangers and the Royal Air Force, and also guested for Chelsea during World War I. In March 1915 he joined Aston Villa as an amateur, signing professional forms in August 1919.[2] He scored one goal in 17 games in 1919–20, but did not feature in the 1920 FA Cup Final, which ended in a 1–0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.[2] He appeared just 11 times in 1920–21, before going on to make 47 appearances in the 1921–22 campaign, as the "Villans" finished fifth in the First Division.[2] He scored nine goals in 37 games in 1922–23 and five goals in 43 games in 1923–24.[2] He also appeared at Wembley in the 1924 FA Cup Final, in a 2–0 defeat to Newcastle United.[2] He scored seven goals in 34 matches in 1924–25, before hitting 20 goals in 44 appearances in 1925–26.[2] He bagged 13 goals in 43 games in 1926–27, before being limited to just four goals in 30 appearances in 1927–28.[2] He rediscovered his scoring form with 18 strikes in 48 matches in 1928–29, before hitting seven goals in 32 games in 1929–30.[2] However he played just four times in the 1930–31 campaign, as Villa finished second in the league with an English record of 128 top-flight league goals scored.[2]

He joined Port Vale in June 1931, making his debut in a 3–1 win at Plymouth Argyle on 29 August.[1] He was a first team regular until he was struck by injury in December of that year.[1] After his recovery he played infrequently, and ended the 1931–32 season with five goals in 26 Second Division appearances.[1] He left The Old Recreation Ground and was transferred to Brierley Hill Alliance in August 1932.[1]

International career[edit]

He made two appearances for England, both 1–0 defeats to Scotland in April 1922 and April 1926.[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Richard York profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1919–20 First Division 17 1 0 0 17 1
1920–21 First Division 11 1 0 0 11 1
1921–22 First Division 41 2 6 0 47 2
1922–23 First Division 36 9 1 0 37 9
1923–24 First Division 37 3 6 2 43 5
1924–25 First Division 30 6 4 1 34 7
1925–26 First Division 40 19 4 1 44 20
1926–27 First Division 42 12 1 0 43 12
1927–28 First Division 28 4 2 0 30 4
1928–29 First Division 42 16 6 2 48 18
1929–30 First Division 28 6 4 1 32 7
1930–31 First Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 356 79 34 7 390 86
Port Vale 1931–32 Second Division 26 5 0 0 26 5
Career Total 382 84 34 7 416 91

Honours[edit]

with Aston Villa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 319. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Detailed bio". Aston Villa Database. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Richard York". englandstats.com. Retrieved 4 June 2009.