Puddefoot as a West Ham United player
|Date of birth||17 October 1894|
|Place of birth||East London, England|
|Date of death||2 October 1972(aged 77)|
|Place of death||Rochford, Essex, England|
|1912–1922||West Ham United||158||(102)|
|1932–1933||West Ham United||22||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
|Full name||Sydney Charles Puddefoot|
17 October 1894|
East London, England
|Died||2 October 1972
Rochford, Essex, England
|Bowling style||Left arm medium|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 16 February 2011
Sydney Charles Puddefoot (17 October 1894 in Bow, London – 2 October 1972 in Rochford, Essex) was a footballer who played as a forward for West Ham United. He was also a cricketer for Essex and later went into football management.
Puddefoot was a pupil at Park School in West Ham and played with Condor Athletic and Limehouse Town before being spotted by West Ham trainer Charlie Paynter in a London Juniors match against Surrey Juniors. He quickly developed into a formidable force and scored 28 goals in 55 Southern League appearances for the club.
After the end of World War I, Puddefoot played in the newly enlarged Football League Division Two for the 1919-20 season. He scored 21 goals, and was selected to play in England's Victory International games against Scotland and Wales. He then scored 29 in the 1920-21 season and 19 in 1921-22 before transferring to Falkirk for £5,000 in February 1922, a world transfer fee record, with an agreement to transfer younger brother Len as part of the deal.
Puddefoot left Falkirk after three years to join Blackburn Rovers. He won the FA Cup with Blackburn in 1928. He set up the opening goal in the first minute of the match when he charged the Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Billy Mercer with Jack Roscamp following-up to score after Mercer had fallen to the ground.
Ten years after leaving his boyhood club, Syd returned to east London to help with the ultimately doomed effort to avoid relegation in the 1931-32 season. After two years at West Ham, he left to coach Turkish club Fenerbahçe.
The following year, he moved to Galatasaray, but left after an incident in which he was manhandled while trying to calm down players during a game. He moved back to England in March 1937 and coached Northampton Town until the outbreak of World War II.
His daughter Susanne Puddefoot (1934–2010) was a journalist who edited the Times Women's Page in the 1960s.
He died in October 1972, just before what would have been his 78th birthday.
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