Stan Earle

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Stan Earle
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Personal information
Full name Stanley George James Earle
Date of birth (1897-09-06)6 September 1897
Place of birth Stratford, England
Date of death 26 September 1971(1971-09-26) (aged 74)
Place of death Colchester, England[1]
Playing position Inside-right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1924 Clapton
1922–1924 Arsenal 4 (3)
1924–1932 West Ham United 258 (56)
1932–1933 Clapton Orient 15 (1)
National team
1922–1923 England Amateur 2 (1)
1924–1927 England 2 (0)
Teams managed
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stanley George James Earle (6 September 1897 – 26 September 1971) was an English footballer who played as an inside-right in the Football League for Arsenal, West Ham United and Clapton Orient.[2] He was capped for England at amateur and full levels.

Stan, the son of centre-half and goalkeeper Harry Earle, played for West Ham Schools as a youth. He featured for England Schoolboys in 1912, and captained Essex.[3] He gained England Amateur caps against Ireland in 1922–23, and against Ireland and France in 1923–24. Earle featured for the FA XI against the Army in both seasons, and also represented the Isthmian League.[2][4][5] He represented The Amateurs in the 1923 Charity Shield.[6]

Earle played in the Isthmian League with Vivian Gibbins at Clapton, and joined Arsenal as an amateur in March 1922. He made four League appearances for the north London club, scoring three goals, and had his registration cancelled in July 1924.[4][7][8]

Earle continued to play for Clapton and became club captain.[3][9] He won the FA Amateur Cup with the club in 1924.[10]

Earle left the Dog to join the professional ranks at West Ham United in August 1924.[9] After 18 appearances and 6 goals in his first season, his second saw 38 appearances and 9 goals, including his first appearance for the club in the FA Cup, a 5–0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. He was an ever-present in 1926–27, playing in all 45 league and cup games – an achievement matched only by Jim Barrett, Jimmy Collins and Vic Watson.[11][12]

Earle made 37 appearances in 1928–29, including all of the games in that season's FA Cup run. He played his final game for West Ham on 23 April 1932, a 2-4 loss to Birmingham at Upton Park, and left having scored 58 goals in 273 First Division and FA Cup games during his eight years at the club.[11]

He made two appearances for the full England team, the first in a 3–1 victory against France on 17 May 1924 where he played alongside his Clapton colleague Gibbins. After being selected as a reserve for England's game against Ireland on 24 October 1925,[13] he didn't see further action with the national team until 1927, age 30. The 2–0 defeat against Northern Ireland saw Hammers goalkeeper Ted Hufton taken to hospital after a broken arm sustained in the first half.[4][14]

Earle ended his career at Clapton Orient, and went on to coach Walthamstow Avenue and manage Leyton.[4]

He served in the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery as a bombardier.[5]


  1. ^ Simkin, John. "Stan Earle". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012) [2002]. Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-905891-61-0. 
  3. ^ a b "Notes". Official Programme. No. 19 (Clapton v Southend ed.). West Ham United F.C. 1 December 1923. Retrieved 6 March 2018 – via Clapton FC (blog). Prominent players of the Clapton Club are:–Stanley Earle, who has Captained Essex, and assists The Arsenal on various occasions 
  4. ^ a b c d Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 73. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  5. ^ a b "England Players - Stanley Earle". Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Professional and Amateur Sides". The Guardian. 2 Oct 1923. p. 4 – via Free to read
  7. ^ "Stanley Earle". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "Stan Earle". Association of Football Statisticians. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Club Notes". Programme (Clapton v Woking ed.). Clapton F.C. 30 August 1924. Retrieved 6 March 2018 – via Clapton FC (blog). 
  10. ^ "Stanley-Earle". The FA. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Stanley Earle". Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "1st Division 1926-27". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "England Match No. 147 - Ireland - 24 October 1925 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "England Match No. 157 - Ireland - 22 October 1927 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 

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